Mrs. K’s Toll House Restaurant, a Silver Spring landmark since the early 1900s, just opened The Wine Press, a temperature-controlled cellar that spotlights a wine list of 600 labels and 64 wines by the glass. The brainchild of general manager Spiro Gioldasis, the space recalls an Old World cave complete with exposed native stone, vintage brick floors and iron details. The Wine Press serves lunch and dinner and hosts special wine dinners every other Wednesday. 9201 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD; www.mrsks.com
Wolfgang Puck is the latest celebrity chef to tip his toque to Washington. The Source brings Puck’s fare to DC under the direction of executive chef Scott Drewno. The modern, three-level restaurant located in the Newseum serves a casual lounge menu (prime beef sliders, wood-fired pizzas) on the ground floor and Asian-inspired cuisine using seasonal organic ingredients upstairs. Roasted suckling pig with plum-fig chutney, anyone? Pennsylvania and Sixth, NW; www.wolfgangpuck.com
Bertrand Chemel, new executive chef at 2941 Restaurant, started whipping up magical plates—such as grilled octopus with cannellini beans, red peppers and chorizo oil (above)—upon arrival. Don’t miss the apple tarte tatin with caramel for dessert. 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA; www.2941.com
Wolfgang Puck's The Source comes to Washington, DC.
Bertran Chemel comes to 2941 Restaurant.
Chemel's grilled octopus with cannellini beans, red peppers
and chorizo oi.