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At Paladar, they think it’s best to give and receive. You may have heard that for the remainder of the year, they’re rewarding your gift-giving choices by offering a $10 voucher to enjoy in January and February 2016 for every $50 you purchase in Paladar gift cards.

With Black Friday kicking off the holiday shopping season, they’re feeling extra generous and wanted spread some holiday cheer: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, they’ll kickback $20 to you for every $50 you spend in gift cards. Holiday gift cards can be purchased in the restaurant or online.

Eat Well Using Metro

Area residents are so interested in leaving their cars behind for a night out that Thrillist has developed the first ever “DC Metro Restaurant Map.”  The recommendations for restaurants you can easily reach from our local stops?  Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar for the White Flint stop, Gilly’s Craft Beer & Fine Wine for Twinbrook, and Black Market Bistro for Grosvenor/Strathmore.  Click here to see the full map.

There’s also an associated “DC Metro Bar Map” and, guess what?  There are none on the Red Line north of Bethesda…

World Cup Specials at Paladar Latin Kitchen


Do you have World Cup Fever? Need a local place to check out the matches? Come down to Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar. They are offering meal and drink specials until July 13th.

Check out there specials below from our Friends at Paladar!

World Cup Specials

Guac: Grilled Corn & Queso Fresco, 5.95

Fresh avocado smashed with grilled corn, queso fresco, topped with cayenne pepper and served with Paladar’s housemade chip blend.


Appetizers: Grilled Corn “Elote,” 7.95

Our take on the classic Mexican Street Food, Elote. Grilled corn on the cob topped with queso fresco,

Braised Beef “Ropa Vieja” Nachos, 9.95

House breaded crispy tomatillos topped with fresh pico de gallo. Served with our zesty key lime mustard sauce for dipping.

Chicken Picadillo Empanadas, 9.95

A trio of flaky turnovers stuffed with roasted chicken, queso fresco, green olives, raisins, pickled jalapenos, baked and topped with citrus olive aioli.

Jerk Chicken Flatbread, 10.95

Rustic and crispy masa crust topped with jerk chicken, sweet potato puree, spiced almonds, red onions and melted Chihuahua cheese.

Chorizo Stuffed Corn Fritters, 9.95

Warm hominy corn fritters topped with crumbled chorizo & black beans with a pineapple-balsamic drizzle. Inspired by a Brazillian street food named Acarajae (a-car-ah-jay). It’s a corn fritter that’s cracked open and stuffed like a sandwich.


Tacos:             Short Rib Tiny Tacos, 9.95

Slow braised beef short rib and shredded romaine lettuce, served inside crispy malanga shells and topped with fresh tomato ginger jam.


Drinks:    Mixed Berry Mojito, 7.95

Cuca Fresca Cachaca with muddled fresh berries, limes, sugar, served on the rocks.

Terrazas Alto Chardonnay, 7.95 glass, 32 bottle

A rich and rich full-bodied white wine with notes of pear, peach, banana and lemon peel. Plays well with our Kale & Roasted Sweet Potato Salad.

They are also offering $5 Cuca Fresca Caipirinhas, $5 Mojitos and $4 Brazilian beer (Palma Louca and Xingu) in their bar area anytime there is a match on.

Paladar Latin Kitchen Launches New Menu

While we’re all still daydreaming about warmer weather and dining on a sidewalk patio, Paladar Latin Kitchen is getting ready by launching their Spring/Summer menu. One new feature is their Family Style section, which includes classic favorites like Slow Roasted Mojo Pork and Veracruz Seafood Stew. Check out the whole new menu by clicking here.

And, if you visit by March 31st, join Paladar in giving back to our community. Once again, Paladar has partnered with Manna Food Center, one of our county’s preeminent organizations, for a classic food drive. Bring four canned goods with you on your next trip to Paladar (by 3/31/14) and receive a voucher for a free appetizer in return. Not sure what to donate? Manna has a wonderful list of items they need – just click here to find it.

Updates from White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee January Meeting

Here are some updates from the White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee Meeting on January 13th:

The discussion started with a focus on Woodglen Drive and Executive Boulevard. Committee members are concerned with the issues surrounding the shared-use path on Woodglen Drive.  There has been some confusion after the county permitting department made what appears to be a mistake when dealing with Paladar Kitchen and Rum Bar.  Although the sidewalk on Woodglen Drive should have been kept at 8-feet wide to allow for pedestrians and bicyclists, the permitting department told Paladar that 6-feet wide was sufficient.  So, Paladar’s outdoor seating furniture was purchased to these specifications.  Many argue that 6-feet wide is not enough, especially considering obstacles like street signs that create pinch points already.  All parties are negotiating how best to proceed.  Also, we updated you yesterday on the improvements to Woodglen Drive, which will include a bike lane right where Paladar sets its Valet stand.  That will need to be addressed, as well.

