A rather recent addition to Montgomery County’s dining scene, Full On Craft Eats & Drinks opened its doors in Rockville in 2015 with the mission of serving quality handcrafted fare alongside mid-Atlantic beers and domestic wines. Gourmet craft sandwiches made from house-roasted meats and scratch-made sauces – think slow-roasted beef with cheddar, slaw and chipotle mayo on challah bread – are the focus at Full On though there are a number of salads too. Team with an ale from Flying Dog Brewery in neighboring Frederick or a crisp California wine for the ultimate craft cuisine experience.
A long-standing Bethesda favorite, Positano Ristorante Italiano has been family-run since first opening its doors in 1977 and serves some of the best Italian fare in the county. A cozy, rustic dining room sets the scene for Italian dining on colder evenings while Positano’s beautiful, tree-shaded courtyard is perfect for a romantic meal on balmy summer evenings. Try a classic dish of veal parmigiana or lasagna Bolognese or opt for a house special like the ciopino del pescatore – jumbo shrimp, sea scallops, mussels, clams and calamari sautéed with olive oil, garlic and white wine – followed by an indulgent traditional dessert like tiramisu or cannoli.
One of the best-loved Greek restaurants in Montgomery County, Mykonos Grill has been bringing the tastes of Aegean cuisine to Maryland since opening in Rockville 17 years ago and recently had the pleasure of cooking its delicious food for President Obama at the White House’s annual Greek Independence Day celebrations. With its whitewashed walls, rustic stone floors and splashes of bright blue, Mykonos Grill’s beautiful interior will whisk diners away to island shores of the Aegean Sea while dining on tempting, traditional dishes. Try the dolmades, spanakopita and garides Mykonos – sautéed shrimp with feta cheese, pine nuts, onions, raisins, tomato, herbs and white wine – accompanied by a glass or two of authentic Greek wine.
Mykonos Grill, 121 Congressional Lane, Rockville, MD, USA,+1 301 770 5999
Another of Montgomery County’s much-loved restaurants, Vasilis Mediterranean Grill is a family owned and operated establishment located in Gaithersburg’s beautiful Kentlands neighborhood serving a mix of classic and contemporary Mediterranean fare, with a focus on Greek cuisine. A lovely little patio overlooking the sidewalk is a perfect spot for a light lunch of authentic dishes like hot and cold meze, house-made soups and fresh salads while a cozy dining room awaits guests on chillier evenings. Try a classic moussaka – seasoned ground beef layered with eggplant and potato and topped with béchamel sauce – or for a regional recipe with a Mediterranean twist try one of Vasilis’ local favorites like the pan-seared sea scallops with sautéed spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts.