Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunch and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner.
Atmosphere: Noisy, East Side comfort.
Price range: Dinners from $4.95 to $9.75. Complete sandwich menu.
Credit cards: American Express, MasterCard and Visa.
Special features: Parking lot. Tight entrance for wheelchairs. Highchairs and booster seats. Reduced price carryout menu. Early dinner incentive menu. Special to The Washington Post
Families are continually in search of restaurants that assuage the hunger pangs of tired parents and meet the sandwich wishes of children. Now Chuck Rossler, already known for his Celebrity House Delicatessen in Rockville and Falls Church, has taken the winners from the deli and added full meals to create the Celebrity House Restaurant.
The restaurant's dual personality of delicatessen and restaurant gives a family such diverse options as triple-decker sandwich creations and bowls of spaghetti. There are even $1.95 children's favorites of grilled cheese, hot dog or hamburger. And one of the menu's most attractive features is its daily early dinner specials for $4.95. The price includes salad, vegetable, dessert and drink with any of several entree options.
In addition to early dinner specials, several items are available in reduced portion size between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily.
Our family sampled broadly and was pleased by the results. For openers we ordered potato skins ($1.95), quickly fried, still crisp skins that are fine by themselves or dunked in sour cream.
Bowls of matzo ball soup dispelled any lingering complaints. You receive a large bowl with a gigantic yet fluffy matzo ball surrounded by egg noodles and slices of vegetables. A memorable beginning most mothers would be proud to serve.
Dinner followed quickly. A large salad of fresh greens with an unnecessary basket of french bread accompanied the early bird dinner.
The flounder was perfectly filleted and fork-tender. Its accompanying baked potato also demonstrated exact, attentive kitchen timing.
The hot brisket sandwich was a mountain of thinly sliced, lean pieces of tender brisket. A side order of mashed potatoes with brown gravy finished the winning combination.
There were no complaints about Abe's Babe, a triple-decker sandwich with layers of chopped liver, pastrami and corned beef. Even with a 6-year-old helper, an ample portion remained for a next-day lunch.
The little dish of strawberry shortcake, one of the early bird dessert choices, was a more-than-sufficient sweet solution to an already large dinner. It was as if someone were shouting, "You should not leave hungry."
The rest of us sampled a chocolate cheesecake ($1.75) and thought it was dry and unexciting -- not in the same league as earlier efforts.
Each of the restaurant's three rooms is cheerful, and the friendly staff contributes to the relaxed ambiance. Woven placemats are the fanciest table decoration.
Rockville now can boast of a complete food emporium at the Celebrity House Restaurant. An even $30 for our foursome included tax and tip and spelled a welcome addition to the Pike.