For whatever reason, these places have been shuttered or became different restaurants. A lot of them were actually really good!
  • 8145 Baltimore Ave
    College Park, MD 20740
    4.0 étoiles

    One of my favorite sandwich places.  It's stuck in a little strip mall right off of the campus, and has a huge selection.  They manage to get so much right too.  The BLT is great, the burgers are always juicy, the salads fairly fresh, and they have a good grilled chicken sandwich too.  It's a good choice for a quick meal that's a lot better than the rest of the fast food in the area.

  • 10400 Old Georgetown Rd
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    4.0 étoiles

    You have a couple choices for a quick cheap meal in this area.  There's a Chipolte, Subway, Flippin Pizza (which I am not a fan of) and Bradley's Ice Cream.  Yes, they serve way more than ice cream.  They have a pretty good list of hot and cold sandwiches.  My favorites are the Italian and the pastrami (#7).  The prices are reasonable, the food is fresh, the service is quick, and the sandwiches are way, way better than anything you can get at Subway.  I'm definitely a fan!

  • 4.0 étoiles

    Its actually good this restaurant is planning a move to Herndon- the Tall Oaks shopping center is definitely dead.  That said, they have done a really nice job inside- you hardly believe you are in a run down strip mall.  
    The service was reasonably friendly and attentive.  I wasn't sure how the food would be having read some mixed reviews, but it did not disappoint.  The meat and cheese platter was a great appetizer, and I really enjoyed my venison entree.  Its not often you even find venison on the menu, and this was a good portion size and perfectly cooked.  The gravy and mashed potatoes were a perfect compliment, although I would have liked to have a little more of the mashed potatoes.
    Its definitely on the pricier side, but for a special occasion its a nice choice.

  • 2259 Bel Pre Rd
    Silver Spring, MD 20906
    4.0 étoiles

    Finally some decent Mexican food is this area thats not Chipotle!  From the outside El Nopalito doesn't look like much-  its tucked around a corner of a strip mall, but the interior is nicely decorated and doesn't look at all like a strip mall restaurant.  The service was friendly through out the course of the meal.  When my second glass of ice team tasted rather odd (I have a feeling someone mixed up my glass with another glass from our party that had soda in it), they made a fresh batch of ice tea.  The food was tasty throughout the meal.  The salsa was a little different but had a good taste, and the quesadilla appetizer actually some real flavor for once.  The entrées were all good-  generous portions and great taste.  Its good to know that there is at least one good Mexican restaurant in the area!

  • 6828 Old Dominion Dr
    McLean, VA 22101
    4.0 étoiles
    14/02/2011 Avis mis à jour

    What a different experience!  We decided to give Endo another try this weekend.  The staff was very friendly and accommodating this time- constant drink refills, and checking on us several times during the meal.  And the sushi was excellent.  I really liked the California roll, but my favorite would be the shiitake mushroom roll.  The plum and mint roll was a little odd, but what do you expect from plum and mint!  Overall we were really satisfied and would definitely go back.

    3.0 étoiles
    21/11/2010 Avis précédent
    Not bad but not as good as Ichi-ban across the street.  Its on the second floor of a strip mall… En savoir plus
  • 4832 Bethesda Ave
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    3.0 étoiles

    Organic to go finds itself right across from Sweetgreen, and the two are very similar as far as fresh ingredients and custom salad offerings.  They only have four sandwiches on their menu, and I am a fan of all of them- a great mix of flavors with great bread.  Everything is made fresh in front of you, and the service is quick, but it can get pretty busy.  Its not the cheapest either, but is a great lunch option.  The also offer a selection of fresh ice teas- I'm a fan of the coconut green tea.

  • 2433 N Clark St
    Chicago, IL 60614
    4.0 étoiles

    I don't know about any of the other food here, but the sweet crepes are simply delicious.  After a somewhat disappointing meal at Hema's down the street, this more than made up for it and reaffirmed by notion that Chicago has great food.  They sat us in the little tent area that actually really interesting.  The whole place has a real mix of decor.  We ordered three crepes for a group of six-  and all three were delicious.  The LaBella was my favorite though-  banana and Belgian chocolate.  A perfect dessert!

