Among chains in this area, I do believe Matchbox is one of the better ones, especially for pizza. They should watch out though, because Pi pizzeria has moved in and their pizza is pretty damn good.
Below are drinks Shek and I had while waiting for our pizzas in the Rockville location. Do not get cocktails because they are overpriced for the combination of alcohol splash and juice/water Matchbox gives you. Definitely stick to the beer!
We got a bacon cheeseburger with onion rings and the fixings. I love how they add herbs and parmesan to their ginormous onion rings. Very good. On the right is a Spicy Meatball Pizza… soooooooo yummy– one of my fave pizzas there.
On the next outing, Rockville again, we met up with friends and ordered the crab avocado appetizer. I first tried this app in DC at the Chinatown location. The picture above is much different from the first one I tried. In Chinatown they presented it as a salad with crab cakes and avocado sitting on a bed of greens. This was good, just a little more fancy. The pizzas were a combination of prosciutto, arugula, herbs, cheese…. pretty good, but meatball is still my favorite. And for dessert? A type of banana chocolate bread pudding, REALLY SWEET. Not sure if I would order it again.
So yes, Matchbox is a good chain, with expensive and weak cocktails, but good wood fired pizzas. 🙂
This is for all the Maryland diner lovers– have you been to the new and improved Silver Diner yet? Well, I have! I’ve been to the one in Rockville at least. QUITE OFTEN. They buy fresh and local now, and it is such an improvement from their early years. I used to hate the Silver Diner in Towson, while growing up. I absolutely love their new philosophy, and we (my bf & me) LOVE LOVE dining there, or getting carry out. We’re such fatties… because we’re always getting their burgers and shakes. 🙂
Philly Cheesesteak with fries and slaw. GREAT CHOICE! I definitely recommend it, even for Philly natives 😉 On the right are banana chocolate shakes. SO GOOD, a lot of people’s favorites.
BLT– not that great. It was a bit salty and skimpy, I was disappointed, but maybe it’s because I wanted Shek’s cheesesteak….. and then on the right more shakes from another visit, hehehehe. I think I had gotten a strawberry this time.
Top Hat burger with fries (bacon, lettuce, tomato, the works) and on the right a Reuben with fries and slaw. Another great one, actually both were great, burger and sandwich. Their slaw is pretty awesome, not drenched in mayo like most places.
And apps with a friend… onion rings with sauces and smothered chili fries. How can you really go wrong with these? Yeah. Good. MM. Yum. 😀
Veggie Bean Curd Tofu Soup. Excellent on a cold day and it was recommended.
Crispy Eggplant. again. Yes, he wanted more crispy eggplant, so we got it.
Salty Fried Squid. EXCELLENT! I really enjoyed it and yes it was salty but it had a kick to it. And as you can see, to soak up some of the oil, the fried squid sits on top of shredded lettuce, green onions and chili peppers.
And then we went to Krispy Kreme, muahahahaha. I swear, all we do is eat… and eat some more. 😛
Don’t they look glorious? Still, beyond all the fancy donuts, the ORIGINAL will always be my favorite… that and the creme filled donut. Nothing else.
Can’t eat your donuts without some good reduced fat milk! 😀
After Spicy Tofu Stews in Annandale, we finished in Rockville at El Patio.
Puff Pastry with caramel cream filling; Alfajores cookie with caramel filling; sweet potato fried pastry
double shot of espresso with steamed milk aka cortado; milhojas pastry layered with caramel cream filling and topped with maraschino cherry.
I really liked this place. Apparently, it’s a family-run business. It’s rather small and intimate but very busy around lunch time. Also, their non-desserts like quiche and empanadas and full entrees with wine looked and smelled amazing. If only it was closer to me!! I really enjoyed the desserts, decadent. The cortado was amazing, almost better than illy (my favorite), almost. I’d say 4 out of 5 because the waitress was kind of annoying and space is constricting. I swear, she asked if we were okay every 10 minutes without fail. Thanks for interrupting our conversation. Maybe I need some more of that cortado…