The Sunshine General Store (located in Brookeville, MD, on the corner of Georgia Ave and Rt. 650) is probably not a place most people would consider stopping for, if they weren’t aware of the burgers that are made inside.
The sign on the door will remind you that cash is the only form of currency accepted. “Probably Olney or Laytonsville” is the answer you’ll hear if you ask where the closest ATM is.
You’re not going to Sunshine for the decor. The inside looks like a truck stop diner scene from an 80s movie. After passing the register you’ll see a few tables and four stools at the counter of the dining area.
It’s not always empty...sometimes there’s even a line. Make sure to call ahead (301.774.7428) because the burgers are cooked to order and it can take a half hour (or more) for your burger to be ready.
The ladies working the grill have mastered their system. Though space is limited, they have things down to a science.
Take a stroll through the three aisles as you wait for your burger. They have some of the basics, but also a great collection of sodas and drinks (four different flavors of Mountain Dew in cans, and a lot more).
It’s a big burger. Though it’s not too difficult to finish, I recommend tackling it one half at a time...just in case. In addition to the regular toppings, I always recommend adding bacon. You can even add a fried egg if that’s your thing.
As a fun way to finish your experience...when you’re paying at the register, you’ll be faced with the challenge of resisting a time warp of candy.
The Sunshine Burger even has its own shirt!
19501 Georgia Avenue in Brookeville was the longtime home of The Inn at Brookeville Farms. It is now the home of The Manor at Silo Falls.
According to their Facebook page , The Manor At Silo Falls will be a restaurant, but they will also be hosting and catering indoor and outdoor events.
The restaurant will have the same owner, management team, and focus as Bolder, a restaurant located in Howard County. I spoke with management at Bolder today and they told me they are expecting a late summer opening (August/September 2018).
Per the Sandy Spring Slave Museum & African Art Gallery press release:
“Immerse and educate yourself in the rich culture of the African American experience during Heritage Days June 23rd and 24th at the Sandy Spring Slave Museum & African Art Gallery located at 18524 Brooke Road in the historic Freeman’s Village of Sandy Spring, Maryland.
On Saturday, June 23rd, the museum will open our FREE Heritage Day celebration with a Libation ceremony at noon led by Maxine Holland noted historian. The ceremony commemorates our ancestors on whose shoulders we have stood, honor the struggle of our ancestors, and gives us strength for the continuing struggles ahead and uplifts future generations to continue to achieve greatness.
On both June 23rd and 24th, each guest will have the opportunity to make a quilt square that represents their family, themselves and/or the heritage of our amazing community. All materials will be supplied at no charge. The quilt will be sewn and unveiled on Emancipation Day, November 2018.
Sunday, June 24th the museum will be celebrating the heritage of African American Music with a festival style concert highlighting the importance and history of African-American music and musicians that have helped the country to dance, to express our faith through song, to march against injustice, and to defend our country's enduring promise of freedom and opportunity for all. The concert will take the listener on a walk-through time beginning with a traditional drumming circle followed by gospel, call songs of the underground railroad, music of the civil rights movement, Caribbean rhythms, jazz, and R & B classics.
The Sandy Spring Slave Museum will also offer guided and self-guide tours during Heritage Days
that will provide insights into history from Africa through the middle passage, the salvation of the Underground Railroad, the struggle for civil rights and the heritage of African American families for whom Montgomery County is home, that will engage and stimulate community conversation bringing people together. Guests can tour our full-sized replica of a slaving clipper ship, a replica of the boyhood home of Nelson Mandela, a historic log, cabin circa 1895, relocated from Olney Md to the museum grounds, and many more artifacts, art and treasures of the experiences of Black life.
Numerous information and food vendors will be participating in our Heritage Day celebration including local Sandy Spring vendors Tom Farquhar (Sandy Spring Farm) and Dani Smith (Bad Azz Bakery) whose families were founding members of the community, Norma Brooks (NJB Basket of Jewels) local folk artist and designer, Sistah Circle drummers, The African American Health Program, and much more!
For more information a complete listing can be found on the Sandy Spring Museum website,
Below you’ll see some images from the museum.
I’m told the Olney McDonald’s is going to be formally applying to add a second drive-thru to the restaurant.
Currently, there’s one drive-thru, but I’m told the thought process behind adding a second includes alleviating traffic and reducing the occasional back-up the fast food restaurant causes on major roads in Olney.
Two-Time NCAA Champ And Olympic Gold Medalist, Kyle Snyder (Good Counsel), Is Wrestling In His Final Collegiate Match Today
Kyle Snyder is widely considered the greatest wrestler the United States has ever produced. Before he was winning NCAA Championships and gold medals, he amassed a 179-0 record in high school (Snyder is a Good Counsel alum).
