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Jun 16, 2011 06:35 AM

Bethesda suggestions

heading to bethesda in a couple of days wanted to know where it is best to get some quality food and beer.

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  1. mussel bar: belgian mussels, pomme frite, flat bread pizza's and belgian beers
    rock bottom brewery: bethesda brewery and bar food- ok not fantastic

    7 Replies
    1. re: dining with doc

      there's a place right next door to rock bottom, that has a nice outdoor seating area and looks like a british pub, but I can't remember the name. it may be union jacks?

      grapeseed is an idea for good wine and food.
      +1 for mussel bar's beers.

      1. re: dining with doc

        I second the food at Mussel Bar, especially the pork belly flat bread if available.

        A couple of quick options are Taylor Gourmet on Woodmont for Philly style sandwiches, and Cava Mezze Grill on Bethesda Ave, which pairs Chipotle style service with fresh Greek food, very delicious.

        1606 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231

        Taylor Gourmet
        1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

        14925 Shady Grove Rd Unit L, Rockville, MD 20850

        1. re: tiramasue

          I respectfully dissent on most of these suggestions (and others that regularly come up in Bethesda threads). Cava is fine for fast food. Mussel Bar is a complete rip-off. Passage to India is very good. Jaleo (tapas) usually is the best restaurant in the area (although it can have off-nights). And I'm very hopeful (based on three meals) about Freddy's Lobster Shack, which has really good whole-belly clams, lobster rolls, and calamari (skip the shrimp) -- and a very un-Montgomery County beer list, to boot.

          Otherwise, go forth from Bethesda and explore elsewhere . . . such as Rockville, or 2 Amys, which is spectacular this time of year.

          Passage to India
          4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

          1. re: Marty L.

            Thats funny, because I find Jaleo a rip-off (not sure if it's a complete rip-off though) each his own I suppose.

            And since when was 2 Amy's anywhere close to Bethesda??

            1. re: tiramasue

              I agree it's odd to recommend 2 Amys when Mia's, which is a decent alternative is actually in Bethesda, as is Pizza da Marco, but the Freddy's suggestion is a good one, especially for someone looking for a good beer list.

              I would only recommend Mussel Bar if you are interested in high priced Belgian beer.

              1. re: Doh

                It's not odd when 2 Amys is exponentially better than Mia's and de Marco (especially this time of year), and but a 15-minute drive away.

            2. re: Marty L.

              I have to disagree as well. Though I enjoy each of R. Wiedmaier's other restaurants, I've been enormously disappointed by Mussel Bar. Bland, small mussels. Frozen fries. Highly-priced beer list. Was looking forward to it's opening so much, but have been nothing but disappointed. Also would absolutely steer clear of Rock Bottom, unless you're just there to drink beer. For recommendations, I'd go with Jaleo as mentioned for tapas; Persimmon if you're looking for a nice more expensive meal; Black's Bar & Kitchen for good seafood; Nest for a good, general neighborhood place. Cafe Deluxe is fine too for regular, American food. Haven't been, but sounds like the new Newton's Table is getting some good feedback as well. And Freddy's, for lobster stew and fried clams.

              Black's Bar & Kitchen
              7750 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

              Cafe Deluxe
              1800 International Dr Ste B, Mc Lean, VA 22102

        2. Not sure about the beer (or if you'd even want it), but Passage to India is the best food I've had in Bethesda. The cilantro chicken (chutney ni murgi) is unlike anything I've had before. They also have a great lunch special if you're not sure you want to do a full on dinner there.

          Passage to India
          4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814