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Nando's Peri-Peri 14023 South Main Chapel Way, Gambrills
Most Recent Foursquare Check-in: 2/5/2014
Total Foursquare Check-ins: 4
Pre-Foursquare Visits: No
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I started the "Beyond Bowie" series of restaurant reviews to incorporate reviews of nearby types of restaurants that Bowie doesn't have, but should. It seems a little weird to put Nando's in that category. First of all, if you see the category as "spicy roasted chicken", we already have Lima's, which I like a little bit better. On the other hand, if you (as I do) view it to be in the category of Portuguese restaurants, that wouldn't be on most people's list of what's "missing" from Bowie.
But once you visit Nando's, you may wish we had one of these places slightly closer to home. The chicken is consistently good. The sauces, made with the African peri-peri pepper, are interesting. The sides, such as the "macho peas" have a nice European feel to them. The decor has a very upscale feel to it.
So if you're at Waugh Chapel, or just looking for something a little bit different, I recommend it. I would be very excited if it moved to one of the empty locations around Bowie. But for now, maybe I'll hold out for an Indian restaurant.
Bowie Restaurant NewsFreestyle Fish 'n' Chicken is definitely gone. The space is now for lease.
Work has resumed on Anthony's Pizza and Pasta in Free State. It doesn't look like things are anywhere near completion, but construction material has been moved around after laying undisturbed for a couple of months.
Free State has, however, lost the Bang Bang Mongolian Grill. Of all the Bowie restaurants I've reviewed that have since closed, it's probably the one I'm saddest to see go. (That said, I never ended up there that much.)