Anissa Approved "Eats"

Me on my culinary tour of Istanbul, Turkey.

Over the years many friends have called upon me for restaurant recommendations [in Washington, DC metro area]. Not sure why I've been summoned so frequently, but I do enjoy pointing others to "good eats." Below you will find {{Anissa approved "eats}}. My "approval" means it is one of my favorite places and have gone to more than twice. I will be updating this section often so be sure to check back.

Notes: Two and half years ago I began eating and cooking chicken after being married to a chick-a-tarian for more than five years. Yes, I caved in. I was raised vegetarian so it is no surprise that I still naturally gravitate towards vegetarian cuisine and hence the reason why many of my favorite dishes are vegetarian. Give it a try; it will not disappoint.  

Another note, I am purposely leaving out major chains for obvious reasons.

Lastly, if you'd like to recommend a restaurant/eatery, please leave a comment below! :) 

Price Range: 
$--$10 or less for an entree
$$--More than $10 for an entree
$$$--More than $20 for an entree


Asian Cuisine (including Southern Asia)

Bonchon Best Asian inspired fried chicken*
Korean Fried Chicken
107 Gibbs St, Rockville, MD 
Favorite Dishes: Soy garlic and spicy chicken strips (my husband loves the wings), edamame, and tofu bibimbop.
Price Range: $$

Hunan Manor
Chinese Cuisine
11237 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD (with another location in MD)
Favorite Dishes: Any dish with the mock chicken (especially General Tso)
Price Range: $$

Lotus Cafe Best vegetarian pho*
Vietnamese Cuisine
Address: 8077 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD (At the corner of Georgia & Sligo Avenue)
Favorite Dishes: Vegetarian pho & lemongrass tofu
Price Range: $

Indian Cuisine (Great experience with traditional setting)
Address: 4840 Boiling Brook Pkwy, Rockville, MD
Favorite Dishes: Almost all the dishes at their buffet on weekends
Price Range: $

Ren's Ramen
Japanese Ramen House (Sapporo style)
Address: 11403 Amherst Avenue, Wheaton, MD
Favorite Dish: Vegetable shio ramen (but ask for pure vegetarian broth if you don't want fish base)
Price Range: $$

Spice 6 Modern Indian
The Indian "Chipotle"
5501 Baltimore Ave, #107, Hyattsville. MD
Favorite Dish: Chicken kabob entree with all the Indian goodness and glory
Price Range: $
To read my Yelp review, click here

Thai at Silver Spring
Thai Cuisine
Address: 921E Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD
Favorite Dishes: Chicken with cashew nuts, Pad Thai (both chicken and tofu), and Tofu Pa Gow
Price Range: $

Woodlands Vegetarian Indian Restaurant Best vegetarian Indian buffet*
Vegetarian Indian cuisine
8046 New Hampshire Ave, Langley Park, MD 20783
Favorite Dishes: All of them at the weekday lunch and weekend buffet
Price Range: $

Latin Cuisine

Dona Azucena Best pupusas*
Pupuseria & Salvadoran Cuisine
Address: 8728 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring, MD (with locations in Virginia as well)
Favorite Dish: Chesse pupusa
Price Range: $
To read my Yelp review, click here

La Casita Most fresh Salvadoran restaurant*
Pupuseria & Salvadoran Cuisine
Address: 8214 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD (with another location in Germantown)
Favorite Dishes: Grilled chicken (pollo asado), enchiladas (different from Mexican enchiladas) with grilled chicken, pupusas, grilled chicken sandwich, fried yucca (cassava) with mystery yellow sauce and tamarind juice. Wish I could list the entire menu!
Price Range: $

La Sirenita
Authentic Mexican Cuisine in "Little Mexico"
4911 Edmonston Rd, Hyattsville, MD
Favorite Dishes: Chicken tostadas, chicken tacos, guarache de pollo (chicken), enchiladas, and huge jug of tamarind juice
Price Range: $

Pollo Rico Best Peruvian Chicken*
Peruvian Chicken
Address: 2517 University Blvd W., Wheaton, MD (with other locations in MD and VA)

Favorite Dish: Peruvian rotisserie chicken (with steak fries)!
Price Range: $

Taqueria 3 Reyes  Best authentic Mexican cuisine in region*
Authentic Mexican Cuisine in "Little Mexico"
5403 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale, MD (with other locations in MD)737 
Favorite Dishes: Tacos dorados de pollo (chicken), guarache de pollo (chicken) o sencillo, quesadilla (not your average quesadilla), tacos, flautas, and cebolllines (scallion onions).
Price Range: $

Misc. Category

Fenton Cafe
Crepes, crepes, and more crepes!
Address: 8311 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD
Favorite Dishes: Sauteed spinach crepe and nutella crepe (to die for)
Price Range: $

Founding Farmers
Farm-to-table concept
Address:  12505 Park Potomac Avenue, Potomac, MD (with another location in DC)
Favorite Dishes: Popcorn of the day, skillet honey butter cornbread, oven-roasted black pepper chicken wings, mushroom reuben (amazing), and fried chicken with waffles.
Price Range: $$

Great Sage Vegan Restaurant
Vegan Cuisine
5809 Clarksville Square Dr, Clarksville, MDFavorite Dish: They no longer have my favorite dish (a Mexican inspired brunch dish), but this place is delicious!
Price Range: $$ 

Rockland's Barbeque and Grilling Company
891A Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD (with other locations in DC and VA)
Favorite Dishes: Barbequed chicken and barbequed pulled chicken sandwich
Price Range: $

