Foodie News: DC Metro's Top 40, Food Service Inspections Go Digital, $5 Food Challenge

Food and restaurant news from around Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods.

Get caught up with the food scene in Montgomery County and Washington, DC, neighborhoods with "1 Meat, 3 Sides." This week, DC searches for its top-40 foods, Montgomery County puts food service inspection reports online, a $5 food challenge and more.


Last year’s “40 Essential Eats” list from the Washington Post drew quite a buzz out here in the ‘burbs – 25 percent of the area’s 40 must-try burgers, shakes, entrees and appetizers were from Montgomery County and Prince Georges County alone. 

Duck confit in Bethesda, deli fare in Silver Spring, popcorn in Potomac, mashed potatoes in Hyattsville, tacos in Gaithersburg – the list goes on.

The paper is enlisting your help again to find the best foods of the area.

“The time has come to revisit the entrees, appetizers and the odd milkshake that made the list, with an eye toward the dozens of new restaurants and food trends that defined 2012,” the Post wrote. 

Read more about the epic DC food search here.  


Get the lowdown on the roach issue at the delicious but dubious hole-in-the-wall restaurant down the street, or check out the refrigeration records of your local super market. 

It’s been a long time coming, but Montgomery County residents now have a go-to source for all health code violations in local restaurants and food establishments.

Montgomery County announced the addition of food service inspection data to the county's new dataMontgomery website https://data.montgomerycountymd.gov, Bethesda Patch reported.

Read more about the online inspection reports here. 


A foodie gauntlet has been thrown. Are you chef enough to pick it up? Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) last week challeneged residents to feed themselves on $5 per day -- the amount of money allotted to government food stamp beneficiaries.

"SNAP the Silence" is an effort to get elected officials as well as everyday folks to empathize with people who depend on federal food benefits, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, for sustenance, Silver Spring Patch reported.

About 65,200 Montgomery County residents were receiving SNAP benefits as of last October, according to a statement from the County Council.

Read more about the challenge and the use of food stamps in Montgomery County here.


“Out with the Jollof rice, in with the bibimbap,“ Wheaton Patch reports.

Seoul Food, an Arlington-based Korean food truck is on its way to Wheaton and will park a brick-and-mortar store at the corner of University Boulevard and Georgia Avenue later this spring. 

The restaurant space, which is attached to an Exxon station at the busy intersection in downtown Wheaton, was formerly home to Korean food establishments appear to be rare in this county, where Chinese, Japanese, Thai and other Asian cuisines reign supreme.

With a small space and limited bar-style seating, Seoul Food could be a welcome, though tiny, addition to the already eclectic Wheaton food scene.

Read more about the Wheaton Seoul Food project here.


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