The discussion then lead to an update from the County Executive’s White Flint Implementation Coordinator, Dee Metz. The Capital Improvement Budget (CIP) for 2014- 2015 year was discussed. This implementation meeting took place before the budget was released. Dee Metz told the committee that White Flint should expect to receive a significant amount of money from the county. Since this meeting, the budget was announced.  Take a look at this blog post to learn more about what aspects are part of the Capital Improvement Budget and how you can get involved in ensuring that all WF projects receives a fair share of funding from the county.

The focus then went towards discussing the MCPS Board of Education Letter to Chair of the Planning Board. Back in October, the MCPS Board of Education sent a letter to the Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board. This letter was sent to the Chair to reaffirm the Board of Ed’s position on the locating the school site on the White Flint Park North site. The Board of Education is in favor of co-locating the elementary school with the White Flint Neighborhood Park at the White Flint Park North location. After this letter was sent to the Board of Ed, the Garrett Park Estates/White Flint Park Citizen’s Association met and discussed the letter. Check out this past blog post to learn more about what was discussed at that meeting.  The issue is ongoing and we’ll keep you posted.

Francine Waters from Lerner Enterprises (and a member of the Friends of White Flint Board of Directors) discussed the organization, Communities for Transit. This is a private, non-profit organization in Montgomery County that focuses on educating and advocating for Bus Rapid Transit in Montgomery County. Communities for Transit has worked with FoWF and Coalition for Smarter Growth in the past. The organization recently created a video explaining what Rapid Transit will look like for Montgomery County. You can check out the video here.

The meeting ended with a note about the urban design and health. Nkosi Yearwood sent out two documents, Intersections of Health and Built Environment and 10 Principles for Building Healthy Places, that speak to the connections between the built environment of cities and the health of it’s residents. As the redevelopment in White Flint proceeds, it is important to understand how the urban design can impact the health of those in the area. We hope to provide a walkable, recreational, accessible community that will greatly improve the quality of life for our residents. It is important to remember why this redevelopment is happening and who this redevelopment is for.

The next Implementation Meeting is scheduled for 7pm on Monday, February 10th in the Multi-Purpose Room at Shriver Aquatic Center.

Paladar Adds New Brunch Offerings

Paladar Latin Kitchen is quickly becoming a White Flint staple.  Since opening at the end of summer, their outdoor patios were regularly packed in nice weather.  And, as the temperature drops, they’re offering some new items to entice you in for brunch.   Served both Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm, the new items include a variety of bottomless mimosas and three new entrees.  Check them out below:



Bottomless Mimosas
Choose Traditional (fresh orange juice and cava), Strawberry (blended strawberries and cava) or Peach Basil (blended peach, basil and cava).

Chipotle Honey Chicken & Cornbread
Crispy chicken drizzled with our sweet and smoky chipotle honey glaze with warm cornbread, two eggs over easy, and fresh herbs.

Maple Pulled Pork & Fried Eggs
Sweet & savory pulled pork seasoned with our mojo marinade and real maple syrup, served with warm cornbread, two eggs sunny side up, jalapenos, radish, and fresh herbs. (Pictured above.)

Scrambled Eggs & Chorizo Tacos
Crumbled chorizo sausage and scrambled eggs with pickled jalapenos, Chihuahua cheese, cabbage, and our fresh aji verde sauce.

maple-pulled-porkMaple Pulled Pork & Fried Eggs – new on the Paladar Brunch Menu

And, while you’re there, register for your Paladar Rewards Card.  Aside from the usual benefits (earning points for rewards), a scan of the card during brunch entitles you to half off one of the above new food items.

Support Friends of White Flint, Get Paladar Latin Kitchen!



Giving Has Never Tasted So Good!

Now is the time to support the work of Friends of White Flint and get something in return!  

Paladar Latin Kitchen is White Flint’s newest restaurant and offers fresh, exciting food and drink options for your whole family.  Through October 8th, this community partner will make your dinner dollars go even farther.

If you donate $25 to support the work of Friends of White Flint, Paladar will send you a gift certificate worth $25.  That’s it!  Learn more at PaladarLatinKitchen.com/donations and donate right from our homepage at WhiteFlint.org.  We will track the donations and, when the promotion ends, Paladar will mail you a gift card worth $25.

The new White Flint will be a great community, especially if we continue attracting businesses like Paladar.  Please support us both by donating today!

Hope I run into you enjoying mojitos and guacamole!

Paladar’s Grand Opening to Benefit Manna Food Center



We’ve noted our excitement over White Flint’s latest offering, Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar.  And now you can be part of their exciting grand opening!  As a testament to their investment in our community, Paladar is partnering with Manna Food Center for a Ribbon Cutting and Fundraiser on Thursday, August 15th!


“Want a sneak peak of Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar? Join us and choose from a handful of signature appetizers, entrees, and deserts and enjoy handcrafted cocktails, wine or beer (two drinks are included).  Paladar is donating 100% of ticket sales to Manna Food Center to support our programs and services,” says the invitation.


