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Roy Rogers Rides Back into Silver Spring Again!!

New Roy Rogers in Burtonsville, MdRoy’s Double R Bar Burgers, Real Roast Beef  Sandwiches and Strawberry Shortcakes are back in the Silver Spring Area.

Technically, it is not in Silver Spring, but it’s close enough ! ! !

This Roy Rogers is in Burtonsville (just up the pike, at the edge of Silver Spring)   It is in a newly redeveloped Shopping Center.  This shopping center is located at Old Columbia Pike & Route 29 and just got a face lift. It’s the same place where that wonderful Dutch Country Farmers Market (that has since moved to Laurel) used to be.

I know people that still talk about and lament the loss of the Four Corners Roy Rogers and the one that was in White Oak.  Both were replaced by McDonalds at least a decade ago or more.
Interior New Roys in Burtonsville Md

I guess you don’t realize how much you liked something until it is gone from the area.

This Roy Rogers will be open this Friday, December 21st, 2012 or so they said.  I stuck my camera inside the place to get a shot of the interior.

If you’ve been longing for your Roy Rogers favorites you will not have to drive to some obscure location like Solomon’s Island, Westminster or Frederick, Maryland anymore.

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Best Subs Around Silver Spring – Santucci’s

santucci storeSantucci’s is a little Italian Deli in the Woodmoor Shopping Center on Colesville Road, Four Corners, Maryland.  This place has the best subs ever!  It’s been here as far back as I can remember.  It’s better than Quiznos, Subway, Jerrys or any other “chain” sub place around.  The flavor is homemade, NY italian deli meat, special seasonings, really good italian bread and attention to detail.  They take their subs seriously here and it shows.

The best bet is the italian cold cut sub – IMHO, It is truly out of this world!

Santucci’s also sells ingredients for italian dishes, dry pasta, tomatoes, cherry pepper relish, cookies, biscotti, pre -prepared pasta dinners, meats and cheeses

Inside Santucci's Silver Spring

Two friends of mine, (New York Transplants) to Silver Spring, swear by Santucci’s.
They say that Santucci’s is the closest to an authentic Italian Deli like home.

One friend (from New York) was searching all over the area for ingredients she was always able to buy in New York for her Italian Cooking and finally found them at Santucci’s.  They also have the “correct” lady fingers for an Italian dessert she makes at Christmas.

Another friend visits Santucci’s when he’s feeling homesick for New York.

Large Steak and Cheese Santucci's Silver Spring

Santucci’s Deli
Woodmoor Shopping Center
10107 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, Maryland 20901 (301) 593-8338

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For Valentines Day – The Romantic Choice for Dinner in Downtown Silver Spring

The most romantic place for Dinner in Silver Spring has to be Sergios.

rosesIt is intimate, quiet and dark, like a cozy cave, the wait staff are attentive, the drinks are good, the food is Real Native Italian, Generous and Excellent! (especially the veal dishes).  The atmosphere is understated thick white tablecloth elegant and romantic.

Nothing beats having  that warm, friendly personal greeting from Sergio Toni, the owner, a native of Rome and now a Silver Springer.   Sergio has been involved with this restaurant since 1982 when it was Mamma Reginas.

This Silver Spring Restaurant is a hidden treasure – the location is in the basement (off the garage) of the Hilton Hotel in Silver Spring.

Sergio Ristorante Italiano
8727 Colesville Road
Hilton Hotel Garage
Valet Parking
(301) 585-1040

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Bungalows Galore in Downtown East Silver Spring – Blair Subdivision

The Blair Subdivision is one of the earliest subdivision of homes in Silver Bungalow in Blair Subdivision East Silver SpringSpring.  Originally called E Brooke Lee’s Addition to Silver Spring, it is one of E Brooke Lee’s first forays into Residential Real Estate Development.  E Brooke Lee’s father,  Blair Lee, had originally started developing the Blair area in the early 1900’s aroung the B&O Railroad Station.   Carved out of land that was part of the Blair Family Country Estate, many of the street names come from the Blair and Lee families, such as Gist, Violet and  Woodbury.  There is even a tiny street named after the famous horse “Selim” that threw Francis Preston Blair and ran off, causing the discovery of the original “Silver Spring”.   Blair is one of the first working class neighborhoods of Silver Spring. Bungalow Blair East Silver Spring DowntownMost of E Brooke Lee’s addition eventually became the commercalized area of Downtown Silver Spring and South Silver Spring.  There are residential single family homes left that make up the Blair Subdivision with some sections called Blair/ Takoma.

