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4915 St. Elmo Ave., 240-630-8120,
tappdbethesda.com. Beer-centric gastropub offering
40-plus beers on tap, 100-plus bottles and beer
;ights. Food menu includes standard American fare:
soups and salads, char-grilled wings, beer-battered
onion rings, burgers, brats and mains such as
crabcakes, barbecue ribs and beer-can chicken pot
pie. Top it off with a root beer ;oat. ;;J L D $$
7101 Democracy Blvd. (West;eld Montgomery
mall), 301-657-0488, tarathai.com. Thai cuisine
goes high style at Bethesda Magazine readers’ pick
for “Best Thai Restaurant” in 2018. With colorful
murals of ocean creatures looking on, diners can try
dishes ranging from mild to adventurous. L D $$
7731 Woodmont Ave., 301-652-3970, tasteediner.
com. For 80 years, this crowd-pleasing if slightly
sagging spot has served up everything from
breakfast to burgers to blue-plate specials such as
steak and crabcakes to crowds of loyal customers.
Open 24 hours. J B L D $
7228 Woodmont Ave., 240-345-9492, shopterrain.
com/restaurants. Located inside the Anthropologie
& Co. at Bethesda Row, this quaint café changes its
menu with the seasons. Look for cheese boards;
salads; toast topped with eggplant, smoked salmon
or ;g; and entrées such as duck breast and a fried
cauli;ower sandwich. ; R L D $$
THELO GREEK GRILL
8009 Norfolk Ave., 301-654-7335. Greek classics
such as gyros and meat skewers are the main
offerings at this small full-service restaurant in the
former Bistro LaZeez space.
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4839 Del Ray Ave., 301-654-4443, tiaqueta.com.
This longtime family and happy-hour favorite offers
authentic Mexican food such as moles and ;sh
dishes, as well as the usual Tex-Mex options. Drink
menu includes American and Mexican beers.
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7940 Norfolk Ave., 301-654-3801, tommyjoes.
com. This Bethesda institution is now in the space
formerly housing Urban Heights. The second-;oor,
window-;lled corner location suits its sports bar
persona, and the vast rooftop is ideal for outdoor
drinking and snacking. Fare includes wings (
Poho-style, grilled and smoky, are a good option), burgers,
crabcakes and ribs. Chunky brisket chili, on its own
or on nachos, is a winner. ; L D $$
TRATTORIA SORRENTO (EDITORS’ PICK)
4930 Cordell Ave., 301-718-0344, trattoriasorrento.
com. This family-run Italian favorite offers
homemade pastas, baked eggplant and fresh ;sh
dishes. Half-price bottles of wine on Wednesdays.
TRUE FOOD KITCHEN (EDITORS’ PICK)
7100 Wisconsin Ave., 240-200-1257,
truefoodkitchen.com. Health-focused chain prides
itself on serving fresh ingredients and features
an open kitchen. The eclectic, multicultural menu
changes from season to season, and includes
sandwiches, salads and pizza. Beer, wine and fresh-fruit and vegetable cocktails are also available.
Voted “Best New Restaurant” by Bethesda Magazine
readers in 2018. ;;R L D $
4870 Bethesda Ave., 301-656-2981, unclejulios.
com. Loud and large, this Tex-Mex eatery packs in
families and revelers fueling up on fajitas, tacos and
more. Kids love to watch the tortilla machine.
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VILLAIN & SAINT
7141 Wisconsin Ave., 240-800-4700, villainand
saint.com. Listen to live music while digging into
salt-roasted beets or slow-smoked pork ribs at this
hip bar, courtesy of chef Robert Wiedmaier’s RW
Restaurant Group. Delightfully dated décor includes
lava lamps and photos of late great rock stars.
The menu is divided into hearty dishes (villain) and
vegetarian options (saint). ;;R L D $$
4924 St. Elmo Ave., 301-652-8000, vukpinball.
com. VÜK owner (and MOM’S Organic Market CEO)
Scott Nash consulted restaurateur Mark Bucher
for the only thing offered on the short menu of his
Bethesda pinball arcade other than Trickling Springs
Creamery’s soft-serve ice cream: thin-crust New
York-style pizza and thick-crust Sicilian pizza sold
by the slice or as whole pies: cheese, sausage,
pepperoni and mushroom/onion. L D $
WILDWOOD KITCHEN (EDITORS’ PICK)
10223 Old Georgetown Road (Wildwood Shopping
Center), 301-571-1700, wildwoodkitchenrw.com.
Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s attractive neighborhood
bistro serving fresh and light modern cuisine.
