After future generations adopt hyper-efficient nutrient vitamin packs, present generations will nostalgically frame photos of themselves wearing their favorite homemade suppers of yore. Today's Groupon likewise celebrates food that's fresh, savory, comforting, and modestly polite. For $10, you get $20 worth of classic recipes and savory zeal at The Daily Dish on Grubb Road in Silver Spring. A dedication to local ingredients for local appetites gives traditional favorites a healthy sprinkling of regional personality.
Formerly the site of the RedDog Cafe, The Daily Dish is a genuine eatery where a passion for food and attractive plateware coalesces under inspired cuisine. Diners plant themselves in a modern space decked in olive greens and rustic reds, making feasting a cozy venture into the depths of Executive Chef Michael Chretien's lunch and dinner menu. Appetites unfold like pea-blossom petals to the rich flavors and hearty textures of the baked local goat cheese served with fresh-baked focaccia bread and roasted-tomato sauce ($8) and the signature house mac 'n' cheese served under an edible bedspread of aged cheddar ($11 for lunch, $4.50 as a dinner side).
Seafaring appetites can cultivate an oceanic garden with the salmon salad, prepared atop a blend of spinach, fennel, and arugula in the company of orange slices, red onion, and a citrusy vinaigrette ($14/lunch, $15/dinner), while sandwich artists can seize inspiration from the pulled-pork ripieghi, loaded with house-roasted protein and a Carolina-style barbeque sauce ($11/lunch, $12/dinner). For ultimate freedom and the appetizing thrill of creation, build a custom pizza pie from a wide list of soy cheese, Italian sausage, prosciutto, forest mushrooms, caramelized onions, kalamata olives, and more ($11 before fixings).
Though many locals mourn the demise of the RedDog Cafe, most of them have embraced the culinary phoenix that has risen from its ashes. Bloggers at Going Green DC and MoCo Scene call The Daily Dish a feasting favorite, while seven Yelpers give it 3.5 stars: