March is Women’s History Month, a great time to support the many woman-owned restaurants and eateries in Montgomery County, Maryland. From delicious restaurants to sweet spots for your sweet tooth to some of the best local libations in the state, these businesses contribute to Montgomery County’s uniquely special food scene. Here are just some of our favorites that we recommend patronizing in March—and all year long.
Miss Toya’s Creole House
923 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Miss Toya’s menu is a tribute to the traditional New Orleans gastronomic culture with an avant-garde touch. Dishes bursting with flavor include their voodoo shrimp, seafood po’ boy, Cajun snapper, loaded gumbo, and jambalaya.
Pop Up Poutine
12712 Rock Creek Mill Road, 16AA, Rockville, MD 20852
Pop Up Poutine serves authentic Montreal poutine with squeaky cheese curds, French-Canadian pastries, and more. They also operate the Rice Around the World restaurant next door and the Taste of Montreal food truck. Rice Around the World’s menu showcases rice bowl dishes from numerous cultures around the world.
Quarry House Tavern
8401 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Established in 1917, Quarry House is a basement dive bar with a cult following in Silver Spring. Walk 13 steps down an inconspicuous, covered stairway right off the sidewalk to enter. Expect high-quality bar food, a huge drinks menu, and live music multiple nights per week.
Scratch Kitchen & Bistro
18062 Georgia Avenue, Olney, MD 20832
Scratch Kitchen offers healthy local food sourced from local farmers and producers. You can taste the freshness of the ingredients they put into each dish. They are open daily for breakfast, lunch, and brunch.
Ice Cream & Sweets
Henry’s Sweet Retreat
4823 St. Elmo Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
In addition to an endless selection of candy, Henry’s also makes decadent homemade fudge, cookies, cupcakes, cakes, and cake pops. Get fueled for the day with acai bowls and two flavors of quiche, too.
Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream & Treats
10219 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814
5241 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20816
Sarah’s produces high-quality, handmade ice cream in small batches using all-natural recipes. This mother-daughter team recently won their third consecutive Best of Bethesda award for top ice cream in the DC metro area.
Tropics Ice Cream & Jerk
9324 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tropics has been serving generations of ice cream lovers in Silver Spring for almost 40 years. In addition to the standard flavors, you can find Caribbean favorites you can’t get at most ice cream shops, including soursop, mamey sapote, and ginger. They also serve Jamaican patties and jerk chicken wings.
Craft Beverages Along the Tastemakers Trail
28712 Kemptown Road, Damascus, MD 20872
61 Vineyard is a small, family-owned and operated farm winery and working vineyard. Their cozy tasting room offers a view of Sugarloaf Mountain that families and friends can enjoy while sipping sensational wines.
Denizens Brewing Co.
1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Denizens is a community gathering place for locals, regular customers, and newcomers to the craft beer scene. Everyone has a seat at one of their tables under the guiding principle that we are all unified by beer.
Doc Waters Cidery
22529 Wildcat Road, Germantown, MD 20876
The first cidery in Montgomery County, Doc Waters’ hard cider is made from apples grown and pressed right on their farm.
19130 Jerusalem Road, Poolesville, MD 20837
Landmade is a 33-acre family-operated farm brewery. Their beer is brewed and fermented right on the farm using as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible, including peaches and apples from their orchards and herbs and natural yeast from their gardens.
True Respite Brewing Company
7301 Calhoun Place, Suite 600, Rockville, MD 20852
True Respite produces classic and seasonal beers in their above-industry-standard brewing and fermentation equipment. They have a frequently changing selection in their taproom, as well as trivia nights, fitness classes, and other events.
The Urban Winery
2315 Stewart Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
The Urban Winery is a unique destination in the middle of Silver Spring, producing more than 30 wines on-site. They also carry other Maryland-produced wines, beers, and spirits.
Waredaca Brewing Company
4017 Damascus Road, Laytonsville, MD 20882
Waredaca is the only place in the Washington, DC region where you can enjoy local beer on a working horse farm. Every beer they make includes ingredients grown or produced on the farm, which is located in Montgomery County’s 93,000-acre Ag Reserve.