154 Bethesda Magazine | 2018-2019 NEWCOMERS GUIDEdining
Come for lunch and stay to recite the nationalanthem at noon. J L D $
12300 Wilkins Ave., 301-881-8880, moakorean
restaurant.weebly.com. A welcoming Koreanrestaurant in the midst of an industrial stretch.
Try the seafood pancake appetizer—a satisfying,crispy frittata bursting with squid, clams, shrimpand scallions. Dol Sot Bibimbap, a mix of rice,vegetables and protein in a hot pot, is a customerfavorite. L D $
1627 Rockville Pike (Congressional Plaza), 301-
603-2953, modernmarket.com. See Bethesdalisting. ❂ J B R L D $
MOSAIC CUISINE & CAFÉ
186 Halpine Road, 301-468-0682, mosaiccuisine.
com. A diner with a soft European accent. Try thefresh Belgian waffles for breakfast. For those withhefty appetites, the waffle sandwiches are worththe trip, but don’t overlook the homemade soups orlight dinner entrées. J B R L D $$
121 Congressional Lane, 301-770-5999,
mykonosgrill.com. An authentic Greek taverna withwhitewashed walls with Mediterranean blue accentson a busy street, Mykonos Grill turns out legs oflamb and fresh seafood expected at any good Greekrestaurant. ❂ L D $$
402 King Farm Blvd., Suite 130, 301-990-6778,
nagoyasushimd.com. Cheery yellow walls decoratedwith shelves of Japanese knickknacks greetcustomers who come for the large selection ofsushi at this unassuming sushi spot in King Farm.
L D $$
9755 Traville Gateway Drive, Rockville, 301-
279-7333, nantucketsreef.com. This casualNew England-style eatery offers a wide range ofreasonably priced seafood dishes, including raw andbaked oysters, stuffed cod, fried Ipswitch clams,seafood tacos, tuna and salmon salads, and lobsteritems. Signature cocktails are made with NantucketNectars juices. ❂ R L D $$
700 King Farm Blvd., 301-926-8869, nickschop
houserockville.com. Aged Angus beef cooked overan open fire is the specialty at this upscale spot, butseafood lovers can get their fill from big crabcakes.
Signature steaks include slow-roasted prime ribweighing 10 to 32 ounces. Separate bar menu.
❂ L D $$
NIWANO HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT
887 Rockville Pike, 301-294-0553, niwanohana.
com. Clean Asian décor and elegant woodenscreens greet diners at this friendly and busysushi spot located in Wintergreen Plaza. There arethe usual sushi rolls, plus creative options suchas a Spicy Scallop Roll with mayonnaise and chilipeppers, noodle dishes, teriyaki and yakitori.
L D $$
THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE
12224 Rockville Pike, 301-468-0886,
ophrestaurants.com. See Bethesda listing. Thislocation stays open until 9 p.m. on Friday andSaturday. J B L D $
11820 Trade St. (Pike & Rose), 301-245-
1226, owensordinarymd.com. This American-
style restaurant, barroom and beer garden from
Neighborhood Restaurant Group boasts 50 rotating
drafts and more than 150 types of bottled beer. The
175-seat restaurant serves salads, burgers, beef,pork and fondue entrées, and those looking to graba drink can make the most of the space’s 60-seatbeer garden. ❂ R L D $$
PANDORA SEAFOOD HOUSE & BAR
36-A Maryland Ave. (Rockville Town Square), 301-
637-9196, pandoraseafoodhouse.com. Frenchand Italian seafood is served in an aquatic-themedatmosphere, complete with seashell-inspired lightfixtures. Whole lobster comes in a citrus broth withlinguine, and a scallops entrée includes fennelpollen, butternut squash, parsnip cream, pistachiocrumbs and pumpkin seed oil. Craft cocktailsinclude the Half Moon, a twist on a Manhattan.
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PETER CHANG (EDITORS’ PICK)
20-A Maryland Ave. (Rockville Town Square), 301-
838-9188, peterchangarlington.com. Chef PeterChang’s Sichuan specialties are showcased in anapricot-walled dining space. Garnering a cult-likefollowing over the years, Chang is best known fordishes such as dry-fried eggplant, crispy pork bellyand duck in a stone pot. L D $$
771 Hungerford Drive, 301-309-8873. Therestaurant is one of the Washington area’s favoritespots for the Vietnamese beef noodle soup knownas pho. Soup can be customized with bean sprouts,Thai basil, chilies, lime, and hot and hoisin sauces.
