Located next to AMP and iPic theaters in Bethesda, MD, City Perch is a great place to grab apps and/or drinks before heading to whatever show you’re there to see. They have an extensive cocktail menu with fabulous options priced from $9-20. They also have happy hour daily from 3-6PM featuring cocktails, wine by the glass, and craft drafts.
Their bread board was, hands down, the highlight of the evening. It came with a cayenne + parmesan popover with smoked sundried tomato butter, a piece of honey-dipped corn bread with whipped goat cheese drenched in wildflower honey, a butter bun with whipped Trickling Springs butter + sea salt, and an orange sage biscuit served with maple bourbon pecan butter.
Their French Onion Soup ($10) was also dope! Enriched with braised beef short rib, gruyère + white cheddar gratin, the flavors were spot on and the bowl came out piping hot. If you’re a fan of all things cheesy, you’ll love this soup – yay for warm, stringy cheese.
We also tried the “everything” waffle ($16) and the brioche-crusted Maryland blue crab cakes ($18). The former featured Norwegian smoked salmon, dill crème fraîche and salmon roe, and the latter came with old bay remoulade and a frisée + citrus salad topped with yuzu vinaigrette.
Mac + Cheese lovers unite – made with farmstead artisanal cheeses + bacon crumble, this gooey goodness is all sorts of yum. Props to City Perch for doing a solid job with this classic dish. For $8, you get a fairly large portion so definitely plan on sharing.
The Roasted Long Island Duck ($28)
We also got to try the Pan Seared Scallops ($29) and Braised Beef Short Ribs ($28). The scallops came with roasted brussels sprouts, cipollini onions, bacon lardons, thyme + veal jus, and the beef came with creamed spinach, crispy shallots, and a potato pancake.
The aforementioned dishes were fine but nothing to write home about – we actually thought they were overseasoned! The duck’s definitely the better choice in terms of flavor and tenderness though so go with that if you decide to order an entree.
Anyways, we were food-coma’d out so we passed on dessert, but we’ll probably go back to sample them sometime in the future so keep an eye out! Also, they validate parking for up to 3 1/2 hours here so make sure you all take advantage. For all you non-DMV folks out there looking to try their food, City Perch has locations in NY and NJ as well so definitely let us know what you think. Bon appétit!