Spotluck Spotlight: Faccia Luna

Faccia Luna

Come in and visit Faccia Luna and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped right into your grandmother’s kitchen. Friendly staff that make you feel like part of the family, delicious homemade Italian food, and a great atmosphere make Faccia Luna a mandatory stop on any Clarendon food tour. Check out some of the must-try items on their menu before you stop in:

 
 

Meatball Sliders

These meaty morsels are smothered in a tangy marinara sauce that bites so nice. The classic minis make a great appetizer for sharing (or not... we won't judge either way).

 
 

Agnolotti Con Mozzarella

If meatball sliders don't quite fill you up, try this delicious pasta dish. The house-made ravioli is stuffed with mozzarella cheese and sun-dried tomato, and is served with a delicious basil pesto cream sauce. 

 
 

Via Toscana 

You simply can’t go wrong with ANY of Faccia Luna’s signature pizzas. Try the Via Toscana pizza with a crispy crust, big round slices of gouda (plus FOUR other cheeses), caramelized onions and prosciutto. 

 
 

Breakfast Pizza

If you’re feeling like you’re in the mood for some brunch, check out their Breakfast Pizza (pictured above). This white pizza with fried egg, cheese, and a delicious garlicky crust is only served on the weekends - so don’t worry, you won’t be tempted to play hooky and grab a slice during the week.

 
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Fontina Chicken Sandwich 

If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, try out the Fontina Chicken Sandwich. Perfectly charred chicken is paired with a citrusy aioli and topped with Fontina cheese to create the perfect melted delight.

 
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Chocolate Mousse

Finish the meal with some homemade rich chocolate Belgian Mousse. Enough said, now head to bed!

 
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Come visit the helpful and friendly staff at Faccia Luna and explore the whole menu! As always, the first spinner to land on Faccia Luna will receive a meal on us! 

 

Faccia Luna
2909 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 276-3099

Spotluck Spotlight: Villain & Saint

 
 

Villain & Saint

Villain & Saint didn’t take long settling in to the Bethesda music and food scene. Stop in on any given weekday or weekend night and you’ll probably get treated to a live performance up on their stage. 

Our favorite part of Villain & Saint (besides the signed Aerosmith guitar hanging on the wall, of course) is their creative menu offering villainously good food that may just help you keep that saintly figure. On the “Villain” side are classics like ribs, cheeseburgers, fries, and chili. Balancing it out on the “Saint” side are some lighter options such as burrata, beet salad, and their infamous zucchini pancakes. 

 

We’ve compiled some of the must-haves when you stop by this Bethesda spot:

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Zucchini Pancakes

You’re looking at one of the most delicious ‘vegetables’ you’ll ever have. Thin zucchini pancakes are fried to perfection and topped with sliced granny smith apples, smoked salmon, and a chive crème fraîche. And it counts as your serving of veggies, right?

 
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Salt Roasted Beets 

This might actually count as vegetables, but it’s equally delicious. If you’re a beet fan, order this refreshing salad. Both red and golden beets, avocado, pickled onions, and some spices are served on a bed of homemade hummus. 

 
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Farmhouse Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a staple everywhere, but these are unlike any you’ve ever had. In addition to the filling, they are topped with onions, salami, feta cheese, and a basil vinaigrette. Deviled eggs are now officially acceptable to order for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner.

 
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Saint Louis Slow Smoked Pork Ribs

These are slathered in Villain & Saint’s very own BBQ sauce, and are slow roasted for hours on the smoker. They don’t steal the show entirely though thanks to the baked beans and homemade coleslaw on the side. Of course, finished with a basket of fries (nothing wrong with that). 

No reason to drive a few hours to catch a good show; stop in Villain & Saint and hang with these guys to make your bellies and ears happy at the same time! 

 
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For a full performance schedule, check their website.

 

Villain & Saint
7141 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
 (240) 800-4700

 

Spotluck Spotlight: Urban Heights

Urban Heights

Softshell crabs, the ocean, and that big yellow, red, and black flag might be things you associate with Maryland. But new kid on the block, Urban Heights, is adding Filipino and Southeast Asian cuisine to that list here in Bethesda. The upbeat, modern restaurant has plenty of patio space and a third floor deck that is perfect for summer dining or happy hour cocktails. 

We had a chance to sample some of the pan-asian cuisine, and we have to say, we’re ready to switch to the dark side.

These are the must-haves we recommend for your next visit!  

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Chicken Adobo Sliders

Indulge in these crispy chicken bites smothered in sauce and perched on mini buns (of course, served with a side of spicy mayo).

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Pork Belly Bites

Crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside, these pork belly bites will just melt in your mouth. 

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Duck Rolls

Shredded duck meat and soft wraps contrast with tangy hoisin sauce and crunchy fresh vegetables to make up this delicious dish.

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Banh Mi

A tasty variation of this classic Vietnamese sandwich is paired with paper-thin fried lotus root chips.

Urban Heights Beef

Tender beef, fresh sprouts and a variety of veggies are simmered in a delicious broth.


 

Urban Heights
7940 Norfolk Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
 (301) 312-8282

Spotluck Spotlight: Perry's Japanese Cuisine

Introducing Spotluck Spotlight Videos!

If you've ever walked through Adams Morgan on a Sunday morning, you'll notice the crowds of excited patrons waiting to get in Perry's. They know they're getting a delicious brunch, but even better, a renowned Drag Show that recently made the "51 Things Everyone Should Experience At Least Once in DC" checklist. 

Today, we'll show you why you'll want to visit Perry's not just on Sundays, but every day! Our friend, Marc Silverstein, got a chance to chat with general manager, Ben Alt, and head sushi chef, Tetsuya Nakata, about their sushi, traditional Japanese dishes, and bar that features some of the best Japanese liquor around.  Watch our Spotluck Spotlight video series and get a behind the scene's look at this Adams Morgan gem:

Spotluck Spotlight: An Introduction To Perry's

Spotluck Spotlight: Perry's Sushi Bar

Spotluck Spotlight: Perry's Cuisine & Bar

Spotluck Spotlight: Perry's Sushi Prep

 

And as always, the first Spotlucker to hit Perry's after this post will enjoy a meal on us!! Ready, set, go!

SPOTLUCK SPOTLIGHT: JOHNNY PISTOLAS

Most of you have celebrated Cinco de Mayo with tacos and margaritas. How about stepping it up a notch with LA-style tacos and a vast menu of pairing tequilas? That’s right, Spotluck spot Johnny Pistolas puts a fresh twist on a perennial favorite. This Mexican Taqueria bar is the closest you'll get to that authentic west coast cuisine. Come out tonight and enjoy a live DJ and Salsa dancers, $2.00 tacos, plus beer, margarita and tequila specials. And they'll have a Piñata for you to beat to pieces.

Can't make it tonight? Well they also host a bottomless Bruncharia every Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:30 am! This unique style of brunch features roving servers dispensing a never-ending selection of delicious brunch goodies.

 

Johnny Pistolas
2333 18TH ST NW
WASHINGTON, DC, 20009
(202) 817-3255

Hours

Monday: 4:30 pm – 1:30 am
Tuesday: 4:30 pm – 1:30 am
Wednesday: 4:30 pm – 1:30 am
Thursday: 4:30 pm – 1:30 am
Friday: 4:30 pm – 2:30 am
Saturday: 4:30 pm – 2:30 am
Sunday: 4:30 pm – 1:30 am