MOBY DICK HOUSE OF KABOB
7023 Wisconsin Ave., 301-654-1838, mobyskabob.
com. This kabob takeout/eat-in mainstay was one
of the first kabob places in the area. It makes its
own pita bread. The menu includes a variety of
salads and vegetarian sandwiches and platters.
L D $
PERSIMMON (EDITORS’ PICK)
7003 Wisconsin Ave., 301-654-9860, persimmon
restaurant.com. Owners Damian and Stephanie
Salvatore’s popular restaurant offers casual fare
from salads to sandwiches to meat and seafood
entrées in a bistro setting featuring a lively bar, cozy
booths and bright paintings on the walls.
❂ R L D $$
19 Wisconsin Circle, 301-951-1127, potomac
pizza.com. This cheery, casual dining room provides
a break from the ultra-posh shopping surrounding
it. In addition to pizza, subs and pastas are popular.
Beer and wine available. ❂ J L D $
SUSHIKO (EDITORS’ PICK)
5455 Wisconsin Ave., 301-961-1644, sushiko
restaurants.com. Known as one of the Washington,
D.C., area’s most respected sushi restaurants,
Sushiko offers a wide range of sushi and other
dishes. Kōbō, a restaurant within the restaurant,
allows eight people to dine on 12- to 15-course
tasting menus. ❂ L D $$
8401 Connecticut Ave., 301-652-8684, tavira
restaurant.com. Fish stews and several versions
of bacalhau (salted cod) figure prominently on the
menu of this intriguing Portuguese restaurant, which
manages to be charming and attractive despite its
location in an office building basement. L D $$
BLACK MARKET BISTRO (EDITORS’ PICK)
4600 Waverly Ave., 301-933-3000, blackmarket
restaurant.com. Sublime American bistro fare
served in a restored Victorian building next to
railroad tracks; the building once served as a
general store and still houses a post office.
Entrées range from swordfish to a burger and
pizza, including several vegetable options.
❂ JR L D $$
THE DISH & DRAM
10301 Kensington Parkway, 301-962-4046,
thedishanddram.com. The owners of The Daily
Dish in Silver Spring serve comfort food made with
local ingredients in a 2,800-square-foot space
in Kensington. Steak frites, Maryland crab soup,
burgers and house-made desserts are on the
menu. J R L D $$
FRANKLY…PIZZA! (EDITORS’ PICK)
10417 Armory Ave., 301-832-1065, franklypizza.
com. Owner Frank Linn turns out high-quality pizza
in a rustic brick-and-mortar restaurant. The menu
offers wood-fired pies topped with home-cured
meats and tomato sauce made from an 80-year-
old family recipe. Wines and homemade sodas
served on tap, too. Voted "Best Pizza" by Bethesda
Magazine readers in 2018. ❂ L D $
K TOWN BISTRO
3784 Howard Ave., 301-933-1211, ktownbistro.
com. Try filet mignon, duck breast à l’orange,
chicken marsala and other classic continental
dishes from this family-run eatery owned by Gonzalo
Barba, former longtime captain of the restaurant in
the Watergate Hotel. L D $$
258 Crown Park Ave. (Downtown Crown), 240-499-
8447, andpizza.com. See Bethesda listing.
❂ L D $
254 Crown Park Ave. (Downtown Crown), 301-330-
9997, asianinemd.com. Pan Asian restaurant with
a first location in Washington, D.C.’s Penn Quarter
offers dishes from Vietnam, China, Thailand and
Japan. Specialties include grilled lamb chops served
with mango-soy coulis and miso honey duck breast
drizzled with a sake butter sauce. R L D $$
9124 Rothbury Drive, 301-975-0757, athensgrill.
com. This casual, friendly, family-run restaurant
specializes in authentic Greek cooking, using
recipes handed down through generations.
Specialties such as rotisserie chicken, chargrilled
salmon with a lemon dill sauce and lamb kabobs
are cooked on a hardwood grill. L D $
BARKING MAD CAFE
239 Spectrum Ave., 240-297-6230, barkingmad
cafe.com. Cooking from a wood hearth and
selecting vegetables, herbs and edible flowers from
its aeroponic (grown in air/mist but without soil)
organic garden, Barking Mad Cafe has a corner
spot in Watkins Mill Town Center. Look for made-from-scratch brunch, lunch and dinner sweets and
savories, such as breakfast pizza, watermelon salad
and farro salad. ❂ R L D $$
82 Market St., 240-631-2401, bonefishgrill.
com. While fresh fish cooked over a wood fire is
the centerpiece of this upscale Florida chain, the
steaks, crab cakes and specialty martinis make it
a fun option for happy hour and those with hearty
appetites. R L D $$
BUCA DI BEPPO
122 Kentlands Blvd., 301-947-7346, bucadibeppo.
com. The Kentlands outpost of this national
chain serves huge, family-style portions of Italian
specialties from fresh breads to antipasti and
pasta dishes amid a sea of Italian kitsch. Desserts
include Italian Creme Cake and tiramisu.
