Meet Bethesda’s Newest Spot: Duck Duck Goose

 

 

Chef Ashish Alfred is at it again with the area’s newest restaurant: Duck Duck Goose. The Bethesda restaurateur opened his second restaurant this weekend, and we have your behind-the-scenes look!

 

 

Chef Alfred grew up in Montgomery County, and trained as a chef in Manhattan before returning to Bethesda to open his own spot. When Alfred started conceptualizing Duck Duck Goose, the trendy Lower East Side vibe definitely stood as an inspiration. Alfred describes Duck Duck Goose as a “french-inspired restaurant that doesn’t take itself too seriously.” Locals can come in for a quick bite, cocktail, or a full meal. You can expect high quality food and top-notch service with the same reasonable prices you’d see at any neighborhood joint. 

 

 

“DDG is largely inspired by my time living in the West Village. One thing I loved about those restaurants is they weren’t defined by their address,” Alfred said. And that’s the cool thing about DDG: there isn’t any restaurant like it in Bethesda. The space is intimate and relaxed, with an open kitchen and a playful bar area.

 

 

The creative space is echoed by an innovative and ever-changing seasonal menu. Of course, duck is one of the restaurant’s star dishes. “Coming up with a really good duck dish was intimidating to say the least,” Alfred shares. But after a wildly popular launch weekend, we’d say he nailed it.

 

 

You can tell the huge amount of thought that went into every aspect of this Spot from the menu, to the decor, to the seasonal cocktail list. The old fashioned served with candied duck bacon is a perfect example of a playful twist you can expect on classic dishes and drinks.

Stop in this week, and enjoy a free cocktail at duck duck goose just for being a spotlucker!

TAKE A SPIN for Duck Duck Goose on SpotlucK!

 

   

Duck Duck Goose
7929 Norfolk Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-312-8837

Spotluck Spotlight: Bistro 360

 

 

Bistro 360 is a wine bar, market, and restaurant tucked away on the main Courthouse drag.

Enjoy delicious standbys along with some fresh dishes from the brand new menu! In addition to dining, stop by for a wide selection of wine, specialty beers, and homemade treats in the market section. 

Shrimp and Nora Mills Grits

You can’t go wrong with this southern specialty. Sautéed shrimp sits on a bed of silky smooth grits. It’s topped off with some bell peppers, spicy Tasso ham, and a creamy white wine sauce. We’ll eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (or maybe just brunch, lunch, and dinner). 

Duck Breast

Release the quacken! This Asian-inspired Duck Breast features tender, thick slabs that comprise the meat of the dish. Carrot sesame slaw with a hoisin scallion sauce gives it a hearty southeastern twang.

Grilled Tuna Nicoise Salad

Look no further for lunch today than a delicious Grilled Tuna Nicoise Salad. Fresh tuna seared rare sits atop mesclun greens in a salad fit for Gourmet Magazine. Haricots verts, salty Kalamata olives, tomatoes, and a Tarragon vinaigrette all add complementing flavors. 

Khachapuri

Khachapuri presents an incredible solution to pizza cravings. The homemade crust is light and crunchy, and is sprinkled with feta, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses. A sunny side up egg in the middle does more than look pretty; it’s for dipping! Go ahead – tell your kids it’s for adults only and get one more bite in. We won’t judge. 

  

Bistro 360
1800 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 522-3600

About Spotluck: If you’ve ever had trouble figuring out where to eat in Arlington, we hear ya. We’re a small (but mighty) D.C. area startup that created an awesome free restaurant discovery app that lets you “spin” for discounts at great local spots every day. Don’t be hangry, download Spotluck for iPhone or Android to discover and save money at a local restaurant today.

Spotluck Spotlight: Bracket Room

 

 

Bracket Room is a standout sports bar, with TVs on almost every surface (including inside the U-shaped bar itself!). Come here for the sports, but we promise you’ll keep coming back for the delicious food. 

World Famous Tater Tots

Far from the microwavable tater tots that are a staple in the college diet, these giant tots are handmade from an old school potato croquette recipe. That means they’re deliciously moist and cheesy on the inside, but crispy on the outside. Served alongside any of the complimentary 15 dipping sauces.

Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls

Forget about cheez whiz; this slow braised ribeye is smothered in mozzarella and provolone cheese. The crunchy egg rolls are served with a honey mustard and sweet Thai chili sauce to add some Southeastern spice to an East Coast classic. 

Watermelon Caprese Salad

Summer may be fading, but this savory and refreshing salad is vibrant and savory. Marinated watermelon, baby heirloom tomatoes, and mozzarella ovalinis are served with arugula for a little bite, and a sweet balsamic and basil oil drizzle.

Fresh Ahi Tuna Sashimi

This light dish is a great refresher to balance out that beer bucket you ordered when your team started losing. Citrusy arugula and salty cucumber complement fresh Ahi tuna that’s seasoned with a touch of olive oil.  

Hand Sliced Filet Mignon

There’s nothing better than sports and beer, besides sports, beer and perfectly seared beef. The hand-cut steak is served alongside creamy garlic mashed potatoes, and asparagus wrapped in thick-cut prosciutto. 

Slow Cooked BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Cooked for 12 hours, these are the most tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs you’ll ever try. The succulent rack of ribs is slathered in a sweet and tangy sauce made in-house. The best part? It’s based on one of our favorite men: Jack Daniels. 

9 Rock Shrimp

These huge crustaceans get their crunch from a light and peppery batter. The spicy fried dragon preparation is served with a sambal sauce, a blend of Asian chiles that will make your taste buds rock n’ roll.  

  

Bracket Room
1210 N. Garfield Street
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 276-7337

About Spotluck: If you’ve ever had trouble figuring out where to eat in Arlington, we hear ya. We’re a small (but mighty) D.C. area startup that created an awesome free restaurant discovery app that lets you “spin” for discounts at great local spots every day. Don’t be hangry, download Spotluck for iPhone or Android to discover and save money at a local restaurant today.

Spotluck Spotlight: Fuego

 

 

Fuego Cocina y Tequileria

Fuego’s name will make sense after you try it out- this modern Mexican cuisine is on fire! If you don’t know what to order on the expansive menu, check out some of the must-try items at Fuego! 

 

 

Taquitos de Atún

These taquitos sit atop a homemade salsa de arból, and guacamole to hold the shells upright. Cute mini shells are stuffed with delicious and tender ahi tuna. Queso fresco, guacamole, and a slice of red onion top it all off.

 

 

Flautas de Pato

Tender, shredded confit of barbequed duck leg is wrapped inside a masa corn cake shell and flash fried. It’s topped with pickled red onion and queso fresco, served with a mole negro dipping sauce. Holy mole!

 

 

Pacífico Beer Steamed Mussels

Tender mussels are bathed in a chipotle broth of heavy cream and beer. Chunks of fresh chorizo for a little zing, caramelized onions, tomatoes, and a dusting cilantro complement these mussels perfectly. You won’t even have to ask for a straw to slurp up the broth; the mussels come with a big piece of bolillo bread to soak it all up.

 

 

Pesca Del Día

This locally-sourced Yellowfin ahi tuna melts in your mouth. Seared on the outside and tender on the inside, it blends perfectly with its bed of yellow heirloom tomato puree. Fresh charred local watermelon salad balances nicely and adds a bite of sweetness.

Even though the fish of the day rotates, it will always be locally caught, and will always be the same price no matter what catch it is.

 

 

Enchiladas Mexicanas de Pollo

These might be the most delicious enchiladas you’ve ever had. Tender pulled chicken tinga is rolled up in a corn flour tortilla with a fresh cheese blend and diced onions, and is topped with salsas rojo, verde, and queso in the shape of the Mexican flag. Served with thick-cut yucca fries and a delicious habanero aioli dipping sauce, you’ll leave full and happy after this meal.

 

 

Torrejas

If you’re missing the good ol’ days you started every morning with a bowl of corn flakes, look no further than this mouthwatering dessert. This thick slice of brioche is dipped in French toast batter and pressed in a Panini press. Its smeared with Mexican goat milk caramel and topped with caramelized and candied corn flakes to give it a delectable crunch.

 

 

Warm Sugar Canela-Dusted Churros

These classic Mexican staples are a must-try dessert. These fresh hand-made sticks are rolled in a sweet sugar mixture, and come to the table accompanied with a caramel sauce that will make you regret offering to share a dessert. 

