THE GRILLED OYSTER CO. (EDITORS’ PICK)
7943 Tuckerman Lane (Cabin John Shopping
Center & Mall), 301-299-9888, thegrilledoyster
company.com. This Chesapeake-style seafood
eatery features small plates, salads, sandwiches
and entrées. The sampler of four grilled oysters—
with ingredients such as coconut rum and cucumber
relish—showcases the namesake item.
; J R L D $$
GRINGOS & MARIACHIS (EDITORS’ PICK)
12435 Park Potomac Ave., 301-339-8855,
gringosandmariachis.com. See Bethesda listing.
; D $
HUNTER’S BAR AND GRILL
10123 River Road, 301-299-9300, thehuntersinn.
com. At this Potomac institution and popular English
hunt-themed spot, try a big salad or hamburger for
lunch and a traditional pasta dish or ;let mignon for
dinner with the family.
; J R L D $$
LAHINCH TAVERN AND GRILL
7747 Tuckerman Lane (Cabin John Shopping Center
& Mall), 240-499-8922, lahinchtavernandgrill.com.
The menu of this sister restaurant to The Irish Inn at
Glen Echo commingles Irish standards (traditional
sausage roll, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash,
lamb stew) with fare such as Alaskan halibut.
Lahinch is a coastal town in Ireland’s County Clare.
J R L D $$$
LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN (NEW)
7991 Tuckerman Lane (Cabin John Village), 240-
205-7429, lepainquotidien.com. See Bethesda
listing. ;;J B R L D $
LOCK 72 KITCHEN & BAR (EDITORS’ PICK)
10128 River Road, 301-299-0481, lock72.com.
Well-known chef Robert Wiedmaier’s RW Restaurant
Group runs this upscale American pub (formerly
called River Falls Tavern). Entrées include pan-roasted duck breast, crabcake, rock;sh and New
York strip steak. ;;R L D $$
MOCO’S FOUNDING FARMERS
12505 Park Potomac Ave., 301-340-8783,
wearefoundingfarmers.com. Farm-inspired fare
in a modern and casual setting; this is the sister
restaurant to the phenomenally popular downtown
D.C. Founding Farmers. Bethesda Magazine readers
chose it as “Best Restaurant in Potomac,” "Best
Cocktails" and "Best Brunch" in 2018. Try the warm
cookies for dessert. ; B R L D $$
NORMANDIE FARM RESTAURANT
10710 Falls Road, 301-983-8838, popovers.com.
This ;ne-dining French restaurant, open since 1931,
strives to preserve its classical heritage while
embracing new traditions. Dinner entrées run from
seafood to beef and lamb. The restaurant offers
quick service, a casual café option and a violinist at
afternoon tea. ; J R L D $$
1073 Seven Locks Road, 301-251-6355, odonnells
market.com. This market, from the family that ran
O’Donnell’s restaurants in Montgomery County for
decades, features a 10-seat bar for lunch and happy
hour (11: 30 a.m. to 7: 30 p.m.). The menu includes
a raw bar, salads and many O’Donnell’s classics,
among them a lump-;lled crabcake sandwich,
salmon BLT, seafood bisque and crab gumbo.
; L $
OLD ANGLER’S INN
10801 MacArthur Blvd., 301-365-2425, oldanglers
inn.com. Open since 1860 and known for its
re;ned American food and beautiful ;replaces
and grounds, it features live music on weekends.
Signature cocktails include hard cider sangria and
a pumpkin pie martini. Voted “Best Outdoor Dining”
by Bethesda Magazine readers in 2018.
; R L D $$$
9812 Falls Road, 301-299-7700, potomacpizza.
com. See Chevy Chase listing. J L D $
RENATO’S AT RIVER FALLS
10120 River Road, 301-365-1900, renatosatriver
falls.net. The Italian restaurant offers ;sh dishes
among its menu of pastas and classics such as
penne with eggplant, and chicken parmigiana.
Traditional Italian desserts include tiramisu,
pro;teroles and cannolis. ; J L D $$
12505 Park Potomac Ave., 240-386-8080, eatsugo.
com. The Greek guys who own CAVA Mezze and
CAVA partner with Mamma Lucia restaurants to
serve Italian small plates, meatballs, sliders, pizza
and pasta. Chef specialities include blue crab
gnocchi and charred octopus.
