Bon Appe TEMPT!

by Mel Golden
January 26, 2018

Good Eats in the MD, DC & VA Area

Here at Mel Golden Homes, we enjoy and appreciate ethnic cuisines. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good burger, but there’s something about the mix of flavors that aren’t from this land that entice me.

Being open and willing to try new things is, in my opinion, one of the most important things in life. Experiencing different cultures and cuisines excites the senses and stimulates the mind.

Trying new cuisines is something that I’ve always enjoyed and when I can, I like taking friends and family to enjoy those places with me. I especially enjoy giving clients great restaurant referrals because I want them to try all the wonderful places I’ve been.

Recently I have been enjoying Indian and Turkish cuisine above the rest. While the ingredients used in many dishes are similar, the flavors that are imparted by those ingredients are totally different. Fascinating, right? How remarkable that a simple ingredient like red lentils can be used so differently and equally pack a powerful and flavorful punch.

Nothing beats home cooked food but not all of us are lucky enough to know someone of Indian or Turkish background to feed us when we’re hungry.

There are so many amazing places to choose from that it’s difficult to narrow it down to just a couple. I’ve compiled a short list of amazing Indian and Turkish restaurants in the Metro area that I suggest everyone, and I mean everyone, give a try. They vary in price but one thing they all have in common is that they are vegetarian-friendly. And if you know someone of Indian or Turkish descent, you know how important that is.


Indian Restaurants in MD, DC & VA Area

Woodlands Restaurant

8046 New Hampshire Avenue

Langley Park, MD 20783



Curry Leaf

13919 Baltimore Ave.

Laurel, MD 20707




633 D St, NW

Washington, DC 20004



The Bombay Club

815 Connecticut Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20006




1247 First St SE

Washington, DC 20003




243 K St NE

Washington, DC 20002



Curry Mantra

9984 Main Street

Fairfax, VA 22031

703-218-8128 or 703-218-8129



1504 King St.

Alexandria, VA 22314



Turkish Restaurants in MD, DC & VA Area

 Rudy’s Mediterranean Bar & Grill

7185 Columbia Gateway Dr. D

Columbia, MD 21046



Aye Meze Lounge

6 N East St.

Frederick, MD 21701




1527 17th St NW

Washington, DC 20036



Meze Restaurant

2437 18 St NW

Washington, DC 20009



Ottoman Taverna

425 I Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001




2016 P St NW

Washington, DC 20036



Anatolian Bistro

13029 Worldgate Dr.

Herndon, VA 20170




6813 Redmond Dr.

McLean, VA 22101



Most but not all of these restaurants have the option to make reservations online, however your best bet would be to call the restaurants directly.

Check out their menus online to get an idea of what you may want to try.

This way there is less time between when you sit and order to when the platters arrive at your table, allowing you to literally stuff your face until you can’t move.

Do not, I repeat, do not skip dessert. Indian and Turkish desserts/sweets are very different, and both are extremely tasty.


You’ll need extra napkins. ;-)


Make a decision to try a new restaurant every couple of weeks if you can, or every month at the least. I promise you, you won’t regret it.

Mel received his MBA in Finance from Southeastern University in Washington, DC. He resides in Montgomery County, is married, and is a father of two beautiful girls aged 15 and 9. Mel has built and renovated 8 homes as an owner/builder in Montgomery County which gave him the knowledge, expertise and the connections that benefit his clients in every step during real estate transactions. With over 18 years of experience in Real Estate, Mel has established himself as a thorough, honest, hardworking and empathic agent. He is dedicated to his clients and will work tirelessly to find his clients the home of their dreams. He is an Accredited Staging Professional and is licensed to work in DC, MD & VA. Mel has consistently been recognized for his top performance by RE/MAX International and has won numerous sales awards since 1999.
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