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Where to Eat and Drink in Silver Spring

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Neighboring Silver Spring, Maryland is home to locals who want a taste of the suburbs but crave that immediate proximity to the District. While the downtown marketplace remains the central hub for entertainment, there are several culinary gems dotted around the perimeter, from old-guard restaurants to family-friendly modern chains. The best part about coming to visit? Once the exploratory eating’s done, stick around to shop for a new outfit or catch a movie — all within a one-mile radius of the bustling city center.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Vegetable Garden

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3830 International Dr
Silver Spring, MD

This vegan and vegetarian friendly outpost serves several mock versions of dishes like veggie beef with broccoli, sweet and sour veggie chicken, and Kung Pao veggie chicken. It also serves sushi, veggie burgers, hot pot, and features a gluten-free menu that includes tofu steak and pineapple fried rice.

2. Bump 'N Grind

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1200 E West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD
(301) 588-8000
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In addition to offering a full range of coffee options (pour-over, French press, Americano), this music-minded spot hosts live acts, DJs and sells records in the shop. It also collaborated with gluten-free producer Bjørn's Bakes on a key lime and coconut cookie called the Kokomo, named in honor of the iconic Beach Boys song.

3. Eggspectation (Multiple locations)

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923 Ellsworth Dr
Silver Spring, MD
(301) 585-1700
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This popular chain serves breakfast all day long. Go easy with a freshly blended beverage from the juice bar or a berry-filled breakfast parfait. Carbo-load with pancakes, waffles or French toast. Meanwhile, eggs are served poached, grilled, scrambled, sunny side up, topped with hollandaise, just the whites, tucked in a burrito, on a bagel, with a crepe (or IN a crepe).

4. Hen Quarter (Multiple locations)

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919 Ellsworth Dr
Silver Spring, MD

This restaurant fully embraces the bird; case in point: transforming the classic BLT into something like a southern-style club sandwich. There’s also short rib and catfish “frites,” chicken-fried pork chops, as well as an on-trend hot chicken sandwich. Want to go easy on the poultry? Try the fried green tomatoes or the hot pimento cheese skillet, served with warm naan.

5. Masa Hibachi Steak House & Sushi

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921 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring Center, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Silver Spring, MD
(301) 608-8989
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This traditional Japanese steakhouse cooks up food hibachi-style, and also features sushi including the Out of Control Roll (tuna, salmon, avocado, and yellowtail topped with black roe), Sea Breeze Roll (lime, striped bass, chili sauce), and Lion King Roll (spicy tuna, spicy mayo, tempura salmon/shrimp, topped with fish egg).

6. Pacci's Neapolitan Pizzeria

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8113 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD
(301) 588-1011
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This family-owned restaurant turns out Italian favorites including calzones, signature white- and red-sauced pizza, house-made meatballs, and more. Order several dishes, such as the Napoli pizza (anchovies, black olives, and basil), Quattro Stagioni pizza (four-in-one pie featuring mozzarella, salami and ham, mushrooms and tomatoes) and a Calabrese (salami and sausage) calzone for the table. Not to be missed is the dessert menu, which includes chocolate profiteroles, limoncello shortcake, and Nutella pizza.

7. Mandalay Restaurant

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930 Bonifant St
Silver Spring, MD
(301) 585-0500
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At this Burmese restaurant, flavors of curry, ginger, and cilantro dominate. kayann thee gyaw (eggplant fritters), let thoke sone (mixed noodles), and thinn bawthee thoke (green papaya salad) are just some of the delectable options offered. Close things out with brown sugar and coconut sticky rice, or coconut ice cream — served in a coconut shell, no less.

Coconut ice cream at Mandalay Restaurant.
[Ching C./Yelp]

8. Burgerfi (Multiple locations)

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8504 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD
(301) 565-2100
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Burgerfi focuses on gourmet burgers, fries, shakes, and beer.The C.E.O. Burger sports truffle aioli, candied bacon-tomato jam, and a patty blended with Wagyu beef and brisket, while the Conflicted Burger pokes fun at itself, waffling between the veggie and the meat world with its two types of patties. There’s also a strictly vegetarian option, two styles of hot dog, onion rings and crispy fries.

