There’s a trend these days—not cupcakes, macarons, or high-pedigree burgers—of restaurateurs embracing the bistro concept: no white tablecloths, no fancy French sauces, and no price inflation. Damian and Stephanie Salvatore, who own the upscale Persimmon in Bethesda
, went one step further with Wild Tomato, their new place in Cabin John. Their aim is to be hyper-local, not with their sourcing but with the ethos of the restaurant, which includes a local artist’s paintings (blown-up pictures of artichokes and, well, tomatoes) and a chalkboard that, right now, applauds the Rockville High School Rams for being the football state champs. The neighborhood-joint feel is echoed in Buffalo wings (a little greasy and short on sauce), a wedge salad (a good mash of buttermilk dressing, bacon, and blue cheese), and pizza (great crust, fresh vegetables). Is it any surprise that there’s a cupcake on the dessert menu?
Wild Tomato, 7945 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John; 301-229-0680
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