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Spanish wines. Voted “Best Small Plates” by
Bethesda Magazine readers in 2019. ; R L D $$
4829 Fairmont Ave., 301-769-6844, jettiesdc.
com. The only suburban location of the popular
Nantucket-inspired sandwich shop, which has ;ve
restaurants in Northwest Washington, D.C. Aside
from the signature Nobadeer sandwich (roasted
turkey and stuf;ng with cranberry sauce and
mayonnaise on sourdough), look for large salads
and an innovative children’s menu. ; J L D $
KADHAI (EDITORS’ PICK)
7905 Norfolk Ave., 301-718-0121, kadhai.com.
This popular Indian restaurant formerly known as
Haandi serves a variety of traditional chicken, lamb
and seafood dishes, plus rice and vegetarian dishes
and a selection of breads. An extensive lunch buffet
is offered daily. Voted “Best Indian Restaurant” by
Bethesda Magazine readers in 2018. ;;L D $$
4921 Cordell Ave., 301-951-6433, lapanetteria.
com. La Panetteria transports diners into a quaint
Italian villa with its impeccable service and Old
World atmosphere, serving such Southern and
Northern Italian classic dishes as homemade
spaghetti and veal scaloppine. L D $$
LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN
7140 Bethesda Lane, 301-913-2902; 10217 Old
Georgetown Road (Wildwood Shopping Center),
240-752-8737, lepainquotidien.com. New York-based Belgian-born bakery/restaurant chain with
farmhouse vibe, featuring organic breads, European
breakfast and dessert pastries, savory egg dishes,
soups, Belgian open-faced sandwiches, entrée
salads, wine and Belgian beer by the bottle.
;;JB R L D $
LE VIEUX LOGIS
7925 Old Georgetown Road, 301-652-6816,
levieuxlogisrestaurantmd.com. The colorful
exterior will draw you into this family-run Bethesda
institution, but classic French dishes such as Dover
sole meunière and mussels in a white wine broth
will keep you coming back. ;;D $$$
LUCY ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT
4865 Cordell Ave., 301-347-7999. The authentic
Ethiopian menu here includes beef and lamb plates,
such as kitfo (raw beef) sandwiches and boneless
braised yebeg alicha (Ethiopian mild lamb stew).
The interior is decorated with Ethiopian-inspired art
and features a full bar. Beef and vegan samplers
are available at the Bethesda location. L D $
7129 Bethesda Lane, 301-718-1005, lukeslobster.
com. This upscale carryout features authentic
lobster, shrimp and crab rolls; the seafood is
shipped directly from Maine. Try the Taste of Maine,
which offers all three kinds of rolls, plus two crab
claws. ;;L D $
6831 Wisconsin Ave. (Shops of Wisconsin), 301-
907-9888, makibarbethesda.com. This tiny 30-seat
Japanese restaurant and sushi bar offers 60-plus
kinds of maki rolls, categorized as Classic (tuna
roll), Crunch Lover (spicy crunch California roll)
and Signature (eel, avocado, tobiko, crab), along
with sushi, sashimi, noodle bowls and rice-based
entrées. L D $$
4916 Elm St., 301-907-3399, mammalucia
restaurants.com. New York-style pizza dripping with
cheese and crowd-pleasing red sauce, and favorites
like chicken Parmesan and linguini with clams draw
the crowds to this local chain. Gluten-free options
available. ; L D $$
4904 Fairmont Ave., 301-215-8739, mediumrare
restaurant.com. A prix ;xe menu that comes with
bread, salad, steak and fries is the sole option at
this small chain outpost (there are two Medium
Rares in D.C.). Desserts cost extra. Weekend
brunch also features a prix ;xe menu. D $$
4930 Elm St., 240-800-4733, modernmarket.
com. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily,
this Bethesda Row eatery is part of a Denver-based
chain. The focus is on seasonal, from-scratch fare
and ingredients such as nitrate- and hormone-free bacon. Sandwiches, soups, salads and pizza
dominate the menu. ; J B R L D $
MOMO CHICKEN & GRILL
4862 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 240-483-0801,
momofc.com. Skip the breasts, and head for the
wings or drumsticks at Bethesda’s ;rst Korean fried
chicken spot. Options such as seafood pancakes,
bulgogi and bibimbap are part of the extensive
offerings, all served in a hip space with framed
record albums gracing the walls. ; J L D $$
MON AMI GABI (EDITORS’ PICK)
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 Thursday nights. Voted “Best Restaurant Wine
List” by Bethesda Magazine readers in 2019.
; 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.
;;R L D $$
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE’S
10400 Old Georgetown Road, 240-316-4555,
notyouraveragejoes.com. This Massachusetts-based chain’s moderately priced menu offers
burgers, big salads and stone-hearth pizzas, plus
entrées including Anything But Average Meatloaf.
; J L D $$
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 $$$;;;
4760 Bethesda Ave., 301-656-3285, paul-usa.
com. Fifth-generation, family-owned French bakery
becomes an international chain, with locations
in close to 35 countries. Aside from breads and
pastries, look for soups, sandwiches and quiche.
; B L D $
PENANG MALAYSIAN & THAI CUISINE & BAR
4933 Bethesda Ave., 301-657-2878, penang
maryland.com. At this Malaysian spot decorated
with exotic dark woods and a thatched roof, spices
run the gamut of Near and Far Eastern in;uence,
and ;avors include coconut, lemongrass, sesame
and chili sauce. L D $$
PINES OF ROME
4918 Cordell Ave., 301-657-8775. Longtime Italian
restaurant, formerly on Hampden Lane, still serves
traditional pasta, pizza, ;sh and seafood at prices
that are easy on the wallet. The white pizza is a hit,
and don’t forget the spaghetti and meatballs.
L D $
PIZZERIA DA MARCO (EDITORS’ PICK)
8008 Woodmont Ave., 301-654-6083, pizzeria
damarco.net. Authentic Neapolitan pizzas ;red
in a 900-degree Italian brick oven range from the
Siciliana with eggplant con;t and black olives to the
Solo Carne with sausage, pepperoni and salame.
Salads, antipasti and calzones available, too.
; L D $
POSITANO RISTORANTE ITALIANO
4940-48 Fairmont Ave., 301-654-1717,
epositano.com. An authentic Italian, family-run
restaurant popular for private events, large and
small. Colorful rooms are decorated with Italian
landscapes, copper pots and hanging plants, and
the outdoor patio is one of the most beautiful in the
county. ; L D $$
PRALINE BAKERY & BISTRO
4611 Sangamore Road, 301-229-8180,
praline-bakery.com. This sunny restaurant offers a
tempting bakery takeout counter, full dining service
and a patio. The food, which includes chicken pot
pie and pralines, is French with an American accent.
; J B R L D $$
Q BY PETER CHANG (EDITORS’ PICK)
4500 East West Highway, 240-800-3722,
qbypeterchang.com. Notable chef Peter Chang’s
high-end ;agship restaurant offers traditional
Chinese dishes in an attractive, modern space.
Peking duck, double-cooked pork belly and other
authentic Sichuan cuisine are served, and some
dishes are “ultimate spicy” for brave palates.
; J L D $$
RAKU (EDITORS’ PICK)
7240 Woodmont Ave., 301-718-8680, rakuasian
dining.com. Voted “Best Sushi” by Bethesda
Magazine readers in 2018, this casual restaurant
has bamboo walls that do little to dampen the
noise, but the menu satis;es with everything from
sushi to kung pao chicken.
; L D $$