According to its website, the chef at Lina's Diner and Bar crafts French dishes "that sometimes border on the absurd." And if early reviews are any indication, the eaters in Silver Spring are delighted by the display of creativity and innovation at this freshly opened restaurant.
Since it first opened the doors two months ago, Lina's has racked up some rave reviews for its pork belly poutine, which features Wisconsin cheese curds and house-made gravy. It's a nod to French-Canadian cuisine. The TNT toast is another example of the chef's ingenuity at Lina's Diner and Bar. The crostini comes crowned with tuna tartare, tobiko, and spicy mayo. Whether you opt for the steak frites, a double cheeseburger, or anything in between, there's a beverage on the libations list that will complement it perfectly. Classic cocktails, craft beer, and top-shelf wines populate the lengthy list.Read More
The Thai term "Ruang Khao" refers to the raw rice plant before it has been harvested. Given that rice serves as the foundation for the traditional Thai diet, it's only fitting that Ruang Khao Thai Cuisine bears the name of the grain. The menu features ample amounts of rice paired with flavorful meats and veggies.
The chef's specials are a prime example of the authentic and inventive Thai fare served at Ruang Khao. Savor the ginger duck, morsels of crispy duck tossed in a sweet-ginger brown sauce with veggies and dished out over rice. Try the Thai-style salmon, dressed with your choice of basil sauce or Panang curry. You can also opt for a more traditional curry or entree, such as the Drunken Noodles or the pad Thai. Save some room for the fresh mango and sweet sticky rice or the baked taro custard.Read More
Ground beef with beans, rice, plantains, avocado, fried pork and sausage, and a fried egg, all stuffed inside a corn cake. This is the bandeja paisa, one of the most popular dishes at Arepas Pues. The bandeja paisa falls underneath the umbrella of Colombian cuisine, but the eatery also dishes out classic Venezuelan and Cuban eats, as well as the signature arepas.
The kitchen team crafts the arepas from scratch using ground maize or flour and fills them with ingredients like shredded beef, white cheese, or black beans. Order your pupusa stuffed with the ingredients of your choice or try a pre-designed creation, like the Beauty Queen with chicken and avocado or the Pabellon with black beans, beef, and sweet plantains. You can also opt for one of the international entrees or skip right to a dessert, like the flan or arroz con leche.
Crepes aren't just for breakfast at Fenton Cafe. The French eatery in Silver Spring serves up both sweet and savory crepes for every meal. Along with a small lineup of sandwiches and gourmet coffee drinks, these crepes have garnered more than 200 positive Yelp reviews, speaking to the quality of the cuisine at this otherwise modest restaurant.
If you decide you'd like a sweet crepe, there are more than 30 options at your fingertips. Go with a classic like the Nutella and banana crepe or savor something unexpected, like the chestnut spread and strawberry crepe. On the savory side of the menu, you'll find crepes stuffed with eggs, turkey, and cheese; caramelized onion, spinach, sundried tomato, and feta cheese; and grilled chicken, cheese, tomato, and pesto, to name just a few. Regardless of which crepe you choose, you can wash it down with a cup of Illy Coffee or some tea at Fenton Cafe.Read More
You can't beat the pairing of rum punch and jerk wings during happy hour at The Society Lounge. Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., people who live, work, and play in Silver Spring kick back at the eatery after a long day. On Mondays, the standard happy hour specials are joined by $6 martinis. Tuesdays offer $25 beer buckets, Wednesdays call for 50% off select wines, and Thursdays promise $5 glasses of that popular rum punch.You don't have to come during happy hour to appreciate the Caribbean cuisine and creative cocktails at The Society Lounge. Sit down for dinner and order a round of Caribbean rolls stuffed with jerk chicken or fried macaroni and cheese balls over rosa sauce. Just make sure that you have enough room for an entree, such as J's jerk chicken, deep-fried red snapper, or Cajun pasta.Read More
You can see the influence of the South as soon as you step into Hen Quarter. The dining room is comfortable and homey, while still being upscale enough for a special meal or occasion.Southern staples like chicken and waffles and fried catfish are menu standouts for lunch or dinner, or you can stop by Hen Quarter every weekend for an unforgettable brunch. Busy folks will appreciate their speedy lunch service — get your order within 10 minutes or it is on the house. Happy hour at Hen Quarter is also a great time to stop in to enjoy $5 appetizers and deals on beer and cocktails. The Fried Chicken Crackling with Rooster Hot Honey is a crowd favorite, especially when paired with a classic Old Fashioned.Read More