Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant was
scheduled to start serving Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to
3: 30 p.m. in August.
BEER & WINE
Very impressive craft beer menu, with a dozen selections on tap and more
than 75 bottles. About a half-dozen glasses of international red and white
wines; bottles mostly in the $40 to $60 range. Good Happy Hour specials, 5
to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Available on Open Table
Lunch sandwiches and entrées, $9.95 to $19.95; dinner entrées, $13.95 to
$24.95. Kids’ menu, $5.95 to $7.50.
Edamame hummus, wasabi Caesar salad, blue cheese croquettes,
GOOD PLACE TO GO FOR
spicy yogurt chicken
Beer and appetizers
Street and garage parking
nut. The strawberry shortcake, made with a
tough, scone-like cake born of a seemingly
overworked batter, came heavily garnished
with an oddly thick sauce, almost the consistency of apple butter. And finally, the chocolate lava cake’s rubbery texture won’t tempt
even the most committed chocoholics.
Just OK: In the category of good-with-an-alcoholic drink, but otherwise no culinary
masterpiece, I’d put the beer-battered rock
shrimp appetizer—airy, fried little puffs made
with Flying Dog Underdog Lager, though the
beer flavor seemed MIA. The same can be said
for the crab spinach dip, which didn’t have
much crab flavor.
One so-so twist on the traditional was the
lobster Reuben. Made with frozen tail and claw
meat, it’s a lighter version than the original piled
with corned beef or pastrami, but I’m not sure
this is the best use of the tender seafood—it’s
overwhelmed by the sauerkraut and Thousand
Island dressing. And the rib-eye steak was just
an average piece of meat; if you’re going for beef
in Silver Spring, head for Ray’s the Classics.
Located on the retail level of a new high-rise apartment building near the corner of
East West Highway and Blair Road, Scion has
a spare and modern decor, done in orange
and brown, and the welcoming bar area
seems to attract an after-work crowd. I had
the same waitress both times I ate there, and
she was above-average in terms of efficiency
A word about the acoustics: Someone
on Open Table described Scion as a “nice
little echo chamber” and suggested that
the restaurant “put down some rugs or
Like the Liu sisters’ other restaurants,
Silver Spring’s Scion aims to be a neighborhood eatery, and the density of apartment
and office buildings on that stretch of East
West Highway—and the lack of plentiful
food options—makes it a perfect location
for the concept.
So if you live or work there, Scion is a
convenient addition to the neighborhood.
Otherwise, it’s probably not worth the
Carole Sugarman is the magazine’s food
editor. To comment on this review, email
1200 East West Highway, Silver Spring, 301-585-8878,
Scion’s bar area attracts
the after-work crowd.