Bobby's Burger Palace (known as "BBP") of Westfield Montgomery Mall isn't your average burger spot. Bobby Flay redesigned the burger game with guests in mind; offering fresh, natural, made-in-house burgers, malt milk shakes, hand cut fries and more. It's "feel good", American comfort food that is creative, delicious and high quality. The best part is that it is priced modestly; making it an affordable option for nearly all families. As you continue along with your holiday shopping at Westfield Montgomery, make sure to dine in at BBP so that you can share in my delicious experience!!
HERE'S WHY... #1. Get your photo taken with Bobby Flay!
#2. QUALITY THAT KEEPS GUESTS COMING BACK:
*High-quality ingredients - certified angus beef
*Meats are never-frozen
*Food is made-to-order each time
*No microwaved or pre-formed patties here! And let's face it... Not all burgers have to be patties leaking with unnecessary amounts of grease to be tasty! BBP shows that it is possible to curb the excess grease and calories without sacrificing the flavor.
#3. SERVING UP THE SPICE OF LIFE --> VARIETY
BBP serves up more than a dozen signature burgers, sweet potato fries and even buttermilk battered onion rings. In addition to their standard, signature menu, Bobby's Burger Palace features their "Flavors of the Month" burger and milkshake that are a welcome addition to keep the menu fresh and new.
And because it is not ALWAYS about the burger (though it should be, in my beefy opinion...), Bobby's Burger Palace also offers chicken sandwiches. Not carnivorous? Try their gourmet veggie burgers (with wild mushrooms, chickpeas & quinoa) or their Griddled Cheese. Gluten free? No problem, because Bobby's got you covered too with "Topless" burgers; served over baby greens with balsamic dressing. The serve options for the most discerning palettes and according to nearly any dietary restriction!
MY LUNCH BREAK DONE RIGHT!
I recently dined there for a lunch date and was blown away by a fully appealing burger experience. I loved the super mod, trendy restaurant motif. The space was clean, wide open; drawing attention to oversized, bright signs showcasing their wide selection of burgers & shakes. I have to admit that I definitely overanalyzed the menu options before landing on my burger of choice: the L.A. Burger; a certified angus beef patty topped with avocado relish, watercress, tomato and cheddar cheese. That was accompanied by "The Undecided"; my choice of two sides. I chose their sweet potato fries with a horseradish honey mustard sauce and buttermilk onion rings with their ranch dipping sauce.
I washed it all down with their thick, rich caramel apple milkshake; topped with homemade whipped cream. My date chose the October Flavor of the Month: The Pacific Northwest Burger -- a beef patty topped with white American cheese, cremini mushrooms and red wine-BBQ sauce. What a burger! Add a side of hand-cut fries smothered with cheese and a cookies-n-cream shake and we were both in heaven. With so many different items on the menu and new monthly features, the combinations are nearly limitless. I'm already thinking about what my next burger run will feature. One thing is for sure: there's no way I'd omit the sweet potato fries or the buttermilk battered onion rings... even if it means actually using my gym membership!
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*All opinions in this article are that of my own and were not paid for by BBP.
Montgomery County, one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, just got a little richer with the opening of Lucky Strike at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, MD on March 4. What’s not to love about a new hot spot offering a constructive pastime: BOWLING? This exciting, new addition to Montgomery Mall is where a dignified study boasting leather tufted sofas, rustic wooden tables and shelves full of hand-bundled books intersects with trendy details like vibrant lighting and glistening, sleek bowling lanes. Adding to the interestingly eclectic mix are playful uniforms donning the words “feeling lucky?” on fitted T’s.
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I had the courtesy to attend the VIP Grand Opening Party celebrating Lucky Strike’s 17th alley, courtesy of Sage Communications, this past weekend. The Grand Opening Party ran like a well-oiled machine, despite the depth of guests within. Smiling servers circled with trays of their delicious bites (truffle deviled eggs, twice-cooked Belgium Fries with aoli, sushi and brick-oven pizzas) to wash down an array of drinks from their full-service bar. Music from their DJ paired harmoniously with sounds of laughter and socializing, as bowling ball after bowling ball smacked against pins across twelve lanes. Editor-in-Chief Steve Hull of Bethesda Magazine recognized Steven Foster, the LA-based owner of Lucky Strike, Bethesda General Manager Michael Jones and team for their commitment to making Montgomery County “a better place to work, live and play”. You’ll want to get in there soon to experience the fun for yourself!
What makes Lucky Strike so Special?
Lucky Strike is rightfully, self-described as an “immersive” experience. Each facet of the product and ambiance draws in its guests and fully envelopes them into a premier, sophisticated entertainment experience. Furthermore, their “A2Kitchen’s distinctive concept places the sophistication of a chef-driven restaurant and full-service mixologist bar amidst the stimulating atmosphere of art, music and an energetic crowd. A2K provides Lucky Strike with a gastropub dining experience.” You can pretty much sum it up with: great food, drinks, ambiance and overall experience; all in one package!
