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chain. The focus is on seasonal, from-scratch fareand ingredients such as nitrate- and hormone-free bacon. Sandwiches, soups, salads and pizzadominate 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 thewings or drumsticks at Bethesda’s first Korean friedchicken spot. Options such as seafood pancakes,bulgogi and bibimbap are part of the extensiveofferings, all served in a hip space with framedrecord albums gracing the walls. ❂ J L D $$
MON AMI GABI
7239 Woodmont Ave., 301-654-1234, monamigabi.
com. Waiters serve bistro classics such asescargot, steak frites and profiteroles in a dark andboisterous spot that doesn’t feel like a chain. Livejazz Tuesday and Thursday nights.
❂ J R L D $$
MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE
7400 Wisconsin Ave., 301-657-2650, mortons.
com. An ultra-sophisticated steak house servingpricey, large portions of prime-aged beef and drinks.
The restaurant is known for a top-notch dinnerexperience but also offers lunch and a bar menu.
L D $$$
MUSSEL BAR & GRILLE
7262 Woodmont Ave., 301-215-7817, musselbar.
com. Kensington resident and big-name chef RobertWiedmaier serves his signature mussels, pluswood-fired tarts, salads and sandwiches. Washthem all down with a choice of 40 Belgian beers,a list that was voted “Best Beer Selection” by
Bethesda Magazine readers in 2017. ❂ R L D $$
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE’S
10400 Old Georgetown Road, 240-316-4555,
notyouraveragejoes.com. This Massachusetts-based chain’s moderately priced menu offersburgers, big salads and stone-hearth pizzas, plusentrées including Anything But Average Meatloaf.
❂ J L D $$
OAKVILLE GRILLE & WINE BAR (EDITORS’ PICK)
10257 Old Georgetown Road (Wildwood ShoppingCenter), 301-897-9100, oakvillewinebar.com. FreshCalifornia food paired with a thoughtful wine list inan elegant, spare setting may not sound unique, butOakville was one of the first in the area to do so,and continues to do it well. L D
OLAZZO (EDITORS’ PICK)
7921 Norfolk Ave., 301-654-9496, olazzo.com.
This well-priced, romantic restaurant is the place forcouples seeking red-sauce classics at reasonableprices. Founded by brothers Riccardo and RobertoPietrobono, it was voted “Best Italian Restaurant”by Bethesda Magazine readers in 2018. ❂ L D $$
THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE
7700 Wisconsin Ave., Store D, 301-986-0285,
ophrestaurants.com. Along with the classicflapjacks on this chain’s menu, you’ll find flavor-packed items such as apple pancakes with acinnamon sugar glaze. And it’s not just pancakes topick from: The restaurant serves a variety of waffles,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 SudhirSeth, with everything from garlic naan to fish currymade to order. ❂ R L D $$
7187 Woodmont Ave., 301-358-6116, passionfish
bethesda.com. The second location of Passion Food
Hospitality’s splashy seafood restaurant features
stunning coastal-themed décor and an extensive
menu of shellfish, caviar, sushi, chef’s specialties
and fresh catches of the day. Voted “Best Happy
Hour” by Bethesda Magazine readers in 2018.
J L D $$$
4760 Bethesda Ave., 301-656-3285, paul-usa.
com. Fifth-generation, family-owned French bakerybecomes an international chain, with locationsin close to 35 countries. Aside from breads andpastries, 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 decoratedwith exotic dark woods and a thatched roof, spicesrun the gamut of Near and Far Eastern influence,and flavors include coconut, lemongrass, sesameand chili sauce. L D $$
PERSIMMON (EDITORS’ PICK)
7003 Wisconsin Ave., 301-654-9860, persimmon
restaurant.com. Owners Damian and StephanieSalvatore’s popular restaurant offers casual farefrom salads to sandwiches to meat and seafoodentrées in a bistro setting featuring a lively bar, cozybooths and bright paintings on the walls.
❂ R L D $$
PINES OF ROME
4918 Cordell Ave., 301-657-8775. Longtime Italianrestaurant, formerly on Hampden Lane, still servestraditional pasta, pizza, fish and seafood at pricesthat are easy on the wallet. The white pizza is a hit,and don’t forget the spaghetti and meatballs.
