Many call the Sunshine Burger from the Sunshine General Store in Brookeville (some call the area Sunshine, between Olney and Damascus) the best burger in Maryland. Not everyone agrees!
I think it’s a very good burger. I can’t definitively tell you it’s the best in MoCo or Maryland without doing more research, but many will tell you that it doesn’t get better than the Sunshine Burger (pictured above).
When I made a post this past summer, referring to it as the best burger in Maryland, Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder disagreed.
When the burger came up in Twitter conversation, I remembered his tweet and asked him why. Here’s what he had to say:
That leads to the question of the day. Is this the best burger in MoCo...OR... is it simply an average, overpriced, and overhyped legend?
Let me start by saying that there are a lot more than 12 athletes with MoCo ties and this isn’t a list of all of them. You have probably heard of most of the people on this list, but did you know about their ties to MoCo?
Shawn Springs (Springbrook High School)
Shawn Springs was an All-American at Ohio State and enjoyed a 13 year NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, and New England Patriots. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 1998 and was an All-Pro in 2004. Prior to his NFL success, Springs was an All-State selection as a running back (like his father, Ron Springs) and cornerback at Springbrook High School.
Domonique Dawes (Gaithersburg/Blair)
Domonique Dawes is the first black person of any nationality or gender to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. She competed in three Olympics (‘92, ‘96, ‘00) and was the first female gymnast to be a part of three Olympic medal winning teams since the early 70s. She was born in Silver Spring and started high school at Blair before transferring to Gaithersburg and even being named their prom queen in 1994.
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Helen Maroulis (Magruder High School)
The Rockville native attended Magruder High School for three years before moving to Michigan for her senior year. Maroulis beat Saori Yoshida in Rio for her first Olympic gold medal. Yoshida had three Olympic gold medals and just two losses on her resumè prior to wrestling Maroulis. Helen Maroulis is credited with earning the first Olympic gold medal for the United States in a women’s wrestling event.
Oguchi Onyewu (Sherwood)
There aren’t many American soccer players that can say they’ve found success in several of the top European leagues—Onyewu is one of the few. He has appeared in 69 international games for the United States. While he was a student at Sherwood High School, he enrolled in the U.S. residency program for soccer in Bradenton, Florida before returning to Sherwood to graduate.
Dhani Jones (Churchill High School)
You may know Dhani Jones as one of the stars of the Shark Tank replica, Adventure Capitalists (CNBC), but he was a three Time All-Big Ten player and National Champion at the University of Michigan. He then played in the NFL for 11 years, starting in 131 games. During his time at Churchill, he was an All-Met and All-County pick.
Kyle Snyder (Good Counsel)
Kyle Snyder is the youngest Olympic gold medalist in wrestling history and a two time NCAA champion. Many consider him the pound for pound “best wrestler in the world.” In his three years wrestling at Good Counsel (he didn’t wrestle his senior year, choosing to compete internationally instead), he amassed a 179-0 record.
Freddy Adu (The Heights)
The now 28 year old Adu started playing professionally 14 years ago. He signed his professional contract with D.C. United at the age of 14 and scored his first professional goal just 3 months later. Once referred to as the “next Pelé,” he never really lived up to expectations. Adu moved from Ghana to Rockville when he was 8, where he attended Sequoyah Elementary School (Derwood). He then attended The Heights School before leaving to join D.C. United.
Zack Kerr (Quince Orchard)
The QO alum was able to earn a spot on the defensive line as an undrafted free agent for the Indianapolis Colts. He played there for three season, recording 5.5 sacks in the process. Prior to this season, Kerr signed a two year deal with the Broncos. He won a State Championship in 2007 during his time at Quince Orchard High School.
Katie Ledecky (Stone Ridge)
Katie Ledecky won a gold medal as a 15 year old at the London Olympics in 2012. She won four more Olympic gold medals in Rio just last year. She has been named American Swimmer of The Year in each of the last three years. She finished her high school career as the holder of every Stone Ridge swimming record except for the 100-meter backstroke.
Folarin Campbell (Springbrook)
He was an integral part of the 2006 George Mason team that made the Final Four, leading the team with 3.4 assists per game and scoring 11 points per contest. Following his time at George Mason, Campbell started a career overseas that is still going today. He led MoCo in scoring his junior year at Springbrook, averaging 26.3 points per game.
