Every year Washingtonian magazine publishes a list of Top 100 restaurants. With friends and family, I have been eating my way through this manifest of menus. I'll be documenting meals and reviewing restaurants in this column. Please make a reservation to join me!
Newton's Table (Photo: Patra Wroten)
A visit to the very clean, simple website for Bethesda Restaurant Newton's Table, which showcases little more than the restaurant's green apple logo, left me certain the dining experience would be on trend with the rustic, eat local movement that is popular everywhere these days. Think Founding Farmers or Virtue Feed and Grain.
I was surprised when I arrived one afternoon for lunch to find a dining room far more feng shui than farm-to-table.
Photo: Patra Wroten
If you're searching for some mid-day Zen at an affordable lunch price (take advantage of the two courses for $15 mid-day special), Newton's Table is your place. Inside the dining room a friendly host will pull out a French Louis XVI-style dining chair (quite possibly the most comfortable restaurant seat I've ever visited) and seat you where you can hear the indoor waterfall. This is when you should exhale because when the food arrives you'll want to inhale it.
If Thanksgiving has left you tired of traditional American food, the Asian and French infusion you will find at Newton's Table will certainly refresh your taste buds. Order the Kobe wantons, and don't let the garlic aioli leave the table; the fries that come with the savory pulled pork BBQ grilled cheese will want to revisit this perfect dipping sauce. The jumbo lump crap crepe makes for a very decadent lunch without being too heavy, and still leaves room for ordering the chocolate crunch, Newton's version of a homemade Kit-Kat bar.
Newton's Table is located at 4917 Elm Street in Bethesda. Reservations can be made using Open Table. Parking garages are within walking distance. Newton's Table is open Tuesday-Friday for lunch and daily for dinner.