View-Masters give diners a glimpse of desserts at A.G. Kitchen.

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When it opened in late June, A.G. Kitchen had 100 red plastic View-Masters, those retro toys that project 3-D images on a cardboard reel. In this case, with the flick of the lever, pictures appeared of chocolate empanadas, milkshakes and other items on the restaurant’s dessert menu. The brainchild of chef and partner Alex Garcia, it was a clever idea, but an irresistible temptation for area kleptomaniacs. All of the 100 View-Masters were gone by August, and a second shipment had to be ordered. About the latest batch, restaurant spokeswoman Jill Collins says: “If someone wants to buy one for $15, Alex will autograph it.”

A.G. Kitchen, 931 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring; (301) 588-9400;