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Dinner in Bethesda

BritInDC Mar 20, 2007 06:55 AM

I am being taken out for dinner tonight in Bethesda. Any particular recommendations for places I should either go or avoid?

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    BritInDC Mar 20, 2007 08:16 AM

    Yes, I was, but someone has offered to take me out in Bethesda tonight, so I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. I do love Indian food, so thank you.

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      gooseterp Mar 20, 2007 12:08 PM

      I disagree with the pizza at Mia's and Passage to India.. both these places dissapointed me. But I can't speak on the other recs from Chocolate Chic pea

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      1. re: gooseterp
        Jeserf Mar 21, 2007 06:53 AM

        I too was VERY disappointed by passage to India!
        I keep thinking I'm the weird one, but I just didn't find the depth of flavor and spice as I have had at Indian restaurants elsewhere.
        It's a shame - it was a lovely and had excellent service.
        I might give it another go, though.

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        snappleyum Mar 20, 2007 07:16 PM


        1. Chocolatechipkt Mar 20, 2007 11:29 AM

          Lots of choices in Bethesda, depending on what you're looking for, of course.
          -Jaleo (love the white gazpacho)
          -Mia's (casual, but really good pizza)
          -Green Papaya

          Haven't been to yet but have heard good things about
          -Rock Creek

          Personally, I would avoid
          -Mon Ami Gabi (overpriced, unhelpful etc)
          -Houstons (they're everywhere)
          -whatever the New Orleans place is on Cordell

          There are many more choices in between, but those are a few off the top of my head. Hope you have fun tonight wherever you go!

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            bethanyll22 Mar 20, 2007 12:08 PM

            I second Jaleo, Rock Creek and Cesco.

            Also good:
            David Craig (on St. Elmo)
            Tako Grill--fabulous sushi/japanese on Wisconsin
            Raku (on Woodmont) -- Asian food

            I've heard great things about Persimmon (on Wisconsin), but I've never been.

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              winger1930 Mar 21, 2007 07:19 AM

              I'll second Persimmon...I've only been there once, and it was before going to a movie, but the food was excellent. For the life of me, I can't remember what I ordered but I do remember that it was definitely a gem of a place in Bethesda.

              I also REALLY liked Mia's...I know it doesn't get great reviews, but I thought the pizza was great, the service was fine - excellent beer selection too.

              1. re: bethanyll22
                kallisti Mar 23, 2007 02:10 PM

                I've been disappointed by Tako Grill on a number of occasions -- I'd stick with Sushi Taro in Dupont.

              2. DanielK Mar 20, 2007 08:05 PM

                To repeat some of the others, I frequent:
                Passage to India
                Rock Creek

                But I think the best cooking in Bethesda by a good margin right now is at David Craig.

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                  cecere Mar 21, 2007 07:23 AM

                  I would not go to Centro - I want to like this upscale italian restaurant, but I am always disappointed. High prices with less than memorable food. Raku is our hands-down favorite, but it is getting harder and harder to get into.

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                    snappleyum Mar 21, 2007 08:11 AM

                    yeah I agree about Centro. I use to love their chicken and then one day it just got really bad. Raku is definitley my favorite

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                      Chocolatechipkt Mar 21, 2007 02:00 PM

                      Can't believe I forgot Raku! Great restaurant!

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                      kallisti Mar 23, 2007 02:15 PM

                      I was at Centro last weekend, and really had a good time. My food was good-to-great, but not outstanding, but the service was really fantastic (our server's name was Michael), and the recommended wine was great (but expensive). The mussels appetizer was really unbelievably good, as was the chocolate and banana crepe dessert. The stratacelli (filet mignon with greens) was good, the chocolate gelato is great, the steak tartare appetizer is alright. The stuffed pork chop was decent. I wasn't disappointed, in short, and would go back as long as someone else was paying (as was the case last weekend!), but it sounds like there are other places in Bethesda that are better-liked and better priced.

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                      paxamicus Mar 21, 2007 10:28 AM

                      I'm a little late to the discussion but you guys left out Addie's in North Bethesda, right on the Pike.

                      : )

                      Persimmon is nice. Jaleo is good. Second the opinion on Mon Ami Gabi (that is, thumbs down on the service and the feeling it's overpriced.)

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                        whiner Mar 21, 2007 02:41 PM

                        Persimmon would be my top choice. I suppose Jaleo would be number 2, but by a bit of a distance.

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                          kodiakbear Mar 22, 2007 02:18 PM

                          Nobody has mentioned Faryab - good simple Afghan food and very reasonable prices. We like Cesco on a warm evening, during the week - sit outside. I have found Cesco is much better when it is less busy. Last time I was at Addie's, I thought it was mediocre (at best). I wonder whether the Blacks are putting more of their effort into the newer places (Garrett Park, Black Salt, and the new Black's in Bethesda).

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                            nc213 Mar 23, 2007 06:23 PM

                            I second Faryab. I've enjoyed everything I've had there. I also have found the place cozy and welcoming.

                          2. re: whiner
                            kallisti Mar 23, 2007 02:17 PM

                            I liked Persimmon, but I find Jaleo to be unexeptional. It's fine, the dishes are good, but I've had better tapas, though unfortunately, I had them in Boston, not here.

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                              whiner Mar 23, 2007 06:05 PM

                              Yeah, I agree with you, when I lived in the area Persimmon was the only Bethesda restaurant I would really make a point of going to. (Well, the rediculously inauthentic Mei Wah did have good spicy shredded beef...) As I said, I liked Jaleo, the problem with it is that it does not compare favorably to tapas you can get in other cities. I mean, even Tia Pol in Chelsea, which has, literally, 1 table (but a big bar area) has better tapas. But, in the abstract, I think the food there was pretty good...

                              I wonder where the original poster wound up going?

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                          hungrydog Mar 22, 2007 04:41 PM

                          Say, what about Logis? It's there, it's an old standby, but I still get a gustatory kick out of Le Vieux Logis. Diana's baked oysters had me in heaven last week.

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                            bethanyll22 Mar 23, 2007 07:04 PM

                            Hungrydog--I've always wondered about Le Vieux Logis--I live about two blocks from it and drive by it everyday, but I've never been. It looks a little kitschy. Is it traditional French?

                            1. re: bethanyll22
                              jmcinerny Mar 23, 2007 07:24 PM

                              I think it's great. I have only been there once a few years ago and I live nearby. But it feels just like you are in Paris. Similar menu (although it has some Scandivaian things on the menu) as you would find in a regular Paris restaurant. Tables close together, etc., etc. a little pricey but it is worth it.

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