Food Wine & Co.
7272 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM Friday through Sunday 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Moderate
Chef Michael Harr has bounced around since making a name at the now-closed Butterfield 9. And this casual American bistro has had its share of chefs who bolted. But Harr is a good match, and we hope he sticks around. His cooking is eclectic (coconutty tuna ceviche shares space on the menu with hushpuppies with honey butter), usually expertly prepared and a great value. The dining room hints at a 1920s train station, complete with a large clock, an opulent bar, and glowing lamps. We loved the raspberry-rhubarb shortcake and the blueberry-lemon crostada on our first visit, but desserts weren't as good at a subsequent meal.
What to get: Creamy gazpacho; roasted-beet salad with whipped goat cheese and pistachios; mussels in spicy lemongrass-coconut broth; fried calamari; hushpuppies; fried artichokes; lamb burger with harissa; Thai-inspired barbecue-chicken pizza.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner. Moderate.