148 Bethesda Magazine | 2018-2019 NEWCOMERS GUIDEdining
7940 Norfolk Ave., 301-654-3801, tommyjoes.
com. This Bethesda institution is now in the spaceformerly housing Urban Heights. The second-floor,window-filled corner location suits its sports barpersona, and the vast rooftop is ideal for outdoordrinking and snacking. Fare includes wings (Poho-style, grilled and smoky, are a good option), burgers,crabcakes and ribs. Chunky brisket chili, on its ownor on nachos, is a winner. ❂ L D $$
TRATTORIA SORRENTO (EDITORS’ PICK)
4930 Cordell Ave., 301-718-0344,trattoriasor rento.com. This family-run Italianfavorite offers homemade pastas, baked eggplantand fresh fish dishes. Half-price bottles of wine onWednesdays. D $$
TRUE FOOD KITCHEN (EDITORS’ PICK)
7100 Wisconsin Ave., 240-200-1257, truefoodkitch-
en.com. Health-focused chain prides itself on servingfresh ingredients and features an open kitchen. Theeclectic, multicultural menu changes from season toseason, and includes sandwiches, salads and pizza.
Beer, wine and fresh-fruit and vegetable cocktailsare also available. Voted “Best New Restaurant” by
Bethesda Magazine readers in 2018. ❂ R L D $
7525 Old Georgetown Road, 240-821-6830,
tyberbierhausmd.com. Czech, German and Belgianbrews served in an authentic beer-hall setting,furnished with the same benches as those usedin the Hofbrau brewhouse in Munich. Pub menufeatures mussels, hearty sandwiches, schnitzel andgoulash. R L D $$
4870 Bethesda Ave., 301-656-2981, unclejulios.
com. Loud and large, this Tex-Mex eatery packs infamilies and revelers fueling up on fajitas, tacosand more. Kids love to watch the tortilla machine.
Voted “Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant” by BethesdaMagazine readers in 2017. ❂ J R L D $$
VILLAIN & SAINT
7141 Wisconsin Ave., 240-800-4700, villainand
saint.com. Listen to live music while digging intosalt-roasted beets or slow-smoked pork ribs at thiship bar, courtesy of chef Robert Wiedmaier’s RWRestaurant Group. Delightfully dated décor includeslava lamps and photos of late great rock stars.
The menu is divided into hearty dishes (villain) andvegetarian options (saint). ❂ R L D $$
4924 St. Elmo Ave., 301-652-8000, vukpinball.
com. VÜK owner (and MOM’S Organic Market CEO)
Scott Nash consulted restaurateur Mark Bucherfor the only thing offered on the short menu of hisBethesda pinball arcade other than Trickling SpringsCreamery’s soft-serve ice cream: thin-crust NewYork-style pizza and thick-crust Sicilian pizza soldby the slice or as whole pies: cheese, sausage,pepperoni and mushroom/onion. L D $
WILDWOOD ITALIAN CUISINE
10257 Old Georgetown Road (Wildwood ShoppingCenter), 301-493-9230, wildwooditaliancuisine.
com. The eatery, owned by the adjacent OakvilleGrille & Wine Bar, serves up thick-crusted Sicilian-style pizza, pasta and entrées in a casualatmosphere. ❂ L D $$
WILDWOOD KITCHEN (EDITORS’ PICK)
10223 Old Georgetown Road (Wildwood ShoppingCenter), 301-571-1700, wildwoodkitchenrw.com.
Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s attractive neighborhoodbistro serving fresh and light modern cuisine.
Entrées range from Amish chicken with a scallionpotato cake to grilled Atlantic salmon with creamypolenta. L D $$
WOODMONT GRILL (EDITORS’ PICK)
7715 Woodmont Ave., 301-656-9755, hillstone.
com. Part of the Houston’s chain, the eateryoffers such classics as spinach-and-artichoke dipand its famous burgers, but also house-bakedbreads, more exotic dishes, live jazz and a granitebar. Voted “Best Restaurant Service” by BethesdaMagazine readers in 2018. ❂ L D $$$
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 ofbottled options. Food is classic pub fare, includinghamburgers, wings and bratwurst sandwiches, aswell as flatbreads and salads. ❂ J R L D $
7345-B Wisconsin Ave., 301-656-5234, yuzu
bethesda.com. Diners will find authentic Japanesedishes, including sushi, sashimi and cooked tofu,vegetable, tempura, meat and fish dishes, preparedby sushi chef and owner Yoshihisa Ota. L D $$
7945 MacArthur Blvd., 301-229-0900,
fishtacoonline.com. See Bethesda listing.
