144 Bethesda Magazine | 2018-2019 NEWCOMERS GUIDEdining
Chipotle. Choose the meat, dip or spread for a pita,bowl or salad. House-made juices and teas providea healthful beverage option. ❂ (Bethesda Avenuelocation) L D $
7401 Woodmont Ave., 301-654-8333,
cesco-osteria.com. Longtime chef Francesco Ricchiturns out Tuscan specialties, including pizza, pastaand foccacia in a big, jazzy space. Stop by therestaurant’s Co2 Lounge for an artisan cocktailbefore dinner. ❂ L D $$
4926 St. Elmo Ave., 301-654-3737, cheftonys
bethesda.com. Chef-owner Tony Marciante focuseson Mediterranean seafood tapas, offering dishesranging from fish and seafood to chicken, steak andpasta. Desserts include Drunken Strawberries andClassic Creme Brulée. J R L D $$
4921 Bethesda Ave., 301-652-6500,
chercherrestaurant.com. The second branch ofa D.C. Ethiopian spot, this restaurant and bartook over the space housing Suma. The décoris modern-contemporary and the menu featuresdishes—from beef to vegan—served on one largeplatter, meant for sharing, and Ethiopian wine.
L D $$
CITY LIGHTS OF CHINA
4953 Bethesda Ave., 301-913-9501, bethesda
citylights.com. Longtime Chinese eatery servesfamiliar Sichuan and Beijing fare, including sixtypes of dumplings and seven handmade noodledishes. Red walls and chocolate-colored boothsgive the place a sharp look. L D $$
5151 Pooks Hill Road, 301-897-9400,
coopersmillrestaurant.com/bethesda. Therestaurant showcases a modern, stylish menuwith stone-oven flatbreads, homemade tater totsand locally sourced produce. Local beers on draftand by the bottle, plus regional bourbon and gin.
Happy hour and private dining are offered.
B R L D $$
THE CORNER SLICE
7901 Norfolk Ave., 301-907-7542, thecornerslice.
net. New York-style pizza, available by the slice or asa 20-inch pie. Specialty pizzas include the spinach-artichoke white pie with ricotta, mozzarella andparmesan and the Buffalo Chicken Pie with bluecheese and hot sauce. ❂ L D $
7101 Democracy Blvd., Suite 1530 (WestfieldMontgomery mall), 301-469-9600, cravebethesda.
com. Minnesota-based chainlet offers an eclecticmelting pot of American dishes, including bisonburgers, lobster-and-shrimp flatbread and kogi beeftacos. The restaurant is also known for its extensiveselection of wine and sushi. J L D $$
One Bethesda Metro Center, 301-656-6100,
dailygrill.com. Everyone from families to expense-account lunchers can find something to like aboutthe big portions of fresh American fare, includingchicken pot pie and jumbo lump crabcakes.
❂ J B R L D $$
10321 Westlake Drive, 301-347-6175;
donpollogroup.com. Juicy, spiced birds and
reasonable prices make this Peruvian chicken
eatery a go-to place any night of the week. Family
meals that serve four or six people are available.
❂ L D $
DUCK DUCK GOOSE
7929 Norfolk Ave., 301-312-8837, ddgbethesda.
com. Thirty-five-seat French brasserie owned by chefAshish Alfred. Small plates include steak tartare,and squid ink spaghetti with Manila clams andFresno chilies. Among the entrées, look for updatesof French classics, such as dry-aged duck with Bingcherries, and halibut with scallop mousse and puffpastry. ❂ L D $$
FARYAB AFGHAN CUISINE
4917 Cordell Ave., 301-951-3484. After closingfor more than a year, Faryab reopened in 2017
and serves well-prepared Afghani country food,including Afghanistan’s answer to Middle Easternkabobs, vegetarian entrées and unique sautéedpumpkin dishes, in a whitewashed dining roomwith native art on the walls. D $$
10305 Old Georgetown Road (Wildwood ShoppingCenter), 301-564-6000, fishtacoonline.com. Thiscounter-service taqueria features a full rosterof seafood as well as non-aquatic tacos, plusmargaritas and other Mexican specialties.
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FLANAGAN'S HARP & FIDDLE
4844 Cordell Ave., 301-951-0115, flanagansharp
andfiddle.com. This stylish pub features livemusic several days a week, Tuesday night pokerand Monday quiz nights. In addition to traditionalstews and fried fish, Flanagan's offers smokedribs, salmon and traditional Irish breakfast onweekends. ❂ J B L D $$
GARDEN GRILLE & BAR
7301 Waverly St. (Hilton Garden Inn), 301-654-
8111. Aside from a breakfast buffet featuringcooked-to-order omelets, waffles, fruit and more, therestaurant offers an extensive menu, from burgersto crabcakes, short ribs and pasta dishes.
