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Day 361: Planning to Ring in the New Year in Bethesda?

Happy New Year Bethesda!

It’s Day 361 and that means that there’s only 4 days left in 2011.  Do you know yet what you’re going to do for New Year’s Eve?  It’s time to plan!

You deserve a fun night out, don’t you?  Don’t give in to that temptation to curl up in your pj’s and watch everyone else have fun while the New York Times Square ball drops – get on out and make your own memories of ringing in the new year!  Here are some ideas to kick off your 2012:

American Tap Room is offering a 3-course dinner from their new menu and champagne toast for $50 per person.

Assaggi has some festive music planned and party favors to ring in the new year.  They have seatings at 6 PM, 8 PM, and 10 PM with dinner specials all night long.

Redwood is getting really creative and appealing to the “agency folks” of Bethesda by offering a James Bond themed-party!  Too fun!  Make your reservations directly at 301-565-3515.

The Daily Grill has a prix-fixe 4-course dinner including prime rib, crab cakes and Grande Marnier creme brulee for $75 per person.

Jaleo is shaking it up Spanish-style with unlimited tapas.  Reservations starting at 8:30 PM.

Lebanese Taverna is having a Mezze Madness Party starting at 9 PM.  Get this!  They will have a belly dancing show as well as party favors, a champagne toast and of course endless mezzas for $65 per person.

If you’re looking for dancing, try Union Jacks or RiRa (or I’m sure any of the other local bars in town).

Union Jacks is having a Little Black Dress Ball with a DJ, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, party favors, a midnight toast and even a continental breakfast after midnight – all for $51.05.

RiRa will have an Irish-style New Year’s party with a 7 PM Irish New Year celebration and more music, drinks, live music with T-Akila Jones and fun through the Bethesda new year too.

Call ahead, click on our links above or check out open table for reservations at local restaurants.  Most importantly, take some time to plan a fun New Year’s Eve celebration to ring in 2012.  ~Amy

Day 267: Dinner and a Movie for $35 in Bethesda

Jaleo Restaurant

Yep, that’s right, you can get dinner and a movie for under $50 in Bethesda.  Jaleo and Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema have joined forces to offer this date night treat.

Stop by Jaleo and enjoy a tapas dinner anytime Sunday – Thursday 4:30 – 7:30 PM and mention to your server that you are there for the “Dinner and a Movie” special.  Magically, movie vouchers will be brought to your table for any movie Sunday through Thursday at Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema.

I don’t know how long this treat will last but perhaps check it out before October 2nd while Jaleo is celebrating the Eighth Annual La Tomatina Festival.  The Festival pays “tribute to the famous tomato battle that takes place in Buñol, Spain [and] Jaleo will feature a variety of tomato specials using the ripest and juiciest tomatoes plus tasty tomato-based cocktails.”

La Tomatina Festival!

The famous tomato battle???  Never heard of it, but it sounds like a good excuse to eat out to me!  And why not when you can also get a free movie too!

To enjoy your dinner and a movie deal, contact Jaleo for reservations: (301) 913-0003.  Jaleo is located at 7271 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda.   ~Amy

Day 200: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Restaurant Week…again!

BUP logo 2011

It’s that time again, time for Bethesda Restaurant Week.  It’s a great excuse to get out and enjoy a good meal at an affordable price.  Try a new dish at one of your favorite restaurants or give a restaurant a try that you have never experienced before.  The 28 participating Bethesda and Chevy Chase restaurants are listed on the Bethesda Urban Partnership website.  Lunches are $12 – $15 and dinners are $30…well except for Le Vieux Logis who is offering $29 dinners just to really shake things up!

Some of our favorite participating restaurants include:

Assagi Mozzarella Bar

Food, Wine & Co

The Irish Inn at Glen Echo


Le Vieux Logis

Mon Ami Gabi


and Redwood Restaurant

But we have yet to try some of the places on the BUP list.  Perhaps this will be our chance to find a new favorite!  Any suggestions?


Day 24: Jaleo – The Uproar in Bethesda

Jaleo Bethesda

One of Bethesda’s most unique restaurants is Jaleo.  For restaurant week – January 24 – 30th – we felt it was only fitting to begin with one of our town’s most popular sensations.  Inspired by the John Singer Sargent painting “El Jaleo” whose mural graces the walls inside, this Spanish tapas restaurant is now located in 4 cities: Bethesda, DC, Crystal City and now its new location in Las Vegas.  Jaleo which means “revelry” or “uproar” in Spanish is located at 7271 Woodmont Ave.  You can’t miss the brightly colored building right on the corner of Elm and Woodmont.  Reservations are accepted and encouraged at this popular restaurant that offers a relaxed but lively atmosphere.

If you have never tried Jaleo because you are unsure what to expect from the seasonings and sauces your taste buds may have never experienced, just let down your guard and give it a try!  I promise you will be glad you did.  It is a taste sensation you will not soon forget.  Restaurant week is your perfect opportunity to try something new at an affordable price.  They are offering a 2-course lunch PLUS dessert for $20.11 and a 4-course dinner plus dessert for $35.11.  I suppose the $0.11 is for 2011?

One important thing to note is that if you wish to select from the restaurant week menu, they require the entire table to participate. There are quite a lot of menu options though, so unless you have a picky eater in your group, you should be fine.  If not, you can always send that picky person across the street to the American Tap Room for a burger if necessary!

Jaleo is the first critically acclaimed tapas restaurant in the country!  Tapas simply refers to the traditional cuisines of Spain served in a small-plate style called “tapas.”  The selections they are offering for restaurant week are listed on their website and include such tasty sensations as seared piquillo peppers filled with goat cheese, tapa of shrimp sautéed with garlic, seared salmon over sautéed vegetables, pork loin with roasted onion and cabrales sauce, among many other items.  Although the food is reason enough to check it out, I must suggest you also take some time to enjoy the drink menu – offering unique wines, sherries and sangrias from Spain.  Stop by during Jaleo hour (4:30 – 7 PM Tues-Sat) in the bar for $4 wine, sangria and beer.  Another interesting option is the brunch menu offered Sat & Sun until 3 PM.  The menu looks absolutely divine!  Visit their website for details.

OK Bethesda, this is only Day 1 of restaurant week.  Get eating and don’t forget to make reservations!  See you at the gym next week!     ~Amy

P.S. If you try Jaleo, we hope you will share your experience and leave some comments here.