Four Maryland Restaurants Are Currently in Eater DC’s “38 Essential Restaurants”

Melina’s Mezze Platter. Courtesy of @TasteMoCo

The Eater DC “38 Essential Restaurants Around DC” list offers a selection of defining culinary destinations that showcase DC and its suburbs. Four restaurants in Maryland are currently on the list (last updated on January 11th) with two of them in Montgomery County:

J. Hollinger’s Waterman’s Chophouse (8606 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring): The chef-driven chophouse and fresh seafood spot opened in 2022 from Montgomery County restaurateur and caterer Jerry Hollinger, also of The Daily Dish and the Dish & Dram. In addition to its dinner options, this past summer the restaurant kicked off a “lavish brunch buffet every Sunday with house made items like slow-roasted ribeye with fresh herbs and garlic, hot honey fried chicken, house cured gravlax, crab-stuffed deviled eggs, brioche French toast with local berries, frittata with local eggs, cherry tomatoes, basil, candy onions, and fontina, and many more options.”



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Melina (905 Rose Ave., North Bethesda): The inspiration behind Melina was the desire to share traditional Greek recipes and techniques, but with a creative spin. Chef Dimitri Moshovitis explained that after years in the restaurant industry, he has seen how Greek cooking has evolved and he wanted a new opportunity to showcase modern Greek cuisine. The time to start a new venture felt right when he met Chef Aris Tsekouras, owner of Microwheat Bakery.  Dimitri felt inspired by Aris’ ideas and thought that they could create wonderful things together. The restaurant has been open since late 2021.

2Fifty Texas BBQ (4700 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park): 2Fifty refers to itself as simple, affordable, and memorable. Per the restaurant, “2fifty BBQ, a celebrated barbecue joint, is renowned for its unique approach to traditional American barbecue. Their style is deeply rooted in the Texas barbecue tradition, known for its emphasis on smoking meats over low heat for extended periods.”

Pennyroyal Station (3310 Rhode Island Ave., Mt. Rainier): Per the restaurant, “Erin Edwards, co-owner of Pennyroyal Station, was looking for a house in the Mount Rainier, Maryland neighborhood when she was shown a space in a historic building, originally the home of First National Bank in the early 1900s. A light went off that she could bring a new restaurant to serve as a cornerstone of the community she now calls home. Edwards teamed up with Chef Jesse Miller, whom she worked with at Bar Pilar, a neighborhood bar and restaurant that pioneered DC’s 14th Street, and industry vet Garrick Lumsden to bring Pennyroyal to life.

Together, the team transformed the 1700 square foot space inside the Singer Building into what they envisioned as a gathering place for the Mount Rainier community. Inside the natural-light filled restaurant outfitted with marble, tile and personal touches from the team, Chef Jesse Miller is serving his creative take on comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pennyroyal is your neighborhood spot for everything from weekday and leisurely meals to special occasions, but always with a come-as-you-are, welcoming atmosphere.”

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