Great New Restaurants 2010: 8407 Kitchen & Bar
25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published September 30, 2010
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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

Chef Pedro Matamoros is back in Silver Spring a year after bolting from Nicaro, the small, independent restaurant he helped found. The new place is a curious do-over—like its predecessor, committed to local ingredients and doing things the old-fashioned way, from rolling fresh pastas to making terrines from scratch. It’s a promising game plan, but some of Nicaro’s weaknesses turn up here, such as a predilection for cluttering plates with too many components and occasionally slapping a hefty price onto a puny portion. But at its best (read: at its simplest—charcuterie, a lavender-scented roast chicken, or any of new pastry chef Rita Garruba’s simple sweets), 8407 redeems its many promises.

Don’t miss: Cuban sandwich; seared scallops; goat-cheese flan.

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