L D $
8021 Wisconsin Ave., 240-497-0000, pizzatempo.
us. Pizza with a twist, which includes toppings suchas sujuk (Mediterranean beef sausage), pistachiomortadella and spicy beef franks, plus a wideselection of pides (boat-shaped pizzas). Salads,wraps, panini and entrées also available. Limitedseating; delivery within about a 3-mile radius.
L D $
PIZZERIA DA MARCO (EDITORS’ PICK)
8008 Woodmont Ave., 301-654-6083, pizzeria
damarco.net. Authentic Neapolitan pizzas firedin a 900-degree Italian brick oven range from theSiciliana with eggplant confit and black olives to theSolo 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-runrestaurant popular for private events, large andsmall. Colorful rooms are decorated with Italianlandscapes, copper pots and hanging plants, andthe outdoor patio is one of the most beautiful in thecounty. ❂ L D $$
PRALINE BAKERY & BISTRO
4611 Sangamore Road, 301-229-8180,
praline-bakery.com. This sunny restaurant offers atempting bakery takeout counter, full dining serviceand a patio. The food, which includes chicken potpie and pralines, is French with an American accent.
❂ J B R L D $$
Q BY PETER CHANG (EDITORS’ PICK)
4500 East West Highway, 240-800-3722,
qbypeterchang.com. Notable chef Peter Chang’shigh-end flagship restaurant offers traditionalChinese 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 $$
R FAMILY KITCHEN & BAR
7804 Norfolk Ave., 240-483-4004, rfamilykitchen.
com. The owners of this space’s previousrestaurant, TapaBar, revamped the concept and nowserve a menu with items ranging from spring rollsand pho to tequeños, a Venezuelan cheese stickwith smoky aioli. The Woodmont Triangle spot’sentrées feature chicken, steak or salmon served ona hot plate. J L D $$
RAKU (EDITORS’ PICK)
7240 Woodmont Ave., 301-718-8680, rakuasian
dining.com. Voted “Best Sushi” by BethesdaMagazine readers in 2018, this casual restauranthas bamboo walls that do little to dampen thenoise, but the menu satisfies with everything fromsushi to kung pao chicken.
❂ L D $$
RICE PADDIES GRILL & PHO
4706 Bethesda Ave., 301-718-1862, ricepaddies
grill.com. This cute copper-and-green eat-in/carryoutmakes quick work of Vietnamese favorites suchas pork, beef and vegetable skewers infused withlemongrass and the classic beef noodle soupknown as pho. L D $
ROCK BOTTOM RESTAURANT & BREWERY
7900 Norfolk Ave., 301-652-1311, rockbottom.com.
India Pale Ales and specialty dark brews are amongthe award-winning beers crafted in-house at thiscavernous yet welcoming chain, which offers a vastmenu. The burgers are the real deal. ❂ J L D $$
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
7315 Wisconsin Ave., 301-652-7877, ruthschris.
com. A dark and clubby feel makes this elegantchain popular with families as well as the happy-hour crowd. Don’t skip the fresh seafood choices,which include Caribbean lobster tail and barbecuedshrimp. D $$$
4828 Cordell Ave., 301-654-4676, salathaidc.
com. This Thai mainstay cooks the classics andoffers diners a nearly panoramic view of WoodmontAvenue through huge, curved windows. Live jazzFriday and Saturday evenings. L D $$
7940 Wisconsin Ave., 301-986-9708. A relaxingspot for tasting everything from Maryland-stylecrab soup to Argentine skirt steak, Saphire pumpsit up a notch on Friday and Saturday nights withdrink specials and DJs. Tiki bar open Wednesdaysthrough Saturdays. ❂ L D $
8003 Norfolk Ave., 301-652-1400, satsumajp.
com. Bethesda’s first yakiniku (Japanese barbecue)
restaurant has built-in grills at each table. Dinersselect a cut—short rib, chuck rib, skirt or tongue—and prepare it themselves. There’s also anextensive sushi and sashimi menu, as well asinteresting cooked dishes. L D $$
4929 Bethesda Ave., 301-654-7788. Owner KwokChueng prides himself on personal attention andrecognizing regulars who have been stopping in forhis classic Chinese cooking for more than 25 years.
Order the secret recipe Mai Tai. L D $
SHANGRI-LA NEPALESE AND INDIAN CUISINE
7345-A Wisconsin Ave., 301-656-4444, shangrila
bethesda.com. Northern Indian and Nepalispecialties such as butter chicken and freshflatbreads known as naan shine here. The extensive