Stefon Diggs (Good Counsel)
Stefon Diggs has dominated at every level. He and teammate Adam Thielen are considered one of the best receiver duos currently in the NFL. In less than three full seasons in the league, he has over 2,000 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Diggs scored 34 touchdowns combined in his junior and senior years at Good Counsel. He chose the University of Maryland over Auburn, Cal, Florida, Ohio State, and USC.
Roy Hibbert (Georgetown Prep)
The 7’2” Hibbert is a two time NBA All-Star. He was a big part of bringing the Georgetown Hoyas back to the Final Four in 2007 and was drafted 17th in the 2008 NBA Draft. In 10 seasons, he has career averages of 10 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game. He planned to attend and play for Georgetown University when he played for Georgetown Prep.
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Some of my favorite restaurants in MoCo are the ones you step foot in and feel like you’ve entered 1991. The food is usually really good, but you’d never know it by looking at the restaurant from the outside. The bar is often filled with the same regulars that have been taking up seats for decades. I don’t want to call them “divey” cause there’s a negative connotation that comes with that and most of the time these places hold some of our favorite memories (all images via the Restaurants Facebook pages).
Here’s 10 of them:
Gentleman Jim’s (Gaithersburg): In MoCo for over 40 years (originally in Rockville), but in the current Gaithersburg location since 1997. Swiss on pizza??? It works.
Outta The Way Cafe (Derwood): Serving some of the best wings in MoCo since 1987.
Stained Glass Pub (Glenmont): One of our ‘Best Pizza In MoCo’ winners has been at their location in Glenmont since 1976.
Stop by Pandora Seafood House & Bar in Rockville Town Square and pay just $1 for a whole lobster (2 entree minimum).
Hershey’s Restaurant (Washington Grove): I was told they opened in 1952 when I called, but Google lists 1969. Either way, the Redskins are still great when you step into Hershey’s.
Crisfield Seafood (Silver Spring): Crisfield has been serving up affordable seafood dishes since 1945.
Village Cafe (Montgomery Village): A local hangout for many since 1980, I am told that the Village Cafe will be closing by March 1st, 2018.
Olney Ale House (Olney): The oldest of the bunch, Olney Ale House has been serving patrons since 1925.
Seibel’s (Burtonsville): As the only place on this list I’ve never been to, I’m told I have to try the ice cream at Seibel’s. Can’t wait to check it out, it has been there since 1939.
Jonathan’s (Rockville): Jonathan’s opened as Barnaby’s (formerly in Wheaton) sister restaurant in 1983.
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Northwood Graduate Flies to Florida to Meet 81 Year Old Woman He Befriended Through ‘Words With Friends’
Spencer Sleyon, a 2013 Northwood High School graduate, moved from Silver Spring to New York to pursue his rap and producing career. The rapper/producer, known as Half Empty or High Class Filth, started playing the online crossword puzzle game ‘Words With Friends’ and eventually befriended 81 year old Florida resident, Roz, after playing over 300 games together.
The 22 year old flew down to Florida for a meeting organized by Amy Butler, a pastor at the Riverside Church in Upper Manhattan. They got to hang out at the retirement community In Florida that Roz lives in. Spencer has won 210 of their 324 games, according to this XXL article: www.xxlmag.com/news/2017/12/harlem-rapper-86-year-old-woman-words-with-friends/
Here are a few photos of their meeting that Spencer tweeted earlier this week. What an awesome story!
The Damascus Hornets are your 2A Maryland State Champs! Congratulations on 42 straight wins and a great season.
Gwynn Park: 7
Similar to The Block in Annandale, The Spot is coming to Rockville.
Poki District, Gong Cha (bubble tea), and Cheers Cut (fried chicken and seafood) will all be involved with The Spot. The 6,200 square foot food hall is still looking for a few more vendors.
The Spot will open next summer at the Metropolitan, a mixed-use Development near Rockville Town Square.
More here: www.washingtonpost.com/news/going-out-guide/wp/2017/11/30/the-spot-food-hall-will-be-rockvilles-answer-to-the-block-in-annandale/?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.ab525758fbe7