9. Addis Ababa

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8233 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD
(301) 589-1400
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Addis Ababa has been in the neighborhood for more than 35 years, reliably serving great vegetarian dishes, meaty platters of doro wat, and fresh spongy, injera bread. Open until 11 p.m. during the week and midnight on weekends, the restaurant also offers a traditional, hand-prepped Ethiopian coffee service (a 20-plus minute affair).

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1. The Vegetable Garden

3830 International Dr, Silver Spring, MD

This vegan and vegetarian friendly outpost serves several mock versions of dishes like veggie beef with broccoli, sweet and sour veggie chicken, and Kung Pao veggie chicken. It also serves sushi, veggie burgers, hot pot, and features a gluten-free menu that includes tofu steak and pineapple fried rice.

3830 International Dr
Silver Spring, MD

2. Bump 'N Grind

1200 E West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD

In addition to offering a full range of coffee options (pour-over, French press, Americano), this music-minded spot hosts live acts, DJs and sells records in the shop. It also collaborated with gluten-free producer Bjørn's Bakes on a key lime and coconut cookie called the Kokomo, named in honor of the iconic Beach Boys song.

1200 E West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD

3. Eggspectation (Multiple locations)

923 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD

This popular chain serves breakfast all day long. Go easy with a freshly blended beverage from the juice bar or a berry-filled breakfast parfait. Carbo-load with pancakes, waffles or French toast. Meanwhile, eggs are served poached, grilled, scrambled, sunny side up, topped with hollandaise, just the whites, tucked in a burrito, on a bagel, with a crepe (or IN a crepe).

923 Ellsworth Dr
Silver Spring, MD

4. Hen Quarter (Multiple locations)

919 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD

This restaurant fully embraces the bird; case in point: transforming the classic BLT into something like a southern-style club sandwich. There’s also short rib and catfish “frites,” chicken-fried pork chops, as well as an on-trend hot chicken sandwich. Want to go easy on the poultry? Try the fried green tomatoes or the hot pimento cheese skillet, served with warm naan.

919 Ellsworth Dr
Silver Spring, MD

5. Masa Hibachi Steak House & Sushi

921 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring Center, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Silver Spring, MD

This traditional Japanese steakhouse cooks up food hibachi-style, and also features sushi including the Out of Control Roll (tuna, salmon, avocado, and yellowtail topped with black roe), Sea Breeze Roll (lime, striped bass, chili sauce), and Lion King Roll (spicy tuna, spicy mayo, tempura salmon/shrimp, topped with fish egg).

921 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring Center, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Silver Spring, MD

6. Pacci's Neapolitan Pizzeria

8113 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD

This family-owned restaurant turns out Italian favorites including calzones, signature white- and red-sauced pizza, house-made meatballs, and more. Order several dishes, such as the Napoli pizza (anchovies, black olives, and basil), Quattro Stagioni pizza (four-in-one pie featuring mozzarella, salami and ham, mushrooms and tomatoes) and a Calabrese (salami and sausage) calzone for the table. Not to be missed is the dessert menu, which includes chocolate profiteroles, limoncello shortcake, and Nutella pizza.

8113 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD

7. Mandalay Restaurant

930 Bonifant St, Silver Spring, MD
Coconut ice cream at Mandalay Restaurant.
[Ching C./Yelp]

At this Burmese restaurant, flavors of curry, ginger, and cilantro dominate. kayann thee gyaw (eggplant fritters), let thoke sone (mixed noodles), and thinn bawthee thoke (green papaya salad) are just some of the delectable options offered. Close things out with brown sugar and coconut sticky rice, or coconut ice cream — served in a coconut shell, no less.

930 Bonifant St
Silver Spring, MD

8. Burgerfi (Multiple locations)

8504 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD

Burgerfi focuses on gourmet burgers, fries, shakes, and beer.The C.E.O. Burger sports truffle aioli, candied bacon-tomato jam, and a patty blended with Wagyu beef and brisket, while the Conflicted Burger pokes fun at itself, waffling between the veggie and the meat world with its two types of patties. There’s also a strictly vegetarian option, two styles of hot dog, onion rings and crispy fries.

8504 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD

9. Addis Ababa

8233 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD

Addis Ababa has been in the neighborhood for more than 35 years, reliably serving great vegetarian dishes, meaty platters of doro wat, and fresh spongy, injera bread. Open until 11 p.m. during the week and midnight on weekends, the restaurant also offers a traditional, hand-prepped Ethiopian coffee service (a 20-plus minute affair).

8233 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD

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