Washingtonian Recommends: The Best Lunch Places in Bethesda

Whether we need something discerning and cheap, have a customer to entertain, or are looking for a resting midday meal, we’ve got we covered.

Brickside Food Drink
4866 Cordell Ave.
Don’t have to go behind to work? This low-key bar serves some of a favorite nap-inducing indulgences: tawny buffalo dip, a sausage-and-pepper-laden flatbread, and Old Bay-sprinkled fries.

Jaleo
7271 Woodmont Ave.
If you’re looking to squeeze a discerning business lunch, Jose Andres’s color-splashed tapas residence is your spot.  The $16 lunch-in-an-hour understanding is a good one, with hits like tomato bread, goat-cheese-stuffed peppers, potato-wrapped chorizo among a choices.

Luke’s Lobster
7129 Bethesda Ln.
Sometimes, we only need something fast. And this lobster-roll-slinging Bethesda Row sequence is here to oblige.  The prohibited dog buns are pressed with lobster dressed with both mayo and melted butter (it works)—and they take about dual mins to eat.

Mussel Bar
7262 Woodmont Ave.
Chef/restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier’s many infrequent grill (he also owns Siren and Marcel’s, among others) is a mark to dive into—you guessed it—a large aged pot of mussels. Don’t skip a honeyed potato fries, that are only as tasty.

Passionfish
7187 Woodmont Ave.
The menu has what feels like a thousand opposite influences (Po’ boys! Thai curry! Sushi!) though what underpins all is good peculiarity seafood. Spring rolls filled with shrimp and crab make a good share, a tender bar is well-run, and bigger plates like steamed mussels with limoncello cream are copiousness satisfying.

Q by Peter Chang 
4500 East-West Hwy.
The famed Chinese chef—who also has some-more infrequent restaurants around a area—has done this sprawling, still dining room his flagship. Start with a low sum sampler afterwards pierce onto Changian classics like a dry-fried eggplant, Szechuan kung pao chicken, and crackly-skinned peking duck.

Silver
7150 Woodmont Ave.
If you’ve got kiddos or teenagers to please, a Silver Diner’s upscale (not too upscale) kin is a good bet. The menu of tweaked blue image classics includes caramel-drizzled French toast, pickle-brined boiled steep with mac’ and cheese, and imagination grilled cheese. Plus, there are 3 kinds of avocado toast and copiousness of veggies.

True Food Kitchen
7100 Wisconsin Ave.
This health-minded chain, founded by choice medicine guru Dr. Andrew Weil, is a place where vegetarians, gluten-free, and dairy-free diners can go wild. Also nice: a cocktails are fashioned from uninformed fruits and herbs.

Vace
4705 Miller Ave.
Some of a favorite pizza-by-the-slice can be found during this carryout-only deli, that has been going clever for over 40 years. Their twist: cheese goes on a bottom, salsa is on tip (the white pizza with onions is flattering great, too).

Woodmont Grill
7715 Woodmont Ave.
At night, a low-lit dining room here is mobbed. Lunch tends to be a quieter affair, and we can still representation some of a restaurant’s biggest pleasures: tawny spinach dip, glorious veggie burgers and kale salads, and some of a best steep tenders in town.


Ann Limpert

Ann Limpert assimilated Washingtonian in late 2003. She was formerly an editorial partner during Entertainment Weekly and a prepare in New York grill kitchens, and she is a connoisseur of a Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

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