Each month popular food website, Eater, answers the question “Where should I eat right now?” In their September edition, Eater DC has included two Montgomery County restaurants in its list of buzzworthy restaurants that have been open for less than six months.
The first Montgomery County restaurant listed is The Farmhouse Bistro at the Crossvines (16601 W Willard Rd, Poolesville, MD). Per Eater, “Locally sourced lunch includes confit chicken wings with a “Cool Ranch”-style dip; fried clam and lobster sliders; and an aged brisket burger. Dinner highlights for summer include Chesapeake crab cakes and sweet corn; wild Chesapeake Bay rockfish with tomato butter; and Jurgielewicz Farms duck breast adorned in Virginia strawberries and fava beans.”
The Crossvines is a grape-crush facility intended to help grape farmers and winemakers. Though grapes and winemaking offer a high value crop to farmers, it can take three-to-five years to produce a full crop of grapes after vines are planted. Equipment necessary for crushing grapes and making wine can add a million dollars or more to the costs. The crush pad at Crossvines is intended to be a community resource and will enable farmers who grow grapes to use The Crossvines facility to de-stem and crush the grapes, and then process the liquid for its final destination – a wine bottle.
The second Montgomery County restaurant included on the list is The Salt Line Bethesda (7284 Woodmont Ave. Bethesda, MD). A “first look” video is available below. According to Eater, The Salt Line brings Bethesda a “fresh lineup of appetizers like a grilled giant squid salad and crudos like a kombu-cured kanpachi. The new location also introduces a special late-night menu — a rare feature for the Maryland suburb — with half-priced oysters, $10 espresso martinis, and $5 Narragansett beers.”
Highlights include the Local Heirloom Tomato Salad, Bucatini and Clams, Maine Peekytoe Crab Roll, and more. In addition to full beer and wine lists, the cocktail program is heavily influenced by the New England lifestyle and showcases imaginative twists on timeless classics such as the Cape Codder G&T, The Blue Cheese Martini, Sbagliato Spritz, and more. The interior evokes a nautical feel, with mahogany paneling, brass fixtures, booths inspired by yacht seats, a huge u-shaped bar, and vintage coastal ephemera throughout.
Featured photo courtesy of @TasteMoCo
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