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Asian concept Indigo House with a return to
their roots. Find traditional Italian fare, such as
bruschetta, risotto balls, Caprese salad, meatball
subs, fettuccine Alfredo, chicken cacciatore and
shrimp scampi. ❂ L D $$
WILD TOMATO (EDITORS’ PICK)
7945 MacArthur Blvd., 301-229-0680,
wildtomatorestaurant.com. A family-friendly
neighborhood restaurant from Persimmon owners
Damian and Stephanie Salvatore, serving salads,
sandwiches and pizza. Voted “Best Neighborhood
Restaurant” by Bethesda Magazine readers in
2017. ❂ J L D $
ALFIO’S LA TRATTORIA
4515 Willard Ave., 301-657-9133, alfios.com.
This Northern Italian classic on the first floor of
The Willoughby of Chevy Chase Condominium has
been feeding families and casual diners for more
than 30 years. Look for traditional pasta, veal and
chicken dishes (plus pizza), served in an Old World
environment. J L D $$
THE CAPITAL GRILLE
5310 Western Ave., 301-718-7812, capitalgrille.
com. The upscale steak-house chain, known for its
He-Man-sized portions and extensive wine list, is
located in The Shops at Wisconsin Place. Entrées
also include chicken, lamb chops, salmon and
lobster. 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 $
LA FERME (EDITORS’ PICK)
7101 Brookville Road, 301-986-5255, laferme
restaurant.com. This charming Provence-style
restaurant serving classic French cuisine is a
popular choice for an intimate dinner. Cognac
Le 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 $$$
4435 Willard Ave., 240-223-5427, chefgeoff.com.
Owner Geoff Tracy focuses on high-quality, low-fuss
modern Italian-American fare at this modern space
with a wine room. Pizzas, house-made pastas and
fresh fish please business lunchers and dinner
crowds. Voted “Best Restaurant in Chevy Chase”
by Bethesda Magazine readers in 2017.
❂ J R L D $
MANOLI CANOLI RESTAURANT
8540 Connecticut Ave., 301-951-1818,
manolicanoli.com. Italian and Greek specialties
abound at a fun family eatery that features a large
prepared foods section, dishes made with olive
oil from owner Stavros Manolakos’ family farm in
Greece and homemade mozzarella on pizza and
subs. ❂ J L D $
4457 Willard Ave., 301-652-9882, meiwah
restaurant.com. This modern restaurant on the
second floor of a Friendship Heights office building
offers top-quality Chinese dishes that are hard to
beat. There’s also a sushi bar with an extensive
menu. A fountain sparkles on the outdoor patio.
❂ L D $$
MOBY DICK HOUSE OF KABOB
7023 Wisconsin Ave., 301-654-1838, mobyskabob.
com. This kabob takeout/eat-in mainstay was one
of the first kabob places in the area. It makes its
own pita bread. The menu includes a variety of
salads and vegetarian sandwiches and platters.
L D $
PERSIMMON (EDITORS’ PICK)
7003 Wisconsin Ave., 301-654-9860, persimmon
restaurant.com. Owners Damian and Stephanie
Salvatore’s popular restaurant offers casual fare
from salads to sandwiches to meat and seafood
entrées in a bistro setting featuring a lively bar, cozy
booths and bright paintings on the walls.
❂ R L D $$
19 Wisconsin Circle, 301-951-1127, potomac
pizza.com. This cheery, casual dining room provides
a break from the ultra-posh shopping surrounding
it. In addition to pizza, subs and pastas are popular.
Beer and wine available. ❂ J L D $
SUSHIKO (EDITORS’ PICK)
5455 Wisconsin Ave., 301-961-1644, sushiko
restaurants.com. Known as one of the Washington,
D.C., area’s most respected sushi restaurants,
Sushiko offers a wide range of sushi and other
dishes. Kōbō, a restaurant within the restaurant,
allows eight people to dine on 12- to 15-course
tasting menus. ❂ L D $$
8401 Connecticut Ave., 301-652-8684, tavira
restaurant.com. Fish stews and several versions
of bacalhau (salted cod) figure prominently on the
menu of this intriguing Portuguese restaurant, which
manages to be charming and attractive despite its
location in an office building basement. L D $$
BLACK MARKET BISTRO (EDITORS’ PICK)
4600 Waverly Ave., 301-933-3000, blackmarket
restaurant.com. Sublime American bistro fare
served in a restored Victorian building next to
railroad tracks; the building once served as a
general store and still houses a post office.
Entrées range from swordfish to a burger and
pizza, including several vegetable options.
❂ JR L D $$
THE DISH & DRAM
10301 Kensington Parkway, 301-962-4046,
thedishanddram.com. The owners of The Daily
Dish in Silver Spring serve comfort food made with
local ingredients in a 2,800-square-foot space
in Kensington. Steak frites, Maryland crab soup,
burgers and house-made desserts are on the
menu. J R L D $$
FRANKLY…PIZZA! (EDITORS’ PICK)
10417 Armory Ave., 301-832-1065, franklypizza.
com. Owner Frank Linn turns out high-quality pizza
in a rustic brick-and-mortar restaurant. The menu
offers wood-fired pies topped with home-cured
meats and tomato sauce made from an 80-year-
old family recipe. Wines and homemade sodas
served on tap, too. Voted "Best Pizza" by Bethesda
Magazine readers in 2018. ❂ L D $
K TOWN BISTRO
3784 Howard Ave., 301-933-1211, ktownbistro.
com. Try filet mignon, duck breast à l’orange,
chicken marsala and other classic continental
dishes from this family-run eatery owned by Gonzalo
Barba, former longtime captain of the restaurant in
the Watergate Hotel. L D $$
258 Crown Park Ave. (Downtown Crown), 240-499-
8447, andpizza.com. See Bethesda listing.
❂ L D $
254 Crown Park Ave. (Downtown Crown), 301-330-
9997, asianinemd.com. Pan Asian restaurant with
a first location in Washington, D.C.’s Penn Quarter
offers dishes from Vietnam, China, Thailand and
Japan. Specialties include grilled lamb chops served
with mango-soy coulis and miso honey duck breast
drizzled with a sake butter sauce. R L D $$
9124 Rothbury Drive, 301-975-0757, athensgrill.
com. This casual, friendly, family-run restaurant
specializes in authentic Greek cooking, using
recipes handed down through generations.
Specialties such as rotisserie chicken, chargrilled
salmon with a lemon dill sauce and lamb kabobs
are cooked on a hardwood grill. L D $
BARKING MAD CAFE
239 Spectrum Ave., 240-297-6230, barkingmad
cafe.com. Cooking from a wood hearth and
selecting vegetables, herbs and edible flowers from
its aeroponic (grown in air/mist but without soil)
organic garden, Barking Mad Cafe has a corner
spot in Watkins Mill Town Center. Look for made-from-scratch brunch, lunch and dinner sweets and
savories, such as breakfast pizza, watermelon salad
and farro salad. ❂ R L D $$
82 Market St., 240-631-2401, bonefishgrill.
com. While fresh fish cooked over a wood fire is
the centerpiece of this upscale Florida chain, the
steaks, crab cakes and specialty martinis make it
a fun option for happy hour and those with hearty
appetites. R L D $$
BUCA DI BEPPO
122 Kentlands Blvd., 301-947-7346, bucadibeppo.
com. The Kentlands outpost of this national
chain serves huge, family-style portions of Italian
specialties from fresh breads to antipasti and
pasta dishes amid a sea of Italian kitsch. Desserts
include Italian Creme Cake and tiramisu.
J L D $$
213 Kentlands Blvd., 301-476-4209, cava.com.
See Bethesda listing. ❂ L D $