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Mrs. K’s Toll House Adds a Wine Bar
“We had lots of requests for a bar—there’s no bar upstairs,” says general manager and wine director Spiro Gioldasis. He envisioned a renovation of the previously unused basement that would incorporate a bar and showcase the restaurant’s wine program. The owners of Mrs. K’s let him run with the idea (one of them is his sister), and it’s now open for lunch and dinner.
Chef Maurisee Upshur, an 11-year vet of Mrs. K’s, has added a menu of small plates between $7 and $15 for diners inclined to sip and snack in the new cellar. Smaller portions of classic dishes—jumbo lump crab cakes, Caesar salad—are joined by fancier fare such as goose-Sauternes pate with cornichons and ahi tuna au poivre. The regular menu is also available downstairs. Reservations are recommended for tables in the wine cellar, but walk-ins are welcome at the bar. And special occasion diners partial to their regular upstairs tables can now stop here first for a drink.
9201 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; 301-589-3500; mrsks.com.