Entrées range from Amish chicken with a scallion
potato cake to grilled Atlantic salmon with creamy
polenta. L D $$
WOODMONT GRILL (EDITORS’ PICK)
7715 Woodmont Ave., 301-656-9755, hillstone.
com. Part of the Houston’s chain, the eatery
offers such classics as spinach-and-artichoke dip
and its famous burgers, but also house-baked
breads, more exotic dishes, live jazz and a granite
bar. Voted “Best Restaurant Service” by Bethesda
Magazine readers in 2018, and “Best Restaurant in
Bethesda” by readers in 2019. ;;L D $$$
WORLD OF BEER
7200 Wisconsin Ave., 240-389-9317, worldofbeer.
com. Craft beer-focused tavern chain offers 50
brews on tap rotating daily and hundreds of
bottled options. Food is classic pub fare, including
hamburgers, wings and bratwurst sandwiches, as
well as ;atbreads and salads. ; J R L D $
7345-B Wisconsin Ave., 301-656-5234, yuzu
bethesda.com. Diners will ;nd authentic Japanese
dishes, including sushi, sashimi and cooked
tofu, vegetable, tempura, meat and ;sh dishes,
prepared by sushi chef and owner Yoshihisa Ota.
L D $$
7945 MacArthur Blvd., 301-229-0900,
; shtacoonline.com. See Bethesda listing.
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SAL’S ITALIAN KITCHEN (EDITORS’ PICK)
7945 MacArthur Blvd., 240-802-2370, salsitalian
kitchen.net. Persimmon and Wild Tomato owners
Damian and Stephanie Salvatore replaced their
Asian concept Indigo House with a return to
their roots. Find traditional Italian fare, such as
bruschetta, risotto balls, Caprese salad, meatball
subs, fettuccine Alfredo, chicken cacciatore and
shrimp scampi. ; L D $$
WILD TOMATO (EDITORS’ PICK)
7945 MacArthur Blvd., 301-229-0680,
wildtomatorestaurant.com. A family-friendly
neighborhood restaurant from Persimmon owners
Damian and Stephanie Salvatore, serving salads,
sandwiches and pizza. Voted “Best Neighborhood
Restaurant” by Bethesda Magazine readers in
2019. ; J L D $
ALFIO’S LA TRATTORIA
4515 Willard Ave., 301-657-9133, al; os.com.
This Northern Italian classic on the ;rst ;oor of
The Willoughby of Chevy Chase Condominium has
been feeding families and casual diners for more
than 30 years. Look for traditional pasta, veal and
chicken dishes (plus pizza), served in an Old World
environment. J L D $$
THE CAPITAL GRILLE
5310 Western Ave., 301-718-7812, capitalgrille.
com. The upscale steak-house chain, known for its
He-Man-sized portions and extensive wine list, is
located in The Shops at Wisconsin Place.Entrées
also include chicken, lamb chops, salmon and
lobster. L D $$$$
5441 Wisconsin Ave., 301-951-9600, clydes.
com. The popular restaurant features a frequently
changing menu of American favorites and a
collection of vintage airplanes and cars, as well as
a model train running on a track around the ceiling.
; J R L D $$
7007 Wisconsin Ave., 301-652-0001,
donpolloonline.com. See Bethesda listing.;L D $
LA FERME (EDITORS’ PICK)
7101 Brookville Road, 301-986-5255, laferme
restaurant.com. This charming Provence-style
restaurant serving classic French cuisine is a
popular choice for an intimate dinner. Cognac
Le Bar at La Ferme, a bar within the restaurant,
opened in fall 2016. The bar serves small plates
and cocktails. Voted “Best Romantic Restaurant”
by Bethesda Magazine readers in 2018, and “Best
Restaurant in Chevy Chase” and “Best Special-Occasion Restaurant” by readers in 2019.
; R L D $$$
4435 Willard Ave., 240-223-5427, chefgeoff.com.
Owner Geoff Tracy focuses on high-quality, low-fuss
modern Italian-American fare at this modern space
with a wine room. Pizzas, house-made pastas and
fresh ;sh please business lunchers and dinner
crowds. ; J R L D $
MANOLI CANOLI RESTAURANT
8540 Connecticut Ave., 301-951-1818,
manolicanoli.com. Italian and Greek specialties
abound at a fun family eatery that features a large
prepared foods section, dishes made with olive
oil from owner Stavros Manolakos’ family farm in
Greece and homemade mozzarella on pizza and
subs. ; J L D $
4457 Willard Ave., 301-652-9882, meiwah
restaurant.com. This modern restaurant on the
second ;oor of a Friendship Heights of;ce building
offers top-quality Chinese dishes that are hard to
beat. There’s also a sushi bar with an extensive