Relic

4936 Fairmont Ave Bethesda, MD 20814
301-656-1209

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At Relic, the fried frog legs in a spicy garlic sauce ($9) habitually sell out, so order them right off the bat if you're feeling adventurous. Chicken skewers with onions and peppers ($9); pan-seared crab cakes in lemon butter sauce ($9); and a veggie tower of eggplant, mushroom, spinach, mozzarella, tomatoes, and peppers ($9) also make excellent starters. Save room for Relic's meaty main attractions: steaks and burgers grilled over a wood fire, both made from beef that has been dry aged in a Himalayan salt-aging chamber (much like your pet yeti-mummy). Steaks come in a variety of sizes ($23–$28) in New York strip and rib-eye, and can come with your choice of sauces, including bordelaise sauce, bearnaise sauce, and wild-mushroom brandy cream sauce. Similarly, you can order your nine-ounce burger your way ($8), firey (chipotle paste, grilled jalapeños, port onions, and Manchego cheese, $9), or as a seasonally appropriate Mardi Gras (foie gras, plum sauce, and port onions, $15).