Foodie News: County Restaurants Get Poor Showing in Post's 'Top Dishes' List
In Friendship Heights, meat-centric Range cooked up a vegetarian feast for two Washington Post reporters.
Get caught up with the food scene in Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods with 1 Meat, 3 Sides. This week, Montgomery County's lackluster showing in The Washington Post's list of top 40 dishes in the DC area takes center plate.
Only three Montgomery County restaurants made made The Post's list of "40 dishes Washingtonians shouldn't live without in 2013," released last Thursday, Bethesda Patch reported.
The fried potato tots at Bethesda's Food, Wine & Co., the fried chicken with spiced salt and basil at Rockville's Jumbo Jumbo Cafe and the Mongolian beef with cumin at Joe's Noodle House, also in Rockvile, made the list.
Last year, many other restaurants in Montgomery County were included in the roundup.
"Crêpes as authentic as you can get this side of the Atlantic Ocean are on their way to downtown Silver Spring," Silver Spring Patch reported. La Madeleine, a Dallas-based chain of "French country" cafes, will open on Georgia Avenue in late March, according to a representative from the company.
Haandi, a favorite Bethesda Indian restaurant that was displaced by construction of a Fairmont Avenue high-rise, has re-opened in the Woodmont Triangle, at 7907 Norfolk Ave. (in the former Uptown Deli space).
Foong Lin has moved to Willow Avenue, on the Bethesda-Chevy Chase border, and has changed its name to House of Foong Lin, Chevy Chase Patch reported.
Chevy Chase's Range restaurant—known for its meat-centric cuisine—got a mention in The Washington Post's recent review of high-end DC-area restaurants offering exceptional vegetarian dining. The Post's Tom Sietsema and Joe Yonan visited Range, asked for something vegetarian and witnessed/tasted the following results:
A kimchi linguine that normally comes with uni and bay scallops gets maitake mushrooms and little wisps of kale instead, and an off-the-menu lasagna layers thin sheets of poached Yukon Gold potatoes with a tomato marmalade and garlicky chanterelles. Chef de cuisine Matt Hill gets credit for the latter, a $16 wonder, aromatic with orange zest (and vegan-friendly).
Frozen yogurt shop Sweetgreen is coming to downtown Silver Spring this summer.
"We've wanted to be in Silver Spring for a while and we finally found a location," co-owner Nic Jammet told DC Eater. He said fans of the restaurant often wrote to request a Silver Spring location.