Tacos, Tortas, & Tequila (downstairs) and Buena Vida (upstairs) are now open at 8407 Ramsey Ave. in Silver Spring.
Silver Spring blogger, @MyLineIsRed (Twitter), stopped in and was able to get some pictures of Buena Vida prior to its opening (full versions of the picture seen below). MyLineIsRed was able to eat at TTT and described the food as being really good, but warned that the restaurant was extremely busy.
Tacos, Tortas, & Tequila offers an “authentic Mexican experience with a modern twist.”
Buena Vida offers all-you-can-eat tostadas, empanadas, steak, poblano peppers, Oaxaca cheese, and a lot more for just $35.
Read more on their website www.tttrestaurant.com
I visited Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring for the first time since it re-opened. The underground bar has been through a fire, a flood, and few years of renovations only to come back...exactly the way it was (that’s a good thing).
You’ll notice some changes (the bathrooms are much better than the old ones), but the vibe is still the same. The signage that was once outside of the bar is now gone and partly because of that, it kind of has the look/feel of a modern-day speakeasy.
If you didn’t know the bar existed, there’s a good chance you’d miss it if you walked by (except for when the bouncer posts up at the top of the stairwell during peak hours). Once you get to the top of the stairwell that leads to the entrance, you’ll see the first signs of life. A sign and a banner.
One look down the stairs and you may have second thoughts about what you’re about to do. Don’t worry, you’ll be fine.
It doesn’t get much better the further down you go. The rusted bars on the window to your left probably don’t help. You can’t really see or hear much either, but at this point it’s probably too late to turn around.
Pull the door open, step inside the dimly lit bar, and find your seat (QHT doesn’t open until 4pm, and that’s probably the only time you’ll see it as empty as it looks below).
Around the corner you’ll find a vintage jukebox. It’s free, but make sure you limit your selections to five songs if things get busy.
On the other side you’ll find tables on each side of the wall, stretching all the way back to a mini-stage that has featured live music and DJ’s in the past.
I chose to take a seat at the bar and enjoyed a beer. They have a wide selection of domestic and imported beers on draft and in bottles.
While you’re there, you have to try their famous “totchos.” These tater tot nachos are just the right size to split with a few friends as a snack or eat on your own as your dinner. A must-have.
By about 5:30pm, QHT starts to fill up...no matter what day of the week it is. If you can get there a bit early, you’ll likely find another patron that’s more than willing to strike up a conversation. I met a personal trainer who was having some food and drinks with her client after a long workout.
I also spoke with the bartender for a little. He told me that Quarry House has the oldest active liquor license in MoCo (until Dietle’s is back up and running).
My Quarry House Tavern experience was just as I remembered it. There’s something about the place that just makes you love being there. The atmosphere is still perfect, the food is as good as you’ll find in a dive-bar (though I’m hesitant to call it that), and the beer selection is top-notch.
If you can look past the stairwell that comes straight from a horror flick, you’ll have yourself a great time at the “new” Quarry House Tavern.
The outside mural at Tacos, Tortas, and Tequila (8407 Ramsey Ave, Silver Spring) looks like it’s nearing completion according to this photo tweeted by Paul Meyer on Monday, April 22nd.
It was announced a few months back that Ivan Iracan would be bringing Tacos, Tortas, and Tequila to Silver Spring to occupy the old 8407 Kitchen Bar spot (https://www.mocoshow.com/blog/tacos-tortas-and-tequila-coming-to-silver-spring).
A few weeks later he announced that he would be bringing an unlimited small plates program, similar to the one at his popular D.C. restaurant Ambar, to the second level of the location– as Buena Vida.
Buena Vida will take over the second story and offer all-you-can-eat tostadas, empanadas, steak, poblano peppers, Oaxaca cheese, and a lot more for just $35.
The restaurants were expected to open in April, but have been pushed back a month to May. I’m excited to try both of these spots!
For the fifth time in less than a month, a car has driven into a commercial building in MoCo.
Earlier today one of our readers, Roy Thompson, shared with us the pictures of an SVU that had driven into the Sunoco gas station on Cherry Hill Rd. in Silver Spring. There were no injuries.
In late March, an accident caused an Orkin vehicle to drive into Chipotle in Germantown. Ancouple days later, a car drove into Taste of New Orleans in Darnestown. The following week, a car drove into Richey & Co. Shoes in Rockville and earlier this month, a car drove into Express Pharmacy on S Frederick Rd in Gaithersburg.
Kennedy Baseball is hosting their first ever Spring Fling.
Come watch them take on Northwood and enjoy food, music, entertainment, competitions, prizes, giveaways, and much more!
Saturday, April 21st, 2018 from 12-4pm
Since the late 80s, he has been seen walking/running in different parts of MoCo. Though he is associated with Olney, he is often spotted in the Aspen Hill area nowadays (he is still out and about throughout the county).
He’s had a couple Facebook pages devoted to him, and from what I have been told, is aware of his local celebrity status within the county.
I’m told his name is Lenny. There are many different rumors about his background, but none that can be confirmed so I don’t want to get into hearsay.
