New favorites and old loves abound in the southern Montgomery County towns, and the rise of new apartment and condo housing with abundant new restaurant space has brought new clusters of walkable gastronomic exploration.
In the neighborhood now called North Bethesda, the retail and residential development has been nothing less than meteoric, as a recent walk-around revealed. Dine on aged prime steaks at Del Frisco’s, enjoy gastropub fare with Owen’s Ordinary, feast on fresh fish and more at City Perch and there are everyone’s favorite fast-casual spots in abundance. Throw in an 8 screen movie theater with a parking garage, this is a one-stop shop for entertainment, dining and shopping.
Summer House Santa Monica is a great place for breezy Californian food, as is its sister, Stella Barra, both from the well-known Lettuce Entertain You group from Chicago. But what has captured my heart (stomach?) and tempted me more than once to park illegally while I run in are these: Sourdough English muffins. Summer House’s bakery makes incredible muffins. Buy them, freeze them, thank me later.
And check out Julli. A new restaurant from the Cava Group, Julli is in its own small building, charmingly designed. Fresh entrée-size salads, smoked salmon tartine and the burger were all tops; it was a copacetic place to dine.