Tuesday, March 31, 2015
In monitoring and harvesting the peppers, employees use a wooden stick painted the exact shade of red that the fruit must be to meet McIlhenny standards for ripeness. The baton rouge is known in English as "the Red Stick."
Tabasco flavor and heat is met by an equally-spicy Smok'n Pepper Ranch sauce, also new this week at Popeyes. The meal is completed with a serving of Popeyes' famous fries and Southern-style biscuit.
How hot is the Red Stick Chicken, and how does it taste? Watch my review to find out!
Both restaurants are expected to reopen elsewhere in Bethesda. Tara Thai has already secured a spot at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Parker's is playing it closer to the vest, and has not responded to an inquiry about its potential new location as of press time.
Monday, March 30, 2015
|View of the bar from the|
|Catch all the action in|
the open kitchen
But as the tenacious winter gives way to spring, Summer House is planning to get more summery. Work is scheduled to begin today on the two outdoor dining areas, one on Grand Park Avenue, and one alongside the restaurant. The sidewalk cafe section will be similar to that of Lettuce Entertain You's sister restaurant, Mon Ami Gabi at Bethesda Row, while the second patio will be larger. Parts of the side walls, and garage doors on the front, will open during warmer temperatures, bringing more of the summer weather into Summer House, and the restaurant's hip atmosphere out to the streetscape.
I stopped by to check out Summer House for myself yesterday. The first thing you will notice when entering is the bakery, chock full of fresh-baked bread, cookies and brownies - and Mint Oreo Rice Krispies treats. Man cannot live on bread alone. You'll most likely be stopping there again before you leave.
Right now you need a refreshing beverage. There are quite a few summer-appropriate cocktails, and a good selection of wines - including one of my favorites, a Malbec by Alto las Hormigas. But I decided to go to the beer list, noticing that - alongside my standby Pabst Blue Ribbon - they had another classic American brew less often found on beer lists around here: Anchor Steam. I liked this California Common-style beer, which dates back to 1896 San Francisco. I'm giving it 4 stars out of 5 under my beer rating system.
|Anchor Steam pours|
with a massive head of foam
|Tortilla chips with|
guacamole and charred
are a must-try
|Roasted Half Chicken with|
french fries, salsa verde and
|Georges Bank Swordfish|
|Prime Skirt Steak|
|Classic Wood-grilled |
The Trifecta Fudge Cake seems to be a popular choice, and with good reason. A dense fudge cake topped with a massive dollop of fancy whipped cream, its fudge filling and fudge sauce are rich enough to be a match for the cube of peanut butter fudge that joins it on the plate. Peanut butter sealed the deal for me, and again works with the summer theme, as the fudge reminds one of that sold on the boardwalk at Ocean City.
|Trifecta Fudge Cake|
Then again, you could go for the bacon-topped chocolate chip cookie. It is a real thing, and it's scrumptious.
Summer House Santa Monica
11825 Grand Park Avenue
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