Chevy Chase

Where to eat, shop, and play in Chevy Chase right now, including the newest things to know and our favorite classic haunts.

About Chevy Chase

By Cynthia Hacinli

What to know right now about both the Maryland and DC sides

Foodie Future

Friendship Heights’ once glittering Collection at Chevy Chase lost a slew of luxury shops in 2017, when many decamped for CityCenterDC. Those departures, coupled with the generally unsteady retail environment, meant it was time for a reboot focused on . . . restaurants.

Now the onetime status-brand shopping center is morphing into more of a food destination. The gluten-free Little Beet Table opened a few months ago. Later this year, Alexandria’s Junction Bistro, Bar & Bakery and another eatery, the Hunter’s Hound, are coming to the old Ralph Lauren store. And the California chain Urban Plates is taking over the Bulgari space. The new tenants are part of Chevy Chase Land Company’s $18-million revamp of the development, which included enhancing public plazas and constructing a small amphitheater for movie nights and concerts. The developer hopes a mix of long-term retail and pop-ups will fill some of the remaining vacancies. A few pop-ups have already arrived, including Whyte House Monograms, clothing store the Palm & the Ivy, and Patrick’s Fine Linens & Home Décor.

Dog Fight

Picturesque though it may be, Chevy Chase, Maryland, has recently been home to some ugly rifts. Resident Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court divided neighbors, with one woman reportedly shouting at the justice at the French restaurant La Ferme. But Kavanaugh isn’t the most controversial Chevy Chase figure. That designation falls to dog owners, who battled this past summer over a patch of land known as Brookville Road Park.

After the town fenced in the area so people could let their dogs off-leash, authorities started getting complaints about loud barking and inconsiderate drivers. Information about the park was removed from the Chevy Chase Village website to keep outsiders from showing up. Then the hours were changed. Finally, the Chevy Chase Village Board voted to remove the gates enclosing it. These days, the park is back on the Village website—which states clearly that dogs must be “leashed and under the immediate control of their handler at all times.”

Horse Fight

Chevy Chase’s Meadowbrook Stables is more than 85 years old, so it’s easy to see how its users might want some upgrades. But a recent proposal to construct a new indoor horse-riding arena there has some locals champing at the bit, according to Bethesda Magazine. Opponents claim that the facility, which would be built in Rock Creek Park, would deplete home values, ruin views, and pose environmental risks. Perhaps equestrians are Chevy Chase’s new dog owners.

Diner 2.0

To the dismay of a lot of locals, American City Diner, a Chevy Chase DC fixture for 30 years, closed in 2018. In the coming months, it’s slated to reopen as a branch of Sidekick, the Ballston bakery that’s an offshoot of the popular Ted’s Bulletin restaurants. The Connecticut Avenue diner’s retro train-car design will be incorporated into renovations, and the bakery will include a sit-down cafe as well as counter service. Owner Steve Salis—who’s behind Ted’s Bulletin, &Pizza, and Federalist Pig—says the establishment will have a Kramerbooks-branded component. Salis also owns the stalwart Dupont bookstore.

Under Construction

An enormous new mixed-use community called Chevy Chase Lake is rising around the future Purple Line stop near Manor Road and Connecticut Avenue. Phase one is scheduled to open by fall 2021, with two buildings comprising 280 apartments, 65 condos, and 80,000 square feet of retail. Residents will get the typical luxe amenities: fitness studios, a pool, coworking lounges, a pet station, and so on. More unusual: A garage with a whopping 850 parking spaces is also under construction. Part two, expected to finish in 2022, will come with a third building, 186 more apartments, and 154 additional parking spaces. The whole complex will have direct access to the Purple Line platform as well as the Capital Crescent Trail.

New Spots

Recent arrivals worth checking out:

June B Sweet
The chic candy counter—inside the stationery shop Write for You—specializes in Brazilian morsels known as brigadeiros, made with condensed milk and butter. 2807 McKinley St., NW; 202-686-7060.

Little Beast
Pizza and soulful Italian fare in a rustic dining room or, in warm weather, on a rollicking patio. 5600 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-741-4599.

Little Beet Table
In just a few months, it’s become a destination for natural juices and gluten-free eating. 5471 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; 240-283-0603.

New Morning Farm
The small Saturday farmers market is stocked by Maryland and Pennsylvania farms. It’s open Saturdays through mid-March, then reopens in June. Taylor St. at Brookville Rd., Chevy Chase; 814-448-3904.

Park Story
Clothes and accessories, beauty products, home goods, and jewelry made by the owner and other locals. 3813 Livingston St., NW; 202-730-4556.

Sugar Fox
A sliver of a bakery and ice-cream shop where flavors such as milk-and-brownies happily coexist with classic vanilla and chocolate. 5027 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-244-9500.