Snyder has won 2 NCAA Championships with Ohio State and an Olympic gold medal as a heavyweight for the United States. He’s the first wrestler to ever win an NCAA Championship after winning a gold medal.
Tonight he wrestles in the finals of the NCAA tournament in an attempt to become the heavyweight champion for the third straight year.
He has only lost once since his freshman year, earlier this year to Michigan’s Adam Coon, the man he will be wrestling in just a few hours. Though Snyder has since beaten Coon in the Big Ten tournament, Coon outweighs Snyder by over 50 lbs.
Win or lose, Good Counsel’s Kyle Snyder has already left a huge mark in the wrestling world. Congratulations on an amazing college career!
Below you’ll see Kyle Snyder’s thoughts on the Sunshine Burger from the Sunshine General Store.
We sifted through the hundreds of MoCo facts we’ve come across and chose these ten to share with you today.
Tell us your favorite Fun MoCo fact that wasn’t on this list, and you may see it on one of our future lists!
1. Brookeville was the United States capital for a day on August 26th, 1814 after the British troops burned down the White House during the War of 1812.
2. Though MoCo was named after Richard Montgomery, it was Thomas Wootton that founded the county by introducing a bill that divided Frederick into three counties in 1776 (one was Montgomery County).
3. The robin is the official bird of MoCo and the Dogwood is the official tree.
4. Damascus was originally known as “The Pleasant Plains of Damascus.”
5. The Montgomery Village symbol is not trees. It's 2 stick figures reaching toward the heavens in a gesture of friendship and peace.
6. From 1987-2004 Northwood was not its own high school (it was used to hold students from other high schools during renovations).
7. The hit 90s series, Beverly Hills 90210, was originally going to be set in MoCo and called Potomac 20854.
8. Gaithersburg’s original name was Logtown. It officially took on the Gaithersburg name in 1878.
9. The inventor of the first home television set, C. Francis Jenkins, lived in Wheaton, at Windham Ln and Georgia Ave.
10. Wheaton was known as Leesborough until being renamed Wheaton in 1869.
For some reason when I think of gas station food, Combos come to mind (the baked cylindrical cubes that are cracker or pretzel flavored and filled with some sort of processed cheese). These five spots change the game and provide a lot more flavor than pepperoni pizza combos ever have. They're a must-try for anyone living in or around Montgomery County.
Mangino's Pizza (Germantown)
Located in Germantown, Mangino's prides itself on its flavorful New York style pizza. I'm not a big toppings guy, so I've only ventured as far as cheese and pepperoni. If you like your pizza oozing with cheese, then you have to check it out. They deliver within a 5 mile radius too. It may sound a little odd, but this is the kind of pizza I imagine the Ninja Turtles eating and if you've ever seen anything related to the Ninja Turtles, you know they love pizza!
Seoul Food (Wheaton)
UPDATE: Seoul Food is in the process of moving from their gas station spot in Wheaton, to a bigger location in Takoma Park. It will no longer be connected to a gas station.
Seoul Food has quickly become one of Wheaton's best restaurants, and that's saying a lot because Wheaton has a tons of great places to eat. Many say that everything is good at Seoul Food and I can't disagree. Even they're cookies are some of the best I've ever had!
FYI: They're closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Corned Beef King (Olney)
Don't let the name fool you, they have much more than just corned beef. This New York style sandwich shop may be in a gas station convenience store in Olney, but they make you feel right at home. You HAVE to try the corned beef sandwich at some point, but their ribeye steak sandwiches, onion rings, and five-cheese mac are amazing too!
During my last visit I was told they're likely opening a new location at the gas station in Rockville Pike and Twinbrook Parkway. The more the merrier.
Taco Bar (Gaithersburg)
The biggest problem I encounter when I go to Taco Bar is deciding between the different types of tacos, the amazing tortas (Mexican sandwiches), and the nachos. That's not even a quarter of what they have to offer either. It's the type of place that has something for everyone, you just have to find what's right for you. Very affordable and very tasty! It's located at the outskirts of the Rio Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg, next to Ziki Japanese Steakhouse.
Sunshine General Store (Brookeville)
The Sunshine General Store is located on Georgia Avenue in Brookeville, MD between Olney and Damascus. I have made the drive out a few times for one reason...the Sunshine Burger. Many feel it’s the best burger they’ve ever had. Though the General Store no longer sells gas (the pumps are there), The Sunshine Burger remains legendary in Montgomery County.
Clarksburg Grille in Clarksburg Market has the best cheesesteak I have ever eaten. This includes the dozen or so cheesecakes I’ve tried in various locations in Philly. Though they no longer sell gas, then vintage pumps can still be found outside of the market (which is more of a gas station convenience store with a grille and deli in the back!).