Disclosure: Valentine's Day procrastinators are welcome here! If you haven't had the opportunity to plan your romantic Valentine's Day (Week) outing, fret not. All you have to do to earn Super Hero status is pick up your phone and book your reservation at one of my all-time favorite local, boutique wineries: The Urban Winery of Silver Spring! It's as easy as dialing (301) 585-4100 and asking for "help".
It's Valentine's Day all week long at Urban Winery and they're serving up a great selection of wine, craft beers, delicious Greek-Mediterranean Fusion cuisine and decadent desserts!
The Urban Winery, Silver Spring
949 Bonifant St, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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The Urban Winery of Silver Spring is the first winery in the DMV region that resides in an urban environment. Since the setting is urban there is no Urban Winery vineyard. Instead, grapes are meticulously and strategically sourced from local, Maryland growers as well as choice regions across the United States. The Urban Winery is a winery first and foremost. However, their flavorful, Greek-Mediterranean fusion Mezze style dishes are just as elegant and delicious as any restaurant around. They offer a full menu of delicious, made-in-house dishes, as well as seasonal selections and a few surprise menu additions to keep things exciting (like their stuffed mushrooms and baked S'mores skillet!). You can enjoy a full meal and wine menu in a romantic atmosphere that you'll want to visit again and again.
The Urban Winery also specializes in true craft beers for those that are less inclined to "wine".
In honor of Valentine's Day (Week) and all things romantic, the Urban Winery is offering both cheese and chocolate fondues to compliment your Valentine's Day feast. And, don't forget to hashtag their motto #tastelearncreate during your dining experience for 10% off your tab! Call today to make a reservation.
Ambiance is Everything
From the time I first saw the Urban Winery of Silver Spring, I knew it was a date night 'must'. Owners Damon & Georgia hand-crafted their entire venue as thoughtfully as they hand-crafted their Mezze-style menu and full selection of Urban Winery wines. From hand-blown glass pendant lighting to exposed wood beams and made-in-house, rustic tables and stools; each detail seamlessly fits together into a romantic and rustic, yet trendy ambiance perfect for a date night or a girls' night out!
*Taste - The first of Urban Winery's three-word mantra is taste. The Urban Winery offers a full line of their own labeled wine, in addition to a healthy selection of both Maryland-based and International wines. They have a vast wine selection sure to please every palate. While they are a winery first and foremost, they also have a full, flavorful menu of Mezze like their hand-stuffed dolmades and Greek lamb meatballs, in addition to desserts.
*Learn - Urban Winery is dedicated to educating guests on all aspects of wine and hosts two wine education classes each month. It's the perfect opportunity to sip and learn. Find upcoming classes HERE. "Join us in the barrel room to learn to unravel the complexities of wine, discover your new favorite wine, and create original food pairings."
*Create - Urban Winery also specializes in supporting their guests through the wine-making experience. Whether you are looking to create a special gift for your clients or bring your organization together for a team building experience, Urban Winery can accommodate you. You can craft your own distinct wine, complete with your own custom labels. The entire experience, including 28+ bottles of custom-labeled wine, starts at just $500.
*All in the family: Husband and wife owners, Damon & Georgia, are the passion and energy behind the delicious wines and Mezze. It all started with a wine press!
*Damon & Georgia made their first wine together in 1999; which they served at their wedding. The last bottle resides at the Urban Winery.
*The Urban Winery prides themselves in many sustainable practices throughout the wine making process. You can learn this and more in their wine education classes.
*Want wine? In addition to being able to purchase the Urban Winery's wine by the bottle for carry-out, you can also find their product on shelves around the DMV; including AFI Silver Spring, Dawson's Market and MORE.
Photos taken at a delicious multi-course dinner with seven wine-pairing and wine-making experience with fellow bloggers from District Foodie, Edible DC, Love and Wine, Lace and Grace and DMV Dining.
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The Urban Winery, Silver Spring
949 Bonifant St, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Let's talk Valentine's Day! There are so many local options to help those like myself who like to celebrate the day of love. However, it all boils down to one question: are you IN or are you OUT? To each "her" own, but my preference for IN continues to increase more and more with each year that passes. This year, I'm taking up Whole Foods Market on their fun, convenient Valentine-inspired offering: Romance without the Reservations.
Whole Foods Market is offering a one-stop-shop Valentine's Day promotion for those that don't desire to go out to get their Valentine's Day fill. Regardless if you are celebrating romantically or family-style, they have a great selection to accommodate your Valentine's Day needs. Their promotion runs through 2/14/17; just in case you happen to be a last-minute shopper.
