These six eateries might not always make the front page, but they're worth visiting. P.G. County has lots of restaurants... some just deserve to be found.
Home to almost a million people, Prince George's County has its fair share of restaurants. So many, in fact, that even longtime residents can still discover new favorites every day.
Here are some of this writer's favorite local eateries that may have slipped under your radar.
Taqueria La Placita
This is it - the best tacos in P.G. County. Taqueria La Placita is small but bursting with character. This is in appropriate parallel to its tacos, which are large and bursting with character. The restaurant itself is full of small oddities, and the food is simply outstanding. Build your own tacos or pick from a vast array of precrafted options -- you just can't go wrong. The prices are great and the service is quick and friendly. Try these tacos once and you might get hooked.
: 5020 Edmonston Rd, Hyattsville, MD
: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Shagga: Ethiopian Cuisine
This Ethiopian eatery doesn't mess around. From authentic lamb and chicken dishes to a vast vegetarian menu, Shagga has some of the most flavorful fare this side of the Beltway. Adventurers, rejoice! It can get mighty hot.
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Besides being the only Ethiopian restaurant on Baltimore Avenue for several miles, Shagga is one of the most laid-back and comfortable places you can go for a lunch break. The atmospheric lighting and cushioned seats will have you feeling like royalty as you sip your extra-punchy coffee.
: 6040 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD
: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
When it comes to Jamaican cuisine, Jerk Pit stands out. I mean that literally -- the building springs out of the earth like a fragrant flower. Its wooden visage peering across the road, inviting you to come inside and enjoy the atmosphere. Inside, the store is decorated with flags and phrases that represent Caribbean culture. The place has a strong vibe, and that comes across most in its menu. Sip a bottle of Red Stripe as you savor what you know you have to try -- jerk chicken, jerk pork, even jerk tofu. Jerk Pit might just be the most unique out of all the restaurants on this list, and if you're in the area, it's a must.
: 9078 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD
: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sardi's Pollo a la Brassa
This fantastic Beltsville restaurant is popular with the locals, and for good reason. Like its name implies, Sardi's main export is delicious charbroiled chicken, served with a variety of authentic side dishes like yuca, pinto beans, and plantain. While they are masters of meat, vegetarians fear not! Sardi's is equipped to please any type of 'vore. Their veggie pitas are top-notch, and their homemade tzatziki sauce will make you want to come back for seconds.
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"The Ultimate LG" at Sardi's[/caption]
: 1159 University Blvd E, Takoma Park, MD
: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
College students know it better than anyone: sometimes you don't need a cloth napkin and a glass of wine. Sometimes you need plastic cutlery and a massive kabob for the change in your pocket. Food Factory hits that sweet spot. Their food ranges from Mediterranean favorites to American sandwiches, and despite their affordable pricing, their fare is of terrific quality. Noted for exceptionally friendly service, Food Factory might just be what you're looking for.
: 8145 Baltimore Washington Blvd G, College Park, MD
: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sushi burritos. Enough said.
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Location: 6450 America Blvd #103, Hyattsville, MD
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
What are your favorite underrated restaurants in the area? Have you been to one of these before and liked it? Let us know in the comments?