Tavira | Portuguese
The authentic Portuguese menu and spot-on seafood dishes overseen by longtime chef-owner Duarte Rebolo would be enough to highly recommend Tavira. But it also wins the award for the county’s sunniest subterranean restaurant. With its wall mural, pottery and pretty flower arrangements, this basement office building eatery is a mini-retreat to the city on Portugal’s southern coast for which it’s named. If it weren’t for the Connecticut Avenue traffic, you’d think you were there.
Favorites: Try any of the several bacalhau entrées, the centuries-old dish made with dried, salted cod that’s rehydrated before being cooked and served with vegetables and other accompaniments. For starters, go fish with the fresh clams or grilled squid (when the latter is offered as a special), and absolutely end the meal with leite frita, fried custard with a hint of citrus and cinnamon that’s even better than a cream-filled doughnut. ~ Bethesda Magazine, May 2013
8401 Connecticut Avenue Chevy Chase, MD 20815 301-652-8684