100 Best Restaurants 2012: Jaleo - Bethesda
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Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 13, 2012
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Jaleo - Bethesda
Address: 7271 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-913-0003
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Tapas/Small Plates, Spanish/Portuguese
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.
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
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; entrees $14.95 to $16.95.

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Times have changed since the days when the town's only small plates were at these Spanish tapas houses. Now sharing rounds of several dishes is as common as the traditional three-course meal--and although José Andrés's menus have evolved, much remains the same. Tapas we've been loving for years include goat-cheese-stuffed red peppers, crusty bread rubbed with tomatoes and layered with thinly sliced Manchego, a textbook gazpacho, and warm dates wrapped in bacon. Some changes are on the horizon: This year, the original location in DC is scheduled to get a renovation.

What to get: White gazpacho with grapes; ham croquetas; patatas bravas; garlicky shrimp; apple charlotte; flan.

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

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