More Awesome Pike District Winners in Bethesda Magazine's 2019 Best of Bethesda

Friday, January 18, 2019

There are so many Pike District restaurants, stores, and other establishments on Bethesda Magazine's 2019 Best of Bethesda that we're going to do a series of posts highlighting all the winners.

Today we feature a few quirky categories in the 2019 Best of Bethesda. Congratulations to all the winners!


Best Twists on Tradition - Chowder Fries at Slapfish

An addictive side dish smothered in rich New England clam chowder and topped with chives, bacon, and  smoked chili aioli.

12033 Rockville Pike at Montrose Crossing Shopping Center     240-880-2037

A Week of Fast-Casual (Tuesday) - Kuya Ja’ Lechon Belly’s Signature Dish

 Slow-roasted pork belly with a miraculously crisp skin that shatters like caramelized sugar on crème brulee – is a must-order, as is the lumpia, skinny and crunchy cylinders stuffed with pork and shrimp or vegetables.

5268-H Nicholson Lane     240-669-4383

A Week of Fast-Casual (Thursday) - Bibibop Asian Grill

Whatever combination of rice, protein, veggies, and sauces we concoct, it end of up full-flavored, healthy-tasting, and satisfying.

11584 Old Georgetown Road at Pike & Rose     301-337-9465     

Best Indoor-Outdoor Bars - Owen’s Ordinary

A two-sided soapstone bar built into the eatery’s facade, separated by four large windows that open up in warmer months, is perfect for enjoying fifty rotating draft brews and over 200 bottles on the menu.

11820 Trade Street at Pike & Rose     301-245-1226

Best New Take on an Old-Fashioned - Owen's Ordinary

Check out this riff on this classic cocktail: Epsolon Anejo, a blue agave spirit, with El Silencio mescal, agave, syrup, and two liberal dashes of Embitterment orange with a flamed orange peel

11820 Trade Street at Pike & Rose     301-245-1226

Best TrendAsian Food Hall,

The Block, an 8,500 square-foot, 250 to 300-seat outpost will be coming to Pike & Rose

Best New Retailer in North Bethesda  - Uniqlo

Maryland's first Uniqlo store is known for its clean-lined aesthetic, offering wardrobe basics in an eye-popping rainbow of colors at a price point that makes it easy to stock up. Uniqlo’s goods are made to last – and to perform.

11853 Grand Park Avenue at Pike & Rose     877-486-4756   

Best Fitness Program for New Moms - Fit4Mom Montgomery County

Offers fitness classes designed for parents with kids in tow. In the Pike District, join them for Stroller Strides at Pike & Rose or Koa Sports.

The Pike District Rules the Best of Bethesda 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

There are so many Pike District restaurants, stores, and other establishments on Bethesda Magazine's 2019 Best of Bethesda that we're going to do a series of posts highlighting all the winners.

Today we feature the 2019 Best of.Restaurants. Congratulations to all the winners!

Best New Restaurant

2) Slapfish (Montrose Crossing

Best Bar/Restaurant to Watch a Caps Game

4) Quincy’s Bar & Grille (Woodglen Avenue)


Best Brunch

3) Summer House Santa Monica (Pike & Rose)

Best Restaurant in North Bethesda/Rockville

1) Summer House Santa Monica (Pike & Rose)

2) Seasons 52 (North Bethesda Market)

Best Restaurant Beer Selection

1) Owen’s Ordinary (Pike & Rose)

Best Restaurant Wine List

2) Seasons 52 (North Bethesda Market)

Best Neighborhood Market

1) Grosvenor Market (Grosvenor Park Apartments)

Best Place to Buy Gourmet Prepared Foods

2) Whole Foods Market (North Bethesda Market)

Julii Tops Hottest Restaurant List

Friday, January 11, 2019

Julii at Pike & Rose is the hottest January 2019 restaurant in the D.C. metro area, according to Eater!

Located at 11915 Grand Park Ave., Julii was founded by the founders of Cava Grill. The French-Mediterranean restaurant boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and large rope lights.

The Levantine-influenced French bistro from the founders of Cava Grill added to the dining scene at the Pike & Rose development in December, brining an elegant ambiance accented in gold to go with impeccably presented dishes from bubbly chef Sasha Felikson (formerly of Doi Moi). Early hits inside the jewel box include the crispy trout entree, pistachio and fennel salt dinner rolls with whipped labneh butter, roasted bone marrow, and warm salmon nicoise salad. The packed bar area has quickly become a popular meeting ground for Basil Hayden Old Fashioneds and a refreshing mezcal cocktail called the Conquistador.

