April 20, 2014


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Best New Restaurant

Nest Cafe

Nest Cafe's Wasabi Ahi: seared wasabi pea-encrusted ahi tuna with a citrus glaze. Photo credit: Stacy Zarin-Goldberg

When Nest Cafe opened last February, it quickly found a niche. Inexpensive and unpretentious, it offered a pleasing middle ground of salads, pasta and pizza in a cozy, congenial setting.

“We love food and wine, and we’re not snobby about it,” says Jeremy Hummer, executive chef and co-owner of the café with his friends, Shahab Ravery and Josh Pollak

With most entrees under $14, the approach has attracted just about every demographic—families with kids, couples, businesspeople, you name it.

Kevin Korban, who sells Rolls-Royces and Bentleys at nearby EuroMotorcars, fits into them all. Because he likes the food, the ambience and the friendly owners, Korban eats at Nest three or four times a week—dinner with his wife and two children, date night without the kids, lunch with clients.

Sometimes, he sends Rolls owners to Nest while they’re waiting for their cars. “I pick up the tab,” Korban says. “They always give it high marks, too.”

4921 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 301-718-6378 www.nestwinebarcafe.com

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