Saturday, January 10, 2015


This Sunday will mark the debut of the anticipated CRAVE restaurant at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. Combining fresh sushi with American favorites, CRAVE sounds somewhat reminiscent of the Great American Restaurant Group chain's Jackson's Mighty Fine Food in Reston.

The dinner menu includes classic American dishes like Baked Mac & Cheese, Angus or bison burgers and roasted chicken, as well as house specialities like Lamb Meatballs, Duck Confit Flatbread and a Rib Eye Steak with ancho chili molasses glaze.

Starters include CRAVE Lemon Garlic wings, and Pork Belly Sliders with kimchi and a Korean BBQ sauce. Then there is the freshly-made sushi, with specialty rolls such as Godzilla and Sumo. Sushi boats are also available. You can accompany those with 5 kinds of sake.

Beers that stand out on the list include Sapporo from Japan, Heavy Seas Gold Ale, and DuClaw Misfit Red Amber Ale, with the latter two being among the local brewery selections. There are always the reliable standbys of Miller Lite, Bud Light and Blue Moon, as well. Perhaps you'd prefer a Stolichnaya Blueberi Lemonade, with fresh mint and fresh blueberries? Or an Angry Dragon? Alas, the Michelob Golden Draft the Mall of America CRAVE had isn't on the list here. But since my initial write-up on CRAVE, I found out that MGD is apparently marketed primarily in the Midwest, which probably explains the absence.

CRAVE is located on the lower level of the Old Navy wing, near two of the other best dining additions, The Cheesecake Factory, and Bobby's Burger Palace.

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