I spend a shameful amount of time in gym clothes nowadays. Yes, I work out. But, I also work out of a coffee shop—so I am rockin’ athleisure several days a week. Sure, it’s cute athleisure—I’m keeping Lululemon in business, of that I’m certain. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t in leggings—I guess there are worse problems to have.
As I work a lot, I’m fitting in a workout whenever I can. Last Sunday, the girls and I fit in a run and hike on the canal and headed to nearby Bethesda for brunch at Silver. I’d enjoyed the restaurant’s happy hour and lunch, so I was eager to try the brunch.
With each of us bundled up in multiple layers of fleece and sweat-wicking layers of athletic attire, we cozied into a booth in the bustling restaurant, which literally had a line out the door.
Silver is an upscale new American restaurant from the folks behind Silver diner—the decor is that of an upscale, modernized diner—with high ceilings, clean lines, a silver-and-navy color palette, and cozy red leather booths.
We began with coffee—Silver serves Compass Coffee, a local roaster, and also sources from many farms in the area. Also, water and boozy beverages. At brunch, everyone needs at least three glasses. You know how it is, Bitches. For cocktails, Lauren 1 tried the Bloody Mary, and Lauren 2 tried the traditional mimosa. Meanwhile, I went with the Bellini. The cocktails are large—the mimosas are served in wine glasses—a faux pas! I certainly wasn’t going to complain. The mimosas were light and heavy on the bubbly—without being too sweet. I’m often horrified by mimosas that are far too sugary, but these were not.
For appetizers, I mandated we order my favorite dish on the regular menu: the Ahi tuna tartare, which is served in the traditional fashion with avocado and a sweet soy sauce, as well as some diced tomatoes thrown in. The tuna comes topped with micro greens and served with large, crispy fried wontons for dipping. Scooped into the ponzu-marinated tuna, these wontons really hit the spot.
We also ordered the goat cheese bruschetta, which came served in a make-your-own style. The long plate included slices of white ciabatta, pine nut pesto drizzled with Balsamic, and tomatoes coated in pine nut pesto and mixed with sunflower seeds. This was really good, with or without the bread, for those of us who avoid gluten.
Never one to follow the norm, Lauren 1 ordered a chicken pot pie, for brunch. She was moving–to South Africa to get hitched—the following week, so her kitchen was empty. She was determined to have chicken pot pie for lunch Monday, and proudly left the restaurant brandishing her doggy bag. The enormous, deconstructed pot pie was a bowl filled with Cremini mushrooms, basil, butternut squash, peas, corn, scallions, tarragon, and topped with two large pieces of flaky, buttery crust. I teased her for ordering a pot pie, but it really was good.
Lauren 2 ordered the Bison Huevos Rancheros, a large bowl filled with chorizo organic bison hash, goat cheese, avocado, and Salsa Roja, topped with eggs over easy, and lined with large crispy tortillas. Like many dishes at Silver, this was a satisfying, hearty dish with plenty to share.
Tristin selected the low fat, vegetarian omelet, made with eggbeaters, low-fat cheddar, peppers, cremini mushrooms, and tomatoes. It was served with your choice of toast (she chose wheat) and a small side of fresh fruit—strawberries, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe. She said “It was shockingly good, and not just for something low fat.”
Our waitress was friendly and attentive. Despite the busy restaurant and tables in her section, she kept the refills on our water, coffee and mimosas coming and cleared the crowded table quickly between each course. I had been eyeing the pancakes, which looked amazing every time they passed by on a plate on the table, as well as the Bananas Foster French toast. As I was trying to behave myself, I decided on the traditional breakfast platter, selecting my eggs fried over medium and pork sausage. The eggs and sausage were great—though it doesn’t look very pretty. I cleaned my plate.
One of the great things about Silver is the enormity of the menu and the plenthora of options: there are calorie counts and “flexatarian” options, like turkey sausage or turkey bacon, and healthy salads. But, there’s also hearty diner grub, which is the really good stuff!
I’d warned the girls to save room for milk shakes, which would come at the end of brunch. We ordered the traditional Oreo milkshake and the Coffee and Baileys boozy milkshake. We shared them, 50s diner style, with a few straws in each one. A perfect cozy brunch followed by a long Sunday afternoon nap.
The Bitches say: A. A casual, family and group-friendly new American spot, Silver does a fresh take on your diner favorites: breakfast food, coffee, pot pies, and milkshakes—plus a great mimosa.
Like milkshakes? Well you’ll swoon over the Egg Nog Milkshakes at Silver! Join us tomorrow, December 2, for a Holiday Hot Toddy Happy Hour at Silver. The restaurant is providing complimentary festive cocktails with a $10 donation to The Children’s Inn at NIH. We’ll be there merry making and enjoying the holiday photobooth from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
7910 Woodmont Ave. N.W.
Silver serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays and breakfast on weekdays.
Bitch Biz: Silver and the Bitches are partners. This article was written independently by the Bitches.