Best New Restaurant (Readers' Pick)
The Grilled Oyster Company
This bivalve-loving eatery has earned a passionate following of shuckers, suckers and slurpers in its first year of business. Whether you like your oysters on the half shell with just a dash of mignonette sauce ($25 a dozen), grilled four ways (creamy Rockefeller-style with spinach, Parmesan and bacon takes the blue ribbon, $2.75 each), fried and dunked in jalapeño lime aioli ($13) or wrapped in bacon ($19), you will be deeply satisfied.
“We’re all about local seafood,” says Rick Dugan, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Valerie. “And oysters are such a rich tradition in Maryland that the concept felt like a natural fit for the area.”
It’s so authentic you can practically hear the crash of waves in the background.
7943 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac, 301-299-9888, thegrilledoystercompany.com