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1066 Rockville Pike, 301-603-2279, pikekitchen.
com. The 6,200-square-foot, 100-seat Asian food
hall at the Edmonston Crossing shopping center
includes eateries dishing up Vietnamese banh mi
sandwiches, pho, poke, ramen, bibimbap and more.
❂ L D $
1596-B Rockville Pike, 240-833-8090, pizzacs.com.
Authentic Neapolitan pies are offered in a sub-shop
atmosphere. Choose from a list of red and white pizza
options, or build your own pie with herbs, cheeses,
meats and vegetables. ❂ J L D $
9709 Traville Gateway Drive, 301-279-2234,
potomacpizza.com. See Chevy Chase listing.
❂ J L D $
QUINCY’S SOUTH BAR & GRILLE
11401 Woodglen Drive, 240-669-3270,
quincysgroup.com. See North Potomac/
Gaithersburg listing. ❂ L D $
ROLLS ‘N RICE
1701 Rockville Pike (Shops at Congressional
Village), 301-770-4030, rollsnrice.com. This Asian
café serves more than 25 varieties of rolls, from
a volcano roll (spicy tuna, white fish, salmon,
tomato, jalapeño, fish eggs and vegetables) to a
Philadelphia Roll (smoked salmon, cream cheese
and avocado). J L D $
SADAF HALAL RESTAURANT
1327-K Rockville Pike, 301-424-4040. An elegant
alternative to the run-of-the-mill kabob places
dotting Rockville Pike, Sadaf is pristine, with lace
curtains and glass mosaic tiles in front. In addition
to kabobs, it offers Persian curries and fish dishes.
❂ J L D $
SAM CAFÉ & MARKET
844 Rockville Pike, 301-424-1600, samcafemarket.
com. Fill up on the kitchen’s juicy skewered meats
or interesting entrées, including pomegranate
molasses stew and marinated grilled salmon, then
have a gelato and check out the hookahs.
❂ L D $
11414 Rockville Pike, 301-984-5252, seasons52.
com. A fresh, seasonal menu featuring items under
475 calories. Choose from flatbreads including
Blackened Steak & Blue Cheese and Grilled Garlic
Pesto Chicken to entrée salads to meat and
seafood dishes. Nightly piano music.
❂ L D $$
1121 Nelson St., 301-279-0806. Co-owner and
chef Wei Sun, a Shanghai native, specializes in
preparing three different flavors of soup dumplings
at this small restaurant in a strip mall. The menu
also includes traditional Chinese-American dishes,
such as General Tso’s chicken and fried rice.
L D $
5071 Nicholson Lane, 301-881-8882, sheba
rockville.com. The menu features authentic
Ethiopian cuisine with lots of vegetarian and
vegan options. House specialties include Dulet
Assa, chopped tilapia mixed with onion, garlic and
jalapeño and served with a side of homemade
cheese. L D $
SICHUAN JIN RIVER
410 Hungerford Drive, 240-403-7351, sichuanjin
river.com. Customers find terrific Sichuan cuisine
served in a no-frills setting. Take the plunge and try
something new with the authentic Chinese menu,
including 23 small cold plates. L D $
12276 Rockville Pike, 301-770-2828, silverdiner.
com. Customers flock to this trendy diner that still
offers tableside jukeboxes. The latest food trends
(think quinoa coconut pancakes) share company
on the enormous menu with diner staples such as
meatloaf and mashed potatoes.
J B R L D $
100-B Gibbs St. (Rockville Town Square), 301-610-
0303, spicexing.com. Chef and owner Sudhir Seth,
who also owns Bethesda’s Passage to India, serves
up small plates and dishes that reflect the history of
culinary influences on India. Try the all-you-can-eat
lunchtime buffet. ❂ J R L D $$
255 N. Washington St., thespotdmv.com. This
6,200-square-foot, 200-seat Asian food hall, not far
from Rockville Town Square, includes a handful of
vendors, including Mian Pull Noodle (dumplings and
noodle dishes), Poki DC (the Hawaiian-inspired raw
fish dish called poke) and Alpaca Dessert (shaved
snow ice and ice cream-filled waffle cones).
L D $
2000 Tower Oaks Blvd., 240-582-1000, thestanford
grill.com. From the Blueridge Restaurant Group,
owner of Copper Canyon Grill restaurants, comes
this 300-seat American eatery on the ground floor
of an office building. Salads, burgers, steaks and
seafood, plus sushi, with an eye toward high quality.
