Tucked away at the 495 split you will find the Bethesda Marriott. Right inside the hotel doors is a hidden gem known as Cooper’s Mill Bethesda. The Restaurant is warm and inviting with a sleek industrial, hip, rustic vibe that is inspired by the area’s proud farming history. I was in love with the wood beams and Edison bulb lighting right off the bat. Laura, our waitress for the evening, gave us the run down of what Cooper’s Mill was all about. Their motto to live by is Eat Well Eat Local. Cooper’s Mill prides itself by using local products and ingredients in it offerings-everything from local produce, to local dairies to local craft breweries to regional distilleries.
I quickly noticed their impressive craft cocktails list and was immediately drawn to the Rosemary Greyhound (Stolichanaya, rosemary, grapefruit juice). Greyhounds are one of my go to drinks and the touch of rosemary is truly delicious. The Hubs went with the Evolution Brewery Rise Up Stout brew which is perfect for fall. When choosing an appetizer, our eyes were instantaneously drawn to the stone oven flat breads and chose the Pig & Fig (organic Norcino salami, apple smoked bacon and figs topped with arugula). It. Was. Amazing! The sweet and savory combination was just what we were looking for. Believe me the picture below does not do it justice. For the main event I ordered the Maryland Crab Cake Sandwich (with grain mustard tar tar on a Lyon’s potato bun) paired with… drum roll please… OLD BAY FRIES! I may or may not have chosen my entree choice solely on the old bay fries. 🙂 The crab cake was yummy and just how all Marylander’s expect their crab cakes to be served- with very little filler.The Hubs ordered the steak frites. The steak was cooked to perfection and topped with a savory chimichurri butter and served with shoestring fries. By this time it was time for another drink. As I mentioned above- Cooper’s Mill Bethesda uses the regions best bourbons and gins to create new and classic cocktails, I went with the Cooper’s Sour which is made with Catoctin Creek Distillery Roundstone Rye (recap of our visit to Catoctin Creek Distillery here) Maraschino Liquor, fresh squeezed lemon juice. I loved this! Next time I cannot wait to try the Plum Manhattan made with Copper Fox Distillery (recap of our visit to Copper Fox here), sweet vermouth and plum bitters. Joe the Bartender sure knows how to make a great cocktail!By this time we were stuffed but were eyeing the scrumptious desserts. We went with the Bear Mountain Orchard Apple Cobbler w/ cinnamon, pecans and salted caramel ice cream from Taharka Brothers Dairy. I will tell you what folks.. the salted caramel ice cream is to die for.
Overall the food, cocktails, atmosphere and service was top notch! Can’t wait for our next visit!
Fall Harvest Event Details:
Want to check out Cooper’s Mill Bethesda for yourself? You are in luck! Cooper’s Mill is hosting a Fall Harvest Social on October 14th from 5-8pm full of complimentary local bites, brews and craft cocktails and you are invited! Here are the details:
Do things get any better? Yes they do! In addition to the awesome event- Cooper’s Mill is holding a contest now through Oct 21st. All you have to do is Post a picture on Instagram and tag @coopersmillmd and use the hastag #BEthesdalocal to enter for your chance to one 1 of (4) $100 gift cards to the restaurant or the grand prize of a cocktail making class and dinner (worth $500!) How awesome is that? A perfect date night don’t you think?
*** This post was done in collaboration with Cooper’s Mill Bethedsa. As always all opinions are my own.