100 Best Restaurants 2012: 8407 Kitchen Bar
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Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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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 Saturday 11:30 to Midnight, and Sunday 11 to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
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.

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When it opened two years ago, Pedro Matamoros's place tantalized with promise. But the chef seemed uncertain of his direction. Sophisticated bistro? Fine dining that let its hair down? And the cooking was uneven. Now the urbane dining room is finding its voice with a lustier approach. If prices are a little high, the chef's commitment to artisanal technique is a kind of compensation. Matamoros sources mostly local ingredients and brooks no shortcuts in preparing them, taking a craft approach to everything from pastas to charcuterie.

What to get: Deviled eggs with pastrami bacon; bowl of pickles, tomatoes, and cucumbers; steamed mussels with lomo; Cuban-style pressed-pork sandwich; grilled quail; grilled rib eye; lamb Bolognese; gnocchi with maitake, beech, and shiitake mushrooms; ginger cheesecake; Chocolate Cloud (chocolate cake with mascarpone and a Sicilian zabaglione).

Open Monday through Thursday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.

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