Meet Silver Spring's Mi La Cay
Located in an unassuming shopping center at the intersection of University Boulevard and Georgia Avenue in Wheaton, Mi La Cay is one of Silver Spring’s hidden gems. This Vietnamese restaurant boasts a menu with classics like banh mi and pho, but also serves creative dishes like tomato rice with crispy Maryland chicken. With chillier weather encroaching, it’s a perfect time to snag a booth and slurp down a big bowl of pho. Topped generously with Thai basil, bean sprouts, jalapeños, and a squeeze of lime, this flavorful rice noodle soup is the perfect way to warm up on a crisp November day. Though traditionally made with beef broth, Mi La Cay also offers a vegetable-based broth. And don’t skip out on the Thai iced tea— a bright orange beverage made of spiced black tea, sugar, and sweetened condensed milk. Don’t be mistaken, while Mi La Cay isn’t a show off, it’s not a hole-in-the-wall either— it makes regular appearances in the Washington Post, receiving accolades for both its affordability and excellence. Not only does it have a killer menu, Mi La Cay also has a first-rate staff that only adds to the experience. With a cozy atmosphere and delicious food, Mi La Cay should not be missed.