The Food & Drink Notebook for Bethesda, MD & Washington D.C

I’m back with another edition of the Bethesda, Maryland dining notebook, bringing you up to speed with all of the news and notes for food, drink and fun in Bethesda and the surrounding Washington D.C. area.

The 2012 AT&T Best of Washington event hosted by Washingtonian magazine is coming up on July 11. The snazzy cocktail attire party features dozens of the best restaurants in the city, a huge range of drink sponsors and much more, and makes for a memorable and awesome evening out on the town.

That’s great, and even better for Bethesda residents is the Best of Washington happy hour event on June 27. For a small donation at the door, you get a wide range of food samples from local establishments, as well as a drink ticket. Discounted tickets to the Best of Washington party will also be for sale, if they’re still available. Full price tickets are $125 for general admission and $175 for early admission.

Luke’s Lobster is now open in Bethesda Row, in the space formerly occupied by Cacao. Offering several different premium, Maine-style rolls, along with seafood soups and sides, the quick service restaurant also has outdoor bench seating available. Now, when is Boloco going to open up around the corner?

The Corned Beef King food truck has been a frequent visitor to Bethesda as of late. Follow the delectable deli-on-wheels purveyor on Twitter, @CornedBeefKing, to keep tabs on their location and planned stops. They generally pull up near the Row on Bethesda Avenue, and they’re certainly worth a try, especially for displaced New Yorkers pining for real deli.

Kraze Burger celebrated their grand opening in their new, complete space on the corner of Woodmont and Elm by giving away free frozen yogurt for three straight days to all comers. But the main attraction is certainly the lineup of unique and tasty burgers, will all sorts of innovative topping combinations and sauces. Stiff competition in town with Five Guys and BGR, but another burger haven to add to the list.

An outdoor Tiki bar been added to the sleek patio at Black’s Bar & Kitchen. It makes it even easier to go and enjoy some sun while passing around a few cocktails or enjoying their happy hour food specials. They celebrated the opening of the new bar space with a special brunch event earlier in the month.

Speaking of outdoor spots to enjoy the weather, Nest Cafe is now in the full summer swing of things, and is offering live music on both Friday and Saturday nights. Good food, cheap drink and friendly service are all available – and if you’re lucky – maybe even a beagle sighting.

This article was first published by Jake Emen on Yahoo Voices, June 20, 2012