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aspx. Share some buffalo chicken sliders or
avocado bruschetta, or go for main courses ranging
from Yankee pot roast to cedar plank-roasted
salmon. B L D $$
SILVER (EDITORS’ PICK)
7150 Woodmont Ave., 301-652-9780, eatatsilver.
com. Upscale, tonier version of the homegrown
Silver Diner chain, with modern takes on American
classics and an emphasis on healthy, local and
organic ingredients. Sleek interior takes its cue from
the 1920s. ; J B R L D $$
SMOKE BBQ BETHESDA
4858 Cordell Ave., 301-656-2011, smokebbq.com.
Pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked chicken, ribs and
all the ;xin’s, plus starters including smoked
tomato soup and fried pickles served in a friendly,
casual space. Delivery available for orders over
$15. J L D $
4831 Bethesda Ave.301-654-7336, sweetgreen.
com. The sweetgreen fast-casual chain—with
its focus on local and organic ingredients—
concentrates on salads (devise your own, or pick
from a list) and soups. Look for eco-friendly décor
and a healthy sensibility. ;;L D $
4914 Hampden Lane (The Shoppes of Bethesda),
301-652-7030, takogrill.com. Longtime, popular
sushi destination relocated to the space formerly
occupied by Hinode Japanese Restaurant. Look for
the same traditional sushi menu, plus some new
options, such as griddle-cooked teppanyaki at lunch,
and more varieties of yakitori at dinner. L D $$
7236 Woodmont Ave., 301-656-4002,
tandoorinightsbethesda.com. Located in the heart
of downtown Bethesda, the restaurant serves
traditional Indian fare ranging from tandoori chicken,
marinated in yogurt and spices, to a biryani ;avored
with saffron, nuts and raisins. ; L D $$
4915 St. Elmo Ave., 240-630-8120,
tappdbethesda.com. Beer-centric gastropub offering
40-plus beers on tap, 100-plus bottles and beer
;ights. Food menu includes standard American fare:
soups and salads, char-grilled wings, beer-battered
onion rings, burgers, brats and mains such as
crabcakes, barbecue ribs and beer-can chicken pot
pie. Top it off with a root beer ;oat. ;;J L D $$
7101 Democracy Blvd. (West;eld Montgomery
mall), 301-657-0488, tarathai.com. Thai cuisine
goes high style at Bethesda Magazine readers’ pick
for “Best Thai Restaurant” in 2018. With colorful
murals of ocean creatures looking on, diners can try
dishes ranging from mild to adventurous. L D $$
7731 Woodmont Ave., 301-652-3970, tasteediner.
com. For 80 years, this crowd-pleasing if slightly
sagging spot has served up everything from
breakfast to burgers to blue-plate specials such as
steak and crabcakes to crowds of loyal customers.
Open 24 hours. J B L D $
THELO GREEK GRILL
8009 Norfolk Ave., 301-654-7335. Greek classics
such as gyros and meat skewers are the main
offerings at this small full-service restaurant in the
former Bistro LaZeez space.
; L D $$
4839 Del Ray Ave., 301-654-4443, tiaqueta.com.
This longtime family and happy-hour favorite offers
authentic Mexican food such as moles and ;sh
dishes, as well as the usual Tex-Mex options. Drink
menu includes American and Mexican beers.
; J L D $$
7940 Norfolk Ave., 301-654-3801, tommyjoes.
com. This Bethesda institution is now in the space
formerly housing Urban Heights. The second-;oor,
window-;lled corner location suits its sports bar
persona, and the vast rooftop is ideal for outdoor
drinking and snacking. Fare includes wings (
Poho-style, grilled and smoky, are a good option), burgers,
crabcakes and ribs. Chunky brisket chili, on its own
or on nachos, is a winner. ; L D $$
TRATTORIA SORRENTO (EDITORS’ PICK)
4930 Cordell Ave., 301-718-0344, trattoriasorrento.
com. This family-run Italian favorite offers
homemade pastas, baked eggplant and fresh ;sh
dishes. Half-price bottles of wine on Wednesdays.
TRUE FOOD KITCHEN (EDITORS’ PICK)
7100 Wisconsin Ave., 240-200-1257,
truefoodkitchen.com. Health-focused chain prides
itself on serving fresh ingredients and features
an open kitchen. The eclectic, multicultural menu
changes from season to season, and includes
sandwiches, salads and pizza. Beer, wine and fresh-fruit and vegetable cocktails are also available.
