Kantutas Restaurant

2462 Ennalls Ave
Wheaton, 20902
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Because I normally don't, but I'm giving five bold red yelp stars to this hidden gem. I came out of Kantutas feeling fully satisfied and told myself this is what heaven must be like. I've eaten out at a countless number of restaurants, but this is one I will remember. A pal described silpancho to me and then had the nerve to send me out to Kantutas. Boy am I glad he did. This spot had me coming back twice for back-to-back lunches! This small full-service restaurant was clean and had such a homey, ethnic feel to it, awesome. The first time through, we had no clue what was going on, so we approached the counter and the gentleman who speaks decent english explained the menu to us a little. Each food item has an english translation. However, the specials, which I will talk about, are in spanish (use your phone to translate it!). Silpancho, say it out loud, sil-pan-cho, put it in your personal dictionary. When it was described to me, I was like what is there not to like on the plate? This dish was mouthwatering. White rice, marinated beef, lightly breaded and quickly fried, topped with two poached eggs, fresh tomatoes, red onions, jalapenos and two pieces of perfectly cooked potatoes, which appear to be steamed or boiled and then fried. I would've preferred the eggs to be more runny or even fried over easy but who cares! There's a universal chili lime dressing that apparently goes with everything and it sure can. The highlight was this mystery sauce which was put on our table, which to me brought the dish to another level. The lady who brought out our glorious plates, walked up to put what looked like a mayo based sauce on the table and then turned around and left, didn't say a word. This has to be good and why yes it was, half the bottle was gone when we left, thanks! Anticucho (beef hearts) is something I adore if it's done right. I've had bad, chewy ones before and yeah, simply unappetizing. These here were absolutely the best I've had. I always complimented Carbon in Rockville, but step aside, the anticuchos here are truly delicious. PERFECTLY marinated, not over salted, awesome texture and very tender. It's served with a peanut, mustard like sauce, oh and lather it up with the chili lime dressing and you have yourself shouting hallelujah. I went back the following day for their lunch special. What's really great, at least to me, is that you don't know what the special is the next day. I asked the guy there and he said it changes everyday, heck yeah. I had the beef in the silpancho, over white rice, but it was covered with this tomato, red pepper type sauce. Again, so delicioso. Anticuchos were just as good and consistent, colleague got the carne asada which was done very well, tender, full of flavor. Portions are very generous here. I hope this place never closes and stays in business a very long time. If feels so homey in here, from the decor to the staff and you have this sense the food is just as authentic as it is back home. It's hard to find these restaurants nowadays where cooks and chefs are trying to hard. KEEP IT SIMPLE! This spot is one of a kind and I will be back to support them.
Definitely one of the best Bolivian restaurants in MoCo! Both my parents are Bolivian and let me tell you we were hoping a great Bolivian restaurant would come around this area. The salteñas are not good especially since I compare them to my mothers and hers great! But just like the rest of the reviewers said, the Silpancho is very good and very big! I love the Sopa de Mani nice and piping hot add some aji colordado and you got your self a big delicious bowl of Bolivian love!! Something that I would recommend everyone to try is the Anticucho (Anti-ku-cho). They only sell it on weekends and it goes fast. For my more daring yelper, I would highly recommend this dish. You will love it. If I tell you what it is some ppl may not want to try it but you have to because I am sure you will find it surprisingly amazing! It is beef heart. Thinly sliced, skewered and grilled. It is typically served with potato and a spicy peanut sauce on the side. So flavorful, you will truly not even know your eating heart. It tastes like delicious smoky thinly sliced grilled meat. Good priced and you get 4 very long skewers. Its also nice that they expanded and there is more room to sit now!
Review: I've been here a dozen or so times in the past year. The Silpancho is great. The Pique Macho, not so much. The peanut soup (only on Tuesdays) is good. The empanadas are EXCELLENT! Cost: $12.50 for the Silpancho and $1.75 (maybe now $2) for the empanadas. Those are my regulars so I know the prices. Service: Very friendly family owned business and you don't have to speak Spanish to order although most people in the restaurant are spanish speaking (which is a great sign). Note: Parking is basically street parking, meter only. There is a huge lot just South of the restaurant. There is NO A/C so go when the weather is cool.

