Franklins is a restaurant, brewery and general store with boasting rights as the county’s premier craft beer destination. Opened originally as a deli and general store, Franklins popularity saw it grow into a 200-seat brewpub with an onsite brewery which, became the county’s first microbrewery.
Franklins, 5123 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD, USA, +1 301 927 2740
Grace’s Mandarin is one of the most raved-about restaurants in National Harbor. Set in a dramatic space featuring a three-story-high waterfall and 30-foot Buddha, the three-level restaurant boasts two outdoor patios and an extensive sake list to match its menu.
Siri’s Chef’s Secret
Siri’s Chef’s Secret is a Thai restaurant located in an unassuming space just off busy Greenbelt Road. Diners who make the effort to find it won’t be sorry: all of the restaurant’s dishes are based on recipes handed down by the owners’ family from generation to generation ensuring diners genuinely authentic Thai cuisine.
Siri’s Chef’s Secret, 5810 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD, USA, +1 301 345 6101
Old Line Bistro
Old Line Bistro teams creative, casual dining with craft beers and an unparalleled selection of wines. A number of hearty sandwiches and burgers are served alongside small plates of crispy shrimp po’boy tacos and spicy duck flatbreads. Some 20 rotating taps feature beers from local breweries like Jailbreak Brewing Company and Flying Dog Brewery.
Old Line Bistro, 11011 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD, USA, +1 301 937 6999
Jerry’s Seafood is a local dining landmark first opened in 1983 in neighboring Lanham by its namesake and still going strong over 30 years later. Its newest location in Bowie opened its doors in 2008 and serves the same legendary Eastern Shore-style seafood that made the original locale so popular.
Jerry’s Seafood, 15211 Major Lansdale Boulevard, Bowie, MD, USA, +1 301 805 2284
Kloby’s Smokehouse has garnered a reputation for serving some of the most mouthwatering barbecue in the county. Kloby’s Texas-style beef brisket comes highly recommended and is served with other classic barbecue meats including pulled pork, beef ribs and smoked turkey breast. Kloby’s regularly rotating craft beers should suit and if not, its extensive bourbon list will.
Kloby’s Smokehouse, 7500 Montpelier Road, Laurel, MD, USA, +1 301 362 1510
The Walrus Oyster & Ale House
If Chesapeake Bay style seafood teamed with craft beers is your kind of thing, look no further than The Walrus Oyster & Ale House, one of the latest additions to National Harbor’s restaurant community. Stop by The Walrus Oyster’s shucking bar for a spectacular range of oysters including locally harvested varieties such as Chesapeake Gold and Barren Island.
For diners who like their food fiery and authentic, Curry Leaf in Laurel is a must-try. A lunch buffet served daily, gives guests a great chance to sample a number of different dishes. An evening à la carte menu features dishes such as a Hyderabadi goat curry and chef specialties that include Haleem, a slow-cooked meat and lentil stew.
Curry Leaf, 13919 Baltimore Avenue, Unit 4, Laurel, MD, USA, +1 301 497 2017
Rip’s Country Inn
Rip’s Country Inn first opened its doors in 1952 and its homemade comfort food with a kick remains popular today. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Rip’s Country Inn is a homey, rustic joint located on the edge of town in a barn-like property that pays homage to Bowie’s horse racing past with a laid back, welcoming vibe.
Rip’s Country Inn, 3809 North Crain Highway, Bowie, MD, USA, +1 301 805 5900
Crab Cake Café
Crab Cake Café is a casual counter-serve joint often hailed as serving the best crab cakes in the region; a must-go for any dedicated seafood fan. There’s fresh seafood salads and Chesapeake Bay-inspired soups but the main event, of course, are its crab cakes available with sides or in a sandwich, all made with quality jumbo lump crab meat.
Crab Cake Café, 140 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD, USA, +1 240 766 2063