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Here is the place to go when you don't know where to go to have a good time or something to eat (or where to avoid). Put in your suggestions below - name and location and write a short customer review. If you dare, make a sub-page with the weekly specials or bands or menus, etc.!
Update: Did you know there's a Hyattsville Dining Guide? Visit to download theprint-able PDF or view online. This guide is printable on legal-size paper and distributed across Hyattsville; and, is also available online, allowing users a way to find good places to eat!
The Alamo - Riverdale Park. Mexican. MDMexicanCustomer Review: A good Mexican sit down with fun atmosphere. Try the traditional sopas and tacos mexicanos. They have mariachi on Friday and Saturday nights. Customer Review: Mediocre.-- The Picky Gourmet Customer Review: The service was good and the atmosphere would have been OK if they hadn't had two competing stereos on (one in the dining room and one blaring in the kitchen). The food was below average, and the margaritas were no better than those made with a standard supermarket mix.-- C&C
Beijing of Greenbelt - Greenbelt (next to P & G Old Greenbelt Theatre). Chinese.MDChineseCustomer Review: EXCELLENT! Food and service are great. If you are a vegetarian, then you have to try the fake chicken and beef entrees. As a recent convert, being able to get a Cashew "Chicken" is just awesome. Time when you go so that you are not there right before or after a movie (gets crowded then). My kids love it because at the end of the meal they bring you "hot towels" to wipe off your hands and face. Plus, you get a scoop of orange sherbet with your cookie. Lastly, when you walk in, check out the review from none other than Hyattsville's own food critics from years ago. (Stop wining, start dining.) Totally kid friendly plus a full bar (adult friendly). Walk on over to the New Deal Cafe afterwards for some live music! Customer Review: Mediocre at best. Certainly not a healthy alternative. Dishes are lacking in vegetables and avoid shrimp dishes which have approximately a half an inch of deep fried batter on each. Quick and friendly service.-- A vegetarian/meat-loving dining pair
Bus Boys and Poets District Hyattsville!!
Caribbean Palace - Langley Park. West Indian.MDCaribbeanCustomer Review: Very good Rotis. Good for vegetarians and carnivores alike. The goat roti is very good as are the chana (chickpea) and spinach rotis. Mostly carry out.
Dumms Pizza and Subs - Riverdale Park.MDPizzaCustomer Review: Definitely a dive but the subs are delicious. Haven't had the pizza yet. Customer Review: For delivery, the pizza is the best in the area. Subs are good too, especially the Italian and the rib eye cheese steak. Plus, they are very affordable. Hyattsville H4X says they're the best pizza in Hyattsville - and Dumms is in Riverdale Park
Elevation Burger - Arts District Hyattsville http://elevationburger.comMDBurgersPersonally love the Veggie 1 burger. Good fries.
Emerita's Pupuseria - Hyattsville (5408 Queens Chapel Rd.). Salvadoran and Mexican.MDSalvadorian/MexicanCustomer Review: Excellent pupusas, chicken, beans, and more - traditional Salvadoran and Mexican fare but above par for your typical area Salvadoran restaurant - not greasy. Highly recommended.
Five Guys - UTC Hyattsville. Burgers. MDBurgersCustomer Review: Great burgers and fries. Limited menu is just what they do well, plus free peanuts. Love it. We get a smoothie from Smoothie King across the street.
Francis Carryout - Mount Rainier. Central American. MDCentral AmericanCustomer Review: This little, unassuming restaurant serves some of the best Central American food I've had. It's a little like entering a restaurant in El Salvador. The steak tacos are great, with good quality cuts of beef. Tamales and Pupusas are good too. Skip the meals and order a la carte. I'm not sure they even know what's on the menu. Also, don't be fooled by the name. You can eat there too. My Central American friends from Philly always insist on going there when in town. While the food is typically Central American, so is the service. Read that as "not very good." It helps to know Spanish when ordering. They are often out of ingredients. And the hours are somewhat variable. But it's good food that you can walk to if you live in Mount Rainier.
Franklins Brewery - Hyattsville.MDAmericanSavior of Hyattsville! Good food and beer. Excellent place to shop as well!