Washington, DC

Union Market
Market for foodies with various local vendors
Address: 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC

American Cuisine

7th Hill Best chicken salad sandwich*
Sandwiches and wood-fired pizza
Address: 327 7th Street SE, Washington, DC
Favorite Dish: 3 words-- chicken salad sandwich (the best I've ever had)
Price Range: $

Art and Soul (Inside the Liaison Hotel)
American Cuisine 
Address: 415 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Favorite Dish: Free-range fried chicken
Price Range: $$$

Ben's Chili Bowl
Chili Paradise
Address: 1213 U Street NW, Washington, DC
Favorite Dish: Vegetarian hot dog with vegetarian chili
Price Range: $

Busboys & Poets
Vegetarian, vegan, carnivorous fare with a whole lot of social justice.
2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC  with other locations in DC, MD, & VA
Favorite Dishes: Tempeh panini, turkey burger, vegan egg (tofu) scramble, and white chocolate bread pudding.
Price Range: $

Eatonville (same owner as Busboys & Poets)
Southern Cuisine
Address: 2121 14th Street NW, Washington, DC
Favorite Dishes: The Callahan (without the gravy), southern fried chicken, pan-fried vegan "chicken," cajun fries, jalapeno-gruyere heirloom grits, classis mac and cheese (the best), and honey-cornbread muffins.
Price Range: $$

Farmers, Fishers and Bakers 
Farm-to-table concept (sister restaurant of Founding Farmers)
Address: 3000 K Street NW, Washington, DC
Favorite Dish: Big country tenders
Price Range: $$

Hill Country Barbeque
Texas BBQ
Address: 410 7th Street NW, Washington, DC
Favorite Dishes: Smoked turkey, BBQ market chicken, longhorn cheddar mac & cheese (one of the best), white shoepeg corn pudding, and green bean casserole with durkee onions.  
Price Range: $$

Asian Cuisine

Kruba Thai
Thai Cuisine
Address: 300 Water Street SE, Washington, DC
Favorite Dish: Pad Thai and other noodle dishes
Price Range: $

Spices Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar
Asian Cuisine
Address: 3333 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Favorite Dishes: Seven spice tofu fries, Mee Goreng with tofu and sushi
Price Range: $

Korean BBQ Tacos
Address: Food truck and location in Union Market and Navy Yard
Favorite Dish: Chicken tacos
Price Range: $

Toki Underground
Ramen Noodle Shop
Address: 1234 H Street NE, Washington, DC
Favorite Dishes: Vegetarian ramen soup and pan-fried chicken dumplings
Price Range: $$


Good Stuff Eatery Best portabella mushroom burger*
Burger and Shake Shop
3291 M Street NW, Washington, DC with other locations in DC & VA
Favorite Dishes: Michelle Melt burger (turkey) and 'shroom burger (vegetarian). 
Price Range: $

Thunder Burger
Address: 3056 M Street NW, Washington, DC
Favorite Dish: Turkey burger
Price Range: $$

Italian Cuisine

A. Litteri
Authentic Italian Sub Shop & Market
Address: 517 Morse Street NE, Washington, DC
Favorite Dishes: Turkey sub
Price Range: $

Italian Family Style Restaurant
Address: 425 7th Street NW, Washington, DC
Favorite Dishes: Penne alla vodka and garlic bread
Price Range: $$$

Filomena Ristorante
Italian Cuisine
Address: 1063 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Favorite Dish: Ravioli Di Funghi
Price Range: $$$

Ristorante La Perla

Italian Cuisine
Address: 2600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Favorite Dish: Fettuccine Alfredo
Price Range: $$$

Latin Cuisine

El Centro D.F. 
Mexican Cuisine
Address: 1819 14th Street NW, Washington, DC with another location in DC
Favorite Dishes: Guacamole and enchiladas de queso
Price Range: $$

Lauriol Plaza and Cactus Cantina (sister restaurants)
Latin Cuisine
Addresses: 1835 18th Street NW, Washington, DC (Lauriol Plaza) and 
3300 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC (Cactus Cantina)
Favorite Dishes: Chips and salsa (the best!), chicken fajitas, veggie fajitas, pollo saltado, and tacos al carbon.
Price Range: $$

Cocina Mexicana (A Jose Andres restaurant)
Address: 407 7th Street NW, Washington, DC
Favorite Dishes: Guacamole; chilaquiles con salsa verde, queso y cilantro; quesadilla huitlacoche; tacos de hongo con crema, and taco de pollo a la parilla con aguacate. 
Price Range: $$

Super Tacos & Bakery
Authentic Mexican Cuisine
Address: 1762 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC
Favorite Dishes: Huaraches, sopes, flautas, and tacos
Price Range: $

Mediterranean Cuisine

Amsterdam Falafelshop
Falafel Shop!
Address: 2425 18th Street NW, Washington, DC with other locations in DC & MD
Favorite Dish: Falafel sandwich with fries
Price Range: $

Innovative Turkish, Lebanese, and Greek Cuisine
Address: 701 9th Street NW, Washington, DC
Favorite Dishes: Mercimek Koftesi, Ottoman Pilaf, Batata Maquliya, Lamb Bahar, and Kotopoulo Youvetsi
Price Range: $$



  1. Well it's about time! As one of the people that has bothered you with restaurant questions: Thanks!

    1. Thank you for being one of the people to motivate me to compile this long overdue list! Happy Eating! :)

  2. The chicken force is strong with this one. LOL - I know I'm a nerd :(


    1. Thank YOU for being the best eating partner. I love you, hubby!