Bethesda visit this week - need some quick current rec's
All the Bethesda threads seem dated.
I am hoping to get a few ideas for eats - staying for a few days and will be stationed at the Hilton Garden Inn - Bethesda
Will have a car - so could venture further than Bethesda
- but would prefer to walk or take the metro - It looks like will be on the red line
Not interested in high end dinners this trip - just some solid pub, bistro or ethnic spots without breaking the bank
I had a good lunch recently at Divino's (walking distance) and have always enjoyed meals at Passage to India on Cordell (not all that far).
Bistro Lazeez on Norfolk has very good Mediterranean food. Olazzo (also on Norfolk) has fabulous lunch sandwiches (Italian). I second Mia's Pizza. Blacks Bar and Kitchen has nice Happy hour specials. I went to Mussel Bar for dinner (over by Pentagon Row)--was good but they don't take reservations and place fills up.
Tako grill for sushi
Taylor Gourmet for great Philly style subs
South street steaks for Philly cheesesteaks
Mias pizza for wood burning stove gourmet pizza
Cornucopia for italian charcuterie sandwiches in a quaint Italian grocery
Rio grand cafe Tex Mex
Asssagi mozzarella bar for Italian bistro
Jaleo for tapas
Mussel bar for mussels and Belgian type bistro
Green papaya for upscale Vietnamese
Freddy's lobster and clam shack for Maine lobster shack food lobster rolls
I really enjoyed Cava Mezze Grill a few months back. It's kind of like a Mediterranean Chipotle. Get the three mini-pitas option (rather than one big pita, salad, or...can't remember if there's another option) and you can try almost everything on the menu!
Passage to India is my top choice in Bethesda, but it could be a top choice anywhere else too. Last time I was there I had the dish with baby gourds and the spinach with buttermilk, and it was heavenly.
On the last page of the mneu, there are three things you shoudl order: the pickles, the spices, and the black dal. Add these to any meal and you will eat like a true Chowhound.
Another choice in Bethesda is Faryab for Afghan food. The buranee (triangular leek pastries) and the pumpkin dish are very fine.
I second the suggestion for Cava Mezze Grill on Bethesda Ave, another option is a rice bowl that you can get other things over, which I liked.
Additionally, if you want to try coal-oven pizza, a place called Haven just opened up on Wisconsin Ave not too far from your hotel, it serves the New Haven style "tomato pies" etc. Haven't tried it myself, but looks worth a try.