Golden Bull Restaurant - Adelphi.MDAmericanCustomer Review: When you're in the mood for some great prime rib, head to the Golden Bull. They also have a terrific Sunday brunch at a reasonable price. (I think $19.95?)
Hard Times Cafe - College Park. MDAmericanCustomer Review: Although part of a chain, it feels like a local restaurant to me! Great place for a chili dog. Fills up on UMD game nights. 
Island Style Ice Cream - Mt. Rainier, MDDessertCustomer Review: This is the best ice cream I've ever had - seriously. I think about it almost every day. I especially like the ginger and mango flavored ice cream. Go here to cool down on a hot day - right down 34th street from Glut.
Koreanna Cuisine - Riverdale Park. MDKoreanCustomer Review: Formerly YiJo Korean in the Days Inn in College Park, Koreanna is now closer to home just east of us near the corner of 410 (E-W Hwy) and Kenilworth Ave in Riverdale Park. The new location has a much nicer atmosphere inside, and you also get treated to Korean movies on the flat screen TVs as you eat. The food is great! My wife and I go on a regular basis for the Korean barbeque, spicy pork, soups/stews, and seafood. It's all good! The wait staff is also very attentive.
Ledo Restaurant - Adelphi - moving to College Park. MDItalianCustomer Review: A great place to take the family for some of the famous Ledo pizza. This is the original and others are franchises. Just beware that seating can be almost impossible on UMD game nights - all the folks from Mont Co invade our friendly neighborhood restaurant, and the place is a sea of red and black shirts with turtles on them.
New Deal Cafe - Greenbelt.MDVeggieCustomer Review: Great vegetarian and vegan fare, but they serve meat as well. Live entertainment most nights, great dessert selection, and community bookshelves (take something or leave something). Very comfortable environment.
Old Dominion Brewhouse - University Town Center, Hyattsville. Menu.MDAmericanCustomer Review: They have a nice American bar food menu with some other stuff thrown in (salads, pasta dishes). It ain't cheap, but it's not so bad. Fast wait service and nice portions. Lots of TV's!! My understanding is that you will be able to order Sushi when the place next door opens. 
Pollo Fiesta - Riverdale Park. Central American.MDCentral AmericanCustomer Review: This is a good place for Central American food and very affordable. They do the typical: tacos, enchiladas, etc., and also sell excellent rotisserie chicken. Don't let the exterior scare you away. The interior is quite nice. The wait staff is friendly and speaks English. The dining room is spacious, so it's a great place for large groups. Everything I've had there has been good.-- Always Hungry
Platos Diner - College Park. American & Greek.MDAmericanCustomer Review: It's come a long way since it first opened. Being a NJ transplant, a "diner" meant something to me. I was there in 1994 when it opened and have gone back time and time again and I have to say, it's good. No, not NJ quality, but very close. Breakfast anytime, big portions, coffee, beer & wine, good service, there is little to be desired food wise (remembering it's a diner). Can even get veggie sausage rather than regular when ordering your "Terp." Bathrooms need an upgrade.
Potbelly Sandwich Works - College Park.MDAmericanCustomer Review. Dine-in, call ahead & pick up, or have them deliver (if you live close enough - they don't deliver to Hyattsville just yet). They have several customizable sandwiches, soup, shakes/malts/ice cream, cookies, drinks, and chips. Not too much variety, but very good food for what they have.  
Qdoba Mexican Grill - UTC Hyattsville. Menu.MDMexicanCustomer Review: A chain. The first restaurant to open at UTC. Middling to good. Okay when you're hungry and need convenient take-out, or for a quick meal before a movie. 
Rancho Grande - Riverdale Park. Salvadorian and Mexican. MDCentral AmericanCustomer Review: Enjoy Mexican and El Salvadorian menu items at this sit down, mid-scale restaurant off Rt.1 in the former location of Little Giant restaurant. They also have a full service bar. The fajitas are excellent!
S&J's - Riverdale Park. Bar/Restaurant.MDAmericanCustomer Review: Smoke-free. The owners are supportive of the community. The clientele are my neighbors, including Council and community activists. Very kid-friendly, too. Reportedly they have great chili. I can only speak to the crabs, which are also very good. And Yuengling on draft for $1.50. Guinness in bottles. And the sort of bartender who remembers what you drink. A great local hangout! And, I hear, a hopping karaoke scene. Wi-Fi hotspot!!
