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Crisfield Seafood was nominated by a blog reader for both its fare and its "no-frills setting." The dish to get? The legendary crab cakes, which are made with backfin crab and cracker and seasoned, as any Maryland staple should be, with Old Bay. (Crab cake sandwich, $9.75; crab cake platter with two crab cakes and two sides, $20.)

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"The best randomly tasty tacos" is how one blog reader described the fare at this tiny taqueria - located, naturally, in a gas station - in a busy shopping district in Gaithersburg. Distinctly Mexican where many others in the area mix Salvadoran and Peruvian fare, the restaurant serves six meaty varieties of taco, including lengua (beef tongue) and pork tacos marinated in pineapple juice. ($2.69-$

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So beloved is this New York-style Jewish deli that the reader who named Parkway couldn't narrow it down to just one dish. But trust us, stick with the classic deli fare - the corned beef sandwich or the Reuben Grill, which features the corned beef, are fine choices - and do not, under any circumstances, miss the complimentary pickle bar. (Reuben Grill, $9.35; the king-size hot corned beef sandwich

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The bar at this Silver Spring restaurant is a popular destination, thanks in part to the margaritas, a classic take on the lime-and-tequila mixed drink that's perfect for washing down the restaurant's signature duck tamales. ($6.)

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Vietnam isn't the only place to offer the West an utterly addictive, steaming soup bowl: Meet gal bi tang, the slow-simmered Korean short-rib soup. More than one blog reader offered a nod to the gal bi tang at Gom Ba Woo in Annandale, where the soup can be had two ways: mild or fiery. All the better to pair it with the specialty of the house - the dumplings. ($10.95 lunch special; $12.95 at dinner

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The city's most unpretentious cocktail bar also has bar snacks that are some of the best reasons to visit. A highlight, nominated by reader Susan Reinertson, is this heavenly dish, which arrives smothered in rich, spicy-sweet pork-cheek chili, onions and cheese, with a dollop of sour cream for good measure. Menu items have been known to rotate from time to time, but let's hope the nachos never cha

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