  • 4917 Elm St
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    4.0 étoiles
    21/12/2010 Avis mis à jour

    Reason #1 why I like Yelp- restaurants actually read what you write.  

    I just received a call from the manager at Rock Creek, who tracked down my phone number from my reservation.  I was a bit taken aback at first, but he calmly explained to me that they were understaffed that night, primarily because the power had gone out in a large area of downtown Bethesda, and Rock Creek found itself as one of the few places to still have power.  Hence they received a flood of patrons, which was certainly the case.  As he stated on the phone, they should have been up front about this, and he apologizes for the slow service.

    I have a lot of respect for someone who can admit to a place's shortcomings and takes the time to make sure its customers are satisfied.  So for that, I'm happy to give Rock Creek the extra star that kind of customer service deserves.

    And I stand by my first review on one thing- the food was delicious.

    3.0 étoiles
    10/12/2010 Avis précédent
    Rock Creek, I yearn to give thee four stars, but alas, food alone does not a great restaurant make.… En savoir plus
  • 5510 University Ave
    Madison, WI 53705
    4.0 étoiles

    We would have never even thought about going to this place if not for Yelp.  On the outside it doesn't look like much- just stuck on the end of a small strip mall.  We drove right by and almost didn't see if at first.  
    The reviews here were spot on though.  The service was excellent- friendly, quick and responsive.  Extra bread was easily had, and refills were done without ever asking.  
    And the food was great.  The chicken, rice, the various sauces and dips, all well done.  I even liked the hummus, and I usually am not a fan of hummus at all.

  • 13047 Worldgate Dr
    Herndon, VA 20170
    4.0 étoiles

    Welcome to the Chipotle of pizza.  Its seems like a tough concept at first, but Pizzanese does a surprisingly good job with it.  Just like Chipotle, you start with a base, in this case the pizza crust, choose a sauce, cheese and then the toppings.  If its too overwhelming, they offer a few suggested pizza types on their menu as well, which show the different types of flavors- its possible to do a Indian style pizza, Mediterranean style, or classic American.  They cook it fairly quickly, and its actually quite good!  The service was very friendly and helpful as well.  And the dessert pizzas are worth getting as well- same concept as the regular pizzas, but with all dessert ingredients.  Looking forwrad to trying more of the options!

  • 3000 K St NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    4.0 étoiles

    Definitely good food and good service.  We had a reservation and were seated right away.  Our waitress came right over and got our drink order, and was very attentive the whole evening.  I think some people in our party might have felt a little rushed, but I'd rather have an attentive server than one who isn't there ever.
    The food was overall very good.  The mushroom and ginger dumplings were fantastic, but the Peking duck spring rolls were a little disappointing.  I got the drunken chicken for my entree-  I can't resist drunken noodle at any Thai place.  It was very tasty, not too greasy and a good size portion.  It could have been a little spicier, but overall very good.  I'd definitely go back to try some more of the dumplings.

  • 907 King St
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    4.0 étoiles

    A little preface- my fiancée is half Lebanese, and her aunt runs a Lebanese catering business, so we have both had plenty of Lebanese food in the past, and high expectations to go with it.  Layla's actually measured up surprisingly well.  Its right on King Street near route 1, so its easy to get to, you just need to actually find parking if you drove in.  Its a lot larger than it appears from the street- the front is a bar area with a few tables, but there is a large dining room in back.  The staff was extremely friendly and quick too.  
    The menu features all the typical fare- we started off with a few appetizers, including hummus, areyas and halloumi.  I'm not a big hummus fan no matter how good it is, but the areyas was excellent- great blend of spices and grilled to perfection.  The halloumi was delicious, fried just right.  For the entrée we split the chicken shawarma platter.  Nothing mind blowing here, except the garlic sauce.  Wow, that was good garlic sauce.  Actually the yogurt sauce with the areyas was really good too.  I may come back here just for the sauce.
    Its not the cheapest, but its still reasonable, and a great place to go to in Old Town.