Sahara Oasis - Hyattsville. African.MDAfricanServing mostly Ghanaian food and playing Ghanaian music, the Sahara Oasis offers large portions of very tasty food. I especially recommend the "red red" - bean stew with fried plantains. 
Shagga Coffee - Hyattsville. Ethiopian.MDEthiopianCustomer Review: Very good as far as I'm concerned. All the food tasted as good as any other Ethiopian joint and it's 2 minutes from my house! Beer/wine available. 
Siri's Chef Secret - College Park. Thai.MDThaiCustomer Review: Excellent. Looks kinda dumpy on the outside, but it's really nice inside. 
Spice 6 - Arts District Hyattsville!MDIndianGood food. Kind of like an Indian Chipotle!
Three Brothers - Four locations: UTC Hyattsville; Kennilworth Ave; Beltway Plaza;Rt. 1 near Costco.MDItalianCustomer Review: Was just there the other day and realized just how often we go there. Same menu at each location, good pizza (sex & pizza, it's all good), good service, Italian ices. Salads leave something to be desired unless you like iceberg lettuce, but the house dressing is excellent! Same owners (actually saw two of them the other day!) for over 30 years and they have 15 locations all around Maryland. No, not exquisite Italian fare. It's a pizza joint.
Tiffin - Langley Park. Indian.MDIndianCustomer Review: I'm an avid fan of Indian cuisine -- I lived in South Asia for about 13 years and do quite a bit of Indian cooking myself. Wherever I travel I always look for the Indian and Thai restaurants. I've never had the buffet at Tiffin; I've only ordered off the menu -- it is a pretty typical North Indian one. I can honestly say that Tiffin has the best (North) Indian food of any Indian restaurant I've tried in the U.S. (I've had better in Canada and U.K.) I'm so grateful they are close by as they are, and that their prices are so reasonable -- only wish they'd open a branch on Route 1.
Varsity Grill - College Park. MDAmericanCustomer Review: A veritable sports haven for all addicts. Flat screen TV's EVERYWHERE but, surprise, a decent meal and a well poured drink to match. They have just opened and the food has been good and consistent, and the wait staff is eager to be of service. A very welcome addition to the College Park scene. Multiple age groups well represented. 
Woodlands - Langley Park. Indian. MDIndianCustomer Review: Same South Indian cuisine but better than Udupi or Tiffin. Great lunch buffet. Very reasonable prices
Under the Coconut Tree - Hyattsville. Caribbean bakery/cafe. MDCaribbeanCustomer Review: The baked goods are all made on-site and are to die for! Try the Penny Loaf - it's great! Also, the goat curry is really good. Update: They have CLOSED
Indique - Cleveland Park. Indian.DCIndianCustomer Review: I highly recommend it. Cool interior. Great food. I would describe it as nouveau Indian.
Pete's New Haven Style Pizza - Columbia Heights. DCItalianCustomer Review: If you've ever had New Haven, CT style pizza, this is the only place to get it in the DC area. They have "white clam" on the menu, which is the classic version, but everything is good. Also, they take web orders and are located right at the top of the Columbia Heights METRO stn. escalators. Grab some on your way back home from work on the Green Line.
Lebanese Taverna - Woodley Park.DCLebaneseCustomer Review: A DC institution. 
Mandalay - Silver Spring. Burmese. MDBurmeseCustomer Review: Great food run by wonderful Burmese family. They can tailor spiciness levels to cover anything from timid to incendiary, and accommodate vegan to carnivore with equal ease. If you don't see anything inspiring on the menu, tell 'em to give you what Flawn and Vicki would have! It's our favorite eatery. Jim recommends the tofu with coconut sauce, and don't forget their dessert!
The Silver Diner - GreenbeltMDAmerican Great Diner with a 1950 style interior and large menu - with breakfast all day and lot of healthy options sourced from local farms/producers when available. They also have a large kids menu, craft beer and wine! From the website: "CHEF-DRIVEN FRESH & LOCAL MENUAt Silver Diner, we’re much more than a diner. Whether you choose a classic dish or a vegetarian, vegan, or glutenfree option, Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst has created a menu of customizable healthier choices that all share one
thing: the highest quality, all-natural ingredients available."