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Stuffed pork belly at Kuya Ja’s.
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Where to Eat and Drink in Rockville

Find everything from Filipino pork belly and gourmet pizzas to Peruvian stir-fry

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Stuffed pork belly at Kuya Ja’s.
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This ever-changing Maryland suburb plays host to restaurants that bring the rest of the world home to local diners. The latest crop of new arrivals includes the recently relocated Italian dining mainstay Amici Miei, another outpost of Korean barbecue chain Honey Pig, and funky Asian food hall the Spot.

Here are 12 essential restaurants, both new and old, worth getting to know in Rockville.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. IL Pizzico

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15209 Frederick Rd
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 309-0610
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This neighborhood restaurant features specialty pastas, seafood, and meats prepared in classic Italian fashion. Popular dishes include a mushroom ravioli, and tagliatelle with shrimp and scallops. The wine list favors imported Italian reds, but there’s also some refreshing whites as well as a few sparklers.

An octopus dish at Il Pizzico.
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2. Urban Bar-B-Que (Multiple locations)

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5566 Norbeck Rd
Rockville, MD 20853
(301) 460-0050
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In addition to serving all the barbecue standards (smoked meats, cornbread, mac and cheese), this homegrown chain puts its stamp on the genre with its chili and cheese-fueled “redneck fondue.” Buffalo-style pulled chicken tacos, and Fritos-filled chili bowls.

Saucy pork ribs at Urban Bar-B-Que.
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3. Peter Chang (Multiple locations)

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20-A Maryland Ave
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 838-9188
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Cult Chinese chef Peter Chang prepares a variety of fan favorites at his Rockville restaurant, including the balloon-like scallion bubble pancakes, crispy pork belly, and skewers of savory lamb. Spice addicts know to go for dishes with the thrilling ma la seasoning.

Lamb kebabs at Peter Chang.
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4. La Limena

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765 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 424-8066
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This local favorite caters to fans of Peruvian cooking with dishes ranging from spice-crusted rotisserie chicken and steak-studded lomo saltado to stir-fried rice layered with shrimp, eggs, and scallions. The budding restaurant group recently added a companion grill just down the road.

A seafood dish at La Limena.
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5. A&J (Multiple locations)

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1319 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 251-7878
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This cherished dim sum destination tucked into a shopping center also serves terrific fried pork dishes, thousand-layer pancakes, and satisfying tofu creations. It’s also a great go-to spot for anyone looking for Christmas Day dining options.

Assorted offerings at A&J.
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6. Mykonos Grill

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121 Congressional Ln
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 770-5999
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This nearly 30-year-old restaurant sports the look and feel of the Mediterranean, surrounding diners with stark white walls and light blue accents reminiscent of the Greek islands. Featured offerings range from meat-filled grape leaves and grilled lamb chops to eggplant-laced moussaka smothered in creamy bechamel sauce.

Traditional Greek dishes at Mykonos Grill.
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7. Pizza CS

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1596 Rockville Pike B
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 833-8090
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Some of the best Neapolitan pizza in the area might be hidden at this local charmer. Pizza CS prepares 11-inch, wood-fired pies suitable for one person — so those dining in a group should be prepared to share featured offerings including burrata-topped margherita or white pizzas coated in Parmesan cream. Save room for a Nutella pizza for dessert.

A wood-fired sausage pie at Pizza CS.
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8. Matchbox (Multiple locations)

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1699 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 816-0369
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Suburbanites can get a taste of the homegrown chain known for its fancy pizzas, gourmet sliders, and upscale cocktails right on Rockville Pike. Unlike in D.C, the power lunch crew here may have more strollers in tow.

A gourmet pie and cocktail at Matchbox.
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9. Akira Ramen & Izakaya

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1800 Rockville Pike, Unit H1
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 242-3669
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This recent addition to the area serves traditional Japanese fare including ramen, udon, and buckwheat soba noodles. Locals love the okonomiyaki, a shrimp and bacon-laced pancake made with rice flour, eggs, and cabbage, and topped with a cream sauce.

Akira Ramen does more than serve soup.
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10. Urban Hot Pot

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1800 Rockville Pike H2
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 669-6710
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This all-you-can eat soup haven includes a choice of broth and ingredients; load up the bubbling vessels at each table with fresh seafood, meat, vegetables, and noodles. Orders are placed via iPad, the selected ingredients are presented to each customer at their dedicated burner, and then the stirring and slurping begins.

Customers tending to multiple bubbling broths at Urban Hot Pot.
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11. Silver Diner (Multiple locations)

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12276 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 770-2828
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This homegrown chain of throwback diners, which started in Rockville, keeps taking comfort food to new levels. The current menu focuses on food that’s locally sourced, kid-friendly, and increasingly vegetarian/gluten-free. Featured offerings range from avocado toast with eggs and miso-glazed meatless burgers to fully dressed turkey dinners and meatloaf with gravy.

A grain bowl topped with shrimp at Silver Diner.
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12. Kuya Ja's

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5268-H, Nicholson Ln
Rockville, MD 20895
(240) 669-4383
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No longer a pop-up, this Filipino restaurant now serves its roasted, stuffed pork belly full-time. Other traditional offerings include adobo chicken (wings or sandwiches), savory sissig, sweet longanisa sausage, and other Southeast Asian favorites.

