Editors' pick

Bethesda Community Store

American
$$$$ ($14 and under)
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Editorial Review

Across from the National Institutes of Health and just north of Suburban Hospital, this 352-square-foot building, built in 1924 and now protected by a historic designation, looks like a cute rural market dropped in the midst of Old Georgetown Road's bustling corridor - but it was there first.

Known for: Huge portions. Overflowing smoked and pulled pork or turkey sandwiches are $5.99. On weekends the parking lot hosts vendors who sell live lobsters and fresh seafood (Fridays) or barbecued chicken and ribs (Saturdays and some Sundays). Snow cones have arrived for summer, and fresh produce is coming in June.

Tip: To avoid a bottleneck, enter via the back door, place your order, then proceed forward to the cashier. While waiting for your order, peruse the ceiling to see colorful handprints and footprints made by some of the store's youngest customers.

Ann Cameron Siegal, June 2010