J B D $$
4935 Cordell Ave., 240-534-2675,
georgesbethesda.com. This modern bistro withpop-culture décor features a seasonally changingmenu of house-made pastas, plus a raw bar and avariety of steaks. The braised beef cheek fettucinecombines two specialties: house-made pastas andslow-cooked meat. L D $$$
GRINGOS & MARIACHIS (EDITORS’ PICK)
4928 Cordell Ave., 240-800-4266, gringosand
mariachis.com. The owners of the popularOlazzo Italian restaurants in Bethesda and SilverSpring trade in the red sauce for salsa at this hiptaqueria with edgy murals and plenty of tequila.
L D $
8130 Wisconsin Ave., 301-656-0888, guapos
restaurant.com. This outpost of a local chain haseverything you’d expect: margaritas and chipsgalore, as well as a handful of daily specials servedin festive Mexican surroundings. Perfect for familiesand dates. J R L D $
4918 Del Ray Ave., 301-986-4920, guardados.com.
Chef-owner Nicolas Guardado, who trained at Jaleo,opened this hidden gem devoted to Latin-Spanishcooking in 2007 and has developed a following withtapas specialties like shrimp and sausage, stuffedred peppers and paella. J L D $
GUSTO FARM TO STREET
7101 Democracy Blvd. (Westfield Montgomerymall), 301-312-6509; 4733 Elm St., 240-396-
6398; eatgusto.com. The fast-casual eatery aimsto serve healthy fare, with a focus on pizzas andsalads. The menu includes suggested combos butyou can also build your own. Pizza crust comes incauliflower, whole grain or traditional, and house-made dressings top heirloom tomatoes, butternutsquash and other salad items. ❂ (Elm Streetlocation only) L D $
HANARO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
7820 Norfolk Ave., 301-654-7851, hanarobethesda.
com. The restaurant’s modern dark woodscombined with a light-filled dining room brighten itscorner location, and the menu includes sushi andAsian fusion main courses such as pad Thai andgalbi (Korean ribs). The bar offers a daily happyhour. ❂ L D $$
HECKMAN’S DELICATESSEN & BAR
4914 Cordell Ave., 240-800-4879, heckmans
deli.com. The deli features all the staples, plusa dinner menu with chicken-in-a-pot and stuffedcabbage. Menu offers long lists of ingredients tobuild your own salads, sandwiches and egg dishes.
Sweets include rugelach, black-and-white cookiesand homemade cheesecake. ❂ J B L D $
4925 Bethesda Ave., 301-654-1858, himalayan
heritagedc.com. The menu includes North Indian,Nepali, Indo-Chinese and Tibetan cuisines, featuringmomos (Nepalese dumplings), Indian takes onChinese chow mein and a large selection of currydishes. L D $
HOUSE OF FOONG LIN
4613 Willow Lane, 301-656-3427, foonglin.com.
The Chinese restaurant features Cantonese, Hunanand Sichuan cuisine, including chef’srecommendations, low-fat choices and lots oftraditional noodle dishes. L D $$
HOUSE OF MILAE
4932 St. Elmo Ave., 301-654-1997. The Kangfamily, who own Milae Cleaners in Bethesda, bringsimple Korean dishes to their first food foray. Chef“M&M” Kang prepares home-style fare such asbulgogi, galbi and bibimbap. The kids’ menu hasone item: spaghetti, made from the recipe of ownerThomas Kang’s former college roommate’s mother.
JL D $
THE IRISH INN AT GLEN ECHO
6119 Tulane Ave., 301-229-6600, irishinnglenecho.
com. This historic tavern has been a family homeand a biker bar, but its incarnation as the Irish Innhas been delivering smiles and hearty food since
2003. Traditional Irish music on Monday nights andThe 19th Street Band on every other Wednesdaynight, plus live jazz on Thursday nights.
❂ J R L D $$
JALEO (EDITORS’ PICK)
7271 Woodmont Ave., 301-913-0003, jaleo.com.
The restaurant that launched the American career ofchef José Andrés and popularized Spanish tapas fora Washington, D.C., audience offers hot, cold, spicyand creative small plates served with outstandingSpanish wines. Voted “Best Small Plates” by
Bethesda Magazine readers in 2017. ❂ R L D $$
4829 Fairmont Ave., 301-769-6844, jettiesdc.
com. The only suburban location of the popularNantucket-inspired sandwich shop, which has fiverestaurants in Northwest Washington, D.C. Asidefrom the signature Nobadeer sandwich (roasted