This is my first post. I just moved to Bethesda from NYC and am eager to explore the food scene around here. I was really big into the restaurant scene there (even did some freelancing for Time Out NY) but now I'm clueless! Right now, fresh out of grad school, money is tight, so I'm looking for those hidden gems that won't break the bank. So far, downtown Bethesda seems to be largely chain-y and overpriced, but I know there are good places waiting to be discovered on side streets and in Rockville Strip Malls. What are your favorites?
Also where can we do brunch besides the Original Pancake House? I'm game to go anywhere in DC but also want to know of some places within an easy walk or drive. (We do have a car.)