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Sep 15, 2010 11:47 AM

Best butcher and fishmonger near Bethesda/Friendship Heights Metro?

The title pretty much says it all. I'm certainly willing to pay more for quality, provenance, and freshness, but proximity to the Metro stations would be convenient.


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  1. Have you checked out the big new Whole Foods at Friendship Heights (steps from the metro)?

    Black Salt is a good option for fish, but it's not metro accessible.

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    1. re: Doh

      Yeah, but I was hoping to find better quality seafood than what Whole Foods offers.

    2. Bethesda Central Farmer's Market is open on Thursdays and Sundays. They have several meat vendors. Check out Meat Crafters--artisan charcuterie.


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      1. re: DCDeb

        In addition to the meat vendors at BCFM, there is also a seafood vendor, Vernon's Seafood. He's only there on Sundays, not Thursdays. I've purchased fish from him a few times and was pleased with the quality. Love the lamb merguez sausages from Meat Crafters!

        1. re: foodtrip

          I tried some Hudson Valley duck breast last time. Yum! Have you checked out the Italian wood roast pizza on wheels? So cool. I want to have an event just to hire them.

      2. There is a good fish store called A&H on Bethesda Ave. next to the Bethesda Crab House. Lots of good Portuguese products too.

        Bethesda Crab House
        4958 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

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        1. re: jchaire

          Have you been to A&H lately? It's funny, because I had heard they hired a new head-of-the-shop about a year ago (maybe a little more) and it did experience a very short lived uptick.

          But lately it has been just awful. The selection is extremely limited and the freshness is very questionable. Worse, the prices have crept up alot.

          No more A&H for me. River Falls Seafood only.

          1. re: Pappy

            That has not been our experience. We've gotten wonderful fish there over the last two months, usually shopping on Saturday. The counter guys have been great, too.

        2. Stonyman Farms at the Bethesda Womens Coop has the best sustainably raised meat in the area (fresh not frozen) and its about three blocks from the metro. In addition to the beef and lamb, their bacon is very good. The meat comes already packaged so they're not a butcher, but its top quality. They also carry a nice selection of locally crafted cheese, fresh eggs, and dairy. And don't miss the French breadmaker while you're there. Only open Wed, Fri and Sat.

          1. Wagshal's is excellent for both -- but not cheap. As for seafood, I'd also advise Black Salt (very best quality) and (for the best value and still excellent quality) Salt River -- the latter up on Old Georgtown Road on Fridays and in Kensington on Saturdays.