Assorted offerings at fast-casual Filipino restaurant Kuya Ja’s.
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1. IL Pizzico

15209 Frederick Rd, Rockville, MD 20850
An octopus dish at Il Pizzico.
Evie B./Yelp

This neighborhood restaurant features specialty pastas, seafood, and meats prepared in classic Italian fashion. Popular dishes include a mushroom ravioli, and tagliatelle with shrimp and scallops. The wine list favors imported Italian reds, but there’s also some refreshing whites as well as a few sparklers.

15209 Frederick Rd
Rockville, MD 20850

2. Urban Bar-B-Que (Multiple locations)

5566 Norbeck Rd, Rockville, MD 20853
Saucy pork ribs at Urban Bar-B-Que.
Urban Bar-B-Que/Facebook

In addition to serving all the barbecue standards (smoked meats, cornbread, mac and cheese), this homegrown chain puts its stamp on the genre with its chili and cheese-fueled “redneck fondue.” Buffalo-style pulled chicken tacos, and Fritos-filled chili bowls.

5566 Norbeck Rd
Rockville, MD 20853

3. Peter Chang (Multiple locations)

20-A Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850
Lamb kebabs at Peter Chang.
Quijana B./Yelp

Cult Chinese chef Peter Chang prepares a variety of fan favorites at his Rockville restaurant, including the balloon-like scallion bubble pancakes, crispy pork belly, and skewers of savory lamb. Spice addicts know to go for dishes with the thrilling ma la seasoning.

20-A Maryland Ave
Rockville, MD 20850

4. La Limena

765 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
A seafood dish at La Limena.
La Limena/Facebook

This local favorite caters to fans of Peruvian cooking with dishes ranging from spice-crusted rotisserie chicken and steak-studded lomo saltado to stir-fried rice layered with shrimp, eggs, and scallions. The budding restaurant group recently added a companion grill just down the road.

765 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

5. A&J (Multiple locations)

1319 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Assorted offerings at A&J.
Mauricio Rivera/Facebook

This cherished dim sum destination tucked into a shopping center also serves terrific fried pork dishes, thousand-layer pancakes, and satisfying tofu creations. It’s also a great go-to spot for anyone looking for Christmas Day dining options.

1319 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

6. Mykonos Grill

121 Congressional Ln, Rockville, MD 20852
Traditional Greek dishes at Mykonos Grill.
Mykonos Grill/Facebook

This nearly 30-year-old restaurant sports the look and feel of the Mediterranean, surrounding diners with stark white walls and light blue accents reminiscent of the Greek islands. Featured offerings range from meat-filled grape leaves and grilled lamb chops to eggplant-laced moussaka smothered in creamy bechamel sauce.

121 Congressional Ln
Rockville, MD 20852

7. Pizza CS

1596 Rockville Pike B, Rockville, MD 20852
A wood-fired sausage pie at Pizza CS.
Pizza CS/Facebook

Some of the best Neapolitan pizza in the area might be hidden at this local charmer. Pizza CS prepares 11-inch, wood-fired pies suitable for one person — so those dining in a group should be prepared to share featured offerings including burrata-topped margherita or white pizzas coated in Parmesan cream. Save room for a Nutella pizza for dessert.

1596 Rockville Pike B
Rockville, MD 20852

8. Matchbox (Multiple locations)

1699 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
A gourmet pie and cocktail at Matchbox.
Matchbox/Facebook

Suburbanites can get a taste of the homegrown chain known for its fancy pizzas, gourmet sliders, and upscale cocktails right on Rockville Pike. Unlike in D.C, the power lunch crew here may have more strollers in tow.

1699 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

9. Akira Ramen & Izakaya

1800 Rockville Pike, Unit H1, Rockville, MD 20852
Akira Ramen does more than serve soup.
Rita W./Yelp

This recent addition to the area serves traditional Japanese fare including ramen, udon, and buckwheat soba noodles. Locals love the okonomiyaki, a shrimp and bacon-laced pancake made with rice flour, eggs, and cabbage, and topped with a cream sauce.

1800 Rockville Pike, Unit H1
Rockville, MD 20852

10. Urban Hot Pot

1800 Rockville Pike H2, Rockville, MD 20852
Customers tending to multiple bubbling broths at Urban Hot Pot.
Jenny Y./Yelp

This all-you-can eat soup haven includes a choice of broth and ingredients; load up the bubbling vessels at each table with fresh seafood, meat, vegetables, and noodles. Orders are placed via iPad, the selected ingredients are presented to each customer at their dedicated burner, and then the stirring and slurping begins.

1800 Rockville Pike H2
Rockville, MD 20852

11. Silver Diner (Multiple locations)

12276 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
A grain bowl topped with shrimp at Silver Diner.
Silver Diner/Facebook

This homegrown chain of throwback diners, which started in Rockville, keeps taking comfort food to new levels. The current menu focuses on food that’s locally sourced, kid-friendly, and increasingly vegetarian/gluten-free. Featured offerings range from avocado toast with eggs and miso-glazed meatless burgers to fully dressed turkey dinners and meatloaf with gravy.

12276 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

12. Kuya Ja's

5268-H, Nicholson Ln, Rockville, MD 20895
Assorted offerings at fast-casual Filipino restaurant Kuya Ja’s.
Kuya Ja’s/Facebook

No longer a pop-up, this Filipino restaurant now serves its roasted, stuffed pork belly full-time. Other traditional offerings include adobo chicken (wings or sandwiches), savory sissig, sweet longanisa sausage, and other Southeast Asian favorites.

5268-H, Nicholson Ln
Rockville, MD 20895

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