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, dog;shale
house.com. The ;rst Maryland outpost of the
popular Rehoboth Beach brewpub, the restaurant is
packed with revelers and families clamoring for the
Dog;sh Head brews, burgers, pizzas and ribs. Check
out the burger of the week. ; J L D $$
9083 Gaither Road, 301-990-0981, donpollogroup.
com. See Bethesda listing. ; L D $
EAST DIAMOND BREWING CO.
227 E. Diamond Ave., 240-261-6196. This
American restaurant in a turn-of-the-century building
in downtown Gaithersburg serves its own beers
and other local beers on tap and a full menu with
sandwiches, pasta and house-made crabcakes.
The upstairs bar area, which has occasional live
music, has kept the previous name of the business:
Greene Growlers. J L D $
FIREBIRDS WOOD FIRED GRILL
390 Spectrum Ave., 301-284-1770, gaithersburg.
; rebirdsrestaurants.com. Part of a chain, this
restaurant in the Watkins Mill Town Center cooks
steaks and seafood over a wood-;red grill. Designed
to look like a Colorado lodge, the eatery tends
toward classic fare for entrées (surf-and-turf,
salmon, burgers) and dessert (chocolate cake, Key
lime pie, carrot cake). ; J L D $$
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 $$
IL PORTO RESTAURANT
245 Muddy Branch Road, 301-590-0735, ilporto
restaurant.com. A classic red-sauce menu,
elegant murals of Venice and an authentic thin-crust pizza are hallmarks of this friendly, unfussy
Italian restaurant tucked in the Festival Shopping
Center. Fried calamari and the white pizza are
among customer favorites. Voted “Best Restaurant
in Gaithersburg/North Potomac” by Bethesda
Magazine readers in 2019. ; L D $
INFERNO PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA (EDITORS’
12207 Darnestown Road, 301-963-0115,
inferno-pizzeria.com. Tony Conte, former executive
chef of Washington, D.C.’s Oval Room, goes casual
with his ;rst restaurant, an authentic Neapolitan
pizzeria offering sophisticated toppings such as
shaved truf;es and garlic con;t. Cozy dining room
seats 39, with a tiled, wood-burning pizza oven as
the centerpiece. D $
411 N. Frederick Ave., 240-702-0217,
ixtataqueria.com. The owners of Taco Bar (in a
gas station in Gaithersburg) serve Mexican street
food at this fast-casual spot. Pick a protein to
go on corn tortillas and then pile on toppings at
a ;xings bar. Or try a taco that comes already
topped (the alambre with bacon, grilled onions
and red peppers and Oaxaca cheese is good).
; L D $
706 Center Point Way, 240-224-7189, kenakisushi.
com. This sushi counter at Kentlands Market
Square offers what the owners call a “modern take
on traditional sushi.” Experiment with the Black
Magic roll, which comes with truf;e oil and black
sushi rice. Lunch is more informal, but at dinner
there’s full service. L D $
THE MELTING POT
9021 Gaither Road, 301-519-3638, themeltingpot.
com. There’s nothing like dipping bits of bread,
vegetables and apples into a communal pot of hot
cheese to get a date or a party started. The Melting
Pot chain also offers wine, oil or broth to cook meat
tableside and chocolate fondue for dessert.
J D $$
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE’S
245 Kentlands Blvd., 240-477-1040,
notyouraveragejoes.com. See Bethesda listing.
; J L D $$
OLD TOWN POUR HOUSE
212 Ellington Blvd. (Downtown Crown), 301-963-
6281, oldtownpourhouse.com. One of the eateries
from Chicago’s Bottleneck Management restaurant
company, this place features more than 90 local
and international brews on tap. Classic American
cuisine is served in a setting with copper-inlaid bars
and high ceilings. ;;L D $$
PALADAR LATIN KITCHEN & RUM BAR
203 Crown Park Ave., 301-330-4400,
paladarlatinkitchen.com. This Cleveland-based
chain covers the spectrum of Latin cuisine, with
dishes from Cuba, the Caribbean and Central and
South America. From Brazil, there’s feijoada stew;
from Cuba, ropa vieja; and from Jamaica, jerk
chicken. Bar selections includes 50 varieties of
rum, 15 tequilas and six types of mojitos.
