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Best Shopping/Eating in Baltimore/College Park area?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 26, 2010 at 6:28 PM

I'm from the West Coast but my boyfriend has moved to College Park MD for school. I'm heading out to visit him in December and I'm hoping to introduce him to/convince him of the benefits of eating in the Paleo style.

As far as I understand it, College Park is a bit of a "food wasteland" with no good grocery shopping, markets, etc and lots of fast food. Boyfriend is subsisting on academic wages, eating lots of pancakes and pasta, drinking cheap beer, and otherwise being a student.

Is anyone from the area and if so have any suggestions as to where to shop? Any good restaurants we should check out?

Baltimore is not far - maybe it has more of a vibrant food scene? We're also fairly near to Washington DC so suggestions in that area would be welcomed as well!

Thanks very much!

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Wow - definitely lots of good stuff to check out. Thanks very much for all the ideas!

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on November 26, 2010
at 07:42 PM

Ditto on the Kabob N Karahi recommendation, awesome kabobs. I'll have to check out Cuba de Ayer. Thanks for the recommendation.

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on November 26, 2010
at 07:35 PM

Hope is not lost! I live in Beltsville, a few minutes down the road from CP. There is a MOM's Organic Market in College Park on Rhode Island Ave right next to REI that sells grass-fed meat, bison, pastured poultry, grass-fed milk/cream, coconut products, local veggies, etc. There is a co-op on campus from what I recall, but I haven't been there in years so I can't speak to how paleo-friendly it would be. There are also some good farmers markets around (Takoma Park is my favorite), but that season is ending quickly.

As for restaurants, I'm more of an at-home cooker so I don't have many great recommendations, but DC is becoming more and more prominent in the culinary world, and with eating local being important to some of the finer dining establishments, it is definitely possible to find paleo-friendly options when going out. I was just at Bourbon Steak down in Georgetown the other day and they offered grass-fed beef and bison, marrow bones and some other tasty options I couldn't afford. Jackie's in Silver Spring is also supposed to be good with local sustainable ingredients, but I have yet to visit. Point being, there are some good paleo options within a quick metro ride from CP.

Also, we are in the delivery area for Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm buyer's club, so you can buy your grass-fed meat, pastured pork and poultry in bulk from the man who literally wrote the book on healthy sustainable agriculture. They just did their last delivery of the season this past weekend. I'd be down for a meatshare if you or anyone else is interested for next year.

Hope that starts you off in the right direction. Good to see like-minded paleo folks close by. Good luck converting the bf!

Bobby

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on November 26, 2010
at 07:24 PM

There is a Trader Joe's in Silver Spring, not far from College Park. My husband's family is from the area and my daughter is living there for law school. She eats well and can eat fairly cheaply if she shops at Trader Joe's. There is also a Whole Foods nearby but they tend to run a bit higher in price. There are several farmer's markets and restaurants that now specialize in local and sustainable food. Baltimore is about the same. There is a restaurant in Baltimore called Woodberry Kitchen that is awesome and uses local organic foods. Grass-fed beef and other meats are readily available with a little footwork. In Washington, there are two restaurants called Founding Farmers and Fishers and Farmers that also specialize in good foods. My daughter resorts to Chipotle a lot - they at least have decent meats and you can ask for what combos you want without rice, beans, tortillas, etc. and it fits her budget. There is an awesome cuban restaurant called Cuba de Ayer in Burtonsville, just north of Silver Spring (close to Rt 29). There are also several kabob restaurants - the best one we found is on New Hampshire Avenue (http://www.yelp.com/biz/kabob-n-karahi-silver-spring). If you go to restaurant.com you can get a coupon for $25 worth of food for $3 (min. purchase of $35) for many restaurants which help the budgets of college students.

There is also a thriving Crossfit community in the DC area (I wish there was in my area on the Mason-Dixon line). I think there is also a paleo group in DC. Hope this helps!

55c3c2a048c4eadbf6829d1bcecfee1f

(75)

on November 26, 2010
at 07:42 PM

Ditto on the Kabob N Karahi recommendation, awesome kabobs. I'll have to check out Cuba de Ayer. Thanks for the recommendation.

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on November 26, 2010
at 07:05 PM

I love Baltimore! I recommend taking advantage of the excellent seafood in the area, especially freshly steamed blue crabs and mussels. Sitting in a crab house and taking apart whole crabs feels very primal...just take it easy on the Old Bay if you're worried about salt. A lot of crab house close for the winter, though, so be forewarned.

Bertha's in Fells Point has some of the best mussels I've ever eaten (watch out for bread), and the area is super-fun to walk around in (awesome weird antique stores galore!).

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