One thing I do know for sure, is that people are fascinated with his hair. For years he had one long dread lock, a beaver tail. A few years back, there was a drastic change. He cut his hair relatively short, before moving on to an early *NSYNC Justin Timberlake look. More recently, he has grown it out a little more (a bit longer than our featured photo).
There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the Facebook pages devoted to him. The pages consist of photographs and “sightings” complete with locations and time stamps. Some feel that this is an invasion of privacy, while others have said that he doesn’t mind at all and even poses for pictures all the time. I spoke with two people that have gotten selfies with Lenny. One of them told me about Lenny using his phone to look through one of the Facebook pages devoted to him and loving every minute of it.
I met him once. It was a few years back when he was waiting at a bus stop near the intersection of Connecticut and Independence. I was walking by and said hello. My friend pulled his phone out to sneak a picture– it was embarrassing. Lenny saw it. He put his hand on his hip and posed with a slightly mischievous smile as if it was the opening credits of an 80s sitcom. We all laughed, and it seemed as if he didn’t mind at all.
I’ve tried to get in touch with Lenny– to learn more about him and see if he wanted his story shared. I didn’t have any luck. He’s an intriguing figure in our community. He has a cult following and he’s a local celebrity and I’d love to share his story if he’s interested in doing so.
Until then...keep on walking, Lenny!
WalletHub, a D.C. based personal finance website that has branched into producing research reports and surveys on topics with varying degrees of relevance to personal finance, has come out with their 2018 ‘Most and Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in America’ list.
Each area was examined based on ethnicity, race, language, and birthplace. Though Jersey City, NJ, came in first, four MoCo areas were included in the top 10.
Gaithersburg came in 2nd, Germantown came in 3rd, Silver Spring came in 4th, and Rockville was 9th.
Read the whole WalletHub report here: wallethub.com/edu/cities-with-the-most-and-least-ethno-racial-and-linguistic-diversity/10264/
Montgomery County has strong ties to many celebrities, but we wanted to list a few that aren’t discussed as much as the usual suspects.
This list looks at just 10 of the many celebrities with ties to the county we love!
You may recognize her from one of her many movie or television roles (Kindergarten Cop, Junior, Jericho, NCIS: Los Angeles, etc.), but before she went to Hollywood, Reed lived in Silver Spring and attended Springbrook High School.
Perhaps best known for his role as a villain in the first Fast & the Furious movie, Yune has had a successful TV and film career since the late 90s.
Yune (then Yun) was born in D.C., but attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (then in Wheaton).
Many recognize Heard as the Dad from Home Alone, but there was a time the actor was approaching A-list status in Hollywood.
Heard was from Chevy Chase. Sadly, he passed away in July of 2017.
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The actress and comedian has appeared on multiple Comedy Central Roasts as well as her own NBC sitcom, Whitney.
She was born and raised in nearby Georgetown, but attended St. Andrews in Potomac, where she graduated in 2000.
Baker is one of those actors that has been in everything. You know who he is, you’ve seen him plenty, but you just never knew his name.
Born in New York and raised in Virginia, he finished out high school in MoCo when he graduated from Georgetown Prep in 1976.
Murray was introduced to most of us as Thackery Binx in Hocus Pocus (the young man that was turned into a cat). Later on he started in JAG and is currently in a starring role in the hit CBS series, NCIS.
Murray is from Bethesda.
You may remember Davidson as one of the breakout stars of In Living Color, but he has also appeared in many movies (Ace Ventura, Juwanna Mann, etc.).
Davidson graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1982.
He has played the role of a police officer in just about everything! You may recognize him from his role in HBO’s The Wire, Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, etc.
He is a graduate of Blair High School in Silver Spring.
Jane has had a very long lasting and successful Hollywood career. You may remember him from his starting role in The Punisher, his HBO series Hung, or his current Netflix original movie, 1922.
He graduated from Wootton High School in 1987.
You’ve probably seen him in his role in the popular teen drama The O.C., or the country music series, Nashville. He also released an EP in 2015.
Carmack is a graduate of Magruder High School.
District Taco is coming to MoCo! Source of the Spring reports that the D.C. based Mexican restaurant has signed a lease to open up a new location in The Blairs shopping center in Silver Spring.
This will be District Taco’s 13th location and second in Maryland (first in MoCo). All of their locations so far are in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia.
District Taco will take over the vacant Oriental East location.
Full article from Source of the Spring: dlvr.it/QKrrsl
Niche, a website that uses comprehensive data to create rankings for schools and neighborhoods, has released their 2018 ‘Best Places To Live In Maryland’ list.
The list is based on cost of living, school ratings, crime rates, job opportunities, and other data.
MoCo areas comprised 19 of the top 25 areas on the list.
1. North Bethesda
2. Garrett Park
3. North Potomac
5. South Kensington
12. Chevy Chase
13. Forest Glen
15. Takoma Park
20. Cabin John
21. Chevy Chase Village
22. Four Corners
23. Chevy Chase Town
The full list can be found here: www.niche.com/places-to-live/search/best-places-to-live/s/maryland/