(301) 929-2865

Latin American

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Caramelo Bakery

11301 Georgia Ave
Wheaton, 20902
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Pan dulce, alfajores y otras galletas, pasteles, empanadas, todo a buen precio, recién hecho. Tambien ofrece desayunos y almuerzos. El servicio es rápido, en una ubicación accesible.
Love the cheese bread & jelly rolls. So delicious! Their cakes are not the best I've had but pretty darn good. Saltenias are amazing, they taste homemade. I wish I could give them 4.75 stars. Staff is always friendly!
Caramelo Bakery is pretty damn good and very cheap. For Halloween I was looking for goodies to bring to the office. It was close by so I gave it a shot. I'm used to buying desserts in D.C. which are a couple of bucks more than the ones in Wheaton, MD. so I was expecting a certain dollar amount. I was very pleasantly impressed by the size of the desserts and the prices of them. I ordered some tiramisu looking pastries that came in different flavors. I got the Oreo, Mocha, Chocolate and Caramel. They were a big hit in the office and some of them had to cut them in half because of the size. They were quickly devoured and the crowd gave it a thumbs up! A big thumbs up.

(301) 942-9330

Bakeries, Desserts, Ethnic Food

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Filippo’s Italian Specialties

11224 Triangle Ln
Wheaton, 20902
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So sad. I'm on my "moving to North Carolina" food tour and stopped by today for a Panino sub. The proscuitto was filled with fat and stringy stuff. I'm so upset. I wanted this to be a fond farewell and the sub is going in the trash. Perhaps Filppo's changed vendors/food suppliers since changing their name from Marchone's to Filippo's Italian Specialties. Awful. Don't get me wrong. Service is fabulous. Quality of food has tanked.
Mmmmm.... Subs... Cookies... I needed GPS to find this place. It's off on a side street and I would have never known it was there!! On the outside, it looks like it has no frills... And well it doesn't. Just good food. Went in and the sub orders are done in the back. I ordered the cold cut and had the sub maker make it the way it should be made! I was being open minded and trusting that I would get the best sub possible. And it was. The bread was brushed with oil and a thin coat of hot peppers. The meat and other toppings complimented it nicely. Yum! If you're not going to eat yr sub right away-- tell them. They can give you the oil and hot peppers on the side... And you can put them on right when you're going to eat it. The staff was very friendly. Last- the cookies. Very good. Amaretti and lemon drops... Tasty. I should have tried more!!
I'm originally from the DC area, and whenever I'm back in town, I always make sure to stop by Filippo's. I've tried most of the delis various people have told me are good(Santucci's, Continental, etc), and I have to say Filippo's is decisively the best. The main attraction at Filippo's is the cold cuts, of which there are a decent variety. I usually opt for the traditional italian with capiccola, salami, and provolone, although all the sandwiches I've tried have been excellent. The quality of the meats is top notch, and the proportioning of the ingredients is ideal. The sandwiches are neither overly loaded up with meat so that you can't taste anything else, nor drenched in oil until the bread is soggy. I also appreciate that Filippo's offers cherry peppers for a touch of heat rather than the pickled banana peppers offered by many sub shops, which I find too sour. Do note that Filippo's makes their cold cuts Jersey-style with oil-based deli dressing, so if you want mayonnaise you have to ask(and yes I will judge you). There are two options for bread: hard and soft rolls(except on Sundays when there are no hard rolls). The soft rolls are great, although after several hours they can start to get a little soggy from the oil and veggies. Still, if you buy a sandwich intending to eat it in the near future, it won't be an issue. The hard rolls are tasty but I find them a bit too hard to make good sandwiches. The space also houses a small Italian grocery. I haven't bought many of the canned/jarred Italian items, but it is convenient if you decide you want to pick up some chips or a drink with your sandwich. And Filippo, the owner, is refreshingly amiable in an area not known for its friendly shopkeepers. He makes small talk, remembers regulars, and is great with kids. All in all, if you want a cold cut and you're in the Wheaton area, Filippo's is the choice. You won't be disappointed.