❂ R L D $$
STELLA BARRA PIZZERIA
11825 Grand Park Ave. (Pike & Rose), 301-770-
8609, stellabarra.com. Adjacent to its sister
restaurant, Summer House Santa Monica, Stella
Barra is an artisan pizzeria with a hip, urban vibe.
Look for crisp crusts with chewy centers topped
with butternut squash and candied bacon or house-made pork sausage and fennel pollen. Italian wines
available. ❂ R D $$
SUMMER HOUSE SANTA MONICA
11825 Grand Park Ave. (Pike & Rose), 301-
881-2381, summerhousesm.com. An airy, light
and stunning space sets the scene for modern
American cuisine with a West Coast sensibility.
Fare includes salads, sushi, tacos, sandwiches and
steak frites. Do not miss the bakery counter. Voted
“Best Restaurant in Rockville/North Bethesda” by
Bethesda Magazine readers in 2018.
❂ J R L D $$
SUPER BOWL NOODLE HOUSE
785 Rockville Pike, 301-738-0086, superbowl
noodlehouse.com. Look for a large variety of
Asian noodle dishes in super-size portions, plus a
wide selection of appetizers. Also, bubble tea and
desserts, including Sweet Taro Root Roll and Black
Sugar Shaved Ice. ❂ L D $
36-G Maryland Ave. (Rockville Town Square), 301-
340-8010, sushidamo.com. A slice of New York
sophistication, this elegant restaurant offers sushi
à la carte or omakase, chef’s choice, plus beef and
seafood entrées and an impressive sake list.
L D $$
SUSHI HOUSE JAPANESE RESTAURANT
1331-D Rockville Pike, 301-309-0043,
sushihouse1331.com. A tiny, plain restaurant
serving a large selection of fresh sushi, including
sushi and sashimi combinations. Lunch specials
for under $7. It’s popular, so be prepared to wait.
L D $$
9706 Traville Gateway Drive, 301-251-1177,
sushioishii.com. This charming sushi bar in the
Traville Gateway Center offers friendly service and
24 specialty sushi rolls, bento boxes and a few
grilled items, including beef, poultry and seafood
teriyaki. L D $$
14921-D Shady Grove Road (Fallsgrove Village
Center), 301-738-8813; 11510-A Rockville Pike,
301-881-8388; taipei-tokyo.net. These sister
restaurants offer a sizable roster of Chinese,
Japanese and Thai dishes. The Fallsgrove Village
location is the younger and sleeker of the two, with
full sit-down service. The older sister, opened in
1993, is more like a noodle shop/cafeteria.
L D $$
12071 Rockville Pike, 301-231-9899, tarathai.com.
See Bethesda listing. ❂ L D $$
1043 Rockville Pike, 301-340-7720. Deep-fried
oysters, classic rice balls, ramen noodle soup, sushi
and sashimi and comic books to peruse while you
await your order set this Japanese restaurant apart
from the rest. L D $$
800 King Farm Blvd., 301-258-8829, thaifarm
restaurant.com. A tastefully modern dining room
soaked in a soothing yellow light. The usual
suspects are on the menu here, but chef’s
suggestions include an intriguing broiled fish
wrapped in banana leaf and stir-fried duck. L D $$
29 Maryland Ave., Unit 308 (Rockville Town Square),
301-545-0244, thaipavilionrestaurant.com. The
soaring ceilings decorated with red chandeliers
shaped like giant, stationary spinning tops give the
feel of a modern museum. When the menu says
spicy, believe it. ❂ J L D $$
15201 Shady Grove Road, 240-268-0682,
thatsamore.com. This local chain focuses on family-style portions of classic Neapolitan dishes such as
lasagna and chicken Parmesan in a more elegant
setting than might be expected. Good for groups
and large families. J L D $$
11 N. Washington St., 301-339-8962, thetrapezaria.
com. This down-to-earth and hospitable Greek/
Mediterranean restaurant serves top-notch and
unfussy small plates and entrées. Choose among
a variety of dips, vegetarian mezze, souvlaki,
sausages and more-involved fish and lamb dishes.
Save room for the baklava. L D
URBAN BAR-B-QUE COMPANY
2007 Chapman Ave., 240-290-4827; 5566 Norbeck
Road, 301-460-0050, urbanbbqco.com. Urban Bar-B-Que Company, a tiny joint run by a couple of local
friends, has a winning formula and features finger-licking ribs, burgers and wings, plus salads, chili and
smothered fries. Staff is friendly, too. J L D $
URBAN HOT POT
1800 Rockville Pike, 240-669-6710, urbanhotpot.
com. On the first floor of the Galvan at Twinbrook
building, this hot pot spot features a conveyor belt
where food travels to diners. A prix fixe all-you-can-