2019 | Dine

Small Bites: Pups on the Patio Returns to Silver

Plus: Silver Diner revamps menu on 30th anniversary; Win free hot dogs for a year at Dog Haus

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A pair of local dogs celebrate their birthdays at Pups on the Patio.

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Pups on the Patio Returns to Silver

The canine tradition started back up at the casual American Brasserie restaurant on April 4 and will continue every Thursday through Sept. 26.

Patrons are encouraged to bring their furry friends to the event, which features happy hour specials from 4 to 7 p.m., including more than 30 items priced at $5.

A portion of the proceeds from the evening go to an animal charity rescue group each week, and Silver raised more than $4,000 last year.

There are dog-associated cocktails, pet giveaways and special guests on the patio, such as veterinarians, groomers and pet walkers.

“We wanted to take advantage of our great outdoor space and invite our many customers to bring their canine companions with them for a fun evening every week,” Silver co-founder Chef Ype Von Hengst said in a statement.

Silver has locations in Bethesda and the District.

Silver Diner revamps menu on 30th anniversary

Another Von Hengst concept, the American family restaurant has added 12 plant-based, Vegan options to its menu.

New items include a Tofu Banh Mi, cauliflower sandwich and the Beyond Meatballs “mac” ‘n cheese.

The Silver Diner menu underwent significant changes in 2018, focusing more on quality and healthiness. Customer feedback led to vegetarian items arriving a few years back, and additional input from consumers spurred the most recent update.

“While we have the usual classic diner items—burgers, shakes, pancakes and more; we also have a growing number of calorie-conscious and healthy plant-based items,”  Ype Von Hengst said in a statement. “For us, it’s all about choice and it’s all part of our work at reinventing the American diner.”

Silver Diner has locations in Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. The original restaurant opened in Rockville in 1989.

Win free hot dogs for a year at Dog Haus

The Bethesda biergarten is marking its one-year anniversary with a contest that awards a free Haus Dog every day for the rest of the year.

The event began on April 8 and runs through the end of the month. Participants can text “BETHESDA” to 31996 to enter. The winner will be announced  April 30.

On April 16, Dog Haus will also be selling its seven signature Haus Dogs for $1 all day. This includes the Pineapple Express, Sooo Cali and Chili Idol.

“This has been a killer first year for Dog Haus,”  Faizan Khan, the franchise owner, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to celebrate our success and give back to the vibrant community of Bethesda.”

Gin & Tonic Festival at Jaleo Bethesda

The Spanish restaurant will welcome the spring season with several gin and tonic creations from April 15 to 28.

Customers can grab a $15 gin and tonic with celery and artichoke bitters or a patio-only special $10 Ultimate Gin and Tonic using Fever-Tree tonic water.

There will also be food specials such as gin sorbet and gin-and-tonic oysters. The full menu can be found on Jaleo’s website.