Just wanted to note that Zeke’s holiday blend was wonderful! Well done Zeke’s yet again!
Readers of this blog know that we have been fans of Cafe Deluxe Bethesda for a long time. And it is in that spirit that the question “What happened to thee on Saturday Eve?” is posed! We went to Cafe Deluxe with our family on Saturday and were really disappointed in several aspects of our experience. The low lights are as follows:
1. Flat bread pizzas – two ordered: the steak one had almost no steak on it and the cheese one was cold and had very little topping
2. Fish dish – one ordered: fish was not cooked sufficiently. We pointed this out to the waiter who agreed and took it away. He returns with the same portion on a side plate and overcooked. Now, I have never worked at a restaurant and rarely send food back but was very surprised that the protocol at Cafe Deluxe did not see them make a new piece of fish when the first piece was observed as undercooked.
3. Wine portions were very small for the price (and not what they have been on our many other visits). This is becoming an issue at one or two other Bethesda restaurants and my advice is the following. If margins are tight, charge an extra $1 and then give the customer a full glass of wine.
Really hope Cafe Deluxe can turn it around as it has been a go to place for a long time……
PS the Yelp reviews by date were interesting:
Now take a look at their HQ (whisper……outside Bethesda
Just had a wonderful lunch at 100 Montaditos Bethesda! Joey, the barman, provided super service and the food was fab!
For the record the 3 montaditos sampled today were: goat cheese and pesto, spanish tortilla, tomato/basil/mozzarella.
Have you made it over there? Feel free to leave a comment with your impressions below!
I was not familiar with this restaurant concept but it is interesting to see Chipotle launching new brands:
ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, the Southeast Asian restaurant developed by Chipotle Mexican Grill, will open on Wednesday in Bethesda.
ShopHouse diners can choose a base of rice or noodles, and then add a protein, vegetables and sauce. The first ShopHouse opened in Washington, DC in 2011. The Bethesda restaurant will be the chain’s third on the east coast. The entire menu is gluten and dairy free.
ShopHouse Southeast Kitchen, 4820 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 240-316-3500. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week
Folks, just a quick post here. I walked by the new development on the corner of Cordell and Norfolk. This is the spot where it looked like we would see a bar/restaurant called Roof on the upper level and Baskin+DD on the lower level.
Well, a sign for Smashburger has gone up where the one for Baskin+DD was so it seems that there is a switch in tenants before opening.
Don’t have too many more details so please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org if you know more!
A friend and reader of this blog asked for a couple of good lunch recommendations and asked that they be smart/casual and vege friendly.
My suggestions were the following:
Hope to see you at this one!
Autumn, Sustainability and Trees
Trees for the Future is a local non-profit that plants trees in developing world communities, enabling them to restore their environment, grow more food, and build a sustainable future.
Complimentary appetizers courtesy of Jaleo
Donation at the door: $10, proceeds shared with Trees for the Future