2011 | Dine

Jetties opens tomorrow in Bethesda

Sandwich and salad spot brings new ideas to Woodmont Triangle

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Jetties, the popular eatery located in Northwest Washington’s Foxhall neighborhood, will be ready and open for business on Saturday, October 22 in its second location at 4829 Fairmont Avenue in Bethesda.

“It’ll be a soft opening,” says co-owner David Scribner. “We’ll open the doors and see what people think.”

The colorful restaurant, named after Jetties Beach in Nantucket, will seat 35 to 40 people, and continue to serve its trademark fresh roasted turkey sandwiches, salads and ice cream.

But Scribner said that starting sometime in the middle of next week, the new shop will begin offering a “dinner program” of one-pot meals, called “Jetties crocks,” featuring dishes such as chicken pot pie, shepherd’s pie, beef stew, gumbo and vegetable lasagna.

For $13, diners will be able to get a homey, not-too-complicated meal. “They lend themselves well to carryout,” said Scribner. “People can swing by here on their way home [from work].”

Also starting next week: “A revolutionary kids’ menu,” says Scribner, adding that he and one of his partners have a total of eight kids under the age of six.

Frustrated by the lack of imagination and healthfulness in other restaurant meals for children, the two devised a menu board divided into three colorful sections that offers options for a protein, starch and fruit or vegetable. On a paper order form, kids (or their parents) select a dish in each category.

As for the items, the proteins include meatballs and red sauce, baked fresh tilapia, sliced turkey and baked chicken fingers; starches are macaroni and cheese, roasted sweet potato fries, yellow rice, mashed potatoes and homemade stuffing; produce includes fresh corn, steamed broccoli, peas, grapes, fresh pineapple and mandarin oranges.

And then, if Mom and Dad allow it, kids can head for the custom-made, kid-level sundae bar. “It could be a total nightmare,” said Scribner, laughing. “It could be sheer anarchy over there.”