Dirt Cheap Eats 2008: Praline
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Dirt Cheap Eats (2008)

Address: 4611 Sangamore Rd., Bethesda, MD 20816
Phone: 301-229-8180
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: French, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Bakery open Monday through Friday 8 to 8, Saturday and Sunday 8 to 7. Bistro open for lunch Monday through Saturday 11 to 2:30. Open for dinner daily, 5 to 9:30. Open for brunch Sunday 10 to 3.
Nearby Metro Stops: Friendship Heights
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes In the bistro: Gazpacho; duck confit; pan-sauteed cod; chicken pot pie; coq au vin; seafood fricassee; New York strip au poivre; chocolate mousse; frozen honey-nougat cream. In the bakery: framboisine; macaroons.
Price Details: Bistro starters, $5.50 to $18; main courses, $10 to $32.

Better known as a French bistro, Praline also has an inviting first-floor cafe with a gas fireplace, free wi-fi, and delicious pastries, cappuccinos, and lattes to go. Try a plate of pastel macaroons (95 cents each), a crisp, buttery raspberry framboisine ($3.15), or a pumpkin muffin studded with pumpkin seeds ($2.85).

Fancier creations such as rustic apple tarts ($3.95), chocolate éclairs ($3.50), and apricot-filled chocolates ($1.15 each) beckon in the glass case. There’s light fare, too—soups such as potato-leek or asparagus ($4.95), a red-onion-flecked chicken salad over greens ($4.75), and to-go meals ($6 to $8.95) such as duck confit with cabbage or salmon with green beans. Open Monday through Friday 8 to 8, Saturday and Sunday 8 to 7.

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