Wilbon is a sports columnist for the Washington Post and cohost of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption.” He has covered most Super Bowls, Final Fours, and NBA Finals since 1987.
To me, a neighborhood is worthless unless it has good food, and while Washington isn’t always up to the standard of Chicago or New York, Bethesda has some great neighborhood joints. Cafe Deluxe is my regular hangout—it’s sort of like my Cheers. I went to Redwood the other night, and it was delicious—there were five of us, and there was not a morsel of food left on anyone’s plate.
I also go to Assaggi. It could definitely be described as upscale—you won’t see shorts in there. It has some nice signature dishes, and it’s a good Saturday-night date place. My wife’s a wine-head, so it’s great for that as well.
The Landmark Bethesda Row movie theater is my number-one choice in Bethesda. It’s not a mall theater with 10,000 kids, because they mostly show independent films. I always love when something I want to see is showing there.
Fu Shing has the best Chinese food of anywhere I’ve lived. That’s my late-night option—they deliver, so it’s a lifeline. The Szechuan crispy beef is good, and they have the best egg rolls.
THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, Friedman is a New York Times columnist and author of five best-selling books, including “The World Is Flat.”
The thing I like about Bethesda is that the neighborhoods are all tree-lined. It reminds me of the Minneapolis area where I grew up. I bike on the Capital Crescent Trail a lot.
Our two favorite places to eat are Matuba and Bacchus of Lebanon. Matuba is a restaurant with very good fresh sushi right in the heart of downtown. Bacchus has a really nice outdoor area. It’s great on a warm evening—you can almost pretend you’re in Lebanon if you close your eyes and ignore the traffic.
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