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Jan 31, 2012 05:40 AM

I need an idea for dinner out in Mont Cty

Some friends of the family are coming to visit for 1 night. I might see them once every couple of years. They eat most everything and I would like to take them someplace with a innovative menu thtat doesn't break the bank- does that exist? Someplace representative of "the big city" vs their little midwest town.

They will be spending 8+ driving here. The next day we are going to Rasika for lunch before they leave. It's a work night for us, so we don't really want to spend the evening drving all over either.
So the parameters are:

we have a car
15-20 min from Bethesda
casual, but not a bar
I'm bored with the following and have ruled them out:
2Amy's, Mia's Redwood, Joes Noodle, Ethiopian (one of us doesn't like it), Mexican, Sushi, Indian since we're going to Rasika the next day, can you do innovative italian?

I"m toying with Newtons Table, Palena, Matchbox but none of them really jumps out at me; any other ideas?
Am I just bored with the food scene? DO we need to come back into the city for dinner? VA is far too far.
Please help me break my blahs


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  1. How about Blacks in Bethesda

    1. I get frustrated with MoCo too, but here are some random suggestions (some of which stretch the bounds of "innovative" "MoCo" or "casual")--

      Blue 44
      8407 (haven't tried it)
      Jackies (tried it and wasn't impressed)
      Grapeseed (or Persimmon, but I like Grapeseed better)
      Jaleo (or Guardado's, which is often better)

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      1. re: Doh

        I already crossed off Dino and Grapeseed but Blacks and these others are worth thinking about..
        Thanks for some names. I haven't tried 8407 or Blue 44 or Jackies

        1. re: Doh

          I second Addie's. Or Dino, but it's probably a further drive for you.

          1. re: Dennis S

            Just to put it out there, the brewery/resto in Gaithersburg wasn't bad the one time I went. Growler's is the name, I think. Nothing outstanding, but not traditional down the line, either.

          1. How about La Canela in Rockville Town Center? Good Peruvian in a very attractive setting.

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            1. re: kolomya

              I would be excited to go to Honey Pig, but it's 30+ min each way and don't want to do that to them, as they'll be in the car all day for 2 or 3 days.

              Now I'm toying with Mussel Bar and Persimmon. I'm going to look at La Canela. Never been there either :-( We end up at the same old places all the time.

              We're going to try Guardado's this week, as they're extending restaurant week thru the weekend. if we like it, we'll put it on the list for our friends. We don't think Jaleo is a good value.

              BTW, I just saw that Mia's Pizza is on living social again today. This time it's valid for take out too

              1. re: MoCoMe

                If you don't think Jaleo is a good value, then I would bet you would find Mussel Bar to be highway robbery.

                I like Guardado's, but I've only gotten tapas there (which happily enough for me include pupusas)-- not sure how they do restaurant week.

            2. Bistro Provence in Bethesda?