From Our Editors
Painted on one wall in the bar area of the Wine Thief is this directive: “Approach love and food with reckless abandon.” The charm in that saying is reflected in this Mount Airy bistro’s atmosphere and food. Red- and butter-colored walls and a reclaimed-wood floor frame a 8-seat bar and a dining area with tall windows that face out to Germantown Avenue. Well-thought-out menu ranges from burgers to seafood, with plenty of vegetarian options along the way, including a Meatless Monday prix fixe dinner. The locals tend to opt for starters like butternut squash cavatelli and entrées like whiskey-glazed meatloaf, though the extensive international wine list tends to remain the star. And in case you’re wondering about the name: a “wine thief” is used to taste aging wine while still in the barrel.