What a discovery. Tucked away in a small strip mall behind the MARC station in downtown Kensington is this gem of a place that looks like a Brooklyn cafe with homemade, delectable looking bakery items, hard to find organic milk in glass bottles, housemade green tea iced tea, deli case with new dishes every day, fresh paninis they will grill for you on crusty bread. The place has several artists' work up and there is an artsy, urban feel. Food was delicious and I look forward to many more visits, to eat and browse art and books. I actually walked right by this place one morning when I was hungry, and thought "what a cute store, I will have to come back when I'm shopping." But it turned out to be a restaurant! I only wish they had a better coffee supply. Their pastries deserve espresso!
My question to you chowhounds is, are there any other independent coffeehouse type places in the Kensington/Wheaton/Rockville/North Bethesda area? I know about Quartermaine in Bethesda and North Bethesda, and love Zen Tara Tea in downtown Bethesda. What else? Meanwhile, kudos to Sub-Urban Trading Company!