Foodie News: O'Donnell's Closes, Max Brenner Opens, Go to Rockville for Chinese Food

Restaurant news from around Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods.

O'Donnell's Sea Grill has closed after 90 years of serving up seafood. Patch file photo.
O'Donnell's Sea Grill has closed after 90 years of serving up seafood. Patch file photo.

By Laura L. Thornton

Get caught up with the food scene in Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods with Patch’s foodie news column, 1 Meat, 3 Sides. This week, the closure of a longtime Montgomery County restaurant takes center plate.

One meat:

After more than 90 years in the region, O'Donnell's Sea Grill—famous for its rum buns, happy hour and Norfolk-style seafood—served its final meal on Saturday evening. Patrons have taken to O'Donnell's Facebook page in the last few days to share their thoughts on the closing (and to ask for some recipes), Gaithersburg Patch reported.

Three sides:

Students' salad days are here again: School isn't all textbooks and exams. Thirty-five Montgomery County public schools participate in some sort of vegetable gardening project, many with 100 or more students to each garden, according to a survey by Montgomery Victory Gardens, a nonprofit that supports agriculture in the county, Patch reported.


Rockville is a Chinese food destination, according to a Slate.com article lamenting DC's lack of good Chinese restaurants. DC's reputation for having no good Chinese restaurants causes "folks [to] just drive to Rockville instead," Matthew Yglesias wrote. Read the full story on Slate.com.


It's official: Max Brenner finally is open in Bethesda. The chocolate bar at 7263 Woodmont Ave. serves unique chocolate foods and drinks, including chocolate fondue and chocolate shots.Read more on Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch.

Penny August 03, 2013 at 01:28 PM
The original O'Donnell's was great - the newer one not so much; thus it failed. We no longer have any good seafood restaurants in Montgomery County...and here we are in the State of Maryland which is abundant in seafood...I miss the original O'Donnell's, Bish Thompson's, Anchor Inn, etc. Someone please open a decent seafood restaurant SOON


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