Going Out Guide for July 20, 2010

Bon appétit: Redwood is among the eateries offering specially priced meals Monday through Aug. 1. (Redwood will extend the deals for a second week.)
Bon appétit: Redwood is among the eateries offering specially priced meals Monday through Aug. 1. (Redwood will extend the deals for a second week.) (Leah L. Jones For The Washington Post)
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

If you're looking for a restaurant in Bethesda, you're probably not expecting a cheap meal. But each year during Bethesda-Chevy Chase Restaurant Week, which starts Monday, some of the area's best restaurants offer mouth-watering meals that won't make you cringe when you see the bill. Check out our selections of where to eat like a prince and pay like a pauper.

REDWOOD

If you're just as concerned about aesthetics as food quality, this handsome restaurant should be high on your list. The lunch menu includes fare such as a pulled pork sandwich served with homemade barbecue sauce and coleslaw. For dinner, the fixed-price menu includes market fish with succotash made from local corn and Chesapeake crab butter. If you can't get in between Monday and Aug. 1, Redwood will be extending its special menu an extra week. 7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda. 301-656-5515. http://www.redwoodbethesda.com. $15 lunch, $30 dinner.

JALEO

Now that the World Cup has ended, those wearing colors other than yellow and red will feel welcome at this Spanish restaurant. Choose one dish from five sections, such as caramelized onion and thyme soup, Moorish stew, fried bacon-wrapped dates, seared scallops and homemade ice cream. Other dishes include house-made grilled pork sausage with sauteed white beans. Similar items are on the lunch menu. 7271 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. 301-913-0003. http://www.jaleo.com. $15 lunch, $30 dinner.

PERSIMMON

Persimmon, a small American bistro with walls painted a warm orange, is hard to miss. Those who love the restaurant's usual menu or have been dying to try it won't be disappointed by the Restaurant Week selections: a choice of three courses from the regular menu. The portions are smaller, but at $30, it's hard to beat. 7003 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 301-654-9860. http://www.persimmonrestaurant.com. $15 lunch, $30 dinner.

TRAGARA

If you're not part of a large Italian family, bring as many people as you can gather to Tragara and you'll see just what it's like. The prix fixe dinner menu includes such dishes as a homemade pasta filled with spinach and fresh salmon over rapini with a sun-dried tomato sauce. The lunch menu has similar items but doesn't include dessert. 4935 Cordell Ave., Bethesda. 301-951-4935. http://www.tragara.com. $12 lunch, $30 dinner.

-- Kristen Boghosian


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