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Taste of Bethesda

On October 6th, my favorite local street food festival, Taste of Bethesda, returns with a long list of participating restaurants. For those of you unfamiliar with Taste of Bethesda, it's a very large street food festival where the town of Bethesda blocks off about 5 square blocks of the downtown area and the local restaurants put up booths and serve you food. It's not free food of course. You buy tickets, and then you trade those tickets for tastes of food. Each taste will range from 1 to 4 tickets. I've found in the past, that 20 tickets is a good way to start for Amy and I, then we take a rest and get about 20 more! Here's my recommendation for what you should check out.

Passage to India
They usually take the true nature of street food to heart, offering some Pav Baji for the crowds. I hope they do so again this year.

Divino Lounge
Their sausages are to die for. Tapas are perfect for this type of event.

They usually have their homemade meatballs and chicken cardinale, a penne dish with a beautiful vodka sauce, sun dried tomatoes, and chicken over penne .

Ri-Ra Irish Pub
Ri-Ra always has fantastic street food. I remember past years they've had beef and Guinness stew or shepherd's pie.

Plus there are many other restaurants participating. Here is the full list of restaurants participating in Taste of Bethesdah. For more info, go to the official Taste of Bethesda site.

Austin Grill
Bangkok Garden Restaurant
Ben & Jerry’s
Brasserie Monte Carlo
Bundles of Cookies
Caddies on Cordell
California Tortilla
Chesapeake Chicken & Rockin' Ribs
Chicken Out Rotisserie
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Delhi Dhaba
Divino Lounge & Restaurant
Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle
Gifford’s Ice Cream & Candy Co.
Guapo’s Restaurant
Haandi Fine Indian Cuisine
Hard Times Café
Honest Tea
Houston's Restaurant
Just Cakes
Mamma Lucia of Bethesdsa
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant
Mia's Pizzas
Nark Kara Thai Restaurant
Papa John's Pizza
Passage to India
Penang Malaysian Cuisine
Quartermaine Coffee Roasters
Ri-Ra Irish Pub
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Saphire Café
Smoothie King
Spring Mill Bread Co.
Tara Thai Restaurant
Tommy Joe’s
Trader Joe's
Union Jack’s


jim collins

Olazzo's "meatball" is the size of a softball BTW :) Interesting to see Blackfinn coming where Willie and Reeds used to be. Nice to see Persimmion and both Morton's and Ruth Chris participating.
I have photos from last year here:


How much are these tickets usually? I've never took part in such a system but it sounds like a good idea.


I forget the pricing. Usually about $1 a ticket.


We went to our first Taste of Bethesda this year (after living in Bethesda for 15 years, I suppose it was about time).

I was overwhelmed by the number of choices, but ended up with Thai (I forget the restaurant) and Indian (Deli Dhaba).

On another note - what's up with Grapeseed? We walked by there the other day and saw it was boarded up. I hope they have not closed down, I was waiting for a special occasion to have dinner there.

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