152 Bethesda Magazine | 2018-2019 NEWCOMERS GUIDEdining
4860 Boiling Brook Parkway (Randolph HillsShopping Center), 301-231-0839, al-haesh.com.
Kosher Israeli grill serves vegetable and proteinskewers (including chicken, lamb, beef, chickenlivers and sweetbreads). All entrées come withsmall ramekins of salads (think curried chickpeas;
marinated red cabbage; and balsamic marinatedmushrooms). ❂ L D $$
AMALFI RISTORANTE ITALIANO
12307 Wilkins Ave., 301-770-7888, amalfirockville.
com. A family-run, red-sauce Italian restaurant withspecialties including white pizza and lasagna. Lotsof antipasti choices, too. The gazebo is a charmingspot to dine during the summer.
J L D $$
AMICI MIEI RISTORANTE
6 North Washington St., 301-545-0966,
amicimieiristorante.com. Previously located atthe Potomac Woods Plaza, this upscale Italianrestaurant serves wood-fired pizzas, homemadepastas and creative salads. The new, smallerestablishment is cozier than the last with a menuthat changes twice a year. L D $
AMINA THAI RESTAURANT
5065 Nicholson Lane, 301-770-9509. Pleasantand bright, Amina Thai is run by a husband-and-wife team and bills itself as the first Muslim Thairestaurant in the area, using only halal meats andserving familiar Thai dishes. Chef’s specials includepineapple fried rice and grilled salmon. L D $
11626 Old Georgetown Road (Pike & Rose), 240-
621-7016, andpizza.com. See Bethesda listing.
❂ L D $
BOB'S SHANGHAI 66
305 N. Washington St., 301-251-6652. Dim sumand rice and noodle dishes are the specialties atthis popular eatery offering Taiwanese, Shanghaiand Sichuan cuisine. It’s also one of the area’stop destinations for soup dumplings, where youcan even watch the chefs making them in a glass-enclosed booth. R L D $
98 W. Montgomery Ave., 301-762-8798,
bombaybistro.com. Bombay Bistro opened in 1991
as one of the first Indian restaurants in the area tocombine high style, reasonable prices and a freshtake on traditional Indian, and it has been packedever since. House specialties include tandoori lambchops and shrimp and scallops masala. J L D $$
107 Gibbs St., Unit A (Rockville Town Square), 301-
637-9079, bonchon.com. International fried chickenfranchise with Korean roots serves up wings,drumsticks and strips with soy-garlic or spicy hotgarlic sauce, plus other traditional offerings such asbulgogi, bibimbap and scallion seafood pancakes.
L D $
800 Pleasant Drive, Suite 160, 240-474-5461,
botanerorockville.com. Located in the King Farmneighborhood, this small plates restaurant andwine bar features cuisine that changes seasonally.
Some recent offerings include a fig and prosciuttoflatbread and quinoa grilled salmon. B L D $
CAVA MEZZE (EDITORS’ PICK)
9713 Traville Gateway Drive, 301-309-9090,
cavamezze.com. The dark and elegant Cava offers
small plates of everything from fried Greek cheese,
octopus and orzo in cinnamon tomato sauce to
crispy pork belly and macaroni and cheese. There
are martini specials, too. ❂ R L D $$
755 Hungerford Drive, 301-294-0808. ExtensiveChinese menu features many familiar favorites, butthis is the place to go for dumplings. With tenderdough wrappers and chock-full interiors, thesebeauties come 12 to an order and with 16 differentfilling choices. Fresh, uncooked dumplings are alsoavailable for carryout. L D $
12266 Rockville Pike (Federal Plaza), 301-603-
2941, chuys.com. Drawing inspiration from NewMexico, Mexican border towns, the Rio GrandeValley and Texas’s deep south, Chuy’s is part ofa family-friendly chain that serves up a Tex-Mexexperience. Colorful food meets colorful décor,where “If you’ve seen one Chuy’s, you’ve seen oneChuy’s” rings true—eclectic collectibles give eachlocation its own flare. Free chips are served out of acar trunk display. L D J $
CITY PERCH KITCHEN + BAR
11830 Grand Park Ave. (Pike & Rose), 301-231-
2310, cityperch.com. Located above the entranceto the iPic Theaters at Pike & Rose, City Perchoffers creative, seasonal American cuisine in arustic, inviting space. The menu includes raw-barselections, small plates, shareable salads andentrée options such as grilled shrimp and LongIsland duck. ❂ R L D $$$
825 Hungerford Drive, 301-279-0310,
cubancornerrestaurant.com. Pork and empanadasshine at this small space brimming with ethnic pride(there’s a tribute wall to famous Cuban-Americans).
