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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Great Pakistani in an unlikely (or is it likely?) Maryland location

How spectacular is Maryland’s diversity?

This spectacular: one of the best, and most authentic, Pakistani Muslim restaurants in the mid-Atlantic United States is in a mall called “La Unión,” presumably (though not verifiably) named after a coastal city in a humble corner of El Salvador. This is no accident: this is just another in-the-course-of-everyday-business reflection of the overlap of two of the area’s cohabitating ethnic groups—and just another little token of the everyday miracle of the American experiment.

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From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
The best bun bo Hue in the Eden Center, which is no small accomplishment

Vietnamese food lovers, rejoice! The Eden Center is a bazaar paradise of All Things Vietnamese, from shops to bakeries to restaurants. If you mean to make your way through every eatery in this plaza, you’ll have your month pretty well booked up. Where to start?

Thanh Tong is a safe bet. This simple, bright, exceedingly popular hole-in-the-mall epitomizes what’s great about Eden Center: it’s cheap, it’s straightforward, and its kitchen peddles some of the most authentic Vietnamese food in America.

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