The boundaries of the residential sections of Blair and Blair Takoma are roughly:  Sligo Avenue to the South, Philadelphia Avenue and the Montgomery College Campus to the North, Fenton Street to the West and Piney Branch Road on the East.

Within Walking Distance: All the great ammenites of Downtown Silver Spring!  Silver Spring Metro Station (Red Line), Downtown Silver Spring, Restaurants, Shopping, Veterans Plaza, Ice Skating Rink, year-round farmers market, NOAA, Discovery Channel Headquarters, Montgomery College, The New Blair Bungalow Downtown Silver SpringMontgomery College Performing Arts Center, Whole Foods, Safeway, Giant Food, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Sligo Creek Park, many delightful “pocket parks” and much more.

Public Schools:
East Silver Spring Elementary School (K-4)
Piney Branch Elementary
Sligo Creek Elementary
Takoma Park Middle School
High School: Home School is Montgomery Blair High School Downcounty High School Consortium – Choice Process: Blair, Einstein, Kennedy, Northwood, or Wheaton high schools

*Note: always Check the Montgomery County School Assignment Locator for the specific school a child will attend that is assigned by street address.

Full of wonderful old timey bungalows, some colonials, american four squares, victorian farmhouses and cape cods, this neighborhood borders on Downtown Silver Spring on one side and Takoma Park on the other.   The 1910 victorian farmhouse Blair - Silver SpringBlair and Blair/Takoma Subdivisions are considered part of East Silver Spring.

Blair and Blair-Takoma Home Sales 2015
16 Single Family Homes Sold in 2015
Average List Price – $568,920
Average Sold Price – $579,500
Lowest Sale Price – $406,000
(a  3 Bedroom 2 Bath 1934 Tudor in need of total rehab)
Highest Sale Price – $849,000
(a 5 Bedroom 3 1/2 Bath 1938 Large Expanded Updated Brick Cape Cod )

Average Days on Market – 58

Check out Homes for Sale Now in Blair Subdivision, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

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Gil’s Restaurant is Worth a Visit

There is a new and “improved” corner in Silver Spring.  Gil’s Restaurant has Gil's Restaurantopened @ the corner of Silver Spring Avenue and Piney Branch Road.  It’s the corner store at the end of  the old strip shopping center on Piney Branch Road near the  intersection of Dale and Piney Branch.   

I hardly recognized this place.   It’s was the site of Matchu Pitchu restaurant and then something like Lembada’s (not sure of either spelling), just remember the restaurants there before were “scruffy”, beat up looking, raucous at night and not very appetizing. 

The place has been painted, spruced up and there is new landscape in the front.  The inside feels cleaner than the places that were there before.

tortilla chips - Gil's Silver Spring, MdThe food was great.  It is Tex-Mex & Salvdorean.  I had a lunch special platter with cheese enchiladas.  The platter had the ususal beans, rice, guacamole and pico de gallo.  I won’t name names, but at most of the mexican places in the area, the beans, rice,  guac and pico de gallo are usually left on my plate after just a taste, especially the beans.   At other places the beans are usually so bland and greasy, I don’t bother eating them.  The beans at Gil’s are fantastic, I cleaned my plate.  The beans are seasoned to perfection and like none I have ever had before.  They are not greasy, bland, dry or hard, they are just right. 

The tortilla chips were also excellent, served warm with “warm” salsa, you could tell they were made there and made at least “very recently”.   The guacamole and pico de gallo were really FRESH and like the beans, seasoned better than Gil's Restaurant PlatterI’ve found in other mexican places.  The enchilladas were very light, not a hint of  heaviness and not greasy.

