Small Bites: Silver Diner Executive Chef To Appear on ‘Beat Bobby Flay’

Plus: Fish Taco Now Open on Bethesda Row; Blue Fin opens in Rockville

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Silver Diner co-founder Ype Von Hengst, executive chef of the local diner chain and the American-style brasserie Silver in Bethesda, takes on another TV food competition on Sunday when he is scheduled to appear on the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.

Von Hengst, who last appeared on the network in February 2017 when he won an episode of the Chopped cooking show, will battle with another chef, Greek expert William Wright, for the opportunity to take on Flay, a restaurateur and celebrity chef who stars in several Food Network TV shows, according to a press announcement.

Sunday’s episode, which will air at 10 p.m., includes appearances by pop singer Debbie Gibson and Kathie Lee, cookbook author and co-host of the network’s The Kitchen.

Fish Taco opens on Bethesda Row

Fish Taco has relocated from its Wisconsin Avenue location to its new space at 7251 Woodmont Ave. in downtown Bethesda. The expanded space is the former site of sandwich shop Cosi and olive oil seller Secolari.

The new location provides three times the space of the Wisconsin Avenue spot.

“The whole team is very excited,” owner Francis Namin told Bethesda Beat in April. “We’re going from a small, little space … to one a bit larger than Wildwood.” Fish Taco has locations in Bethesda’s Wildwood Shopping Center and in Cabin John.

The new location offers the same menu of tacos, burritos and rice bowls with chicken, barbacoa, blackened fish or other options—though the expanded kitchen will allow the serving of seasonal items such as gazpacho and stuffed grilled avocados, Namin said.

Fish Taco has locations in Bethesda’s Wildwood Shopping Center and in Cabin John.

Blue Fin opens in Rockville

Blue Fin, a Japanese restaurant serving authentic Japanese cuisine including sushi and sashimi, opened its doors July 16 in the former location of Oishii Bluefin at 9613 Medical Center Drive in the Shady Grove area of Rockville.

The restaurant has applied to the Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners for a liquor license and a hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Rockville. The restaurant plans to serve authentic Japanese beers such as Sapporo, Kirin and Asahi. Blue Fin has a sister restaurant—Tokyo Japanese Steak House—in Alexandria.

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