Beer Wins Award, Chef Does Not; Italian Restaurant to Serve Pizza Brazilian-Steakhouse-Style: Foodie News

Restaurant news from around Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods.

FILE | Gaithersburg Patch
FILE | Gaithersburg Patch
by Laura L. Thornton

Get caught up with the food scene in Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods with Patch’s foodie news column, 1 Meat, 3 Sides. This week, an award-winning beer from Montgomery County takes center plate.

One meat:

Gaithersburg's Growlers Restaurant & Brewery—the oldest brew pub in Montgomery County—walked away with the first-ever Maryland Comptroller's Cup this past weekend, according to Gaithersburg Patch

Growlers' Yorkshire Porter beat out Rockville’s Gordon Biersch Brewing Company’s Czech-style Pilsner. Frederick’s Flying Dog Brewery took the bronze for its Horn Dog Barley Wine.

Three sides:

Rockville's Chef Jeff Eng wound up on the chopping block Tuesday night, Rockville Patch reported. The Tower Oaks executive chef appeared on the Food Network cooking competition "Chopped"—it was his second time on the show—but he was unable to redeem himself. Read more on Rockville Patch.


In Bethesda, the popular One3Five food truck has shuttered, but chef Steve Markham, owner of the truck, has opened up a restaurant—Markham's Bar and Grill (7141 Wisconsin Ave.)—adjacent to the parking lot of the Women's Central Farm Market, where the food truck still sits, Bethesda Magazine reported

The new restaurant opened on Nov. 4, and it serves some of the popular sandwiches that were offered at the food truck, as well as local favorites, The Washington Post reported.


Pizza and sub shop Jiffy Shoppes (4924 St. Elmo Ave., Bethesda) has closed, and it will be replaced by an Italian restaurant serving pizza, pasta and salad, Brazillian-steakhouse-style. Confused? Bethesda Magazine explains the concept.

To drink:

Could Maryland wineries be on the rise? The number of wineries in the state has ballooned from about a dozen in 2000 to 64 now. And, sales at Maryland wineries have increased every year since 2001. Read more on Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch.

Restaurant redesign:

The McDonald’s restaurant at the Plaza del Mercado in Silver Spring (2207 Bel Pre Rd.) recently got a make-over, and it celebrates its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 9, from noon to 3 p.m. As part of the celebration, Ronald McDonald will make an appearance at 12:30 p.m., and there will be raffle drawings.


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