Friday, December 13, 2013

New Year's Eve Roundup

Here's a New Year's Eve Roundup in the neighborhood: 

Jackie’s

6 course fixed price menu (attached) with early and late seatings
$75/person meat and fish, $65/person vegetarian




8407 Kitchen Bar

4 Course Chef's Tasting Menu
$65/person for early seating, $90/person with wine pairings
$75/person for late seating with amuse bouche, $100/person with wine pairings


Sidebar

Will open at 6 pm and will be offering normal cocktail menu alongside complimentary hors d'oeuvres (no regular food menu will be available). Additionally, for those who want advance reservations at Sidebar, they are offering an all inclusive open bar at $50/person. This guarantees you a seat.


Urban Butcher

No cover, standard menu, champagne toast at midnight, drink specials. Open until 2am.
http://urbanbutcher.com/

Piratz Tavern

New Year’s Eve Dinner & Mascarade Ball. Dinner is 4 course for $45 or order individually.


Mascarade Ball: Wear a mask. Champagne Toast at Midnight, Pirate Party Favors, Pirates for Sail singing from 8:30 - 10 pm.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1437365649809690/

The Fillmore

10pm, Slightly Stoopid. $49.50
http://fillmoresilverspring.com/event/15004B5307EA6D54

The Society Lounge

Special New Year's Eve dinner menu with two seatings, 6pm and 9pm. DJ and champagne toast.

http://instagram.com/p/iPbXtdEhBo/ 

The Limerick Pub (Wheaton)

4pm - 7pm, traditional Irish music and champagne toast at 7pm to celebrate New Year's in Ireland. No cover. They also have a special New Year's Eve dinner menu. Reservations will be accepted:

https://www.facebook.com/events/599724186747549/ 

If there's anything I'm missing that should be on this list, please give me a shout.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Preview of Urban Butcher

Spanish chorrizo, bourbon punch, steak tartar, lamb empanada, spicy pepperoni, pig ears - those are just a few things I got to sample at Urban Butcher's preview. The decor and design was minimal with great use of space. My favorite part of the design was the garage doors that will open up during the summer, with stools to sit outside part of the bar looking in (think Pearl Dive Oyster Bar set up with the stools outside facing in).

Although I sampled the Lavender Margarita and the Rosemary Gin and Tonic as well, the Bourbon Punch was my favorite. Tasty but not overbearing and not too sweet, it hit the spot and went well with the spicy pepperoni. For more info on what we can expect, check out my previous blog post.

It was nice to get to know some of our neighbors and meet the restaurant staff and the owner/chef Raynold Mendizabal as well. Here are some pics:

Entrance at 8226 Georgia


Great decor. Beautiful space. They didn't miss a detail.

 
Sample Menu (subject to change)

Notice on the menu above that you can request a steak from the butcher counter an additional 50% of the price and they will cook it for you on site.


Beer list pictured above. This includes 10 beers that will be on tap in addition to sparkling wine on tap.

 Dessert list. Note the bacon-maple gelato. 

 Bar area. Come to me Bourbon Punch.



Curing Room with a bottle of champagne on the floor

Cheese counter to include sheep's milk, raw cow milk, cow milk. Blue paradise was one of my favorites.

Sous-vide cooking goodness

Cut that pig!


At this very moment, my eyes fixed on the pig and I knew there was one request I had to make to the Cuban chef Raynold: Pig ear please!

And just like that, the pig ear was mine. So crunchy and tasty.

Beautiful display. Check out those pork chops.

Lounge area up front facing Georgia

Hours: 5:00 p.m. – midnight (Monday thru Thursday), 5:00 p.m. – 2 a.m. (Friday & Saturday). 5 p.m. to TBD (Sunday). Dinner 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday thru Thursday), 6 p.m. - midnight (Friday & Saturday), Happy Hour Open until close (seven days a week).
8226 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, just two blocks south of the Silver Spring Metro stop on the Red Line.

For more on Urban Butcher, go to www.urbanbutcher.com or call 301.585.5800. Follow on Facebook and Twitter (@UrbanButcher).




Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Urban Butcher Opening Next Week


Carnivores rejoice; the day is near. Urban Butcher's official opening date is Thursday, December 12 at 5pm. The restaurant will initially offer dinner and happy hour, however, the butcher shop, lunch, brunch, and a coffee shop are planned for early 2014. They won't take reservations - something to keep in mind for future trips if you're headed there with a large party.

I was quick to notice that Fridays and Saturdays they close at 2am yet dinner runs through midnight. At first I thought that was a little ambitious, as one of my pet peeves about our neighborhood is that things often shut down early, since people clear out by 11ish and there's a shortage of good food open late night for quick eats. Hopefully they are successful and they won't have an issue keeping the place packed. Our neighborhood is particular like that; restaurants that are well executed and do what they do well, tend to always have a full house. We'll patronize it over and over, we'll bring our friends, tweet about it, foursquare it up, and shout it to the mountain tops.

I can
 imagine happy hour will get busy early, so hurry over and claim your seat, as the bar seats 20. For dinner or happy hour, someone like me who loves to chat up our neighbors will enjoy the 24 seat communal table. Others might want more privacy with 50 seat dining room. I'm most excited for when the weather warms back up, as their outdoor patio will seat 50.  The aforementioned coffee shop will include a coffee bar that turns into a lounge area in the evening will seat 30. 

A few months back, Raynold Mendizabal told the Washington Post, "I'm not going to sell anything that I don't produce. I'm not going to sell prosciutto from anybody until I make it." In my opinion, for someone who knows what they are doing, homemade comes with an implied assumption of excellence. With hopes that it lives up to its expectations, I can't wait to give it a try and report back as soon as I do.

The restaurant will offer all kinds of charcuterie including verticals of different types of cured meats. Urban Butcher's PR rep mentioned that a vertical of ham prosciutto will include selections from different breeds of pig so customers can taste the difference between breeds and different farmers. Examples of different cuts of meat that will be offered include the Brazilian prime cut, picanha. Being that all the charcuterie is made in house, I can imagine they will have a limited selection to start. 

We can expect about 11 beers and 1 sparkling wine on tap. The wine list will be mainly focused on accessibility and they plan on having 100 labels to include smaller European producers as well as newer style from the US. The entire menu will be shared items to include selections from the meat cellar including charcuterie and salumi as well as terrines, pâtés and more. 

Raynold chose Silver Spring because he wanted to bring something new to the area and create a place where the community can come together and enjoy great tasting, honest food. 

Thanks, Raynold! We can't wait.

Hours: 5:00 p.m. – midnight (Monday thru Thursday), 5:00 p.m. – 2 a.m. (Friday & Saturday). 5 p.m. to TBD (Sunday). Dinner 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday thru Thursday), 6 p.m. - midnight (Friday & Saturday), Happy Hour Open until close (seven days a week).
8226 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, just two blocks south of the Silver Spring Metro stop on the Red Line.

For more on Urban Butcher, go to www.urbanbutcher.com or call 301.585.5800. Follow on Facebook and Twitter (@UrbanButcher).