this Bethesda Row eatery is part of a Denver-based
chain. The focus is on seasonal, from-scratch fare
and ingredients such as nitrate- and hormone-free bacon. Sandwiches, soups, salads and pizza
dominate the menu. ; J B R L D $
MOMO CHICKEN & GRILL
4862 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 240-483-0801,
momofc.com. Skip the breasts, and head for the
wings or drumsticks at Bethesda’s ;rst Korean fried
chicken spot. Options such as seafood pancakes,
bulgogi and bibimbap are part of the extensive
offerings, all served in a hip space with framed
record albums gracing the walls. ; J L D $$
MON AMI GABI
7239 Woodmont Ave., 301-654-1234, monamigabi.
com. Waiters serve bistro classics such as
escargot, steak frites and pro;teroles in a dark and
boisterous spot that doesn’t feel like a chain. Live
jazz Tuesday and Thursday nights.
; J R L D $$
MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE
7400 Wisconsin Ave., 301-657-2650, mortons.
com. An ultra-sophisticated steak house serving
pricey, large portions of prime-aged beef and drinks.
The restaurant is known for a top-notch dinner
experience but also offers lunch and a bar menu.
L D $$$
MUSSEL BAR & GRILLE
7262 Woodmont Ave., 301-215-7817, musselbar.
com. Kensington resident and big-name chef Robert
Wiedmaier serves his signature mussels, plus
wood-;red tarts, salads and sandwiches. Wash
them all down with a choice of 40 Belgian beers,
a list that was voted “Best Beer Selection” by
Bethesda Magazine readers in 2017. ;;R L D $$
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE’S
10400 Old Georgetown Road, 240-316-4555,
notyouraveragejoes.com. This Massachusetts-based chain’s moderately priced menu offers
burgers, big salads and stone-hearth pizzas, plus
entrées including Anything But Average Meatloaf.
; J L D $$
OAKVILLE GRILLE & WINE BAR (EDITORS’ PICK)
10257 Old Georgetown Road (Wildwood Shopping
Center), 301-897-9100, oakvillewinebar.com. Fresh
California food paired with a thoughtful wine list in
an elegant, spare setting may not sound unique, but
Oakville was one of the ;rst in the area to do so,
and continues to do it well. L D
OLAZZO (EDITORS’ PICK)
7921 Norfolk Ave., 301-654-9496, olazzo.com.
This well-priced, romantic restaurant is the place for
couples seeking red-sauce classics at reasonable
prices. Founded by brothers Riccardo and Roberto
Pietrobono, it was voted “Best Italian Restaurant”
by Bethesda Magazine readers in 2018. ; L D $$
THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE
7700 Wisconsin Ave., Store D, 301-986-0285,
ophrestaurants.com. Along with the classic
;apjacks on this chain’s menu, you’ll ;nd ;avor-packed items such as apple pancakes with a
cinnamon sugar glaze. And it’s not just pancakes
to pick from: The restaurant serves a variety of
waf;es, crepes, eggs and omelets. J B L $
PASSAGE TO INDIA (EDITORS’ PICK)
4931 Cordell Ave., 301-656-3373, passagetoindia.
info. Top-notch, pan-Indian fare by chef-owner Sudhir
Seth, with everything from garlic naan to ;sh curry
made to order. ; R L D $$
7187 Woodmont Ave., 301-358-6116, passion;sh
bethesda.com. The second location of Passion Food
Hospitality’s splashy seafood restaurant features
stunning coastal-themed décor and an extensive
menu of shell;sh, caviar, sushi, chef’s specialties
and fresh catches of the day. Voted “Best Happy
Hour” by Bethesda Magazine readers in 2018.
J L D $$$;;;
4760 Bethesda Ave., 301-656-3285, paul-usa.
com. Fifth-generation, family-owned French bakery
becomes an international chain, with locations
in close to 35 countries. Aside from breads and
pastries, look for soups, sandwiches and quiche.
; B L D $
PENANG MALAYSIAN & THAI CUISINE & BAR
4933 Bethesda Ave., 301-657-2878, penang
maryland.com. At this Malaysian spot decorated
with exotic dark woods and a thatched roof, spices
run the gamut of Near and Far Eastern in;uence,
and ;avors include coconut, lemongrass, sesame
and chili sauce. 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.
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