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Mar 24, 2011 11:16 AM

Dining in Bethesda. Maryland

Hi Chow hounders, Taking a trip to Bethesda area and wanted to know of good restaurants in the area.. Open to any cuisine. i like quirky/underground, but love fine dining as well. No dietary restrictions; love seafood, beef, and vegetarian. Do not like Tofu, however. Just wanted to know where to eat in the area. Options of where to stay would be helpful as well. Looking forward to your feedback. Thanks, chowhounders.


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    1. Where in Bethesda are you staying and will you have a car? How long will you be here?

      Generally - no quirky and underground in Bethesda. It's tame to the point of boring. Lots of restaurants, few worthwhile. Would suggest just in terms of quality: Green Papaya (Vietnamese), Mia's (Pizza), Grapeseed (varied menu w/ wine pairings), Persimmon, Passage to India. If you have a car, there are a few more nearby that are worthwhile.

      Passage to India
      4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

      4865 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

      Green Papaya
      4922 Elm St, Bethesda, MD 20814

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      1. re: Just Visiting

        Just had a GREAT meal at Assagi Mozzerella last weekend.

      2. lunch: fantastic small italian grocery has the best sandwiches around in a cute little setting. called Cournacopia. Another good sandwich place is Taylor Gourmet.
        some good places in bethesda include Green Papaya (high end vietnamese), Jaleo (tapas), Mussel Bar (Belgian bar/bistro), Assaggi Mozzarella Bar, Grapeseed (small plates/winebar, Blacks Restaurant and Bar (high end gulf influenced food and seafood), Ruths Chris Steak or Morton's for steaks, Bethesda Bagel, Mon Ami Gabi (french chain steakhouse), Panang (malaysian restaurant with huge menu), Mia's Pizza (wood burning stove adult pizza), BGR (burgers), Rock Bottom (brewery/bar food), Rio Grande Cafe (tex mex) , cava grill (middle eastern/greek wraps ala chipolte ) Yogiberry (sour frozen yogurt with toppings, Georgetown cupcake (expensive great cupcakes)

        Rio Grande Cafe
        4870 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

        Taylor Gourmet
        1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

        4865 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

        Mon Ami Gabi
        7239 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

        Green Papaya
        4922 Elm St, Bethesda, MD 20814

        Assaggi Mozzarella Bar
        4838 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

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        1. re: dining with doc

          I would absolutely nix Mussel Bar from any go-to list. It's overpriced and poorly executed (flavorless mussels, subpar fries for a place that supposedly prides itself on mussels and frites), not at all up to the standards (in my view) of the chef who opened it. Mia's, absolutely, for great pizza. Jaleo for excellent tapas. Nest, not the above list, is consistently good. Black's, as noted above as well, for seafood. Persimmon is great if you're looking for a high end meal.

          1. re: jds35

            Nice location just up the street from Mon Ami.

            7271 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

            1. re: jds35

              JDS 35: Right on the money. Mussels are not easy to screw up, but they manage consistently.

          2. Chicken on the Run is pretty good Peruvian chicken (or pollo a la brasa).

            If you are coming around May-Sept. and want to try blue crabs, then the Bethesda Crab House is a pretty good option.

            Bethesda Crab House
            4958 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

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            1. re: Doh

              Raku (Asian fusion)

              Fast/casual favorites of mine-Rice Paddies Grill (Vietnamese, closed Mon) and Moby Dick House Of Kabob (Persian.)

              Moby Dick's
              721 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

              1. re: chicken kabob

                Bacchus has great Lebanese food. The decor is not as nice as Lebanese Taverna, but the food outshines their decor.

            2. Quirky? Underground? Not Bethesda. Not at all.

              Will second Bacchus, though.

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              1. re: repete

                You realize you are answering a 2011 post, right?