|Bon Fresco makes Washingtonian's Cheap Eats list|
The list includes praise for Red Pearl and Bon Fresco in Columbia, Cuba de Ayer in Burtonsvile, and R&R Taqueria in Elkridge. It also highlights a few local restaurant chains without noting the Howard County locations, including BGR The Burger Joint in Columbia and Honey Pig Gooldaegee Korean Barbecue and Lighthouse Tofu BBQ in Ellicott City.
The Washingtonian critics write short blurbs about each place, and they give practical suggestions -- lots of ideas about what to order and what makes a place special -- like the chilaquiles that they recommend at R&R.
One spot that I'd love to be considered for this list would be Mango Grove in Columbia. They were closed while this list was being assembled, but I think the Indian there and spots like House of India compete with any "cheap eats" level Indian that I have every had.
The June 2012 edition is really worth your $5 to pick up at a grocery store. It's not on line so far, and I think it's great to have around. You could definitely flip through to see what inspires you. There are some great-looking places within striking distance like Rockville, Beltsville, and Silver Spring.