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made crabcakes. Occasional events include triviaand standup comedy nights. ❂ J L D $
9811 Washingtonian Blvd., L- 17, 301-977-5655,
guaposrestaurant.com. See Bethesda listing.
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HERSHEY’S RESTAURANT & BAR
17030 Oakmont Ave., 301-948-9893, hersheysat
thegrove.com. Fried chicken that tastes like itwas made by an aproned elder is served up in aclapboard building constructed in 1889. Besidesthe fab fried chicken, Hershey’s serves up warmrolls, inexpensive prices and live music.
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INFERNO PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA (EDITORS’
12207 Darnestown Road, 301-963-0115,
inferno-pizzeria.com. Tony Conte, former executivechef of Washington, D.C.’s Oval Room, goes casualwith his first restaurant, an authentic Neapolitanpizzeria offering sophisticated toppings such asshaved truffles and garlic confit. Cozy dining roomseats 39, with a tiled, wood-burning pizza oven asthe centerpiece. D $
IL PORTO RESTAURANT
245 Muddy Branch Road, 301-590-0735, ilporto
restaurant.com. A classic red-sauce menu, elegantmurals of Venice and an authentic thin-crustpizza are hallmarks of this friendly, unfussy Italianrestaurant tucked in the Festival Shopping Center.
Fried calamari and the white pizza are amongcustomer favorites. ❂ L D $
JOE’S CRAB SHACK
221 Rio Blvd., 301-947-4377, joescrabshack.com.
This is one of four Maryland locations of the chain,which offers blue crabs from April through Augustand other varieties year-round, as well as chickenand burgers for landlubbers. Popular with familiesand young couples. ❂ J L D $$
304 Main St., No. 100, 301-947-4051,
restaurantlepalais.com. Chef-owner Joseph Zakatrips lightly through the dishes of Brittany andBurgundy, adding a modern twist here and there.
Entrées include duck pot-au-feu and cassolette oflamb. D $$$
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 hotcheese to get a date or a party started. The MeltingPot chain also offers wine, oil or broth to cook meattableside and chocolate fondue for dessert.
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NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE’S
245 Kentlands Blvd., 240-477-1040,
notyouraveragejoes.com. See Bethesda listing.
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OLD TOWN POUR HOUSE
212 Ellington Blvd. (Downtown Crown), 301-963-
6281, oldtownpourhouse.com. One of the eateriesfrom Chicago’s Bottleneck Management restaurantcompany, this place features more than 90 localand international brews on tap. Classic Americancuisine is served in a setting with copper-inlaid barsand high ceilings. ❂ L D $$
PALADAR LATIN KITCHEN & RUM BAR
203 Crown Park Ave., 301-330-4400,
paladarlatinkitchen.com. This Cleveland-basedchain covers the spectrum of Latin cuisine, withdishes from Cuba, the Caribbean and Central andSouth America. From Brazil, there’s feijoada stew;
from Cuba, ropa vieja; and from Jamaica, jerk
chicken. Bar selections includes 50 varieties ofrum, 15 tequilas and six types of mojitos.
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POTOMAC VILLAGE DELI
625 Center Point Way, 301-299-5770,
potomacvillagedeli.com. Traditional Jewish deli inthe Kentlands, offering all-day breakfast and all theclassics, from bagels, smoked fish, knishes, matzoball soup, corned beef, pastrami and choppedliver to overstuffed combo sandwiches, Reubens,subs, wraps, burgers, salads, pizza and New Yorkcheesecake. J B L D $$
QUINCY’S BAR & GRILLE
616 Quince Orchard Road, 301-869-8200, quincys
bar.com. Energetic neighborhood pub with a sportsbar atmosphere, Quincy’s also has an extensivemenu with wings, pizza, build-your-own burgersand chicken sandwiches, plus entrées includingGuinness-braised brisket. Live music is also a bigdraw. L D $
RED HOT & BLUE
16811 Crabbs Branch Way, 301-948-7333,
redhotandblue.com. You’ll find generous portions ofhickory-smoked barbecue, plus burgers, salads andwraps, and a Southern attitude at this chain popularfor its office 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.