  • 8517 Maidstone Rd
    Delaplane, VA 20144
    4.0 étoiles

    Disclaimer:  I didn't have any wine, so if you want to read about smoky star fruit notes or oak finishes, skip to another review.    I'm not a huge wine drinker, but love the VA wine country and wanted to see some of the wineries.  
    Vintage Ridge is located a sparse rural area tucked away from some of the other major wineries.  You drive up a winding path to a picturesque wood-lodge style winery.  We were greeted immediately upon entering, and chose to sit outside, although the interior did have a very nice atmosphere to it.  The patio area is fantastic- well shaded with a great view of the vineyards.  Instead of just offering small sips of various wines, they offer the wines with a small platter of tasting samples paired with each wine tasting.  They were kind enough to offer me a variety of beverages along with a free plate of samples so I could join in.  The samples were delicious (and the mustard was so good we actually bought a bottle.)
    I really enjoyed the whole experience even without wine, I would definitely recommend it.

  • 2440 Roanoke St
    Christiansburg, VA 24073
    4.0 étoiles

    I've been to a few waffle houses, but this one is still my favorite.  I remember several late late night runs here back in the day, and numerous late breakfasts.  Now it's my go to place for breakfast when I come to Blacksburg for a game.  The service is always friendly- I love southern hospitality almost as much as I love real sweet tea.  You pretty much know the menu if you have been to any other waffle house, but they do a pretty good job on all the dishes- the hashbrowns are always done right and the bacon is extra crispy.

  • 11301 Rockville Pike
    North Bethesda, MD 20852
    3.0 étoiles

    There's the American Chinese food you get from the local take-out place.  Then there's PF Changs, which takes it to a whole new level.  Its not bad- some of the dishes are quite tasty actually.  Last time I had the orange peel chicken which i really enjoyed.  All the dishes have been designed to be more on the sweet side and a lot less on the spicy side, which is too bad because I love spicy food, and usually Chinese food can have a great kick to it.  But as long as you go in knowing what to expect, you won't be disappointed.  Also, thumbs up to our server, who was very attentive and helpful the whole evening.

  • 3.0 étoiles

    I actually used to work in this building, so I've been a few times now.  Basically the food is consistently good, but not great, and the service tends to be a bit on the arrogant side.  Every time I've gone, the host/hostess seems to be bothered by having to lead people to a table.  The servers tend to have a know-it-all attitude, which is a little surprising for a regional chain restaurant.  But every time I've gone, they seem to at least be attentive.  
    As for the food, they rotate their menu around every day.  There is nothing spectacular, but what the do offer is usually well done, with a good blend of flavors and decent portion sizes.  I do like their happy hour specials on food, especially the Cajun burger.  But the drink specials for happy hour are very limited.

  • 3.0 étoiles

    Ambrosia has been OK the two times I've gone.  Its in a little strip mall across from Giant and Target.   Its a small restaurant but with a decent amount of seating.
    The actual meal had its highs and lows.  The salad was disappointing, not very fresh and the dressing had almost no flavor.  The tzatziki made for a good appetizer though.  I went with the svoulaki sandwich for my entree.  While the food itself was actually pretty good, their idea of a sandwich is apparently a pita thrown on a plate with the meat and some onions tossed on top of it.  I'm used to a Greek sandwich being in wrapped up and then unpeeled as you eat it, but maybe that's just me.

  • 4007 Norbeck Rd
    Rockville, MD 20853
    3.0 étoiles

    Not bad-  not as good as El Nopalito though.  Its surprisingly nicely decorated inside-  from the outside it doesn't look like much.  Parking can be an issue too-  that parking lot is narrow.  As for the food, the salsa is ok, but use some more kick.  My quesadilla was pretty good-  everything was nicely melted and had a decent blend of spices, but again could have used a little kick.  I wasn't a fan of the guac that came with the quesadilla though.  Overall not a bad little restaurant.