Voted “Best New Restaurant” by Bethesda Magazine
readers in 2018. ;;R L D $
7525 Old Georgetown Road, 240-821-6830,
tyberbierhausmd.com. Czech, German and Belgian
brews served in an authentic beer-hall setting,
furnished with the same benches as those used
in the Hofbrau brewhouse in Munich. Pub menu
features mussels, hearty sandwiches, schnitzel and
goulash. R L D $$
4870 Bethesda Ave., 301-656-2981, unclejulios.
com. Loud and large, this Tex-Mex eatery packs in
families and revelers fueling up on fajitas, tacos
and more. Kids love to watch the tortilla machine.
Voted “Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant” by Bethesda
Magazine readers in 2017. ;;J R L D $$
VILLAIN & SAINT
7141 Wisconsin Ave., 240-800-4700, villainand
saint.com. Listen to live music while digging into
salt-roasted beets or slow-smoked pork ribs at this
hip bar, courtesy of chef Robert Wiedmaier’s RW
Restaurant Group. Delightfully dated décor includes
lava lamps and photos of late great rock stars.
The menu is divided into hearty dishes (villain) and
vegetarian options (saint). ;;R L D $$
4924 St. Elmo Ave., 301-652-8000, vukpinball.
com. VÜK owner (and MOM’S Organic Market CEO)
Scott Nash consulted restaurateur Mark Bucher
for the only thing offered on the short menu of his
Bethesda pinball arcade other than Trickling Springs
Creamery’s soft-serve ice cream: thin-crust New
York-style pizza and thick-crust Sicilian pizza sold
by the slice or as whole pies: cheese, sausage,
pepperoni and mushroom/onion. L D $
WILDWOOD ITALIAN CUISINE
10257 Old Georgetown Road (Wildwood Shopping
Center), 301-493-9230, wildwooditaliancuisine.
com. The eatery, owned by the adjacent Oakville
Grille & Wine Bar, serves up thick-crusted Sicilian-
style pizza, pasta and entrées in a casual
atmosphere. ; L D $$
WILDWOOD KITCHEN (EDITORS’ PICK)
10223 Old Georgetown Road (Wildwood Shopping
Center), 301-571-1700, wildwoodkitchenrw.com.
Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s attractive neighborhood
bistro serving fresh and light modern cuisine.
Entrées range from Amish chicken with a scallion
potato cake to grilled Atlantic salmon with creamy
polenta. L D $$
WOODMONT GRILL (EDITORS’ PICK)
7715 Woodmont Ave., 301-656-9755, hillstone.
com. Part of the Houston’s chain, the eatery
offers such classics as spinach-and-artichoke dip
and its famous burgers, but also house-baked
breads, more exotic dishes, live jazz and a granite
bar. Voted “Best Restaurant Service” by Bethesda
Magazine readers in 2018. ;;L D $$$
WORLD OF BEER
7200 Wisconsin Ave., 240-389-9317, worldofbeer.
com. Craft beer-focused tavern chain offers 50
brews on tap rotating daily and hundreds of
bottled options. Food is classic pub fare, including
hamburgers, wings and bratwurst sandwiches, as
well as ;atbreads and salads. ; J R L D $
7345-B Wisconsin Ave., 301-656-5234, yuzu
bethesda.com. Diners will ;nd authentic Japanese
dishes, including sushi, sashimi and cooked
tofu, vegetable, tempura, meat and ;sh dishes,
prepared by sushi chef and owner Yoshihisa Ota.
L D $$
7945 MacArthur Blvd., 301-229-0900,
; shtacoonline.com. See Bethesda listing.
; J L D $
SAL’S ITALIAN KITCHEN (EDITORS’ PICK)
7945 MacArthur Blvd., 240-802-2370, salsitalian
kitchen.net. Persimmon and Wild Tomato owners
Damian and Stephanie Salvatore replaced their
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 $$
WILD TOMATO (EDITORS’ PICK)
7945 MacArthur Blvd., 301-229-0680,
wildtomatorestaurant.com. A family-friendly
neighborhood restaurant from Persimmon owners
Damian and Stephanie Salvatore, serving salads,
sandwiches and pizza. Voted “Best Neighborhood
Restaurant” by Bethesda Magazine readers in
2017. ; J L D $
ALFIO’S LA TRATTORIA
4515 Willard Ave., 301-657-9133, al; os.com.
This Northern Italian classic on the ;rst ;oor of
The Willoughby of Chevy Chase Condominium has
been feeding families and casual diners for more
than 30 years. Look for traditional pasta, veal and
chicken dishes (plus pizza), served in an Old World
environment. J L D $$