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Chicken with Mushrooms in a hot pot and BabyAbalone in Tomato Sauce. L D $
8233 Fenton St., 301-589-1400. AuthenticEthiopian-style vegetables and fiery meats areserved atop spongy bread in communal bowls.
Traditional woven tables and a roof deck add to theambience. There’s a weekday lunch buffet, too.
❂ R L D $
ALL SET RESTAURANT & BAR
8630 Fenton St., 301-495-8800, allsetrestaurant.
com. American cuisine with a focus on NewEngland specialties. Look for clams, oysters andlobster, plus crab cakes and rockfish, and beef andvegetarian options. The snazzy space is also thesetting for clam bakes and fried chicken on Sundaynights. ❂ J R L D $$
8624 Colesville Road, 301-588-3588. SeeRockville/North Bethesda listing. L D $
AZÚCAR RESTAURANT BAR & GRILL
14418 Layhill Road, 301-438-3293,
azucarrestaurant.net. The name means sugar, andit fits: The colorful Salvadoran spot is decorated inbright purple and orange with Cubist-style paintings.
The pork-stuffed corn pupusas are stars. Also lookfor more elegant dinners, including fried whole trout.
L D $$
BETE ETHIOPIAN CUISINE
811 Roeder Road, 301-588-2225. Family-runEthiopian restaurant with a modest dining room butsome exemplary cooking. Don’t miss the vegetariansampler, and in nice weather, opt for eating outsidein the lovely, shaded back patio. ❂ J B L D $$
THE BIG GREEK CAFÉ
8223 Georgia Ave., 301-587-4733, biggreekcafe.
com. Owned by the Marmaras brothers, whosefamily operated the decades-old Golden Flamerestaurant, the café serves a hit parade of Greekspecialties, including a top-notch chicken souvlakipita. L D $
CAVA MEZZE GRILL
8515 Fenton St., 301-200-8666, cavagrill.com. SeeBethesda listing. ❂ L D $
COPPER CANYON GRILL
928 Ellsworth Drive, 301-589-1330, ccgrill.com.
See Gaithersburg listing. ❂ J R L D $$
CRISFIELD SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
8012 Georgia Ave., 301-589-1306,
crisfieldseafood.com. With its U-shaped counter andkitschy, oyster-plate-covered walls, this landmarkseafood diner has customers lining up for theEastern Shore specialties such as oysters andcrabmeat-stuffed lobster that it has served sincethe 1940s. L D $$
1201 Fidler Lane, 301-563-4020, cubanos
restaurant.com. The brightly colored tropical diningroom and the authentic Cuban cooking evidentin dishes such as ropa vieja (shredded beef inonions, peppers and garlic) and fried plantains keepcustomers coming back. ❂ L D $$
THE DAILY DISH
8301 Grubb Road, 301-588-6300, thedailydish
restaurant.com. A neighborhood favorite servingseasonally inspired, locally sourced comfort food,including bar bites and brunch dishes. Full-servicecatering is available, too. ❂ J R L D $$
DENIZENS BREWING CO. (EDITORS’ PICK)
1115 East West Highway, 301-557-9818, denizens
brewingco.com. The bright-orange building housesMontgomery County’s largest brewery, featuringcore beers and seasonal offerings, along with draftsfrom other regional breweries. Menu of snacks,sandwiches and salads includes vegetarian options.
There is a large outdoor beer garden and indoorseating overlooking the brewery. ❂ D $
12345 Georgia Ave., 301-933-9515; 13881 OutletDrive, 240-560-7376, donpollogroup.com. SeeBethesda listing. L D $
923 Ellsworth Drive, 301-585-1700,
eggspectations.com. This Canadian import featuresfresh and creative egg plates in an elegant yetcasual dining room complete with a fireplace andcolorful Harlequin-themed art. It also serves greatsalads, dinners and dessert. ❂ B L D $$
EL AGUILA RESTAURANT
8649 16th St., 301-588-9063, elaguilarestaurant.
com. A cheery bar and generous plates of Tex-Mex favorites such as enchiladas and Salvadoranseafood soup make this eatery popular with familiesand others looking for a lively night out. ❂ L D $
8805 Flower Ave., 301-587-4197,
gavilanrestaurant.com. The walls are bright, themusic’s upbeat, the margaritas are fine and theservice is friendly. The usual Tex-Mex fare is here,as well as Salvadoran specialties such as tastycheese- or pork-filled pupusas. J L D $
8739 Flower Ave., 301-608-2121, elgolforestaurant.
com. Friendly, home-style Latin service is thehallmark, as attested to by the many Salvadoranswho stop in for lunch and dinner. Pupusas, soupsand beef dishes such as carne asada as well asmore adventurous choices can be found in thecharming, raspberry-colored dining room.