   

Fuego
2800 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
(571) 970-2180

 

About Spotluck:

If you’ve ever had trouble figuring out where to eat in Arlington, we hear ya. We’re a small (but mighty) local startup; we created a fun and free mobile app that lets you “spin” for discounts at great local restaurants every day. Don’t be hangry. Use Spotluck! 

Spotluck Spotlight: Me Jana

Me Jana

Remember in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” where the mother tells the vegetarian son-in-law “You no eat no meat??? That’s okay I make lamb.” We get it now. We’ve compiled what you NEED to try at Me Jana, including their famous lamb chops! 

Baba Ghannouj

Smoked eggplant is pureed with tahini in this smooth dip. The tangy flavor perfectly complements the warm, charred pita and makes a perfect meal starter for the whole table. 

Seared Halloumi

The seared halloumi cheese is a standout on the appetizer menu. It’s lightly bronzed and served with poached pears and dates on the top. 

Grape Leaves

Me Jana’s grape leaves are cooked very slowly to keep them super tender. The spices inside are mixed with tomatoes and chopped Vidalia onion to give the rice great flavor. 

Lahem Be-Ajeen

If you love the fresh charred pita here, we highly recommend the Lahem Be-Ajeen. A thin pita bread topped with ground lamb and sliced beef that’s been slow-cooked in a bouquet of Lebanese spices and pomegranate molasses. Wow. 

Lamb chops

Marinated…grilled to perfection…and served with a unique parsley onion salad and potatoes. That whipped cream-looking stuff on the side of the plate? Me Jana’s signature garlic sauce. Dip everything in reach in this sauce; we promise, the only ones who will regret it are any lingering vampires in a 10-mile radius.

Ashta

Finish your meal with a traditional Lebanese dessert. This silky milk pudding is served with bananas, strawberries, and a crisp piece of filo on top for dipping. Topped with honey and pistachios, this makes the perfect palate cleanser and after-dinner treat. 

Come in and grab some delicious Lebanese food. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to say hi to Yousef, his son Joseph, and the entire Me Jana staff! The first to land on Me Jana will get a delicious meal on us, so get spinnin’! 

 

Me Jana
2300 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 465-4440
 

About Spotluck:

If you’ve ever had trouble figuring out where to eat in Arlington, we hear ya. We’re a small (but mighty) local startup; we created a fun and free mobile app that lets you “spin” for discounts at great local restaurants every day. Don’t be hangry. Use Spotluck! 

Spotluck Spotlight: Faccia Luna

Faccia Luna

Come in and visit Faccia Luna and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped right into your grandmother’s kitchen. Friendly staff that make you feel like part of the family, delicious homemade Italian food, and a great atmosphere make Faccia Luna a mandatory stop on any Clarendon food tour. Check out some of the must-try items on their menu before you stop in:

 

 

Meatball Sliders

These meaty morsels are smothered in a tangy marinara sauce that bites so nice. The classic minis make a great appetizer for sharing (or not… we won’t judge either way).

 

 

Agnolotti Con Mozzarella

If meatball sliders don’t quite fill you up, try this delicious pasta dish. The house-made ravioli is stuffed with mozzarella cheese and sun-dried tomato, and is served with a delicious basil pesto cream sauce. 

 

 

Via Toscana 

You simply can’t go wrong with ANY of Faccia Luna’s signature pizzas. Try the Via Toscana pizza with a crispy crust, big round slices of gouda (plus FOUR other cheeses), caramelized onions and prosciutto. 

 

 

Breakfast Pizza

If you’re feeling like you’re in the mood for some brunch, check out their Breakfast Pizza (pictured above). This white pizza with fried egg, cheese, and a delicious garlicky crust is only served on the weekends – so don’t worry, you won’t be tempted to play hooky and grab a slice during the week.

 

 

Fontina Chicken Sandwich 

If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, try out the Fontina Chicken Sandwich. Perfectly charred chicken is paired with a citrusy aioli and topped with Fontina cheese to create the perfect melted delight.

 

 

Chocolate Mousse

Finish the meal with some homemade rich chocolate Belgian Mousse. Enough said, now head to bed!

 

 

Come visit the helpful and friendly staff at Faccia Luna and explore the whole menu! As always, the first spinner to land on Faccia Luna will receive a meal on us! 