If you’re not familiar with Manna Food Center, they are a laudable cause in Montgomery County.  In the past year, Manna provided food to 5% of Montgomery County residents, all of whom were experiencing hardship hunger.  They feed about 3,300 families each month using fourteen distribution points around the county.  Manna also created the staple Smart Sacks program that sends food home on Fridays with elementary school children to use over the weekends when school meals are not available.


Tickets to this fantastic event are just $40 per person and seatings are available from 6:30pm to 8pm for tables of up to six.  And, I’m delighted and honored to note that, along with Manna’s Executive Director, I will be cutting the ribbon to welcome this new member of our community!


Call the Paladar office at 301-816-1100 by August 7th to make your reservation! I hope I’ll see you there!

Countdown to Guac and Mojitos


The fuschia banners appeared at the corner of Woodglen and Executive, just across from Whole Foods, while the weather was still cold.  “The guac & mojitos arrive this summer,” they announced – and the excitement they’ve generated has continued to build.

Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar is the brainchild of Co-Presidents Andy Himmel and Elie Weiss.  After trying their hand at a blues/jazz restaurant concept in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, they decided to shift gears.  They sought something unique that would offer a downtown experience in the suburbs and found themselves drawn to the flavors of Latin America.  The first Paladar opened in August 2007 and, since then, locations have sprouted in South Florida and Annapolis and more are expected in this region over the next year.

Lots of {delicious} eggs in this basket

But, this is still a small company and Himmel acknowledges that he is putting a lot of eggs in White Flint’s basket.  His team was drawn to this area because Montgomery County is an economic “powerhouse” with “sophistication and education.”  With a goal to earn regulars, Paladar will offer a fantastic experience with great energy at an exceptional value.  White Flint, particularly as it undergoes redevelopment, is a natural fit for such an exciting concept.

2013.04.16 Exterior rendering

Paladar is investing nearly $2.5 million in the location’s build-out, which is ongoing.  For the first time, the company has hired a design firm for guidance and Himmel sounded pleased with how it’s coming together.  He described features including cedar planks, distressed mirrors and interesting tile.  The two outdoor patios will take advantage of the increasing walkability of our area.  The patio along Executive Boulevard will feature large planter boxes separating pedestrians from the first-come, first-served diners lounging at high tops and other soft seating.  A dining patio on Woodglen will include unique hanging planters.  All told, the restaurant will seat about 180, plus another 60 in the bar.

Visitors need not always walk to Paladar.  Free parking will be available everyday after 5pm, and all day on the weekends, in the surface parking lot on the other side of Woodglen!  Valet will also be available, at least to start.

The focus is the food

Guac Trio 1

Guacamole Trio

Himmel’s mantra is that the “focus is the food.”  With a user-friendly menu available in full throughout the restaurant and bar, Paladar will be open for lunch, happy hour, dinner, late night and Sunday brunch.  Favorites include Latin staples like ropa vieja, braised beef and duck confit tacos and their signature guacamole served with yucca, plantain, malanga and tortilla chips.  But the menu is broad enough that even frequent visitors will not get bored — salads, sandwiches, wraps, fresh seafood, steaks and chops.  Even the kids’ menu offers a Mini-Cuban Sandwich.  Brunch might be best enjoyed with an unlimited mimosa!

Fish Tacos 1Fish Tacos

Grilled Skirt Steak 1Grilled Skirt Steak

Although the focus is the food, Paladar does put a lot of attention into its bar offerings.  The Rum Bar will offer a selection of over 50 rums.  Rum flights and tasting pours will be offered alongside hand-muddled Mojitos and Caipirinhas, as well as freshly prepared Margaritas.

Hospitality is tops

Paladar takes pride in its hospitality and the offering of surprising experiences.  To that end, they’re bringing their “A-team” to the White Flint location.  Executive Chef Joe Tis has been honing his skills at the Annapolis Paladar and is geared up to open this new location.  General Manager Angel Briscoe has been in our area for a long time and is excited about the vibrancy and ambiance of Paladar.  She loves that the brand is family-friendly and that diners can feel the “warmth from the sidewalk in.”  Keep an eye out for Joe and Angel when you visit!  Or, consider joining their team.  Paladar is hiring now for our location; learn more online or by walking into their temporary office next to the construction on Woodglen.

Feed More than Yourself at the Grand Opening

Paladar is set to open on Thursday, August 15th, with a ribbon-cutting at 6pm.  The real fun begins after that when Paladar will host a special dinner featuring selections from their menu for a flat $40 per person.  The most amazing part?  Every dime of that will benefit Montgomery County’s own Manna Food Center.  For more information or for reservations, contact Paladar at 301-816-1100 between 9am and 6pm on weekdays.  For more information, please contact Mark Foraker, Manna’s Director of Development, at 301-424-1130 or mark@mannafood.org.

What a phenomenal way to join our community – we look forward to many years of success!  And, mojitos!

** Updated on July 10th to reflect new contact information for information and reservations for the Paladar Grand Opening.