❂ J R L D $
ETHIO EXPRESS GRILL
952 Sligo Ave., 301-844-5149, ethiogrill.
com. Ethiopian food goes fast-casual in thiscounter service eatery that offers your choiceof carbohydrate bases (i.e., injera, rice, pasta),plus grilled meats (or tofu), sauces and lots ofvegetables (the spicy lentils and yellow split peasare especially good). L D $
8311 Fenton St., 301-326-1841. An out-of-the-waycrêperie serving 31 kinds of sweet crêpes and 16
varieties of savory crêpes. Savory versions rangefrom cheese and ham to roasted eggplant withzucchini, bell pepper, sundried tomato, garlic andonion. B L D $
FIRE STATION 1 RESTAURANT &
8131 Georgia Ave., 301-585-1370, firestation1.
com. A historic firehouse made over as an
eatery serves 21st-century pizza, sandwiches, meat,
seafood and vegetarian entrées. Try the Cuban
sandwich with seasoned pork, chipotle mayo, Dijon
mustard, pickles and Swiss cheese on a ciabatta
roll. L D $
THE GREEK PLACE
8417 Georgia Ave., 301-495-2912, thegreekplace.
net. Here are big portions of better-than-averagefood at reasonable prices. The bifteki pita sandwich,a seasoned ground lamb and beef patty withtzatziki, tomatoes and red onions, is especiallygood. L D $
GUSTO FARM TO STREET
8512 Fenton St., 301-565-2800, eatgusto.com.
See Bethesda listing. ❂ J L D $
919 Ellsworth Drive, 240-247-8969, henquarter.
com. An outpost of a restaurant in Alexandria,Virginia, Hen Quarter focuses on Southernfare, such as shrimp and grits, and chicken andwaffles. The space includes rustic décor andgarage windows that roll back for open-air views ofDowntown Silver Spring’s fountain. The bar pours
75 types of bourbon and other whiskeys, as well ascraft beer and wine. ❂ J R L D $$
8201 Fenton St., 301-588-7800, italiankitchenmd.
com. Casual, attractive pizzeria with bar seatingalso turns out homemade sandwiches, calzones,salads and pasta dishes. Pizza and paninis are topnotch. L D $
JEWEL OF INDIA
10151 New Hampshire Ave., 301-408-2200,
jewelofindiamd.com. Elegant décor and excellentnorthern Indian cuisine make this shopping centerrestaurant a real find. Diners will find a goodselection of curries, and rice and biryani dishes.
L D $$
8650 Colesville Road, 301-495-1234, kaothai
restaurant.com. This restaurant turns out top-notchcurries, noodle dishes and vegetarian options, plushouse specialties, such as Siam Salmon with SpicyThai Basil Sauce and Thai Chili Tilapia. Dishes arecooked medium spicy. ❂ L D $$
LA CASITA PUPUSERIA & MARKET
8214 Piney Branch Road, 301-588-6656, lacasita
pupusas.com. Homemade pupusas, tamales andother Salvadoran specialties are available, plus afull breakfast menu and a small selection ofgrocery items. B L D $
8622 Colesville Road, 301-562-8622, lamalinche
tapas.com. Diners will find an interesting selectionof Spanish and Mexican tapas, plus a full Saturdayand Sunday brunch featuring huevos rancheros,variations of tortillas Espanola and more.
R L D $$
LANGANO ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT
8305 Georgia Ave., 301-563-6700. Named for thepopular Ethiopian vacation spot, Lake Langano, thislongtime restaurant offers fine Ethiopian cuisinesuch as doro wat (spicy chicken stew) and tibs(stewed meat) in a cozy white- and red-accenteddining room. Lunch specials on weekdays. L D $
LEBANESE TAVERNA CAFÉ
933 Ellsworth Drive, 301-588-1192, lebanese
taverna.com. See Rockville listing. J L D $
LINA'S DINER AND BAR (EDITORS’ PICK)
8402 Georgia Ave., 240-641-8061. The casualdiner features a blend of American and French-inspired options, from frisée aux lardons(salad topped with bacon and egg) to double