wings bring families to this Wild West-style saloonfor lunch and dinner. L D $
HINODE JAPANESE RESTAURANT
134 Congressional Lane, 301-816-2190, hinode
restaurant.com. Serving traditional Japanesecuisine since 1992. All-you-can-eat lunch andweekend dinner buffet offers 40 types of sushi, 14
hot foods and a salad bar. Check out the patio withfull bar service. L D $$
15209 Frederick Road, 301-309-0610, ilpizzico.
com. Setting aside the strip mall location and lackof pizza (il pizzico means “the pinch” in Italian),chef-owner Enzo Livia’s house-made pasta dishes,gracious service and extensive wine list of mainlyItalian wines make even a weeknight meal feelspecial. L D $$
JOE’S NOODLE HOUSE
1488-C Rockville Pike, 301-881-5518,
joesnoodlehouse.com. Chinese ex-pats and manyother customers consider the Sichuan specialties(soft bean curd with spicy sauce and hot beef jerky)
among the area’s best examples of gourmetChinese cooking. L D $
LA BRASA LATIN CUISINE
12401 Parklawn Drive, 301-468-8850, labrasa
rockville.com. A bold, yellow awning marks theunlikely industrial location of the popular La Brasa.
Customers rave about the rotisserie chicken, lomosaltado (Peruvian marinated steak), Salvadoranpupusas and Tres Leches. ❂ L D $
LA CANELA (EDITORS’ PICK)
141-D Gibbs St. (Rockville Town Square), 301-251-
1550, lacanelaperu.com. Sophisticated, modernPeruvian cooking shines in a regally furnished diningroom in a yellow stucco building graced with curvyblack ironwork. The menu includes artfully preparedseafood, pork, chicken and beef dishes. ❂ L D $
LA LIMEÑA GRILL
1093 Rockville Pike, 301-417-4922. An offshootof nearby La Limeña Restaurant, this Peruvianeatery with a spacious patio serves severaltraditional seafood dishes, including Ceviche Mixto,an appetizer of lime-marinated tilapia served withglazed potatoes and crispy dried corn kernels.
The Chicha Morada, a sweet corn-based drink,pairs nicely with authentic and tender braised-beefentrées. ❂ J L D $$
LA LIMEÑA RESTAURANT
765 Rockville Pike, 301-424-8066, lalimena
restaurant.com. Diners can choose dishes such asbeef hearts, tripe and homemade pastries in thistiny but well-appointed eatery. Desserts includepassion fruit mousse and vanilla flan. And ofcourse, there’s rotisserie chicken to go. L D $
141 Gibbs St., Suite 305 (Rockville Town Square),
301-279-7011, latascausa.com. The Rockvillelocation of this regional chain strives to keep thingsinteresting with 45 tapas dishes and six kinds ofpaella, including Paella Mixta with chicken, shrimp,chorizo, scallops, mussels, squid and clams.
❂ R L D $$
LEBANESE TAVERNA CAFÉ
1605 Rockville Pike, 301-468-9086; 115 Gibbs St.
(Rockville Town Square), 301-309-8681;
lebanesetaverna.com. A casual and pleasant familyspot for lunch or dinner after shopping on RockvillePike, the café is a more casual offshoot of the localLebanese Taverna chain, serving hummus, pita,falafel, chicken and lamb kabobs. J L D $
LIGHTHOUSE TOFU & BBQ
12710 Twinbrook Parkway, 301-881-1178. Inaddition to the numerous tofu dishes ranging fromMushroom Tofu Pot to Seafood Beef Tofu Pot,diners at this Korean stalwart can try barbecue, stir-fried specialties and kimchee, the national dish ofpickled cabbage. L D $
LITTLE DIPPER HOT POT HOUSE
101 Gibbs St. (Rockville Town Square), 301-605-
7321. An offshoot of an Asian restaurant in Virginia,this 90-seat restaurant serves individual fondue-style meals. Pick a pot base (including miso andcurry), the level of spiciness, the protein and thestarch (either rice or noodles), and cook your foodright at your table in a bowl of hot stock.
JL D $$
12274-M Rockville Pike, 301-770-4894; 14921-JShady Grove Road, 301-762-8805; mammalucia
restaurants.com. See Bethesda listing.
❂ L D $$
MATCHBOX VINTAGE PIZZA BISTRO
1699 Rockville Pike, 301-816-0369, matchbox
restaurants.com. Look for mini-burgers, a“ginormous meatball” appetizer and thin-crustedpizza with toppings including herb-roasted chickenand portobella mushrooms or fire-roasted redpeppers and Spanish onions served in a super-coolspace in Congressional Plaza. ❂ J R L D $
33-A Maryland Ave. (Rockville Town Square), 301-
294-2222, mellowmushroom.com. Bright retrodécor adorns this 200-seat branch of the popularpizza chain, including a wall with more than 1,000
Coke bottles. The lineup: craft beers and over-the-top pies (including one with roasted red potatoes,bacon, caramelized onions, cheddar and mozzarellacheeses, ranch dressing and sour cream).
❂ J L D $
10038 Darnestown Road, 301-738-0370, michaels
noodles.com. Extensive Taiwanese menu atthis popular strip mall eatery includes dim sum,mixed noodle dishes, noodle soup and unusualspecialties, such as Shredded Chicken with JellyFish and Stewed Pork Intestine and Duck Blood.
L D $
1488 Rockville Pike, 240-221-2636,
miranchotexmexrestaurant.com. You’ll find aboisterous party atmosphere every night at a placewhere customers can count on standard Tex-Mexfare at good prices. The outdoor patio, strung withcolorful lights, is the place to be in nice weather.
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MISO FUSION CAFÉ
33-E Maryland Ave. (Rockville Town Square),
240-614-7580, misofusioncafe.com. This 65-seatKorean-Japanese fusion restaurant features: yaka-tori (grilled marinated skewers of chicken, beef,shrimp); ramen bowls; katsu (breaded, deep-friedcutlets) bowls with rice, vegetables, scallions andegg; chicken, beef or pork katsu stuffed with moz-zarella cheese and other fillings; and Korean BBQof chicken, sliced beef, teriyaki salmon and spicypork belly. L D $
885 Rockville Pike, 301-444-5574, mission-bbq.
com. This outpost of a national chain, known for itssupport of U.S. military troops and veterans, servesits barbecue—including brisket, ribs and pulledpork—alongside a slew of add-your-own sauces.