Pike District Restaurant makes Washington Post Top Ten

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Kuya Ja’s fleshes out a Filipino feast: Slow-cooked pork belly is the star at this Rockville storefront, but it’s far from the only attraction.

Of the many advancements on the dining scene in recent years, the rise of Filipino restaurants has been among the most exciting, a trend famously jump-started by Bad Saint in the District three years ago and nurtured since by upstarts including Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly in Rockville. The name of the suburban storefront tells you what to order: slow-cooked pork that gets its savor from lemon grass, pineapple and garlic; its sound effects from mahogany skin that breaks apart like glass. Add to the beast some pickled papaya slaw and rice with toasted garlic, and you can believe co-owner Javier Fernandez when he says customers come from as far away as New York. The only thing I question is where the fans sit. Twenty-three seats translate to lines at both lunch and dinner, and lechon is by no means the sole attraction. The piping hot lumpia are the best around, chicken adobo pulses with soy sauce, garlic and vinegar; and desserts, from the chef’s sister’s nearby bakery, run to colorful shaved ice, cupcakes and rich custards. Some of the combinations may test your sense of ad­ven­ture; sisig is a stir-fry of pigs ears, headcheese, Thai chile, garlic and cane vinegar — funky, fiery and fabulous, you should know. Starting this month, Fernandez is rolling out a reservation-only dinner on Tuesday nights, at which diners will eat the chef’s food off tables covered in banana leaves, with their hands. Break out the moist towelettes and open wide.


Lunch and dinner daily

Sandwiches, bowls and combination meals, $6.99-$12.59

74 decibels / Must speak with raised voice

This is what community is all about -- White Flint Placemaking Festival was a great success

Sunday, October 14, 2018

More than a thousand folks turned a parking lot into a park and personified what community is all about. The White Flint Placemaking Festival was an unmitigated success! Congratulations to Montgomery Planning, Randolph Civic Association, A Better Block, and everyone else who made this a unique and a major success. Enjoy these photos from this very fun, very wonderful event.


Pike District Promenade

Thursday, October 11, 2018

What is a Pike District Promenade?

*An easy stroll along the Trolley Trail for all ages — babies in strollers to millenials to seniors (well-behaved leashed dogs are also welcome)

*A chance to make new friends and chat with old ones

*An opportunity to get a bit of exercise and enjoy the beautiful Trolley Trail

*A no cost way to make our community more of a community

We will meet Saturday, October 20 at 10am on the North Bethesda Market Plaza. (In between CVS and Seasons 52 by the water feature.) Free two-hour parking is available in the garage off Marketplace Lane, or better yet, walk or bike to the Pike District Promenade. AARP will be there to give out some excellent AARP swag.

A fun block party this Saturday at NoBe Market!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Join NoBe Market for FREE live music by Jonathan Moody Band out in the plaza this Saturday from 4-7pm! Get more info at https://www.facebook.com/events/252320738763927/

CapMac and Mercado will be serving up some delicious food, or enjoy the Seasons 52 patio with a delicious beverage, or a latte at Starbucks! 

No worries. Be Happy. See you at NoBe Market!

Pike District in Bethesda Beat

Friday, October 5, 2018

Did you see this article in Bethesda Beat about the Pike District new placemaking signs? Check it out by clicking here.

Here's the first part of the article to whet your appetite:

If someone gets lost in Montgomery County’s Pike District, an area nonprofit this week made it a bit easier to find what they’re looking for.

On Wednesday evening, members of the Friends of White Flint hung 30 signs along Nicholson Lane, Executive Boulevard, Old Georgetown Road, Woodglen Drive and Marinelli Road directing pedestrians and bicyclists toward places such as restaurants, bars and parks.

The grant-funded markers are a signage system intended to highlight area amenities. The grant was awarded by the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center.

Are you seeing our new wayfinding signs around the Pike District?

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thanks to a grant from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center and some intrepid volunteers, the Pike District has wonderful new wayfinding signs to guide and entertain. The fun signs, created by the Friends of White Flint, are spread around the White Flint area. Have you seen them all? Have you taken a selfie with any of them?  Be sure to tag the Pike District when you post them!

County Executive Candidate Forum

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Be an educated voter. Learn what the candidates for County Executive think about issues important to the White Flint/Pike District area. Attend the Friends of White Flint County Executive Candidate Forum on Sunday, October 21 at 7:30 pm at AMP at Pike and Rose. Free tickets are required as attendance is limited. Click here for tickets

Fall Saturdays at NoBe Market

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

So many things to do at North Bethesda Market this fall! NoBe Market will have live music, cooking, food trucks, and fitness and wellness classes. Visit https://www.facebook.com/AtNoBeMarket/ for more details.

Eight New Capital Bikeshare Stations Added in Pike District

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Eight new Capital Bikeshare stations added in the Pike District area! This was a call for a ceremony that included Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Council President Hans Riemer, Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton, Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Director Al Roshdieh, and Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Assistant Secretary Charles Glass. During the ceremony Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said "Here in the Pike District and nearby, we are celebrating eight, new, Capital Bikeshare stations," and "These stations offer more options for residents and workers to commute between their home and workplace to the Red Line – and, to visit local stores and restaurants without getting in a car." This marks the ninth Metro station area in Montgomery County that has received Capital Bikeshare stations.


Currently the Capital Bikeshare program has nearly 500 bike stations spread all across the D.M.V. with stations as far north as Rockville, Maryland, and as far west as Reston, Virginia. The Capital Bikeshare program was created as an alternative method of transportation for Washington D.C. with the idea of being ideal for short rides and one way trips. The Capital Bikeshare program also states that it is a great way to have fun with friends, get exercise while traveling, and go green by not emitting pollutants that other modes of transportation make. The capital Bikeshare program offers three different fares. 2 dollars for a single trip under 30 minutes (trips over 30 minutes are susceptible to extra fees), 8 dollars for a 24 hour day pass, and 85 dollars for an annual membership with the Capital Bikeshare program.