 

Faccia Luna
2909 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 276-3099

Spotluck Spotlight: Villain & Saint

 

 

Villain & Saint

Villain & Saint didn’t take long settling in to the Bethesda music and food scene. Stop in on any given weekday or weekend night and you’ll probably get treated to a live performance up on their stage. 

Our favorite part of Villain & Saint (besides the signed Aerosmith guitar hanging on the wall, of course) is their creative menu offering villainously good food that may just help you keep that saintly figure. On the “Villain” side are classics like ribs, cheeseburgers, fries, and chili. Balancing it out on the “Saint” side are some lighter options such as burrata, beet salad, and their infamous zucchini pancakes. 

 

We’ve compiled some of the must-haves when you stop by this Bethesda spot:

 

Zucchini Pancakes

You’re looking at one of the most delicious ‘vegetables’ you’ll ever have. Thin zucchini pancakes are fried to perfection and topped with sliced granny smith apples, smoked salmon, and a chive crème fraîche. And it counts as your serving of veggies, right?

 

 

Salt Roasted Beets 

This might actually count as vegetables, but it’s equally delicious. If you’re a beet fan, order this refreshing salad. Both red and golden beets, avocado, pickled onions, and some spices are served on a bed of homemade hummus. 

 

 

Farmhouse Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a staple everywhere, but these are unlike any you’ve ever had. In addition to the filling, they are topped with onions, salami, feta cheese, and a basil vinaigrette. Deviled eggs are now officially acceptable to order for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner.

 

 

Saint Louis Slow Smoked Pork Ribs

These are slathered in Villain & Saint’s very own BBQ sauce, and are slow roasted for hours on the smoker. They don’t steal the show entirely though thanks to the baked beans and homemade coleslaw on the side. Of course, finished with a basket of fries (nothing wrong with that). 

No reason to drive a few hours to catch a good show; stop in Villain & Saint and hang with these guys to make your bellies and ears happy at the same time! 

 

For a full performance schedule, check their website.

 

Villain & Saint
7141 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
 (240) 800-4700

 

Spotluck Spotlight: Urban Heights

Urban Heights

Softshell crabs, the ocean, and that big yellow, red, and black flag might be things you associate with Maryland. But new kid on the block, Urban Heights, is adding Filipino and Southeast Asian cuisine to that list here in Bethesda. The upbeat, modern restaurant has plenty of patio space and a third floor deck that is perfect for summer dining or happy hour cocktails. 

We had a chance to sample some of the pan-asian cuisine, and we have to say, we’re ready to switch to the dark side.

These are the must-haves we recommend for your next visit!  

Chicken Adobo Sliders

Indulge in these crispy chicken bites smothered in sauce and perched on mini buns (of course, served with a side of spicy mayo).

Pork Belly Bites

Crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside, these pork belly bites will just melt in your mouth. 

Duck Rolls

Shredded duck meat and soft wraps contrast with tangy hoisin sauce and crunchy fresh vegetables to make up this delicious dish.

Banh Mi

A tasty variation of this classic Vietnamese sandwich is paired with paper-thin fried lotus root chips.

Urban Heights Beef

Tender beef, fresh sprouts and a variety of veggies are simmered in a delicious broth.


 

Urban Heights
7940 Norfolk Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
 (301) 312-8282

Spotluck Spotlight: Perry’s Japanese Cuisine

Introducing Spotluck Spotlight Videos!

If you’ve ever walked through Adams Morgan on a Sunday morning, you’ll notice the crowds of excited patrons waiting to get in Perry’s. They know they’re getting a delicious brunch, but even better, a renowned Drag Show that recently made the “51 Things Everyone Should Experience At Least Once in DC” checklist. 

Today, we’ll show you why you’ll want to visit Perry’s not just on Sundays, but every day! Our friend, Marc Silverstein, got a chance to chat with general manager, Ben Alt, and head sushi chef, Tetsuya Nakata, about their sushi, traditional Japanese dishes, and bar that features some of the best Japanese liquor around.  Watch our Spotluck Spotlight video series and get a behind the scene’s look at this Adams Morgan gem:

 

And as always, the first Spotlucker to hit Perry’s after this post will enjoy a meal on us!! Ready, set, go!