Good Vietnamese food is fundamentally based on having the freshest ingredients, and Pho D’Lite has fully embraced that principle. The menu is simple and timeless, offering the world renowned Vietnamese favorite pho, plus rice bowls, vermicelli noodle bowls, and various specialty dishes like pad thai and your choice of curries to top it off. Its simplicity makes it the perfect choice for both newcomers to the cuisine and people who have grown up with it – and both groups will walk out totally satisfied. On a chilly fall day, there are few things better than a piping hot bowl of pho – and here you can even create your own bowl with your desired ingredients.
If you want to add some spice to your life, go fill up on the Jamaican food over at The Jerk Pit. Their signature dishes, of course, revolve around jerk spices, and you can get everything from jerk pork to jerk tofu if you want the flavor but not the meat that it generally comes with. For the full experience, have a family style meal, starting with some of their mouthwatering appetizers—don’t miss the plantains—and then get a variety of the spiced meats so that you can try everything. They also have salads if you want a lighter meal, and if you can save room for dessert, try their excellent rum cake.
The Jerk Pit, 9078 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD, USA, +1 301 982 5375
Owned by a couple of first generation Italian Americans who learned all the tricks of the trade from their restaurateur parents, Mamma Lucia is the real deal when it comes to Italian food. Their menu is extensive, and you’d be forgiven for not immediately recognizing all of the dishes – they go well beyond the normal options at American Italian restaurants. Their seafood section is especially exciting – all of the dishes come exquisitely spiced and served over pasta.
Mamma Lucia, 4734 Cherry Hill Rd, College Park, MD, USA, +1 301 513 0605