This is a place that I will go back to again just to try more dishes. 

NOTE:   They are just getting started in business and don’t have their credit system set up quite yet,  so don’t be surprised if your credit card reciept say’s “Gil’s Painting”.   The manager came to my table to give me my reciept and explained the situation.   They probably do painting too?  I’ll bet they did the great paint job on the outside and inside of the restaurant.

Website     www.GilsRestaurant.com
8200 Piney Branch Road
Silver Spring, Md 20910   
(301)328-5972

*Update: 
Seems Gil’s had a hard time opening the place because of this location’s “seedy” “problematic” past and nearby Sligo Park Hills neighborhood complaints.   They were only able to open by nixing pool tables, hard liquor and closing earlier than they wanted to.

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Paczki Day Today at the Woodmoor Pastry Shop in Silver Spring.

Today is Paczki Day!

Woodmoor BakeryThe tradition is the Tuesday before Lent is a time to indulge or Fatten up before tightening belts and giving up things for Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday.
I know of no better excuse to make a visit to the 
Woodmoor Pastry Shop.
 
The best, or maybe the only place to get Paczki in Silver Spring, is at the Woodmoor Bakery/Pastry Shop in the Woodmoor Shopping Center.  They make the most divine, decadent Paczki anywhere in the area.

Check out reviews of the Bakery and the Paczki at the Woodmoor Pastry Shop

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Old Fashioned, Overlooked, Out of the Way Dive with the Best Burgers and Breakfasts in Silver Spring, MD

Step back in time behind the cases and coolers of beer, wine, snack displays and DSC02061the cramped cash register to one of Silver Spring’s best kept secrets,  the Flower Delicatessen Restaurant. 
A little lunch counter/restaurant and bar that’s been in business since 1937.  Located in the Old Flower Avenue Shopping Center where most of the original businesses have been replaced and the historic Flower Theatre sits closed. 

The current proprietor “Hadi” took over the Flower Deli from the original owner  in 1979 and “redecorated” the bar/restaurant.  Nothing fancy here,  just good food, friendly staff and what everyone can appreciate, prices from another era!

DSC02057One regular named “Jim” has been coming to the Flower Deli since 1975.  Jim Lives in nearby Takoma Park and was in the “music business”.   Jim comes for lunch at least 2 or 3 times a week and always sits at the bar.  He says he loves watching the Redskin games there during the season.

An elderly lady with a cane has been having lunch there for a least 30 years.  She says you can’t beat the prices, “where can you get a hot dog (Genuine Hebrew National) and a cup of coffee for less than $3.00?”  She says the Deli beats the Tastee Diner hands down.

The red headed waitress, Gloria has been working at the Deli for over 27 years.  She’s efficient and personable.  Gloria works the breakfast and lunch shift.  

Some people think that the Deli has the best breakfast in town.  The owner says people rave about his DSC02062breakfasts.  He say’s it’s all about the sausage.  A few years back he changed the sausage meat brand he was buying, many of  the customers noticed and complained, so he has switched back to his original brand, and no . . no one would tell me what  brand of sausage it is.

The most expensive Breakfast on the menu is the “Flower Special” 
That’s  2 Pancakes – 2 Eggs with choice of bacon,  ham, sausage, corned beef hash or scrapple served with hash browns, white toast, butter and jelly .  $4.59
No wonder the Flower Deli is beloved by all construction workers and contractors.

In my humble opinion, the hamburger is the best one in Silver Spring.  For some reason it tastes familiar, like the burgers my mother used to make when I was a kid. 
The 1/4 lb hamburgers are $2.29 and cheesburger $2.49.

Located at 8707 Flower Avenue,  Silver Spring , Md 20901
Open 6:30 AM – 12 Midnight   Monday through Friday
Saturday and Sundays  7:30 AM – Midnight

BTW  –  The other old fashioned thing about the Flower Deli, besides the ambience and the prices, they don’t take Credit Cards – So bring some good, old fashioned CASH.

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