More than 70 restaurants have opened
in the Bethesda area in the last two years.
Our critic chooses his 10 favorites.
BY DAVID HAGEDORN
At Lina’s Diner and Bar in Silver Spring, a server’s warm greeting
and enthusiastic description of the cocktail menu inspire me
to order a bracing Hemingway daiquiri and predispose me to a
favorable impression as I start a meal there. The ;rst bite of the
meat portion of my steak frites is seasoned con;dently, cooked
precisely as requested and pleasantly tender. By the end of the
meal, Lina’s earns a spot on my list of favorite new restaurants.
More than 70 new restaurants opened in the Bethesda area
in 2016 and 2017, according to Bethesda Beat. It was my job to
determine which I liked best and to rank them in order.
Some points of interest: The top three restaurants are Asian.
Five of them are owned by local empire builders: Daisuke Utagawa,
Peter Chang, Michael Babin, Jeff Black and Bo Blair. Another is
owned by Ashish Alfred, whose empire is just getting started.
What do my 10 favorites have in common, besides the quality
of the food? A devotion to good service, their craft, hospitality
and consistency. Here are my favorite restaurants that opened
in 2016 and 2017.