The Urban Winery is the closest winery to DC, conveniently located in nearby Silver Springs, Maryland. You can easily spend the work day in the hustle and bustle of the city and still enjoy the delicious food and drink of the winery on the same day.
The Urban Winery produces traditionally crafted wine in a variety of reds and whites, as well as their popular Metro Series with fresh, fruity flavors like strawberry rosè and green apple Riesling. Stop in for a sampling of their handcrafted wine, along with a variety of small plates like cheese and charcuterie or Greek-influenced appetizers. The Urban Winery also offers classes set right in the barrel room to talk about wine and how to pair it with food. Plus, just about every day of the week there is a different event in the dining room, from geeks who drink trivia or flight night, to live music or sangria Saturdays.
Check out the events calendar online, and preview the menu to get your mouth watering for The Urban Winery’s fine wines.
Abandon your local chain Italian restaurant and enjoy an authentic taste of Italy at Olazzo. This family run restaurant serves the finest ingredients prepared in classic preparations for all of their menu items, and you can taste the difference Enjoy rich pastas, light salads, and a few low-carb specialties for very reasonable prices.
The Chicken Cardinale is a particular crowd favorite, and is served over perfectly cooked penne with a flavorful tomato cream sauce. The service is top notch, and what you would expect from a family operated business that prides itself on being a part of the neighborhood. Visit Olazzo for happy hour and daily specials, like six dollar martini Tuesdays. They also feature a weekend brunch with omelettes, Italian pastries, and a variety of crepes. Go to the restaurant's website to learn more about the brothers behind the restaurant’s success, or to preview the menu. Catering is also available, and making reservations from the website is quick and easy.
Delicious, healthy, and affordable come together at Meleket Restaurant, a family-owned Ethiopian-Italian restaurant in Silver Spring. Using only fresh produce, the seasonal menu at this innovative eatery features an array of tasty options.
The Timatim Fitfit takes pieces of injera and mixes it with fresh tomato, onions, green peppers, and homemade dressing. The Meleket’s Special Tibs is a savory option, marinating tender cubed lamb or beef in tomato, jalapeño, and fresh garlic. Steak lovers will want to try the Special Kitfo, an Ethiopian steak tartar seasoned with an herbed butter sauce and hot chili powder.
The bar menu at Meleket features a variety of wine, beer, martinis, and signature cocktails. The Barbados Surprise is one such cocktail — a colorful combination of grenadine, orange juice, rum, and Blue Curacao. Live jazz events are also held in the bar, adding to the relaxing environment of this one-of-a-kind restaurant. Early risers may also want to check out the breakfast menu, which is available from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.Read More
Located just down the road from the Metro station, Silver Spring’s Scion is well known to local commuters. Owned by a local family with decades in the restaurant business, Scion is known for its laid-back atmosphere, classic American comfort food, and appealing happy hour specials.
If you’ve never visited before, stop by during happy hour to get a taste of what makes this place so popular. Every weekday from 5 to 7 p.m., you can get draft beers for half price, $4 bao buns, and a sampler platter of sliders for $9. If you enjoy that, come by on the weekend for brunch, too. The menu includes all of the kitchen’s classic salads and sandwiches as well as an array of popular breakfast dishes — some favorites include the crawfish hash, huevos rancheros, and the cinnamon-banana French toast. If those meals don’t strike your fancy, then you can build your own omelet or scramble, using your choice of protein, cheese, and up to three veggies.Read More
With its stylish interior and its menu of new American favorites, 8407 Kitchen is the perfect dining destination for just about any occasion. This downtown Silver Spring eatery features a cozy downstairs lounge dimly lit and filled with low sofas, as well as a spacious upstairs dining area with natural light, exposed brick walls and booths to fit your whole crew.
The menu at 8407 Kitchen features favorites like eggs Benedict and mimosas for brunch, as well as Southern-style entrees like shrimp and grits. For lunch and dinner, fill up on the duck fat fries, Korean barbecue pork belly and oyster po' boy, and don't forget flourless chocolate cake for dessert. 8407 Kitchen also offers one of the best happy hour deals in the area, so if you're looking for an upscale option for post-work drinks, this is the place to be.Read More
This weekend, when you're craving a leisurely breakfast in Silver Spring, head over to Eggspectation to get your fill of bacon, eggs and everything that goes along with them. This popular chain of breakfast eateries specializes in the most important meal of the day, and it aims to make your favorite breakfast dishes a bit more innovative. Start at the juice bar, where you can order fresh-pressed juices or fruit smoothies like the Tropical Teaser, the Guiltless Greens and the Honey Blue to start your day on a healthy note. Next, get your caffeine fill from an espresso shot or a frothy latte to accompany your meal. Eggspectation's signature breakfast dishes include the Uneggspected, a modern take on steak and eggs; the Yolk Around the Clock, a sliced bagel with an egg in each hole; and the Eggsuberant, a combo platter of eggs, pancakes, and your choice of sides. There are also pages of the menu dedicated solely to omelettes, pancakes and over-easy topped dishes. When you visit Eggspectation, the most difficult thing about breakfast is deciding which delicious dish to order!Read More