Chef Tony’s Has Great Soul …and Sole

I was honored to be asked by Dining in DC‘s Lisa Shapiro to join other local food bloggers to serve as an ambassador for an event called “Take a Bite Out of Breast Cancer.” During the the month of October, participating restaurants throughout the DC area are donating a portion of their proceeds to Pink Jams.

Pink Jams! is a Washington, DC area non-profit promoting early detection and breast cancer awareness to young men and women. By combining an important early detection and awareness message with fashion, art, social events, and live music, the organization reaches out to men and women under the age of 40.

My assignment was Chef Tony’s in Bethesda.  Thanks to the friends (and friends of friends) who joined me for this event.  It’s a pleasure to dine out and support a great cause at the same time!

Chef Tony’s menus are “created daily to highlight a Mediterranean flare with the freshest produce and unique catches of the day.”

There are some clear favorites dishes at our table of eight.  I love the grilled whole leaf casesar salad with balsamic reduction and parmesan curls. The balsamic dressing and the fresh ingredients really make this dish speak to me.

My friend raves about the sardines.  I am not a sardine eater, so I will take his word for it. They do look pretty.

My husband has pan blackened salmon with plantains, picked cucumber salad, and herb cream.  This may seem like an odd mix of flavors but it works perfectly together and he raves about the ingredients separately and as a cohesive dish.

The scallops are also a highlight, nicely seasoned and well-prepared.

The standout of the night, however, is the parmesan crusted sole with lemon caper butter sauce, mashed potatoes, and vegetables.  The fish is cooked perfectly and there is a sophisticated balance of flavors and textures: crunchy, smooth, tart, and sweet. This dish alone warrants a return visit.

Portions at Chef Tony’s are generous, prices are moderate, there’s a comfortable casual feel, and a convenient Bethesda location.

I am grateful to Chef Tony Marciante for generously donating 10% of his proceeds every Wednesday night in October.  It takes a great soul to do this.  It’s nice to have some great sole to enjoy at the same time.

Chef Tony’s, 4926 St. Elmo Avenue, Bethesda

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