SOMETHING ON THE SEXIER SIDE
Again, I'm opting for a home cooked meal this Valentine's Day for the hubs and I this year. After all, me in the kitchen will be the most surprising gift that I could probably give to hubs these days; given my busy schedule. Whole Foods Market has a great deal on their humane, NO-3C (no cages, crates or crowding) Boneless Ribeye Steaks and their Wild Caught USA/Canada Lobster tails. Their hot bar sides and a freshly prepped salad will round out our Valentine's Day eats.
Whole Foods Market Valentine's Day Tips:
*Order Ahead! [Find your store]
*Check out Whole Foods Market's blog for recipes and inspiration!
*Don't forget to check out their bakery offering!
CAN'T FORGET ABOUT THE KIDDOS
Whole Foods Market has the cutest pepperoni heart pizza for just $10 that will definitely be a hit with my boys. Now, I just need to figure out if I am doing a half dozen of the kiddie cupcakes or the Chocolate Heart Torte...
And don't forget to pick up your Special Valentine's card. Whole Foods Market has a vast selection of quality, romantic cards for adults as well as kiddo-friendly valentines and candy!
From an easy-going lunch with colleagues, a delicious happy hour or a decadent weekend brunch to a night out with the girls and even that smoking hot date night; my recent visit to Brickside illustrates precisely why it's the perfect culinary formula for any occasion.
Culinary Expertise and Premium Cocktails + A Welcoming Atmosphere = Brickside Perfection
REINVENTING THE MENU... DELICIOUSLY!
Meet Chef Matt Smith. Chef Smith's sole purpose in transitioning from Baltimore's "Salt" to lead the Brickside culinary team was to apply his extensive learnings from high-end establishments and elevate Brickside's menu from normal bar fare to extraordinarily tasty and creative cuisine. Needless to say, he didn't miss the mark on anything I had the pleasure of tasting; accompanied by fellow bloggers and the lovely ladies of Linda Roth PR.
Chef Smith seamlessly combines multiple flavor profiles in extraordinary ways. Their in-house smoker creates depth of flavor and Chef Smith takes pride in all of the elements of the menu; prepared in-house -- from pickled vegetables and hand-made pastas to cured ham, smoked meats and the creamiest grits I've ever tasted!
Chef Matthew Smith started us off with a duet of crostinis; the first is the most amazing smoked salmon I've ever tasted (if all smoked salmon could just taste this delicious, I could stop saying that "I don't like smoked salmon"). It was complimented most beautifully in a subtle twist on "lox and bagels"; finished with arugula and capers. The second crostini was piled with a "tapenade" of eggplant with smoked cherries and pine nuts, atop a flavorful, whipped ricotta. Both were just the beginning of a seemingly unending feast that could be classified as nothing less than "the best of the best".
MORE AND MORE
Our next course of this Fall-inspired menu consisted of Dr. Pepper Steak Tacos, Fried Brussel Sprouts, Beef Empanadas and Pig And Pickles. The soda-infused carne asada was the most tender steak that I've tasted. The syrup was flavorful, decadent and added just the right amount of sweetness. The brussel sprouts were deep fried goodness; deliciously accompanied by the sweetness of the golden raisins and almond slivers. The Empanadas were stuffed with flavorful chunks of chorizo and paired with homemade Chimichurri. Finally, their luscious pork belly was served with a variety of house-made pickled vegetables; which I could eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner... for the rest of my life.
The appetizers were followed up with a refreshing salad, Roasted Beet Carpaccio, and seasonally appropriate Butternut Squash Soup. The carpaccio was paired with fresh orange segments, arugula and goat cheese covered in a house-made blend of seasonings. The squash soup was topped with creamy goat cheese and candied pecans.
At this point, my stomach was more than content, but my tastebuds were screaming for more yumminess: Pork Belly And Kale Pasta and Brickside Shrimp And Grits also hit a high note on my list. Once again, the Pork Belly was deliciously moist and balanced well against the garlic and kale flavors. The house-cured Tasso ham and shrimp butter took their Carolina grits (the best grits I have ever tasted) to the next level.
Dinner wouldn't be complete without the selection of a featured beverage from their anti-prohibition cocktail menu. I chose the Lemon Ginger Martini; ginger liquor, fresh lemon juice and agave nectar which was recommended by our server. In summation, Brickside deserves more than just an appearance on your culinary "bucket list". It belongs on your must-frequent list. The menu is full of surprises and changes seasonally; ideal for any occasion! Make sure to head over to Brickside to try the Fall menu for yourself and relax in their comfortable, fun restaurant.
BRICKSIDE IS MORE THAN JUST GREAT FOOD
According to a a previous article by the Washington Post, Brickside is "a bar that has sports, rather than a sports bar". The Chef and knowledgeable service staff reiterated their commitment to accommodating a variety of entertainment; from news and debates to sports games and many other subjects in between. Given the combination of eight 50" plasma TV's and a 13' HD projector, multiple parties can be catered to at the same time.
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