Small Bites: New Restaurants Play Starring Role in Washingtonian’s Take on Today’s Bethesda

Plus: North Bethesda’s City Perch partners with Up Top Acres; camp cooking at Pike Central Farmers Market

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Chef Peter Chang at Q by Peter Chang in 2017.
JOE ZIMMERMANN

Q by Peter Chang and several new eateries drew a shout-out in Washingtonian magazine’s recent take on “where to eat, shop and play in Bethesda right now.”

The magazine piece says Peter Chang’s restaurant at 4500 East West Highway serves as “mecca” for followers of the celebrated chef and continues to “wow” diners more than a year after opening.

“The soaring ceilings in the expansive space give a sense of occasion, which is fitting because a Peter Chang meal usually is one,” writer Cynthia Hacinli said.

Under notable new arrivals, the story mentions Alatri Bros. on Cordell Avenue, an Italian eatery owned by brothers Roberto and Riccardo Pietrobono, who also own Gringos and Mariachis in Bethesda and Potomac and Olazzo in Bethesda and Silver Spring; Chercher, an Ethiopian restaurant that opened in February on Bethesda Avenue; Dog Haus Biergarten on Woodmont Avenue, an eatery that serves gourmet hot dogs, burgers and craft beer; George’s Chophouse, also on Cordell Avenue, a steakhouse from chef Ashish Alfred; TacoArepa and Frida Beergarden on Fairmont Avenue from brothers Alonso and Alvaro Roche, who also own Bold Bite on Cordell Avenue; and True Food Kitchen, a Wisconsin Avenue outpost of a national chain.

City Perch Kitchen partners with rooftop gardener Up Top Acres

City Perch Kitchen + Bar in North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose announced Tuesday that it has partnered with Up Top Acres, which runs a rooftop farm in the neighborhood, to provide produce that will be used in dishes served by the Grand Park Avenue restaurant and the adjacent iPic Theaters.

The restaurant is now using fresh produce—ranging from salad greens, heirloom tomatoes and eggplant to herbs such as cilantro and basil—from the 17,000-square-foot farm in dishes on its summer menu, including a new “Chef’s Rooftop Salad” that will change based on available produce, according to a release from the restaurant.

“This is a Chef’s dream come true! We are excited to incorporate Up Top Acres into our menus,” chef Sherry Yard, iPic Entertainment’s chief operating officer, said in the release.

The Pike & Rose rooftop farm is the fifth farm for Up Top Acres in the Washington, D.C., area.

Camp Cooking at Pike Central Farmers Market North Bethesda

The L.L. Bean store at Pike and Rose is hosting a demonstration on camp cooking for groups using portable stoves or campsite grills Saturday at Pike Central Farmers Market in North Bethesda. The demonstration is part of a monthly class that teaches new recipes for camping every session.

The event is free and will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Guests are encouraged to register online. The class will be held at Pike Central Farm Market at 910 Rose Ave.

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