Connoisseurs agree that the best-tasting steaks and burgers come from the cow you raise and slaughter yourself, though they also advise against giving it an adorable name. Today's deal scores you primo meat from a cow you haven't formed an emotional bond with: for $10, you get $20 worth of meaty modern fusion cuisine and drinks at Relic in Bethesda.
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).
Your waiter can pair any dish with a plethora of wines, cordials, and single-malt whiskeys for double-fist energy later. If you still have the capacity to stand under your own power at the end of your repast, chase your feast with some crème brûlée ($7) or a plate of berries over chocolate mélange ($7).
The Gazette says Relic fuses trendy with traditional tapas:
- Relic is gaining traction with the urban chic crowd in search of the next trendy lounge. Probing beyond the décor and façade, the place is clean and tidy and the food merits attention for its more traditional Mediterranean fare…The place is well-lit during the dinner hour, and the eclectic interior will entrance children. – Brian Patterson, Gazette
- If you are in the Bethesda area and looking for a unique atmosphere and tasty food, or trying to find an accommodating [sic] place for a private party or event, definitely check out Relic. – Jessica K., Yelp
- This place is great - has an upscale European [sic] vibe - but not pretentious. Good looking crowd mix and diverse. – Lars S., Yelp
- The menu is a nice selection of tapas very reasonably priced. I loved the Potato Chickpea Cakes with mushrooms and a light plum sauce & the Beet Salad is not to be missed with spring greens & goat cheese with a balsamic reduction. – CAC, Urbanspoon