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served in a restored Victorian building next to
railroad tracks; the building once served as a
general store and still houses a post of;ce.
Entrées range from sword;sh 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-;red 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 ;let 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 $$
258 Crown Park Ave. (Downtown Crown), 240-499-
8447, andpizza.com. See Bethesda listing.
; L D $
254 Crown Park Ave. (Downtown Crown), 301-330-
9997, asianinemd.com. Pan Asian restaurant with
a ;rst location in Washington, D.C.’s Penn Quarter
offers dishes from Vietnam, China, Thailand and
Japan. Specialties include grilled lamb chops served
with mango-soy coulis and miso honey duck breast
drizzled with a sake butter sauce. R L D $$
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 ;owers 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 $$
82 Market St., 240-631-2401, bone;shgrill.
com. While fresh ;sh cooked over a wood ;re is
the centerpiece of this upscale Florida chain, the
steaks, crab cakes and specialty martinis make it
a fun option for happy hour and those with hearty
appetites. R L D $$
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 $$
213 Kentlands Blvd., 301-476-4209, cava.com.
See Bethesda listing. ;;L D $
116 Main St., 301-519-2625, coal; reonline.com.
Homemade crusts ;red by coal and topped with
your choice of toppings and three different sauces:
classic, spicy and signature, which is slightly sweet
with a hint of spice. Salads, sandwiches and pasta
also available, plus a full bar. ; L D $
135 Crown Park Ave. (Downtown Crown), 301-
869-8800, greatamericanrestaurants.com. First
Maryland locale for Great American Restaurants, a
Fairfax-based chain. Seaside-inspired décor extends
to the menu, which offers lobster and shrimp rolls,
fried grouper and Key lime pie. Steaks, pasta
and burgers also served. Voted “Best Restaurant
in Gaithersburg/North Potomac” by Bethesda
Magazine readers in 2018. ; J R L D $$
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 $
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 $$
227 E. Diamond Ave., 240-261-6196,
greenegrowlers.com. Formerly Growlers, this
American restaurant in a turn-of-the-century building
in downtown Gaithersburg serves local beers on tap
and a full menu with sandwiches, pasta and house-made crabcakes. Occasional events include trivia
and standup comedy nights. ; J L D $
9811 Washingtonian Blvd., L- 17, 301-977-5655,
guaposrestaurant.com. See Bethesda listing.
; J R L D $
HERSHEY’S RESTAURANT & BAR
17030 Oakmont Ave., 301-948-9893, hersheysat
thegrove.com. Fried chicken that tastes like it
was made by an aproned elder is served up in a
clapboard building constructed in 1889. Besides
the fab fried chicken, Hershey’s serves up warm
rolls, inexpensive prices and live music.
; J B R L D $$
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 $
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.
J D $$
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE’S
245 Kentlands Blvd., 240-477-1040,
notyouraveragejoes.com. See Bethesda listing.
; J L D $$
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 $$