Erricos is back and as always looking for delicious new places to go “avec moi” on a relaxing weekend. This time he discovered the restaurant and bar “Redwood” on Bethesda Lane off Elm Street. Before we even got into the restaurant, Bethesda Lane itself was a big surprise for me. A beautiful pedestrian lane, already decorated with a big Christmas tree and huge menoras, with many cute little shops that attract a woman’s eye. Although we have been in the neighborhood before visiting “Mon Ami Gaby” and ” Thyme Square”, we never reached this little secret of Bethesda. I got so excited, that food was the last thing on my mind. The first shop that I discovered turning the corner, was the Bluemercury Apothecary and Spa one of my favorite places to go and the only place in Washington besides Neiman Marcus where I can find my Aqua di Parma cologne. I really had to go down town for this, and as we turned the corner and I faced the blue letters and the yellow boxes, I stuck my face on the window. There are other beautiful places to visit on Bethesda lane including Ginger , le pain quotidien , Le Creuset and many more. But let’s go have a bite in the restaurant, and then I will take you with me outside for an early Christmas escape.
(this picture is from the internet)
The Redwwod Restaurant and Bar has the open look of Californian restaurants and the “Frank Lloyd Wright” feeling in it’s decoration. The food is fresh American with an Italian touch. The people young and very friendly. The menus are printed on a recycled large piece of paper which I suppose needs to be replaced regularly. What makes always a good impression to me is when the waiter asks me if I prefer tap water to bottled. We decided to share a couple of appetizers before the main course. Erricos picked the grilled octopus salad, and my eyes stopped at the artisanal cheese and meat selections. I like cheese very much, and so far I have not found great american cheeses except for some aged cheddars. But I decided to go for it modestly ordering two cheeses and the terrine de campagne.
The octopus salad was a combination of small pieces of baby octopus grilled and marinated, served with farro, olives, onion and cilantro. A very well balanced combination and a very good choice for appetizer as the smooth farro prepares the stomach for the first sips of wine which in this case was a rose from California. A Sangiovese from the Alexander Valley wineries.
artisanal cheese and meat
4 each / 3 for 11 / 5 for 18 deluxe meat & cheese board 36
goat monocacy silver ash rind, cherry glen farms, MD
so” cow sweet grass, green hill dairy, GA
semi-firm sheep dante, wisconsin sheep dairy co-op, WI
semi-firm cow stony man, jersey cow, VA
blue st. pete’s select, faribault, MN
speck americano cold smoke-cured pork
duck rille!e slow braised shredded duck leg
capicola paprika spiced, cold smoke-cured pork shoulder
terrine de campagne veal, pork, chicken
prosciuto salt-cured ham
I am so happy I went with the local cheeses, as for the first time I can say that I ate great American cheese. The goat cheese from Maryland was exquisite. Not as crumbly as the French goat, a bit creamier with an amazing taste. Now, I don’t know where are the goats in Maryland, but wherever they are, they are responsible for this wonderful taste. The second selection, the blue cheese from Minessota was also superb, and now I really want to return and order the delux cheese and meat board. Just this and wine.
Both Erricos and I selected the grilled pork loin with crushed potatoes and olive oil, topped with figs and broccoli rabe. The meat was perfectly grilled, juicy inside, the broccoli still alive with a wonderful buttery taste. The sauce very light the combination a good dish. As I was eating, my eye caught the waiter bringing a hamburger (from local cattle as the menu described) to the guests next table. It really looked great and I want to come back to try that too.
Let’s see now some pictures taken in the restaurant, with a glimpse of the beautifully decorated Bethesda lane.
We decided not to have desert in the restaurant as Erricos found an Ice Creme parlor named Dolcezza next to it and wanted to try it. After all the anticipation, we did not like the ice cream. It was very sweet for our taste.
As we exited the restaurant, I stopped to take a photograph of a case full of beautiful apples in the restaurant’s foyer, left there for the guests to grab.
Then we saw a little Christmas..
..and some more Christmas…
.. and some Hanukkah ..
.. and some fin fon hats and ballerinas behind the shop’s windows.
I want to end this post with a nice picture I found on the internet. It is from a fashion show last summer in Bethesda lane. Lovely girls with a pink drink. I will return to Bethesda Lane, probably next weekend for shopping. And lunch.. and whatever more!
Redwood Restaurant and Bar. 7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814 301.656.5515
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