Beverages include interesting options such as IcedSalty Pickled Lemon Juice. L D $
785-H Rockville Pike, 301-294-9391. Pho, theVietnamese beef noodle soup, is king here. Otherofferings include fat rice-paper rolls of shrimp,noodles and herbs with a sweet and spicy peanutsauce, Grilled Lemon Grass Chicken and GrilledPork Chop and Shredded Pork Skin. L D $
PHO HOA BINH
11782 Parklawn Drive, 301-770-5576, phohoa.
com. This pleasant pho restaurant offers the fullgamut of variations on the beef noodle soup, plusabout a dozen grilled entrées. The Adventurer’sChoice features “unusual” meats, including tendon,tripe and fatty flank. The Vietnamese iced coffee isdivine. L D $
PHO NOM NOM
842 Rockville Pike, 301-610-0232, phonomnom.
net. As the name suggests, the specialty is pho,but there are also grilled dishes, noodles and theVietnamese sandwich known as banh mi. Housespecials include Vietnamese beef stew and porkand shrimp wontons. L D $
PHOLUSCIOUS VIETNAMESE GRILL
10048 Darnestown Road, 301-762-2226,
pholuscious.com. This casual restaurant and bar ishome to traditional Vietnamese cooking, with freshingredients, minimal use of oil and many herbs andvegetables. The menu features pho, noodle dishes,rice plates and lots of protein dishes. Beveragesinclude bubble tea, smoothies, beer and wine.
L D $$
1596-B Rockville Pike, 240-833-8090, pizzacs.com.
Authentic Neapolitan pies are offered in a sub-shopatmosphere. Choose from a list of red and white pizzaoptions, or build your own pie with herbs, cheeses,meats and vegetables. ❂ J L D $
9709 Traville Gateway Drive, 301-279-2234,
potomacpizza.com. See Chevy Chase listing.
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QUINCY’S SOUTH BAR & GRILLE
11401 Woodglen Drive, 240-669-3270, quincys
bar.com. See North Potomac/Gaithersburg listing.
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ROLLS ‘N RICE
1701 Rockville Pike (Shops at CongressionalVillage), 301-770-4030, rollsnrice.com. This Asiancafé serves more than 25 varieties of rolls, froma volcano roll (spicy tuna, white fish, salmon,tomato, jalapeño, fish eggs and vegetables) to aPhiladelphia Roll (smoked salmon, cream cheeseand avocado). J L D $
SADAF HALAL RESTAURANT
1327-K Rockville Pike, 301-424-4040. An elegantalternative to the run-of-the-mill kabob placesdotting Rockville Pike, Sadaf is pristine, with lacecurtains and glass mosaic tiles in front. In additionto kabobs, it offers Persian curries and fish dishes.
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SAM CAFÉ & MARKET
844 Rockville Pike, 301-424-1600, samcafemarket.
com. Fill up on the kitchen’s juicy skewered meats orinteresting entrées, including pomegranate molassesstew and marinated grilled salmon, then have agelato and check out the hookahs. ❂ L D $
201 N. Washington St. (Rockville Town Square),
240-671-9721, samovarrestaurant.com. ChickenKiev, plov (a lamb-and-rice dish) and borscht areamong the long list of Russian and central Asiandishes here. Infused vodkas and Russian andUkrainian beers are available. A framed wolf peltadorns one wall. J R L D $$
SEASONS 52 (EDITORS’ PICK)
11414 Rockville Pike, 301-984-5252, seasons52.
com. A fresh, seasonal menu featuring items under
475 calories. Choose from flatbreads includingBlackened Steak & Blue Cheese and Grilled GarlicPesto Chicken to entrée salads to meat andseafood dishes. Nightly piano music.
❂ L D $$
1776 E. Jefferson St., 301-770-5020, sevenseas
restaurant.com. An elegant restaurant popular withpoliticians and local chefs and known for its freshseafood and impeccable service. Specials includethe paper hot pot, meals using ancient Chineseherbs and afternoon tea. Sushi, too. L D $
5071 Nicholson Lane, 301-881-8882, sheba
rockville.com. The menu features authenticEthiopian cuisine with lots of vegetarian andvegan options. House specialties include DuletAssa, chopped tilapia mixed with onion, garlic andjalapeño and served with a side of homemadecheese. L D $
SICHUAN JIN RIVER
410 Hungerford Drive, 240-403-7351, sichuanjin
river.com. Customers find terrific Sichuan cuisineserved in a no-frills setting. Take the plunge and trysomething new with the authentic Chinese menu,including 23 small cold plates. L D $
12276 Rockville Pike, 301-770-2828, silverdiner.
com. Customers flock to this trendy diner that stilloffers tableside jukeboxes. The latest food trends(think quinoa coconut pancakes) share companyon the enormous menu with diner staples such as