This charming house-turned-restaurant is known for creative spins on familiar American dishes.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 6, 2006
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Address: 11120 Rockville Pike , Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-881-0081
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: An example of a traditional Southern meal is deep fried chicken, field peas, turnip greens, cornbread, sweet tea and a dessert that could be a pie (sweet potato, pecan and peach are traditional southern pies), or a cobbler (peach, blackberry or mixed berry are traditional cobblers)., Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 10, Saturday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5 to 10, and Sunday 5 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: White Flint, Grosvenor-Strathmore
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Charcuterie; fried green tomatoes; beet carpaccio; fried oysters; grilled trout with brown-butter vinaigrette; vegetable lasagna; summer-bean salad.
Price Details: Lunch appetizers $5 to $12; Entrees $10 to $20. Dinner appetizers $8 to $13; Entrees $21 to $28.

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THE SCENE. Tucked amid the box buildings and fast-food joints along Rockville Pike, this quaint, saffron-painted house fitted with an antique stove seems curiously misplaced, a little girl's toy left by the side of the road. Walk inside and the chaos of the outside world begins to seem a few states away.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. Jeff and Barbara Black's first restaurant is full of ragtag charm. The Modern American menu ranges far and wide for inspiration, from SoCal (roasted endive salad with blood-orange vinaigrette) to new Caribbean (grilled mahi-mahi kicked with mango-chipotle coulis)--but never seems to be showing off. And there are few more inviting spots to dine in warm weather than Addie's patio--you'd think you were at a backyard party.

WHAT YOU WON'T. Although many dishes have an appealing sturdiness to them and the menu is mostly free of clunkers, the cooking is ultimately less captivating than the atmosphere.

BEST DISHES. The oyster po'boy and shrimp salad, a lunch staple; fried oysters coated in panko; a mixed berry creme brulee with the faint flavor of yogurt. 

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