The Daily Dish in Silver Spring: Delish, with and without the kids


“The Daily Dish is a play of words that reflects the passion of its two owners, Jerry Hollinger and Zena Polin, who believe in serving comfort food with a twist — food that is seasonally inspired, locally sourced and farm fresh.”

I have been a regular visitor to The Daily Dish restaurant in Silver Spring since it opened. It is one of my favorite places to bring friends or share a meal with my husband. For me, living in east Montgomery County, The Daily Dish is the perfect place to meet up with friends who live in the District or western MoCo towns — a delicious halfway point in just-over-the-DC-border Silver Spring (and just as chic and foodie-cutting-edge as those friends’ local bistros.)

The Daily Dish embodies the Farm to Fork experience. Food is sourced from local produce markets and reflected in the menu’s seasonal, always-fresh ingredients.

As invitees to a media dinner to preview The Daily Dish’s spring menu, my husband Chris and I had the opportunity to taste some of the restaurant and event catering company’s new and classic offerings. Here is what I learned:

  • The wine pairings are out of this world. Co-owner Zena Polin is passionate about international wines and sources the most interesting and amazing vintages to serve the meals. Accessibly priced but OMG awesome, be sure to ask your server for Polin’s hand-picked preferences and pairings with your food selections.
  • Do not skip starters. Hey, I am all about pinching pennies and watching my calories. But when you visit The Daily Dish, definitely order a starter course in addition to your entree. Their mozzarella, pickles, soups and more are all made from scratch. Do not worry, there are no bland blooming onions or wilting garden salads with ranch to fill you up. The Daily Dish appetizers offer you a sampling of local delicacies and some very cool culinary chances. For instance, the duck confit on endive with applewood smoked bacon was incredible.
  • Craft cocktails = go for it. The blood orange margarita and elderflower rosemary caipiroska we tried were better than drinks we have had in schmancy DC speakeasies.
  • Last Supper worthy. If I am ever on death row, I will request that my final meal be Chef Jerry Hollinger’s beef short ribs with multi colored baby carrots and savory bread pudding with bacon and smoked Gouda. Thankfully, I do not have to perform any felonies to enjoy this again in the future.
  • It’s right for date night. For the media dinner, Chris and I left the kids at home. It felt special and adult and romantic. I also love The Daily Dish for women’s weekend brunches, especially the stocked Bloody Mary bar.
  • Kids are welcome too (and free on Mondays.) The kids menu is the best in town. Really. You have your mac and dog and pasta for the pickies. You also have waffles and cheese bread and craft pizzas for the small restaurant-philes. Kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of adult entrees $12 and above, one free kid entree per adult entree. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts.

Get thee to The Daily Dish!

8301 Grubb Road
Silver Spring, MD, 20910

Open Table reservations.

Mon-Wed:11:30am-5:30 lunch, 5:30-9:00ish pm dinner
Thurs-Fri:11:30am-5:30lunch, 5:30-9:30ish pm dinner
Sat: 8:30am-12:30brunch,12:30-5:30 lunch, 5:30-9:30 dinner
Sun: 8:30am-3 brunch, 3-5:30 lunch, 5:30-9:00 dinner

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