(301) 949-4150

Grocery, Sandwiches

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Mi Mariachi

2715 University Blvd W
Wheaton, 20902
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Food delicious ... The ceviche very fresh, the Service very nice ... The only thing I didnt like was that the Manager treat poorly to One employee. I hope These doesn't happen anymore...

(301) 929-8577

Mexican

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Ledo Pizza

2638 University Blvd W
Wheaton, 20902
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If you've never been to Ledo's in the DMV, something is wrong with you. Great subs, pizza, appetizers and more. Service at this location in particular is excellent and have never had a problem with Sam (manager) or his staff. Courteous, professional and overall pleasant experience. Also for you footy nuts, it's a great place to watch a Champions League match midday as the hosts are always accommodating to turn on their 70' TV.

(301) 929-6111

Pizza, Salad, Chicken Wings

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Thai Taste by Kob

11315 Fern St
Wheaton, 20902
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Yum!! 5 Stars for the food, 4 for the service! My husband and I just left this place and were amazed at how deliciously flavorful the food was! We had (and definitely recommend) the spring rolls and pork skewers for appetizers and for dinner the paeneng curry and another dish, can't remember the name, that had wide egg noodles, peppers, onions, beef, basil, and some kind of ginger glaze (spicy dish!).... It really was an incredible meal! The place was pretty packed (it only has like 10 tables anyway) on a Tuesday night, and the waitress was all by herself. The kitchen had our food out in what I thought was a timely manner, and our waitress was doing the best she could. They definitely could've had extra help around there, though. Also, the chef/owner Kob was out thanking people for coming! Very refreshing! We live 3 hours away but visit DC area once a month...we will definitely be here next month!
Worst Thai food I ever had!! The funky smell in the restaurant is exactly what all the dishes tasted like.
This place might just be my new favorite Thai restaurant!!! It's located behind a grocery store, so it's not very visible and easy to miss. I ordered the Num Tuk (not sure if it's on the menu), it's the same as the floating market noodle at Nava Thai. They give you the bean spouts and crispy pork on a separate plate, so they don't get soggy. The broth was very flavorful and rich. Also, they give you the condiment tray so you can determine your level of spiciness. My boyfriend ordered a beef pad see ew and he was very pleased as well. The server we had was very nice and attentive and he took the time to explain what type of noodles they had since I couldn't decide. The parking lot says it's only for grocery store customers, but we asked and they said we are able to park in the lot as well. Will definitely be coming back!

(301) 942-0288

Thai

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The Limerick Pub

11301 Elkin St
Wheaton, 20902
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This is probably the best neighborhood pub in Wheaton. It definitely has that feel to it. Pretty sure the bartender is Irish and can swear really well if the situation calls for it. There's live music here all the time. The food is really good. I've had the burger, shepherds pie, and meat loaf. Damn that meat loaf is tasty. It reminds me of that time I was in County Kerry and old man O'Malley invited me over to hammer some nails in his barn. Well we got to hammering as we will and by the end of the day we nailed shut the door to his house and to the tractor. It was a wee bit of a pickle, but his missus made a fine meatloaf and it gave us the extra energy to undo all the doing we did. And got done. And so it goes in County Kerry.
We love this pub! The owner is salty and appropriately accented and can out curse me (which is an impressive accomplishment on its own). They have beers my husband likes and a cider on tap. We always get something to eat while we're there. All of the food has been awesome with only one exception. We are normally there for dinner or after dinner, but we've been once for breakfast. That's the exception to the awesome food, but only part of it. The only thing that doesn't get five stars is the eggs benedict. That only gets three stars. The potatoes that came with the eggs were incredible though. My husband's breakfast was perfect. I got a mimosa, which was good. Overall we are always happy here. Good staff good food and good drinks.
I stopped there on my way home from school and realized that there is a live Irish band playing!!! What a great laphroig evening for a rockville visitor!