Where to Eat in Chevy Chase

The best places to eat around Chevy Chase.
Photograph by Mary Wells Ball for Little Red Fox

Buck’s Fishing & Camping. Excellent cocktails and retro comfort food—such as pimiento cheese, ham salad, fish and chips, and a killer chocolate cake—served in a glowy, romantic dining room. 5031 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-364-0777.

Comet Ping Pong. Crisp, creative pizzas—such as the Smoky, with mushrooms and bacon—live music, some of the best hot wings around, and, yes, ping-pong. Expect a wait on weekends. 5037 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-364-0404.

Little Red Fox. Artisanal breakfast and lunch sandwiches, housemade soups, creative takeaway for dinner, and shelves of chocolates, breads, cheeses, salumi, and dried pasta make this a popular spot to eat in or take out. 5035 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-248-6346.

Macon Bistro & Larder. A modern Southern eatery where deviled eggs get dressed up with smoky olive oil and where hushpuppies sport a dollop of pimiento cheese. 5520 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-248-7807.

Matisse. This Thomas Pheasant–designed dining room is known for modern French-Mediterranean cooking. Dishes to seek out include pecan-crusted snapper and pasta with jumbo shrimp. 4934 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-244-5222.

Pete’s New Haven Style Pizza. Lines can trail out the door for the pies—beyond classic cheese, the mushroom-sausage and white pizza with clams are the go-to orders. 4940 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-237-7383.

Politics and Prose/The Den Coffeehouse & Wine Bar. Arguably Washington’s favorite book-store, it hosts talks and signings, book clubs, and writing classes, while the lower-level cafe draws a crowd with a light menu—think soups and cucumber-avocado toast. 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW, 202-364-1919 (bookstore), 202-362-2408 (coffeehouse).

Sushiko. Find well-priced bites, cocktails, and boutique sakes at happy hour (till 7:30) plus inventive crudos and maki rolls on the regular menu. 5455 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-961-1644.

Where to Shop in Chevy Chase

The best places to shop in Chevy Chase.
A rendering of the future Chevy Chase Lake. Rendering courtesy of Bozzuto

Catch Can. The crammed space has a bazaar-like feel with its cases of jewelry, array of linens and tabletop items, and natural-fiber clothing. 5516 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-686-5316.

Chevy Chase Florist. Around for more than 30 years but recently reimagined and relocated, the appealing shop has trendy cacti and houseplants, fresh flowers, stationery, and cute vases. 7 Wisconsin Cir., Chevy Chase; 301-986-0986.

Child’s Play. This toy emporium is a fantasyland of costumes, books, stuffed animals, games, puzzles, and arts-and-crafts supplies. 5536 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-244-3602.

Core 72. Even the most exercise-averse will find it hard to resist the soft and stylish leggings, yoga pants, crop tops, tees, and hoodies. There’s a small men’s section, too. 5502 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-686-4258.

DePandi. Eduardo DePandi, father of former E! co-anchor Giuliana Rancic, is the master tailor/owner of this upmarket men’s atelier offering bespoke and ready-to-wear suits and accessories. 5481-A Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-718-1901.

Politics and Prose/The Den Coffeehouse & Wine Bar. Arguably Washington’s favorite book-store, it hosts talks and signings, book clubs, and writing classes, while the lower-level cafe draws a crowd with a light menu—think soups and cucumber-avocado toast. 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW, 202-364-1919 (bookstore), 202-362-2408 (coffeehouse).

Santa Maria Novella. Gorgeously wrapped fragrance, soap, candles, lotions, shaving supplies, and other accoutrements for the bath and home. 5454 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; 240-743-4949.

Sylene. Stylish swimwear, shapewear, athletic wear, and lingerie—plus saleswomen who know their way around a bra fitting—make this shop a gem. 4407 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-654-4200.

Tabandeh. The place to go for statement jewelry, minimalist clothing, and one-of-a-kind evening bags. 5330-F Western Ave., Chevy Chase; 202-244-0777.

Varnish Lane. A waterless nail salon (feet and hands are primed with an oil-based cleanser and hot towels) boasting a chill, Danish-modern vibe, chemical-free products, and hyper-cleanliness. 5236 44th St., NW; 202-506-5308.

Things to Do in Chevy Chase

Our favorite things to do in Chevy Chase.
Photograph by Evy Mages

Avalon Theatre. Shows an eclectic mix of foreign, first-run, and independent films. The seats don’t recline, but a cafe offers wine, beer, popcorn, and other snacks. 5612 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-966-6000.

Circle Yoga. A bright studio that has yoga for kids, teens, and adults, plus Pilates and one-time sessions on subjects including “Yoga and Aging.” 3838 Northampton St., NW; 202-686-1104.

Comet Ping Pong. Crisp, creative pizzas—such as the Smoky, with mushrooms and bacon—live music, some of the best hot wings around, and, yes, ping-pong. Expect a wait on weekends. 5037 Connecticut Ave., NW;202-364-0404.

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