;;J;R L D $$
POTOMAC VILLAGE DELI
625 Center Point Way, 301-299-5770,
potomacvillagedeli.com. Traditional Jewish deli in
the Kentlands, offering all-day breakfast and all the
classics, from bagels, smoked ;sh, knishes, matzo
ball soup, corned beef, pastrami and chopped
liver to overstuffed combo sandwiches, Reubens,
subs, wraps, burgers, salads, pizza and New York
cheesecake. J;B L D $$
QUINCY’S BAR & GRILLE
616 Quince Orchard Road, 301-869-8200,
quincysgroup.com. Energetic neighborhood pub
with a sports bar atmosphere, Quincy’s also has
an extensive menu with wings, pizza, build-your-own burgers and chicken sandwiches, plus entrées
including Guinness-braised brisket. Live music is
also a big draw. L D $
RED HOT & BLUE
16811 Crabbs Branch Way, 301-948-7333,
redhotandblue.com. You’ll ;nd generous portions of
hickory-smoked barbecue, plus burgers, salads and
wraps, and a Southern attitude at this chain popular
for its of;ce party takeout and its family-friendly,
kitschy roadhouse décor. J L D $
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
106 Crown Park Ave. (Downtown Crown), 301-990-
1926, ruthschris.com. See Bethesda listing.
SIN & GRIN
353 Main St., 301-977-5595, singrintacos.com.
Located in the heart of Kentlands Market Square,
Sin & Grin is a fast-casual restaurant owned
and operated by the Hristopoulos family, which
also runs Vasili’s Kitchen. Pick from eight tacos,
rotisserie chicken and an assortment of Mexican
cuisine. L D $
106 Market St., 301-947-4007, tandoorinightsmd.
com. See Bethesda listing. ; L D $
9811 Washingtonian Blvd., L- 9, 301-947-8330,
tarathai.com. See Bethesda listing.
; L D $$
220 Ellington Blvd. (Downtown Crown), 301-
990-0600, tedsbulletin.com. First Maryland
location of the modern diner chainlet from the
folks at Matchbox Food Group. Boozy milkshakes,
homemade pop tarts and the Cinnamon Roll As Big
As Ya Head (served weekends only) are among the
specialties. ; J B R L D $$
TED’S MONTANA GRILL
105 Ellington Blvd. (Downtown Crown), 301-330-
0777, tedsmontanagrill.com. First Maryland
location of billionaire and bison rancher Ted
Turner’s restaurant chain, which uses bison as the
showpiece in a humongous selection of dishes,
including burgers, meatloaf, nachos and chili.
Soups, salads, American classics and spiked
milkshakes also available at this saloon-style
eatery. ; J L D $$
657 Center Point Way, 301-990-3699, thaitanium
restaurant.com. Authentic Thai food laced with lots
of chilies and garlic as hot as you like. Try one of the
Thai street food dishes, such as roasted pork with
Thai herbed sweet sauce and noodle soups.
; J L D $
231 Rio Blvd. (RIO Washingtonian Center), 240-632-
2150, unclejulios.com. See Bethesda listing.
;;J R L D $$
705 Center Point Way, 301-977-1011, vasilis
kitchen.com. Tan and brown décor lends a cozy vibe
to this 4,700-square-foot Kentlands restaurant.
The owners ran the popular Vasili’s Mediterranean
Grill in another Kentlands location for more than a
decade before closing it to focus on Vasili’s Kitchen.
The Mediterranean menu is heavy on seafood
dishes. ; J D $$
THE WINE HARVEST, THE KENTLANDS
114 Market St., 301-869-4008, thewineharvest.
com. Stop by this popular Cheers-like wine bar
locally owned by the Meyrowitz family for a glass of
wine or a Belgian beer. The menu includes salads,
sandwiches and cheese plates. ; L D $