(301) 946-3232

Pubs, Irish, American (Traditional)

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Saigonese Restaurant

11232 Grandview Ave
Wheaton, 20902
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Oliver Twist would be at a loss for words. I, like many others, got the Bun bo hue. But I butchered the pronunciation so harshly that our waiter let out a chuckle. "Can I get the Bun Boe Huey" Chuckle "How do you pronounce it?" Bun Bow Hway Kinda reminds me of the time I was auditioning for the fall play "It was a mere ... Fox Paws" audience bursts into laughter *It's Pho Pa "Oh..." *Face turning red* The soup a little less complex than I thought it was going to be, by looking at it. But, to be honest, that did not stop me from pour 1000 spoonfuls down my gullet at a meeting with a local community organizer. It had a the perfect amount of spice for someone like me. Someone who like's spice... but can't handle alot of spice. I would say a 5 on my 1-10 scale. Sidney (Community Organizer) recommended Saigonese and I'm glad that she did. That's three for three Sidney! Caramello, Thai Taste, and now Saigonese. I can't wait to eat what you suggest next. I took the liberty of getting a Banh Mi too. How could you not when they are 3.50? I decided to go adverturous with the Xiu Mai Ban Mi. Which I had to wikipedia before hand and found out that it was vietnamese meatballs in a sauce. I was a little surprised that it was served cold, but at the same time, this did not stop me from shoving half of the sandwich down my gullet. Service was good, waters were kept full. Atmosphere was nice... aside some rude ratchet B who decided to play loud latin music out of her phone while we were eating. Me and Sidney were like "uhhhhhhh". I'd definitely go back!
Their food is beyond amazing I just love coming here to eat their food their pho is the best also their bank mí too
I've been to this restaurant several times, and I have to say this: Banh Mi. Banh Mi for lunch. Banh Mi for dinner. Banh Mi for a hearty snack. Over, and over, and over again. At $3 a pop, you really can't go wrong. Just remember to ask for the pate. The bread is perfectly baked with a firmer crust and soft middle. I had the pleasure of trying it right out the oven...and today, I'm tempted to go back for more. The shredded chicken was tasty, but next time it'll be grilled beef or chicken :) If you get a group together, its buy 5 get 1 free! They also have a good selection of soup (including pho) as well as tasty-looking vegetarian options. For this visit I tried the beef pho. It was tasty and well-prepared, however, it lacked that special kick. My guess is ginger, but it could also be the star anise. There simply wasn't enough oomph, and it needed a dash a sricacha. It also lacked cilantro, which really takes it down a notch. Or maybe I'm just obsessed with cilantro. Either way...meh. The beef in grape leaves were absolutely divine! I'm used to Greek-style dolmades, so this was an interesting take on it. The meat had a chewy texture that reminded me of a hot dog, but denser and minus the weird aftertaste. The Saigonese beef dish is also delicious, and contains enough meat for two people. The summer rolls were perfect with shrimp, sans pork. It's just fresher that way, and they're so tasty that peanut sauce can be an option not a requirement! If you're feeling adventurous, try the soup with pineapple! It's very tasty yet surprising...perfect for someone that enjoys the stranger food in life :D I'll be back...very soon.