SARDI’S POLLO A LA BRASA
430 N. Frederick Ave., 301-977-3222, sardis
chicken.com. Yes, there’s charbroiled chicken, butdon’t miss the other Peruvian specialties, especiallythe ceviche and Salchipapas, a true Peruvian streetfood of thinly sliced pan-fried beef hot dogs mixedwith french fries and served with condiments.
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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 $$
220 Ellington Blvd. (Downtown Crown), 301-
990-0600, tedsbulletin.com. First Marylandlocation of the modern diner chainlet from thefolks at Matchbox Food Group. Boozy milkshakes,homemade pop tarts and the Cinnamon Roll As BigAs Ya Head (served weekends only) are among thespecialties. ❂ J B R L D $$
TED’S MONTANA GRILL
105 Ellington Blvd. (Downtown Crown), 301-330-
0777, tedsmontanagrill.com. First Marylandlocation of billionaire and bison rancher TedTurner’s restaurant chain, which uses bison as theshowpiece in a humongous selection of dishes,including burgers, meatloaf, nachos and chili.
Soups, salads, American classics and spikedmilkshakes also available at this saloon-styleeatery. ❂ J L D $$
657 Center Point Way, 301-990-3699, thaitanium
restaurant.com. Authentic Thai food laced with lotsof chilies and garlic as hot as you like. Try one of theThai street food dishes, such as roasted pork withThai herbed sweet sauce and noodle soups.
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231 Rio Blvd. (RIO Washingtonian Center), 240-632-
2150, unclejulios.com. See Bethesda listing.
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705 Center Point Way, 301-977-1011, vasilis
kitchen.com. Tan and brown décor lends a cozy vibeto this 4,700-square-foot Kentlands restaurant.
The owners ran the popular Vasili’s MediterraneanGrill in another Kentlands location for more than adecade before closing it to focus on Vasili’s Kitchen.
The Mediterranean menu is heavy on seafooddishes. ❂ J D $$
THE WINE HARVEST, THE KENTLANDS
114 Market St., 301-869-4008, thewineharvest.
com. Stop by this popular Cheers-like wine barlocally owned by the Meyrowitz family for a glass ofwine or a Belgian beer. The menu includes salads,sandwiches and cheese plates. ❂ L D $
328 Main St., 301-963-0001. A no-nonsenseneighborhood sushi place with bright fish tanks, itoffers the familiar sushi, teriyaki, tempura dishes,plus seaweed salad, soup, green tea and red beanice cream. L D $
ZIKI JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE
10009 Fields Road, 301-330-3868, zikisteakhouse.
com. This large steak house on a busy cornercharms patrons with its fountains, stone Buddhasand geisha mannequins. Food offerings includesushi, as well as meats cooked on a tablesidehibachi. J L D $$
ADDIE’S (EDITORS’ PICK)
12435 Park Potomac Ave., 301-340-0081, addies
restaurant.com. Longtime North Bethesda restaurantfrom the Black Restaurant Group that closed in 2013
is reborn in the Park Potomac development. Datenights call for the signature entrées for two. Largergroups might opt for the supreme Seafood Tower, amega assortment of daily seafood specials. ❂ R LD $$
7913 Tuckerman Lane (Cabin John Shopping Center
& Mall), 301-765-3354, cabinjohn.attmansdeli.
com. This landmark Baltimore deli has run a secondlocation in Potomac since 2013. The menu offersthe same legendary corned beef, pastrami andother deli specialties. Third-generation owner MarcAttman is at the helm. J B L D $
BROOKLYN’S DELI & CATERING
1089 Seven Locks Road, 301-340-3354, brooklyns
delimd.com. From chopped liver to chicken soup,Brooklyn’s serves all the deli specialties, plus more.
Think hot pastrami with cole slaw and Russiandressing on pumpernickel. ❂ J B L D $
12525-D Park Potomac Ave., 301-838-4010,
elevationburger.com. Fast-food burgers go organicand grass-fed at this Northern Virginia-foundedchain. Veggie burgers, chicken sandwiches, grilledcheese and a BLT available, too. Shake flavorsrange from banana to Key lime and cheesecake.
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7745 Tuckerman Lane (Cabin John Shopping Center
& Mall), 301-296-6168, gregoriostrattoria.com.
Proprietor Greg Kahn aims to make everyone feelat home at this family-owned restaurant serving