Woman-Owned Restaurants, Eateries, and Tastemakers to Patronize During Women’s History Month

Miss Toya’s Creole House

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.

Taste of Montreal
12712 Rock Creek Mill Road, 16AA, Rockville, MD 20852

Taste of Montreal 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
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
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.

Craft Beverages Along the Tastemakers Trail

61 Vineyard
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.

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.

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.

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