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100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: 8407 Kitchen Bar
Photograph by Erik Uecke.
Comments () | Published February 19, 2013
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8407 Kitchen & Bar
Address: 8407 Ramsey Ave., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Phone: 301-587-8407
Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5 to 9:30 PM, Friday and 11:30 to 2:30 and 5 to 10:30 PM, Saturday 5 to 10:30 PM, and Sunday 11 to 2:30 and 5 to 9 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Rillettes; beet-and-goat-cheese salad; Cubano sandwich; pasta Bolognese; roast chicken with lavender gastrique; seared scallops; goat-cheese cheesecake; chocolate-almond torte.
Price Details: Starters $7 to $11, entrées $10 to $30.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Happy Hour Details:
4 to 7 PM.
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

The line of green Prius taxis out front isn’t inviting. Neither is the construction site across the street. Given such surroundings, you’d hardly expect this smart suburban spin on a big-city restaurant, with a dining room that summons a trendy bistro with its dangling lights and exposed brick, only quieter and more comfortable; an engaging staff; a commitment to local sourcing; and a pastry chef, Rita Garruba, who puts her virtuosity in the service of deliciousness. There are occasional moments of overreaching on the eclectic American menu, but the best dishes have a satisfying directness, such as the lamb Bolognese, which could make an Italian chef bitter with envy.

Don’t miss: Rappahannock River oysters; smoked-bluefish rillettes; Cuban-style pork sandwich; cheeseburger with bacon; duck breast with polenta; pan-roasted branzino; chocolate torte with crème fraîche; blackberry shortcake.

Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Expensive.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013
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