Archive | April, 2011

The DMV Dining Guide to Passover

4 Apr

Now that we are officially two weeks away from Passover, we thought we would take the time to compile a list of DC area restaurants that will be offering Pesach-friendly menus.

After all, just because it’s Passover doesn’t mean you can’t go out for dinner! So put down that box of matzo meal and start reading…

Perry’s Restaurant: Chef Mark Furstenberg will be serving a Passover menu starting Monday, April 18 through the following Monday. Diners will have a choice of sautéed chicken livers or tsimmis with flanken for their entrée, in addition to gefilte fish served with homemade horseradish. The most appealing part, however, is the matzo ball soup featuring chicken stuffed matzo balls! That really does sound amazing.

$30 per guest (entire table must participate). Call 202-234-6218 to make a reservation. (Thanks to Girl Meets Food for the tip!)

Dino: The Cleveland Park restaurant continues its time-honored tradition of offering a Passover menu starting Monday, April 18 through Sunday, April 24. Not only will Dino be opening early the first two days of Passover to allow diners enough time to get to services, but they will also lend you a Seder plate as well! The prix-fixe menu features four courses which include a choice of entrees served family-style.

$55 for adults and $25 for children. Flight of four glasses of wine is an additional $24 per person. Call 202-686-2966 to make a reservation.

Hudson: Chef Demetrio Zavala has prepared a special Passover menu for Hudson that will be available throughout the week-long holiday. Entrees include pan-honey roasted chicken, free range lamb chops, potato-crusted salmon, and braised brisket. Diners have the option of ordering items a la carte as well as a three-course Seder meal for $30 (choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert). Hudson will even prepare a Seder plate for the table for an additional $10.

Call 202-872-8700 to make a reservation (48 hour notice required for Seder meals and plates).

Zola Wine & Kitchen – On Wednesday, April 13, Zola Wine & Kitchen will be offering a “Cater Your Seder” cooking class starting at 6:30pm. Participants will have the opportunity to work with chef Robbie Meltzer in preparing some trademark Passover dishes such as brisket, sweet potato kugel, and matzo ball soup.

$75 per guest. Registration can be found here.

Rosa Mexicano: It’s Mexican Passover over at Rosa Mexicano from Monday, April 18 to Monday, April 25. Part of the restaurant’s Flavors of Mexico calendar, both their Penn Quarter and National Harbor locations will feature a “Passover a la Mexicana” menu which puts a south of the border twist on traditional favorites. From banana leaf-wrapped barbecued brisket to tropical haroset, Rosa Mexicano offers perhaps the most eclectic selection of Passover dishes thus far. Menu is a la carte.

Call 202-783-5522 (Penn Quarter) or 301-567-1005 (National Harbor) to make a reservation.

Mon Ami Gabi: The French bistro located in downtown Bethesda will be offering a prix-fixe Seder menu on Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19. Dinner will feature classic Passover dishes such as matzo ball soup, chopped liver with egg and onions, and beef brisket. Rachel and I went last year and really enjoyed it.

$34.95 for adults and $14.95 for children under 12. Call 301-654-1234 to make a reservation.

Casa Nonna: Chef Amy Brandwein will be featuring a special Passover dish at the Dupont Circle restaurant. From April 18 to 25, the Italian eatery will offer Sfoglietti with beef ragu and fava beans. Sfoglietti is a type of pasta made from matzo flour and eggs that is baked before boiling.

$22. Call 202-629-2505 to make a reservation.

RIS: The West End restaurant will be offering homemade matzo ball soup from April 19 to 26. Patrons can enjoy this trademark dish either in the dining room or can take it to-go in cups, pints, and quarts.

Call 202-730-2500 to make a reservation.

Uptown Deli: The Bethesda-based New York deli will be offering an extensive Passover menu complete with all of the favorites, including a large selection of desserts. Advance ordering is required and all orders must be placed by Wednesday, April 13. More information can be found here.

Additionally, Uptown will be offering a special Passover lunch and dinner menu from April 19 to 25. Not only will sandwiches be served on a matzo rolls, but the deli will also be serving up Matzo Brei for breakfast.

Bubby’s: Not to be outdone by nearby Uptown, the newest entrant in the Bethesda-meets-New York deli scene will also be offering a catering menu for Passover. Advance ordering is required and all orders must be placed by Friday, April 15. More information can be found here.

Tragara: The Italian restaurant located in Bethesda offers a Passover-friendly menu throughout the holiday. While classics like homemade gefilte fish and matzo ball soup will be available, Tragara also offers some unique entrees such as matzo-crusted rack of lamb.

Call 301-951-4935 to make a reservation.

Vince & Dominic’s Pizzeria: Just beacuse it’s Passover doesn’t mean you can’t eat pizza. The Bethesda-based pizzeria will be serving up unleavened pies all throughout Passover. Make sure to place your orders ahead of time as demand will be high during the holiday.

Call 301-365-4190 to place your order.

Crumbs: Keeping with the tradition of their NYC stores, the DC location will also serve up flourless cupcakes during Passover. Flavors include the Holy Moses (chocolate cake, fudge filling, chocolate cream cheese frosting covered in chocolate fondant and sprinkles) and Raspberry Red Sea (nut cake filled with raspberry preserve, raspberry vanilla cream cheese frosting, sliced almonds and raspberry drizzle). Please note that while they are kosher, they are not kosher for Passover.

Georgetown Cupcake: DC’s most famous cupcake outpost will be selling a variety of Passover Macaroon cupcakes at both their Georgetown and Bethesda locations. These flourless coconut macaroon cupcakes will be available in plain, chocolate drizzle, and caramel drizzle.

Sprinkles: The latest cupcake import from Beverly Hills will be selling flourless chocolate cupcakes, topped with a blue Star of David naturally, from April 18-26.

Fancy Cakes by Leslie: The Bethesda bakery will be offering an extensive list of Passover desserts, ranging from French macarons to almond-crusted lemon tarts.


If you know of any area restaurants not listed above that are offering Passover menu options, please let us know by either leaving a comment or emailing us at dmvdining AT gmail DOT com.

Bethesda Row Restaurant Week is Coming Up!

1 Apr

Now that April has finally arrived, perhaps it will mark the end to one of the longest winters we have ever experienced. While the warmer weather will be fun to look forward to, we also can’t forget about Bethesda Row Restaurant Week!

Raku Bethesda

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Staring on Monday, April 11 through Sunday, April 17, diners can choose among ten restaurants in the downtown Bethesda corridor. Three-course lunches (yes, three!) will cost $15 while dinners, also three-courses, will be $30.

The following restaurants will be participating:

Our picks? We would recommend Raku, Redwood, Assaggi, and of course, Jaleo.