  • 3.0 étoiles

    Just like the yelp statement for 3 stars- A-OK.  We wanted Indian for dinner, and had seen that Namaskar had opened up on this corner, so we decided to give it a try.  First, the place was dead inside-  there was not a single other person in the restaurant besides the staff, and there was no music, TV or anything else.  It was just too quiet really.  The decor is minimal and forgettable.
    The service was a little lacking unfortunately.  When we are the only ones in the place, do we really have to ask multiple times for a refill of water?  
    As for the food, my wife went for the butter chicken, while I went with the dinner buffet (quick tip-before you order an entree, check to see if its on the buffet.  If it is, go with the buffet, its the same price but you can try other things too.)  The buffet had a couple of different curry options, salad, and a couple of chicken dishes.  Not a huge selection but not bad.  The tandoori chicken was very tasty and kept at the right temperature.  
    Overall not a bad meal, but there are better places around.

  • 13821 Fribble Way
    Midlothian, VA 23112
    3.0 étoiles

    Yet another mediocre Mexican restaurant, but at least the service was good.  The waitress was attentive the whole time and very friendly, and the owner even stopped by the table.  The drinks were huge.  But the food was average at best-  just bland and boring.  Why is it so hard to find Mexican food that actually tastes like something!?!
    One more note-  its not easy to find, its kind of in the back of the building.

  • 33 Maryland Ave
    Rockville, MD 20850
    3.0 étoiles

    Another average Italian restaurant.  Like one reviewer said, its not a chain, but it might as well be.  Loud music, modern decor but nothing that stands out.  The pizza is OK-  decent size and ingredients, average crust.  Stick with Mia's or Matchbox for a better pizza.  As for the pasta, again, its nothing special, but certainly not bad either.  
    One plus-  we had a really good waiter, who was very attentive and friendly throughout the meal.  Good customer service is so hard to find that when do you have a good service it stands out even more.

  • 3 Del Fino Pl
    Carmel Valley, CA 93924
    2.0 étoiles

    The only thing saving this place from getting one star is that our meal was comped.  This was the first time I walked out of a restaurant and to be honest, I have never been so mad at restaurant before.

    We made a reservation using opentable after seeing all the glowing reviews on yelp.  OK- first lesson to restaurants-  if a party makes a reservation on opentable, they are probably pretty social media savvy and will write a review about you and the experience.

    It started off badly when we walked in and were greeted simply by having a server point at table.  No hello, no checking if we had a reservation, etc.  After waiting for ten minutes while all the tables around us were getting drinks and bread, we sat and waited.  Finally a server came over and took our drink order.  Still no bread.  That finally came after another ten minutes.  By that time were ready to order.  It was pretty simple-  a salad to split and we each got an entree.  The salad comes-  we asked for one with peanut sauce dressing and it was actually very tasty.  But then the evening really got bad.  Out comes my steak entree, and the server asks if we planned to split it.  Um no, we had two entrees.  That's when I knew something was wrong.  My steak disappeared to the back, and we were left sitting there with no food.  I quickly realized that the server had never put in the order for the second entree.  We sat for about ten minutes before I flagged down our server and asked how long it would be.  Second lesson to restaurants-  don't lie to your patrons, it only makes them really upset.  Our server told us it would be a few more minutes since they wanted to get the salmon entree cooked just right.  Sorry, not buying it.  

    So then my steak comes out again, having obviously been thrown back on the burner to keep it warm.  But my wife is sitting there and still doesn't have any entree.  So we wait.  After ten minutes the chef finally brings out the salmon.  I cut into my steak, which was supposed to have been cooked medium.  At this point it was beyond well done, dry as a bone and completely flavorless.  I was furious.  After waiting a few more minutes since our server was clearly avoiding us at this point, I flagged her down and told her the meal was unacceptable, and asked if she had forgotten the second entree.  She started to make another excuse about the kitchen being backed up before finally admitting that she hadn't put the order in correctly, and then said she would comp our meal.  

