8081 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Cuisines: Modern, Fusion/Eclectic, American, Breakfast
Open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday 5:30 to 9:30 PM; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10:30 PM; Sunday 5:30 to 9:30 PM. Open for brunch Sunday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Special Monday-night chicken dinner, fixed $12 per person.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Rowdy
Butter lettuce with anchovy dressing and aged sheep’s-milk cheese; mussels in Madras curry broth with lime jelly and cilantro; pan-seared swordfish with shrimp butter; “Elvis” burger; duck leg with duck sausage; a roast of braised pork, house-made sun-dri
Appetizers $8 to $14; entrées $17 to $31.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Happy Hour Details:
Monday 5:30 PM to 9 PM, Tuesday to Friday 5 PM to 7 PM. $5 select wines, cocktails, and appetizers.
Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Cuisine: If restaurants were people, this would be the hearty partyer who hunkers down with Wittgenstein in his spare time: playful but with a serious side. That side—evident in the fine stemware, thoughtfully composed salads, and detailed riffs on American comfort food—transforms what otherwise might be a convivial night of fun into a minor gastronomic outing.
Mood: The dining room—all exposed beams, dangling light bulbs, hot-pink pillows, and sculpted plastic chairs—is a masterpiece of retro chic. It’s framed by a bar with a drop-down projection-screen TV and an open kitchen, and it crackles with an energy rare in fine dining.
Best for: Dining out without getting dolled up—or having to leave the kids at home.
Best dishes: Butter lettuce with anchovy dressing and aged sheep’s-milk cheese; Prince Edward Island mussels in a Madras curry broth with lime jelly and cilantro; pan-seared swordfish with shrimp butter; pimiento-topped “Elvis” burger; Hudson Valley duck leg with duck sausage; a roast of braised pork, house-made sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and hominy stew.
Insider tips: Frank Morales, who previously manned the stove at Rustico, has recently come aboard to run the show. The streamlined menu is a little less zippy, and Morales is given at times to overproducing his dishes, but the Elvis burger is better (and bigger) than ever and the cheese grits are otherworldly.
Open Monday through Saturday for dinner (cafe menu on Monday), Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate to expensive.