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SAL’S ITALIAN KITCHEN (EDITORS’ PICK)
7945 MacArthur Blvd., 240-802-2370, salsitalian
kitchen.net. Persimmon and Wild Tomato ownersDamian and Stephanie Salvatore replaced theirAsian concept Indigo House with a return totheir roots. Find traditional Italian fare, such asbruschetta, risotto balls, Caprese salad, meatballsubs, fettuccine Alfredo, chicken cacciatore andshrimp scampi. ❂ L D $$
WILD TOMATO (EDITORS’ PICK)
7945 MacArthur Blvd., 301-229-0680, wildtomato
restaurant.com. A family-friendly neighborhoodrestaurant from Persimmon owners Damian andStephanie Salvatore, serving salads, sandwichesand pizza. Voted “Best Neighborhood Restaurant”by Bethesda Magazine readers in 2017.
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ALFIO’S LA TRATTORIA
4515 Willard Ave., 301-657-9133, alfios.com.
This Northern Italian classic on the first floor ofThe Willoughby of Chevy Chase Condominium hasbeen feeding families and casual diners for morethan 30 years. Look for traditional pasta, veal andchicken dishes (plus pizza), served in an Old Worldenvironment. J L D $$
THE CAPITAL GRILLE
5310 Western Ave., 301-718-7812, capitalgrille.
com. The upscale steak-house chain, known for itsHe-Man-sized portions and extensive wine list, islocated in The Shops at Wisconsin Place. Entréesalso include chicken, lamb chops, salmon andlobster. L D $$$$
5441 Wisconsin Ave., 301-951-9600, clydes.
com. The popular restaurant features a frequently
changing menu of American favorites and a
collection of vintage airplanes and cars, as well as a
model train running on a track around the ceiling.
❂ J R L D $$
7007 Wisconsin Ave., 301-652-0001,
donpolloonline.com. See Bethesda listing. L D $
7015 Wisconsin Ave., 301-652-0010,
fishtacoonline.com. See Bethesda listing.
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LA FERME (EDITORS’ PICK)
7101 Brookville Road, 301-986-5255, laferme
restaurant.com. This charming Provence-stylerestaurant serving classic French cuisine is apopular choice for an intimate dinner. CognacLe Bar at La Ferme, a bar within the restaurant,opened in fall 2016. The bar serves small plates,and cocktails include the French 75, with cognac,simple syrup, lemon juice and champagne. Voted“Best Romantic Restaurant” by Bethesda Magazine
readers in 2018. ❂ R L D $$$
LIA'S (EDITORS’ PICK)
4435 Willard Ave., 240-223-5427, chefgeoff.com.
Owner Geoff Tracy focuses on high-quality, low-fussmodern Italian-American fare at this modern spacewith a wine room. Pizzas, house-made pastas andfresh fish please business lunchers and dinnercrowds. Voted “Best Restaurant in Chevy Chase”by Bethesda Magazine readers in 2017.
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MANOLI CANOLI RESTAURANT
8540 Connecticut Ave., 301-951-1818,
manolicanoli.com. Italian and Greek specialtiesabound at a fun family eatery that features a largeprepared foods section, dishes made with oliveoil from owner Stavros Manolakos’ family farm inGreece and homemade mozzarella on pizza andsubs. ❂ J L D $
4457 Willard Ave., 301-652-9882, meiwah
restaurant.com. This modern restaurant on thesecond floor of a Friendship Heights office buildingoffers top-quality Chinese dishes that are hard tobeat. There’s also a sushi bar with an extensivemenu. A fountain sparkles on the outdoor patio.
❂ L D $$
19 Wisconsin Circle, 301-951-1127, potomac
pizza.com. This cheery, casual dining room providesa break from the ultra-posh shopping surroundingit. In addition to pizza, subs and pastas are popular.
Beer and wine available. ❂ J L D $
SUSHIKO (EDITORS’ PICK)
5455 Wisconsin Ave., 301-961-1644, sushiko
restaurants.com. Known as one of the Washington,D.C., area’s most respected sushi restaurants,Sushiko offers a wide range of sushi and otherdishes. Kōbō, a restaurant within the restaurant,allows eight people to dine on 12- to 15-coursetasting menus. ❂ L D $$
8401 Connecticut Ave., 301-652-8684, tavira
restaurant.com. Fish stews and several versionsof bacalhau (salted cod) figure prominently on themenu of this intriguing Portuguese restaurant, whichmanages to be charming and attractive despite itslocation in an office building basement.
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