Don’t skip the Cuban coffee or the Cuban sandwich,a sub bursting with ham, pickles and tangy mustard.
L D $
1020 Rockville Pike, 301-298-3650, csnypizza.
wixisite.com/sneaksite. Carry out a New York-stylepizza from this spot by the owners of Pizza CS. Theirsecond Rockville location also offers six seats forguests to dine in, and serves whole pies, hot subsand pizza by the slice. L $
DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE
11800 Grand Park Ave. (Pike & Rose), 301-881-
0308, delfriscosgrille.com. This is the Texas-based chain’s second location in the area. Look forupscale takes on American comfort foods, such asfilet mignon meatloaf and short rib stroganoff, plustrendy items such as kale and Brussels sproutssalad, deviled eggs, flatbreads and ahi tuna tacos.
Plenty of burgers, sandwiches and salads, too.
❂ R L D $$
2206 Veirs Mill Road, 301-309-1608,
donpollogroup.com. See Bethesda listing. L D $
EAST PEARL RESTAURANT
838-B Rockville Pike, 301-838-8663, eastpearl
restaurant.com. Choose from many options of HongKong cuisine, including familiar dishes featuringchicken, beef, poultry, pork and even duck, as wellas those for adventurous tastes. Try the soupsranging from egg drop to seafood with bean curd.
L D $
EL MARIACHI RESTAURANT
765-D Rockville Pike, 301-738-7177, elmariachi
rockville.com. Serving Tex-Mex and South American
food in a bright, pleasant space made lively with
colorful art. In addition to the usual enchiladas,
Cuban beef specialties. L D $
5240 Randolph Road, 301-231-9225, elpatio
international.com. This bustling café with prettygreen umbrellas on the patio serves up thetraditional meat-heavy dishes of Argentina, as wellas pizzas and freshly made baked goods. Lookfor mouth-watering empanadas, beef tongue andsausage specialties. ❂ J B L D $
FAR EAST RESTAURANT
5055 Nicholson Lane, 301-881-5552,
fareastrockvillemd.com. Owned and operated bythe same family since 1974, this classic Chineserestaurant greets customers with two royal stonelions out front and sticks to the familiar Chinese-American basics. Check out the daily specials anddim sum menu. L D $$
FINNEGAN’S WAKE IRISH PUB
100 Gibbs St. (Rockville Town Square), 301-339-
8267, finneganswakerockville.com. Irish pub with anice selection of bourbons, whiskeys and Irish beersand a very limited bar menu offering such fare asbangers and mash, poutine (french fries, gravy andcheese curds), a chicken club sandwich, fish andchips, wings and a burger. L D $
FLOR DE LUNA
11417 Woodglen Drive, 240-242-4066, flordeluna
md.com. Latin American fare includes tamalesand lomo saltado (a stir-fry of beef and peppers) atthis 75-seat restaurant near Whole Foods Market.
Tacos, nachos and quesadillas are also in thelineup. Finish off your meal with the tres leches(three milks) cake. ❂ J R L D $$
801 Pleasant Drive, 301-947-5400, fontinagrille.
com. A trendy spot with its curvy maple bar andwood-burning pizza oven, Fontina Grille is a favoritegathering place for the King Farm neighborhood.
Pizza, pasta and salads are the main attractions.
Three-dollar pasta dishes available on Mondaynights and half-price bottles of wine on Tuesdays.
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200-A E. Middle Lane (Rockville Town Square), 301-
340-7159, gordonbiersch.com/restaurants. Thenational brewpub chain prides itself on house beersand friendly service. The shiny bar is boisterous,and the menu includes bar favorites with somebarbecue and Asian touches, small plates, salads,pizza and flatbreads. J L D $$
GRAND FUSION CUISINE
350 East Fortune Terrace, 301-838-2862, grand
fusionrestaurant.com. Diners will find somethingfor everyone seeking a taste of the Asian continent,a full sushi bar, and Chinese, Malaysian andSingaporean specialties. Chef’s specials includeCrispy Eggplant in Spicy Orange Sauce and DoubleFlavored Shrimp. ❂ L D $
1701-B3 Rockville Pike, 301-816-7829,
gyrolandmd.com. Build-your-own salads, open-faceand wrapped sandwiches, and other Greek choicesstar at this fast-casual spot near CongressionalPlaza. For dessert, Gyroland serves loukoumades, abite-size fluffy Greek doughnut soaked in hot honeysyrup. L D $
HARD TIMES CAFÉ
1117 Nelson St., 301-294-9720, hardtimes.com.
Good American beer selections, hearty chili stylesranging from Cincinnati (cinnamon and tomato) toTexas (beef and hot peppers), and hefty salads and