I’ve been spending an increasing amount of time in Bethesda. It’s odd, as I’m such a city girl. I’ve been going for meetings and for events, but what I’ve found is that Bethesda Row is hoppin’. Seriously, the Row is often more crowded on a weekday than my neighborhood of 14th Street.
The retail options on Bethesda Row are great. I could wile away hours at the Pink Palm, Lululemon, Pottery Barn, Kendra Scott, and Barnes and Noble. Bethesda Row also has a few of my go-to spots: Dry Bar, Sweetgreen, and Shop House.
But I’ve found a new spot for lunch and happy hour, Silver; and I’ve solidified my basic Bitch order: the tuna tartare with a glass of Pinot Noir from Wilamette. 8 oz pour, por favor.
Silver is a new American Brasserie inspired by vintage 1950s diners. The owner is the same man who developed all the Silver diners, but Silver is anything but a diner.
The ambiance is upscale yet comfortable—it’s an enormous restaurant that’s family-friendly, but nice enough for happy hour or a casual group dinner. With high ceilings and silver, blue, and black tones, Silver is a chic, modern space with vintage charm—it’s as if Gatsby decorated a diner, as the vibes are not unlike that of the Baz Luhrmann movie.
The food is American, with homages to diner food. What I love about Silver is the enormous, diverse menu—it reminds me of going to the Cheesecake Factory in high school. There are just SO many options. You can get tuna tartare, but also a burger and fries, or a great pasta, or a salad.
An homage to its diner origins, Silver serves breakfast all day, every day, which is something the Bitches can get behind. I’ve yet to go for brunch—because right now it’s my spot for late afternoon working lunches and happy hours, or for late afternoon lunches that turn into happy hours.
So, about that tuna tartare. The tuna tartare is Ozu marinated, and served with avocado, micro greens, lime cilantro peanut dressing, and crispy wontons for dipping. Damn, those wontons are addicting. It’s a traditional take on a tuna tartare, but one that is executed well.
Another popular appetizer, available on the happy hour menu, are the Brussels sprouts. The sprouts are roasted in a cinnamon chipotle spice and served with dried apricots, cranberries, and pecans. There’s a side of ranch, which isn’t necessary, as the flavor of the Brussels sprouts is great without it.
The French fries are a popular dish that’s perfect for sharing—because they’re Buffalo French fries. That’s right, an enormous cone of fried piping hot French fries topped with Buffalo seasoning and chunks of blue cheese. At first, I was hesitant, but these fries are the real deal. Happy hour is not complete without sliders. Preferably mini sliders for sharing. I love the traditional sliders: Angus beef, topped with cheddar cheese and a pickle on a sesame seed bun. You can’t beat a great burger with a glass of wine come 5 p.m. or later. It’s just so satisfying—particularly as the weather gets colder. But, Silver also offers salmon and black bean options, if you’re looking for something different, or something more healthy.
You can’t leave Silver without a milkshake, which are served boozy and virgin varietals. But really, who wouldn’t want a liquor milkshake? We sampled the apple pie milkshake, which tasted exactly like apple pie. And, we couldn’t turn down a classic cookies and cream—there’s nothing better.
Silver serves happy hour from 4-7 p.m. and from 9-12 p.m. on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends (late night happy hour!) and is located at 7150 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD.
BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch partners with Silver. While this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch, we do receive compensation from the company.