116 Main St., 301-519-2625, coal; reonline.com.
Homemade crusts ;red by coal and topped with
your choice of toppings and three different sauces:
classic, spicy and signature, which is slightly sweet
with a hint of spice. Salads, sandwiches and pasta
also available, plus a full bar. ❂ L D $
135 Crown Park Ave. (Downtown Crown), 301-
869-8800, greatamericanrestaurants.com. First
Maryland locale for Great American Restaurants, a
Fairfax-based chain. Seaside-inspired décor extends
to the menu, which offers lobster and shrimp rolls,
fried grouper and Key lime pie. Steaks, pasta
and burgers also served. Voted “Best Restaurant
in Gaithersburg/North Potomac” by Bethesda
Magazine readers in 2018. ❂ J R L D $$
COPPER CANYON GRILL
100 Boardwalk Place, 240-631-0003, ccgrill.com.
Large portions of American classics such as salads,
ribs and rotisserie chicken prepared with seasonal
ingredients at family-friendly prices are the bill of
fare at this spacious and casual chain restaurant.
J L D $$
DOGFISH HEAD ALEHOUSE
800 W. Diamond Ave., 301-963-4847, dog;shale
house.com. The ;rst Maryland outpost of the
popular Rehoboth Beach brewpub, the restaurant
is packed with revelers and families clamoring for
the Dog;sh Head brews, burgers, pizzas and ribs.
Check out the burger of the week. ❂ J L D $$
9083 Gaither Road, 301-990-0981, donpollogroup.
com. See Bethesda listing. ❂ L D $
EAST DIAMOND BREWING CO.
227 E. Diamond Ave., 240-261-6196. This
American restaurant in a turn-of-the-century building
in downtown Gaithersburg serves its own beers
and other local beers on tap and a full menu with
sandwiches, pasta and house-made crabcakes.
The upstairs bar area, which has occasional live
music, has kept the previous name of the business:
Greene Growlers. J L D $
FIREBIRDS WOOD FIRED GRILL
390 Spectrum Ave., 301-284-1770, gaithersburg.
; rebirdsrestaurants.com. Part of a chain, this
restaurant in the Watkins Mill Town Center cooks
steaks and seafood over a wood-;red grill.
Designed to look like a Colorado lodge, the eatery
tends toward classic fare for entrées (surf-and-turf,
salmon, burgers) and dessert (chocolate cake, Key
lime pie, carrot cake). ❂ J L D $$
9811 Washingtonian Blvd., L- 17, 301-977-5655,
guaposrestaurant.com. See Bethesda listing.
❂JR L D $
HERSHEY’S RESTAURANT & BAR
17030 Oakmont Ave., 301-948-9893, hersheysat
thegrove.com. Fried chicken that tastes like it
was made by an aproned elder is served up in a
clapboard building constructed in 1889. Besides
the fab fried chicken, Hershey’s serves up warm
rolls, inexpensive prices and live music.
❂JB R L D $$
IL PORTO RESTAURANT
245 Muddy Branch Road, 301-590-0735, ilporto
restaurant.com. A classic red-sauce menu, elegant
murals of Venice and an authentic thin-crust
pizza are hallmarks of this friendly, unfussy Italian
restaurant tucked in the Festival Shopping Center.
Fried calamari and the white pizza are among
customer favorites. ❂ L D $
INFERNO PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA (EDITORS’
12207 Darnestown Road, 301-963-0115,
inferno-pizzeria.com. Tony Conte, former executive
chef of Washington, D.C.’s Oval Room, goes casual
with his ;rst restaurant, an authentic Neapolitan
pizzeria offering sophisticated toppings such as
shaved truf;es and garlic con;t. Cozy dining room
seats 39, with a tiled, wood-burning pizza oven as
the centerpiece. D $
411 N. Frederick Ave., 240-702-0217,
ixtataqueria.com. The owners of Taco Bar (in a
gas station in Gaithersburg) serve Mexican street
food at this fast-casual spot. Pick a protein to
go on corn tortillas and then pile on toppings at
a ;xings bar. Or try a taco that comes already
topped (the alambre with bacon, grilled onions
and red peppers and Oaxaca cheese is good).
❂ L D $
706 Center Point Way, 240-224-7189, kenakisushi.
com. This sushi counter at Kentlands Market
Square offers what the owners call a “modern take
on traditional sushi.” Experiment with the Black
Magic roll, which comes with truf;e oil and black
sushi rice. Lunch is more informal, but at dinner
there’s full service. L D $
THE MELTING POT
9021 Gaither Road, 301-519-3638, themeltingpot.
com. There’s nothing like dipping bits of bread,
vegetables and apples into a communal pot of hot
cheese to get a date or a party started. The Melting
Pot chain also offers wine, oil or broth to cook meat
tableside and chocolate fondue for dessert.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE’S
245 Kentlands Blvd., 240-477-1040,
notyouraveragejoes.com. See Bethesda listing.
❂J L D $$
OLD TOWN POUR HOUSE
212 Ellington Blvd. (Downtown Crown), 301-963-
6281, oldtownpourhouse.com. One of the eateries
from Chicago’s Bottleneck Management restaurant
company, this place features more than 90 local
and international brews on tap. Classic American
cuisine is served in a setting with copper-inlaid bars
and high ceilings. ❂ L D $$
PALADAR LATIN KITCHEN & RUM BAR
203 Crown Park Ave., 301-330-4400,
paladarlatinkitchen.com. This Cleveland-based
chain covers the spectrum of Latin cuisine, with
dishes from Cuba, the Caribbean and Central and
South America. From Brazil, there’s feijoada stew;
from Cuba, ropa vieja; and from Jamaica, jerk
chicken. Bar selections includes 50 varieties of
rum, 15 tequilas and six types of mojitos.
❂ J R L D $$
POTOMAC VILLAGE DELI
625 Center Point Way, 301-299-5770,
potomacvillagedeli.com. Traditional Jewish deli in
the Kentlands, offering all-day breakfast and all the
classics, from bagels, smoked ;sh, knishes, matzo
ball soup, corned beef, pastrami and chopped
liver to overstuffed combo sandwiches, Reubens,
subs, wraps, burgers, salads, pizza and New York
cheesecake. J B L D $$
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