To celebrate the magazine’s 10th anniversary, we pulled together some of our favorite people, places and things—all in the form of Top 10 lists.
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Let’s Eat Outside!
Now’s the time to celebrate summertime’s sun-soaked days and balmy evenings. So gather some friends, request a table outdoors and enjoy some of the area’s best bites.
Black’s Bar & Kitchen
Fresh-from-the-sea raw bar selections and aromatic bowls of mussels are top picks at Jeff Black’s neighborhood favorite in Bethesda. A small, rock-lined pool takes center stage on the inviting open-air patio that overlooks Woodmont Avenue. 7750 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-652-5525, blacksbarandkitchen.com
With unbeatable views of Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle, this aptly named bistro specializes in American favorites from chef Jed Fox. Think shrimp with cornmeal grits, bacon-boosted short ribs and a hearty beef dip sandwich. 7940 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda, 240-245-7663, roofbethesda.com
Too lazy to wave a fan? On the roof of this corner cantina in Bethesda, you can enjoy a cooling breeze—plus strong margaritas and homespun Mexican cuisine. 4839 Del Ray Ave., Bethesda, 301-654-4443, tiaqueta.com
Old Angler’s Inn
The slate patio at this Potomac charmer is a primo warm-weather spot, and there’s a fire pit to help ward off the chill when the temperature dips. Seasonal ingredients rule Executive Chef Nick Palermo’s menu, so come hungry for the taste of summer. 10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, 301-365-2425, oldanglersinn.com
At the heart of ever-bustling Bethesda Lane, Redwood offers plenty of people watching— as well as scratch-made continental cuisine. 7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, 301-656-5515, redwoodbethesda.com
The Tavern at River Falls
This Potomac Village pub has a lively patio that always bubbles with chatter and clatter from diners. It’s a great spot to gather a group to enjoy seafood-centric fare, including swordfish tacos and flash-fried calamari. 10128 River Road, Potomac, 301-299-0481, thetavernatriverfalls.com
Mon Ami Gabi
Grab a seat outside this classic French bistro and you’ll feel instantly transported to a sidewalk café in Paris. Order classics like steak frites and trout amandine. 7239 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-654-1234, monamigabi.com
Bacchus of Lebanon
This well-loved Lebanese bistro’s generous patio overlooks the bustling Norfolk Avenue strip in Bethesda. A stone lined miniature waterfall gurgles away in the corner, providing
a soothing soundtrack. 7945 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda, 301-657-1722, bacchusoflebanon.com
Located behind the restaurant and surrounded by high walls, the outdoor dining area at Bistro Provence in Bethesda is quiet and lovely. Abundant plants and flowers add to the sense of tranquility. 4933 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-656-7373, bistroprovence.org.
If you want to enjoy a slice outdoors, you might need to pack sunscreen. At this wood-fired pizzeria, there are plenty of seats—not all of them with umbrellas—on the substantially-sized concrete patio overlooking Cordell Avenue in Bethesda. 4926 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 301-718-6427, miaspizzasbethesda.com
What’s on Tap
Nothing beats a cold beer (or three) on a hot summer day. Here are our 10 favorite places to toss down a few pints when temperatures rise.
Mussel Bar & Grille
The beer list at this seafood-centric spot in downtown Bethesda emphasizes Belgian brews. A standout is Antigoon pale ale, a sudsy collaboration between owner-chef Robert Wiedmaier and Brouwerij De Musketiers brewery in Ursel, Belgium. 7262 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-215-7817, musselbar.com
Hank Dietle’s Bar
Since the 1950s, this cash-only dive bar on Rockville Pike has been serving up cold ones. Though there’s a limited selection of cheap beers, it’s easy to amuse yourself by shooting pool, playing vintage video games and watching live music. 11010 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-881-8711, facebook.com/hank.dietlesbar
Jonathan’s Sports Pub
This Rockville redoubt serves up a strong selection of suds—including about 30 bottled and canned options and half a dozen drafts, such as Stella and Yuengling—in a friendly, casual environment perfect for game watching. 820 Baltimore Road, Rockville, 301-294-8010, oursportspub.com
Quarry House Tavern
In this subterranean Silver Spring watering hole, you’ll find nearly two dozen Belgian and German beers, plus stateside brewskis inspired by Teutonic traditions. 8401 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, 301-587-8350, quarryhousetavern.com
Comet Ping Pong
Local suds from Atlas District, DC Brau and Port City are highlights at this Chevy Chase pizzeria. Choice domestic craft brews fill out the robust beer list, so you have plenty of thirst-quenching options after you finish a spirited pingpong match. 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-364-0404, cometpingpong.com
Baying Hound Aleworks
You’ll find this nano brewery with a small tasting room tucked away in an unassuming industrial park. Choices change frequently, but you might be able to enjoy a beautifully bitter Hop Shop Indian Pale Ale or the pumpernickel-flavored Pup-R-Nickel as a pint on site or in a growler to go. 1108 Taft St., Rockville, 301-637-9322, bayinghoundales.com
Eastern European and Belgian brews make up the menu at this new Bethesda beer hall. Enjoy tough-to-track-down lambics, sour ales and farmhouse ale—all available by the liter if you’re feeling particularly thirsty. 7528 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, 240-821-6830, tyberbierhausmd.com
Handcrafted selections—from a citrus-laced India Pale Ale to malty White Ale—rule the beer menu at this Bethesda brewery-gastropub. Limited-edition, ever-changing Brewmaster’s Choice and Specialty Dark selections ensure that there’s always something new on tap. 7900 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda, 301-652-1311, rockbottom.com
Food Wine & Co.
This haute spot in downtown Bethesda doesn’t restrict itself to world-class vinos—it also features a globe-spanning selection of more than 100 craft beers. 7272 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-652-8008, foodwineandco.com
Piazza Beer Garden
Cesco Osteria’s patio has been transformed into an alfresco birreria. A short beer list focuses on local standouts from DC Brau, Flying Dog and Heavy Seas. 7401 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 202-841-9114, piazzabeergarden.com