Picnic season is upon us, and below is a sampling of carryout establishments that sell more than sandwiches to go. Specialties and price ranges are noted.
AE (American Express), DC (Diners Club), CB (Carte Blanche), MC (MasterCard), V (Visa) and C (Choice). "Free parking" indicates the establishment has a parking lot; otherwise, expect street and commercial parking. "Full bar" indicates the restaurant is licensed to serve beer, wine and spirits on premises.
Antonio's Restaurant, 7746 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. 577-0070. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V, C. Free parking. Full bar. Entree price range (not including daily specials): lunch, $2.75 to $9.95; dinner, $5.50 to $11.75. Daily lunch specials range from $4.95 to $7.95, dinner specials from $9.95 to $14. Pizza prices run from $3.45 to $11.25. Specialties: Italian cuisine such as veal parmesan, marsala or piccata (cut on the premises and cooked to order), pizza made on the premises, hot pasta.
Bottom of the Bay Seafood, 9590 N. Laurel Rd., Laurel. 498-1040. Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Cards: MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Entree price range: $2.99 to $10.95. Specialties: steamed crabs and shrimp, lobster tails, clams, oysters and seafood sandwiches.
Cafe la Ruche, 11305 Rockville Pike, Rockville. 468-1155. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday. Cards: MC, V. Free parking. Full bar.Entree price range: $2.95 to $5.45. Specialties: French cuisine, such as fruit tarts and cheesecake, creme caramel, chocolate mousse, salad nicoise, salad printaniere (spinach, mushroom, onion, feta cheese, chopped eggs, hearts of palm and beets in a story), a wide variety of quiches, Riviera sandwiches (tuna and melted cheese in a croissant), crab, onion, potato, fish and a blended cream of vegetable soup, gazpacho to go.
Everyday Gourmet, 6923 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park. 270-2270. Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Cards: Cash, personal or travelers checks only (with identification). Free parking in the rear of the shop. No bar. Entree price range is $1.99 to $5.99. Specialties: cold salads, such as agnolotti (Italian pasta stuffed with mushrooms and covered with vinaigrette dressing, feta cheese, walnuts, olives and spices), chicken tarragon salad, marinated vegetable salad, filled savory croissants such as spinach and feta cheese or ham and swiss croissants, a variety of cheeses, bread baked on the premises.
Good News Deli, 4520 East West Highway, Bethesda. 656-4100. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed weekends. Cards: None. Cash, personal or travelers checks only. Street and commercial parking. No bar. Breakfast and lunch entrees range from $1.50 to $3.50. Specialties: Salads made on the premises, such as fruit salad, chicken, tuna and egg salad, cold cut submarine sandwiches, soup made on the premises. Hot sandwiches are available.
Jamaica Joe Restaurant, 8573 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 585-2545. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. Cards: None. Cash only. One hour validated parking in the Drug Fair plaza. Beer and wine only. Entree price range: $4 to $5.50. Specialties: Jamaican food, curried chicken, curried goat, jerk chicken and jerk pork (chewy dried meat, similar in texture to beef jerky), escovitched croaker, and sweet potato pudding, apple dapple cake and bread pudding for dessert.
Sampan Cafe, 3114 Queen's Chapel Rd., Hyattsville. 864-0200. Hours: noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cards: AE, MC, V. Free parking. Beer and wine only. Entree price range is $3.45 to $8. Specialties: Szechuan and Cantonese dishes, such as Szechuan beef, fried boneless chicken Cantonese style, chow sum shee , and roast duckling.
Sutton Place Gourmet, 10323 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. 564-3100. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Cards: AE, MC, V. Free parking. Beer, wine and champagne only. Entree price range: $2 to $15. Specialties: More than 200 varieties of cheese, fresh roast beef, ham, salmon, and a large selection of caviar, including the domestic Presidential and Royal American Sturgeon caviar. From the Traiteur (prepared food section) more than 60 cold salads, egg rolls, gourmet pizzas, tacos, empanadas, crab balls, handmade chocolate marzipan, homemade bread and pastries. Baskets, coolers and ice provided for picnickers. -- Dianne Saenz