It’s hard to believe that Taste of Bethesda is only four days away, yet this may very well be the best one yet given how many new restaurants out of the 56 (!) that will be participating this year.
While there are some newer venues missing, notably Mussel Bar, Taylor Gourmet, Vapiano, and American Tap Room, there are still some great eats to be had throughout the day.
Taste of Bethesda has already updated their website on who will be working the booths this year, so leave it to DMV Dining to give you its recommendations on who you should devote your tastes, as well as your money, to:
Bistro Provence: Chef Yannick Cam’s latest venture offers the best French cuisine in all of Bethesda
Fresh Grill: Word is that this is the better burger joint in all of Bethesda.
Mia’s: Their pizzas are top-notch. Here’s hoping they offer the meatball pie.
Nest: We have yet to have a bad meal at this place. Great sandwiches and fries.
Olazzo: One word – cannolis.
Oz Restaurant & Wine Bar: Underrated restaurant with excellent flatbreads.
Passage to India: I don’t know how we haven’t eaten here yet given all the acclaimed reviews.
Shangri-La: One of my favorite lunch buffets in Bethesda.
Spring Mill Bread Company: Great pastries without the lines and TLC endorsement.
Yamas: See last week.
Some other notable favorites:
Jaleo: This is a classic and worth it if nothing else than to see the massive paella pan in the middle of the street.
Matuba: Great sushi spot, but sadly they won’t be serving it on their signature conveyor belt. On an unrelated note, it’s also the spot of one of our first dates.
Morton’s: Really, you can’t go wrong with a mini filet sandwich. But then again, you can always grab those during their Power Hour, too.
Lousiana Express: Great jambalaya, even better Bloody Marys on the weekend.
As of now, the weather forecast for Saturday looks to be cool in the mid 60s, but thankfully no rain in sight. DMV Dining suggests you get there early in order to beat the crowds, particularly the families with strollers, dogs, strollers, and more dogs.
We’ll also be live-tweeting the event throughout the day, so be sure to follow @DMVdining this Saturday. We’ll see you there!