(301) 946-8002

Vietnamese

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Paul Kee Restaurant

11305 Georgia Ave,Ste B
Wheaton, 20902
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I've been eating at Paul Kee since I was a little tot, the food quality hasn't changed. Nor has the decor and the staff. The food is always delicious. The char xiu, sour cabbage and squid and the duck are always my personal favorites. This place seems to cater to more Asian taste buds rather than Americanizing everything. I think if you are unfamiliar with the menu, try going with someone who has been here before and knows the menu pretty well. Also, they stay open late so it's great to come by here on the weekends after a long night of partying.
You know you've arrive at the right place when you see the hanging poultry behind the display case! Everything they serve is authentic Chinese food; not the Americanize junk we're used to. Order the snow pea leaves or the watercrest! Salt and pepper beef short ribs are my favorite! You won't see this on the menu, but order the egg noodles with duck and beef brisket! Amen. The only knock is the parking; but that's Wheaton for you. Try also: Lemon chicken (tastes like cake)!
We've been coming here for years and it is still my favorite chinese food restaurant. My favorite is the beef with sour cabbage. Kids like the sesame chicken. My husband likes the black pepper beef. It is all very tasty and well prepared. The stir fried chinese spinach with garlic is yummy. I forget what they call it. It is not regular spinach. It is a no fuss place without the frills but great food!

(301) 933-6886

Chinese

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New Kam Fong

2400 University Blvd W
Wheaton, 20902
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On our way to DC, we stumbled upon this Chinese restaurant in what appeared to be a small strip-mall. We weren't too sure about this place based simply on the exterior, but it was late and we were hungry so we gave it a shot. "Don't judge a book by its cover" has never been more true in my life. The food I had here far surpassed my expectations in terms of authenticity, taste, and portions and the affordability added to my astonishment. In no particular order, I ordered: 1) Roast Crispy Pig (chopped from the slab hanging near the register) 9/10 2) Char Siu/Roast Pork 8/10 3) Fried Tofu (Round/Circular in shape) with vegetables 10/10 4) Sautéed Abalone with Chinese Vegetables 7.5/10 5) Shredded Pork Chow Mein 7.5/10 6) Chicken Corn Soup 8.5/10 7) Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables with Flounder Fillet 9/10 Overall Experience: Excellent Food: Excellent/Impressed Service: Great (courteous and attentive waitstaff, but may present a turnover issue if presented with full occupancy) Will I be back? If I happen to be in the DC area, this will be a mandatory stop.
Customer Service: some of the nicest people I've ever met at Chinese restaurants. And I have little to no expectations for customer service when I eat at places like these. But they were very welcoming, happy, and on point with their service. My water was refilled multiple times without me asking for it and I was also checked on a few times. Food: I was in the mood for some chicken so I ordered their general tso chicken and fried shrimp balls as an appetizer. Both were decent, nothing special. I could swear that it wasn't all 100% chicken. Would I order those things again? No. Would I give this place another try? Maybe- just because they were so nice. They give you some semi-sweet bread thing for dessert which was interesting.
Decent food, but dishonest. My family lives close by, so we thought that we'd give them a try. We ordered several dishes for carry out. When we went to pick up the food, the total was higher than expected. We asked why it was so expensive and the owner said that the prices were all higher now and we had an old menu. It seemed like a good enough explanation, but I could have sworn our menu was up to date. When I got home, I compared the menus and they WERE different, but the prices were the same - so basically they overcharged us for no reason. As for food, we liked three of the five dishes. The walnut shrimp had very large shrimp and even though I thought it was a little too sweet, everyone loved it. The crispy beef had really good flavor and was a little spicy - just how we liked it. It was a bit too chewy, so the 2 kids had trouble eating it. The chow mien Cantonese style was good with the part crispy and part soft noodles. The sizzling flounder dish was disappointing. It was just pieces of bland fish with green peppers. The seafood casserole had a slightly sour taste to it, only three shrimp, and tons of tofu. Some of the dishes were really good, but I won't be back! If you go, I'd caution you to check your tab and not get ripped off!

(301) 933-6388

Chinese

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