; R L D $$
9923 Falls Road, 301-299-6825, tallyhorestaurant.
com. A local ;xture since 1968, the eatery serves
an expansive diner-style menu with Greek and
Italian specialties. Choose from options ranging
from burgers and deli sandwiches to pizza, calzones
and dinner entrées. ; J B L D $
THE WINE HARVEST
12525-B Park Potomac Ave., 240-314-0177,
thewineharvest.com. See Gaithersburg listing.
; L D $
12505 Park Potomac Ave., Suite 115, 240-328-
1022, zoeskitchen.com. A fast-casual restaurant,
Zoës features Mediterranean dishes such
as kabobs, hummus and pita sandwiches. It
specializes in takeout dinner for four for under $30.
;;J L D $
A & J RESTAURANT (EDITORS’ PICK)
1319-C Rockville Pike, 301-251-7878, aj-restaurant.
com. Northern dim sum is the specialty at this
hard-to-;nd cash-only spot in the Woodmont Station
shopping center. Warm-colored walls surround the
crowd digging into thousand-layer pancakes and
fresh tofu. R L D $
AKIRA RAMEN & IZAKAYA
1800 Rockville Pike, 240-242-3669, akiraramen.
com. This minimalist Japanese eatery serves
house-made noodles and vibrant food such as a
poke salad. The sleek establishment, located on
the ;rst ;oor of the Galvan at Twinbrook building,
features an open kitchen and several variations of
ramen to choose from. L D $
200 Park Road, 301-738-0003, alcarbonrestaurant.
com. Serving authentic Latin American fare across
the street from the Rockville Metro station, this
unassuming roadhouse has a loyal following for its
arepas, empanadas, tapas and more. Try one of the
natural juices including mango and tamarindo.
; B L D $
4860 Boiling Brook Parkway (Randolph Hills
Shopping Center), 301-231-0839, al-haesh.com.
Kosher Israeli grill serves vegetable and protein
skewers (including chicken, lamb, beef, chicken
livers and sweetbreads). All entrées come with
small ramekins of salads (think curried chickpeas;
marinated red cabbage; and balsamic marinated
mushrooms). ; L D $$
AMALFI RISTORANTE ITALIANO
12307 Wilkins Ave., 301-770-7888, amal;rockville.
com. A family-run, red-sauce Italian restaurant with
specialties including white pizza and lasagna. Lots
of antipasti choices, too. The gazebo is a charming
spot to dine during the summer.
J L D $$
AMICI MIEI RISTORANTE
6 North Washington St., 301-545-0966,
amicimieiristorante.com.Previously located at
the Potomac Woods Plaza, this upscale Italian
restaurant serves wood-;red pizzas, homemade
pastas and creative salads. The new, smaller
establishment is cozier than the last with a menu
that changes twice a year. L D $
AMINA THAI RESTAURANT
5065 Nicholson Lane, 301-770-9509. Pleasant
and bright, Amina Thai is run by a husband-and-wife team and bills itself as the ;rst Muslim Thai
restaurant in the area, using only halal meats and
serving familiar Thai dishes. Chef’s specials include
pineapple fried rice and grilled salmon. L D $
11626 Old Georgetown Road (Pike & Rose), 240-
621-7016, andpizza.com. See Bethesda listing.
; L D $
BARONESSA ITALIAN RESTAURANT
1302 E. Gude Drive, 301-838-9050,
baronessarestaurant.com. Pizzas made in a wood-burning oven and more than two dozen Italian
entrées star on the menu at this 100-seat strip-mall restaurant. Trivia nights and kids pizza-making
classes are offered. J R L D $$
THE BIG GREEK CAFÉ
4007 Norbeck Road, 301-929-9760; 5268
Nicholson Lane, 301-881-4976, biggreekcafe.com.
See Bethesda listing. L D $
BOB'S SHANGHAI 66
305 N. Washington St., 301-251-6652. Dim sum
and rice and noodle dishes are the specialties at
this popular eatery offering Taiwanese, Shanghai
and Sichuan cuisine. It’s also one of the area’s
top destinations for soup dumplings, where you
can even watch the chefs making them in a glass-enclosed booth. R L D $
98 W. Montgomery Ave., 301-762-8798,
bombaybistro.com. Bombay Bistro opened in 1991
as one of the ;rst Indian restaurants in the area to
combine high style, reasonable prices and a fresh
take on traditional Indian, and it has been packed
ever since. House specialties include tandoori lamb
chops and shrimp and scallops masala. J L D $$
107 Gibbs St., Unit A (Rockville Town Square), 301-
637-9079, bonchon.com. International fried chicken
franchise with Korean roots serves up wings,
drumsticks and strips with soy-garlic or spicy hot
garlic sauce, plus other traditional offerings such as