100 Best Restaurants 2011: Jaleo
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Jaleo - Bethesda
Address: 7271 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-913-0003
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Spanish/Portuguese, Tapas/Small Plates
Opening Hours: Open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Tuesday from 11:30 AM to 10 PM; Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM; Friday and Saturday from 11:30 AM to midnight. Open for brunch until 3 PM Saturday and Sunday.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Business Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Red and white gazpachos; beet and walnut salad; roasted potatoes with Cabrales cheese; tomato bread with manchego cheese or serrano ham; fried shark; croquetas; date-and-bacon fritters; goat-cheese-stuffed pimientos; marinated mussels; scallops with romes
Price Details: Tapas $3.95 to $9.95; entrées $14.95 to $16.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Food Specials, Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour Details:
Sunday through Friday 4:30 PM to 7 PM, Saturday 10 PM til close; $4 sangria, $4 select wines, $4 drafts, half-price select tapas.
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Only the top 40 restaurants were ranked in 2011's Best Restaurants list.

José Andrés, one of the first celebrity chefs to make his reputation in Washington, has expanded his brand to include one of Los Angeles’s hottest restaurants and two more on the way in Las Vegas in addition to his seven local places. But the kitchens at his trio of Spanish tapas houses remain sharp.

Dishes celebrate Spain’s culinary building blocks—salty meats, citrus fruits, acidic tomatoes—whether in a traditional gazpacho with a shot of sherry vinegar or an Andrés riff such as olives stuffed with anchovies and piquillo peppers. The vibe at these fast-paced restaurants is fun—and loud: Groups knocking back pitchers of sangría create the feel of a big party.

Also good: A luxurious spoonful of sea urchin with peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers; bacon-wrapped dates; white gazpacho with grapes and almonds; grilled quail with rosemary and honey sauces; roasted onions with blue cheese and pine nuts; rice pudding with lemon.

DC and Bethesda locations open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Crystal City open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.

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