    After being lied to twice, and having an inedible slab of meat that might have resembled steak at one point in front of me, I had no interest in either paying for it or eating it, which I told our server.  We then left, angry and hungry.  Fortunately we found another restaurant to eat at.

    I will never go back to toast and will never recommend it to anyone.

  • 11301 Rockville Pike
    Kensington, MD 20895
    2.0 étoiles

    There are a lot better choices out there to see a movie.  If you can actually find it, you are greeted by the lovely smell of burnt popcorn and whatever else they happened to burn at the moment.  The theaters are long and narrow, with very little slope in the floor, so you are looking up the whole time- the proportions of the theaters just seem wrong.  The acoustics are just as bad- if there is an action movie next door, except to hear more explosions from that movie than whatever you are trying to watch.  This place needs a lot of work.

  • 2101 L St NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    2.0 étoiles

    Pass the salt please.  And the pepper, and the sugar while you are it.

    I like the concept of this restaurant- eating healthy is a good thing.  The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the place is decorated fairly nicely.  But the food is just plain bland.  For the tartlets, only the tomato one had any real flavor or taste to it.  I tried the bison, chicken, and turkey ones too, and they all tasted about the same.  The salads/ sides were the same letdown.  I'm not a soup person, hot or cold, so I can't comment on those.  But even the cookies were bland and could have used a good dose of sugar.  I'm sorry, I really tried to like it, but it just didn't happen.

  • 2.0 étoiles

    I ended up here after unsuccessfully trying to go to Jungle Grille, which appears to have gone out of business, then trying to go to Noodles and Company, but the line was out the door.  So I settled for Boston Market.  
    The positives- relatively clean, plenty of seating, and fairly quiet.  The service was friendly and quick.  As for the food, the chicken wasn't bad-  nothing rave about but cooked well and a decent blend of spices.  The negatives-  the sides.  The mashed potatoes were dry and obviously the powder kind, and took a liberal dousing of pepper to have any flavor.  The mac and cheese was the worst.  It was barely edible-  the 99 cent mac and cheese store brand box would have tasted better.  I should have waited in line at Noodles.

  • 801 Rockville Pike
    Rockville, MD 20852
    2.0 étoiles

    Overall I didn't have a problem with the service.  I took my car here for several oil changes, a brake job, and other miscellaneous services for about a year till I moved away a few months ago.  The staff was pretty friendly.  Of course the work could have been quicker usually, but I think that goes for any service dealership.
    So why 2 stars?  That would be for the robo-calls twice a day for the past week.  Like clockwork, I would get a call from an 800 number at 9 in the morning and 9 in the afternoon.  If I missed the call or ignored it, it never left a message.  When I did pick-up, I would hear silence, a click and then be hung up on.  After a week I finally got a person on the line who said he was calling from Congressional Motors.  I honestly don't care why, and told him I didn't want any more calls.  He replied that it would take up to a month to get my name of the "list".  BS.  I never asked to put on a list for robo-calls, so take me off.  
    So if anyone from Congressional actually looks at this- giving customer's numbers to some random call service is pretty bad customer service.

  • 706 Ctr Point Way
    Gaithersburg, MD 20878
    1.0 étoiles

    We decided to try this place one night and were extremely disappointed.  First, the restaurant is dimly lit- so much so we actually thought it was closed at first until we saw the neon open sign.  We were seated quickly, and our drink order was taken and brought to the table quickly.  
    That was the end of the service at this place.  We never saw our first waitress again at our table till after the check was paid.  After 15 minutes a different waiter came over and asked if our order had been taken yet.  It was a relatively simple order- two ginger salads and five sushi items.  We then waited another ten minutes for the ginger salad- and only got one.  Oh well, we decided to share it.  After we finished that pretty quickly, we waited for the sushi to arrive.  And waited.  And waited some more.  Finally it shows up after another 20 minutes.  This entire time, we never saw a waiter or waitress come over and were never offered refills or water.  
    The sushi itself wasn't bad, but I've had better.  We finally managed to flag down the waiter for the check and two glasses of water- the check was the only thing that came quickly.  I won't be going back.

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