Veteran Chef Takes Over at Canopy Central at Pike & Rose

Thursday, January 10, 2019

From Bethesda Beat Small Bites


PM Hotel Group announced the arrival of Lance Mion as chef and drink lead enthusiast of the Canopy by Hilton located at Pike & Rose.

Mion has been in the industry for more than 25 years, including stints at the Westin Georgetown Hotel and St. Regis Hotel.

The menu at Canopy Central, the hotel’s restaurant, will remain largely unchanged, Mion said. He plans to expand the current selections and add a few promotions, such as an expanded happy hour menu and Sunday brunch.

“I’m introducing some new ideas but hopefully not to alienate our current regulars,” Mion said. “It’s not a huge departure from what we’re already doing, but there are new items that I think make better sense and will attract more people.”

The restaurant will focus on comfort-style food, along with additions based on the season, Mion said.

Oyster stew and crab bisque will be added for winter, with changes also coming to the seasonal drink options. Instead of discounted menu items, Mion will introduce tapas-style fare for happy hour, including nachos and rockfish tacos. The adjustments are meant to create a more welcoming environment for the nearby community.

“A lot of this is to attract local business,” Mion said. “We are in a neighborhood, we’re surrounding by residents. We’re trying to be a draw, not just a place to stay.”

AMP by Strathmore offers $5 tix to furloughed feds

Thursday, January 10, 2019

$5 tickets for furloughed government employees are available for the following shows: James "Blood" Ulmer, Victor Provost & Josanne Francis, Marcus Johnson, and Robert Mac! Use code SHUTDOWN when purchasing online:

Limited tickets are available at the discounted rate. Discount good for row and standard table seating. Government ID required at the door. Tickets must be purchased in advance. #DCisOpen



(Well done, AMP! This a wonderful offer!)

Winter Beer Garden - Jan 19 at Randolph Hills

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

You won't want to miss The RCA Winter Beer Garden held at the RCA Civic Green at Randolph Hills Shopping Center, Saturday, January 19th, 3pm to 8pm.

During October’s Placemaking Festival, the RCA was approached by True Respite Brewing Company to partner with them on a winter beer garden festival. The RCA board were enthusiastic about making this idea a reality. With the new firepits, furniture, and trees in place, the brewers and the RCA saw the green space on the edge of the Randolph Hills Shopping Center as the perfect place for such an event.

The RCA is excited about this new partnership, as it is a fantastic opportunity to pick up where the Placemaking Festival left off. The fire pits and awesome furniture are still on site at the corner of Rocking Horse Rd and Boiling Brook Pkwy, begging to be used for another exciting festival.

So mark your calendars: on Saturday, January 19th from 3pm to 8pm, come have a beer or two or three with your neighbors around the fire pit. In addition True Respite, 7 Locks Brewing, and Cafe 2020 Korean Kitchen + Bar will also be at the event and the RCA will set up a tent selling warm beverages, such as Hot Chocolate.

So bundle up, bring the family, and come enjoy the crisp winter air.  RSVP at

Public officials celebrate the end of the Grosvenor Turnback

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Montgomery County yesterday celebrated the resolution of a major shortcoming of Metrorail service in the County as the Red Line “turnback” of rush hour trains ended. All peak hour morning and afternoon trains leaving Washington, D.C., will now travel all the way to the terminus at the Shady Grove station. Since 1984, in a cost-saving move due to a lack of railcars, Metro had every other rush hour train turnback at Grosvenor and return downtown.

Among a big crowd of elected officials and community leaders who gathered at the Rockville Metro Station to mark the first day of the schedule change were Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich; U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen; Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul Wiedefeld; Maryland State Delegates Charles Barkley and Jim Gilchrist; Montgomery County Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz, Andrew Friedson, Evan Glass, Tom Hucker, Sidney Katz and Hans Riemer; Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton; and Montgomery County Director of the Department of Transportation Al Roshdieh.

Montgomery County has been actively seeking the operational change for more than a decade. Within the past year, Maryland joined Virginia and the District of Columbia in a commitment to provide additional dedicated funding to Metro. The transit organization used some of those funds to purchase new railcars, leading the Metro Board of Directors to recently voting to end the Grosvenor turnback.

“The commuters of Montgomery County have been asking for the Red Line turnback at the Grosvenor station to end for about a decade,” said County Executive Elrich. “Since the 1980s, this operation has left our residents with longer commutes, and in winter, it has left many of them standing on Metro platforms in the cold waiting for the later trains. We understand the financial pressures that Metro has been under, but we were strong backers of Maryland’s commitment to provide dedicated funding for an improved Metro system. We are hoping this is one of the steps that will demonstrate that our money will be used to benefit transit users. We thank Metro’s Board of Directors for making this happen.”