J L D $$
213 Kentlands Blvd., 301-476-4209, cava.com.
See Bethesda listing. ❂ L D $
116 Main St., 301-519-2625, coalfireonline.com.
Homemade crusts fired by coal and topped with
your choice of toppings and three different sauces:
classic, spicy and signature, which is slightly sweet
with a hint of spice. Salads, sandwiches and pasta
also available, plus a full bar. ❂ L D $
135 Crown Park Ave. (Downtown Crown), 301-
869-8800, greatamericanrestaurants.com. First
Maryland locale for Great American Restaurants, a
Fairfax-based chain. Seaside-inspired décor extends
to the menu, which offers lobster and shrimp rolls,
fried grouper and Key lime pie. Steaks, pasta
and burgers also served. Voted “Best Restaurant
in Gaithersburg/North Potomac” by Bethesda
Magazine readers in 2018. ❂ J R L D $$
COPPER CANYON GRILL
100 Boardwalk Place, 240-631-0003, ccgrill.com.
Large portions of American classics such as salads,
ribs and rotisserie chicken prepared with seasonal
ingredients at family-friendly prices are the bill of
fare at this spacious and casual chain restaurant.
J L D $$
DOGFISH HEAD ALEHOUSE
800 W. Diamond Ave., 301-963-4847, dogfishale
house.com. The first Maryland outpost of the
popular Rehoboth Beach brewpub, the restaurant is
packed with revelers and families clamoring for the
Dogfish Head brews, burgers, pizzas and ribs. Check
out the burger of the week. ❂ J L D $$
9083 Gaither Road, 301-990-0981, donpollogroup.
com. See Bethesda listing. ❂ L D $
EAST DIAMOND BREWING CO.
227 E. Diamond Ave., 240-261-6196. This
American restaurant in a turn-of-the-century building
in downtown Gaithersburg serves its own beers
and other local beers on tap and a full menu with
sandwiches, pasta and house-made crabcakes.
The upstairs bar area, which has occasional live
music, has kept the previous name of the business:
Greene Growlers. J L D $
FIREBIRDS WOOD FIRED GRILL
390 Spectrum Ave., 301-284-1770, gaithersburg.
firebirdsrestaurants.com. Part of a chain, this
restaurant in the Watkins Mill Town Center cooks
steaks and seafood over a wood-fired grill. Designed
to look like a Colorado lodge, the eatery tends
toward classic fare for entrées (surf-and-turf,
salmon, burgers) and dessert (chocolate cake, Key
lime pie, carrot cake). ❂ J L D $$
9811 Washingtonian Blvd., L- 17, 301-977-5655,
guaposrestaurant.com. See Bethesda listing.
❂ J R L D $
HERSHEY’S RESTAURANT & BAR
17030 Oakmont Ave., 301-948-9893, hersheysat
thegrove.com. Fried chicken that tastes like it
was made by an aproned elder is served up in a
clapboard building constructed in 1889. Besides
the fab fried chicken, Hershey’s serves up warm
rolls, inexpensive prices and live music.
❂ J B R L D $$
IL PORTO RESTAURANT
245 Muddy Branch Road, 301-590-0735, ilporto
restaurant.com. A classic red-sauce menu, elegant
murals of Venice and an authentic thin-crust
pizza are hallmarks of this friendly, unfussy Italian
restaurant tucked in the Festival Shopping Center.
Fried calamari and the white pizza are among
customer favorites. ❂ L D $
INFERNO PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA (EDITORS’
12207 Darnestown Road, 301-963-0115,
inferno-pizzeria.com. Tony Conte, former executive
chef of Washington, D.C.’s Oval Room, goes casual
with his first restaurant, an authentic Neapolitan
pizzeria offering sophisticated toppings such as
shaved truffles and garlic confit. Cozy dining room
seats 39, with a tiled, wood-burning pizza oven as
the centerpiece. D $