2015 | Dine

Small Bites: Jamaican Restaurant Opens; Silver Spring Restaurant Week Grows

Plus: Chef Matt Baker leaves City Perch

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Jamaican Mi Crazy opens at Westfield Montgomery

The new Jamaican fast-casual restaurant at Bethesda’s Westfield Montgomery mall opened earlier this week. The owner, Naya Radway, grew up in Silver Spring and had operated a food truck in the District since 2013, where she honed her Caribbean cuisine such as jerk chicken and ox-tails. This is her first brick-and-mortar restaurant. It’s located in the mall’s newly renovated dining terrace.


Yes were OPEN 7 days a week for you Caribbean cravings. Come dine with us or take it to go @ Westfield Montgomery Mall, Bethesda, MD foodcourt upstairs….#jmc #jmcfans #brownstewchicken #oxtails #currychicken #patties #jamaicanexperience #micrazyburrito #no worries…Thanks for the love…

A photo posted by Jamaican Mi Crazy (@jmccurbside) on Aug 29, 2015 at 6:08am PDT


Silver Spring Restaurant Week now burgeoning with participants

When Montgomery County Council member Tom Hucker first announced his plan to host a Silver Spring Restaurant Week last month, there were 13 participating restaurants. Now, 34 restaurants have signed on to host special prix fixe menus from Sept. 8 to 13, including Silver Spring hot spots including Jackie’s Restaurant and 8407 Kitchen Bar, and Republic in nearby Takoma Park. During the week, restaurants will offer $12 two-course lunches, $17 three-course lunches, $17 two-course dinners and $27 three-course dinners.

“We see this week as the start of new tradition for Silver Spring restaurants,” Hucker said in a statement. “We have some of the best restaurants in the Washington area and once people try them, they will keep coming back.”

As of Sept. 1, here are the participating restaurants:

  • 8407 Kitchen Bar, 8407 Ramsey Ave.
  • All Set Restaurant & Bar, 8630 Fenton St.
  • A.G. Kitchen, 931 Ellsworth Drive
  • Abyssinia, 8221 Georgia Ave.
  • Adega Wine Cellars & Cafe, 8519 Fenton St.
  • Austin Grill, 919 Ellsworth Drive
  • Bete Ethiopian Cuisine & Café, 811 Roeder Rd.
  • Copper Canyon Grill, 928 Ellsworth Drive
  • Cubano’s, 1201 Fidler Lane
  • El Golfo, 8739 Flower Ave.
  • Golf Ultra Lounge—Afrik Grill, 8123 Georgia Ave.
  • Fuddruckers, 819 Ellsworth Drive
  • Jackie’s Restaurant, 8081 Georgia Ave.
  • Kin Da, 6923 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park
  • La Malinche, 8622 Colesville Road
  • Masa Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi, 921 Ellsworth Drive
  • McGinty’s Public House, 911 Ellsworth Drive
  • Middle Eastern Cuisine, 7006 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park
  • Mix Bar and Grille, 8241 Georgia Ave.
  • Mrs. K’s Restaurant & Barrel Bar, 9201 Colesville Road
  • Mulu Ethiopian Restaurant, 7833 Eastern Ave.
  • NaiNai’s Noodle & Dumpling Bar, 1200 East West Highway
  • Olazzo, 8235 Georgia Ave.
  • Pacci’s Neopolitan Pizzeria, 8113 Georgia Ave.
  • Pacci’s Trattoria & Pasticceria, 6 Post Office Road
  • Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza, 962 Wayne Ave.
  • Pho Tan Vinh, 8705 Colesville Road
  • Republic, 6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park
  • Roscoe’s Neopolitan Pizzeria, 7040 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park
  • Scion Restaurant, 1200 East West Highway
  • Sligo Café, 923 Sligo Ave.
  • The Society Restaurant & Lounge, 8229 Georgia Ave.
  • The Urban Winery, 949 Bonifant St.
  • Vicino Restaurante Italiano, 959 Sligo Ave.


Chef Matt Baker hosting pop-up dinners after leaving City Perch

Matt Baker, the chef who helped launch City Perch at Pike & Rose with renowned chef Sherry Yard, left his position as executive chef at the North Bethesda restaurant last month. Since then, Baker has been promoting his pop-up restaurant concept called Gravitas, in which he hosts tasting dinners in Washington, D.C., featuring four-course menus of dishes with seasonal ingredients.