The turnaround directly affects commuters from the White Flint, Twinbrook, Rockville and Shady Grove stations—the four stations north of Grosvenor. Elimination of the turnbacks will double rush-hour service, which means there will be trains every four minutes at those stations.

“The elimination of Grosvenor Turnback is possible thanks to Montgomery County’s support for more frequent service—both in terms of funding, as well as additional railcars needed to support the change,” said Metro General Manager Wiedefeld. “We look forward to working with our jurisdictional partners to make similar improvements elsewhere on the system.”

Shady Grove is the second-busiest station in Montgomery County (Silver Spring is the busiest) with more than 11,500 average weekday boardings.

“This has been a long time coming but there’s no turning back now— for more than a decade we have urged Metro to end the Grosvenor Station turnaround, and today this hard work has finally paid off,” said Senator Van Hollen. “It is a big win for all the commuters who live in Rockville, northern Montgomery County and parts of western Maryland. I am committed to ensuring Metro provides the best possible service to all our Maryland residents.”

Rather than deal with the turnbacks, some Northern Montgomery commuters have simply chosen to park at Grosvenor. This added more drivers on Route 355 and I-270 in the morning and afternoons. The turnback elimination should take some traffic off stretches of the roads as those commuters may now choose to park at other northern Red Line stations.

Celebrate New Year's Eve in the Pike District

Thursday, December 13, 2018

One of these fun New Year's activities is sure to be the perfect one for you!



Enjoy a night of dinner, drinks, live music and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. No Cover Charge.

New Year’s Eve at Summer House

Monday, December 31 Brunch 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Happy Hour 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Dinner 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

While holiday–goers love a snowy New Year’s Eve, start the final night of 2018 surrounded by beach decor and summer vibes at Summer House! On Monday, December 31, Summer House Santa Monica will be open for brunch (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and dinner (4:00 PM – 10:00 PM) and serving up California inspired classics for your holiday feast

Join Owen’s Ordinary on New Year’s Eve for a rollicking night of revelry featuring far too many brews, fine food, mirth and merriment as we bid farewell to 2018 in style. The theme again is all things Steampunk for our third annual NYE fete.

*ALL INCLUSIVE* tickets provide an open bar featuring an impressive selection of some of our favorite brews, as well as select liquors/cocktails and wine, plus a champagne toast at midnight. Our chef and his culinary team will serve a savory cocktail party menu of hors d’oeuvres and savory bites throughout the evening and the DJ will make sure the dance floor is steampunk pumping all night.

Learn more about the redevelopment of Nissan property on Old Georgetown Rd.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Old Georgetown SAAB Property and Old Georgetown Nissan Property, LLC invites the community to attend a meeting to review plans for the redevelopment of Lot 9, former VOB Saab; Lot 10, former Capital One Bank branch; Lot 5, former VOB Nissan dealership; as well as undeveloped parcels (Parcel 613 and Parcel 614) and certain contiguous portions of the existing road right-of ways in Rockville, Maryland.

The Property is located at 5995 Executive Blvd., 11565 Old Georgetown Road, 11575 Old Georgetown and 11605 Old Georgetown Road in Rockville. The Property consists of approximately 5.06 acres of net lot area and is zoned CR-4, C-2.0, R-3.5, H-250.

The Applicant will be filing application for a Preliminary Plan with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (“MNCPPC”) for the redevelopment of the Property with a mixed use development with approximately 1,051,012 square feet of gross floor area including: up to 1,000 multi-family dwelling units and 110,169 square feet of commercial development on two lots.

In compliance with the County’s Zoning Ordinance, a pre-submission community meeting will be held to share our plans with you and give you an opportunity to provide input. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., at the former Capital One Bank branch building, located at 11575 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD. At this meeting, the Applicant will discuss the proposal and answer any questions. The Applications will be filed with the Montgomery County Planning Board of the M-NCPPC shortly after the meeting. Once filed, the Application will be assigned an application number. For more information about the development review process, please contact M-NCPPC at 301 495-4610 or visit their website at

RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. You may e-mail your RSVP to (with “VOB White Flint Community Meeting” in the subject line of your e-mail) or call (301) 841-3832.

Soon you'll be able to Escape at Pike & Rose

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

As reported by Robert Dyer

Escapology will be the first to open at a new, "town center" development. Pike & Rose will be the first such development to lease to an escape room in the County. Escapology will be located on Old Georgetown Road, next to the NAVA Health & Vitality Center.

Escapology's escape room games will host up to eight players at once. The first game being offered at the Pike & Rose location is Antidote. Set in 2015 in the Nevada desert, the game challenges you and your teammates to find the antidote to a biological weapon virus that has infected everyone inside a secret facility - after a clumsy member of your team accidentally releases it. Locked inside the contaminated facility, you must locate the antidote and escape before the facility self-destructs.