The Marriott North Bethesda may not sound like the next the hip spot for your happy hour but it’s time to re-think that. The hotel just finished a complete revamp featuring a redesign of The Corby Kitchen, new menu, and new talent in the kitchen.
The North Bethesda/Rockville area seems like a trek at first glance. However, the hotel is just a block from the White Flint metro station and is just around the corner from the popular Pike and Rose center. So if work or weekend fun brings you to this side of the red line, The Corby Kitchen could be your next off the beaten path spot.
Chef Jay Redington brings his skills from the JW Marriott in downtown DC to give new life to The Corby Kitchen. The menu will rotate regularly to make sure many ingredients can be sourced locally. He treated us to a few of his favorites featuring no shortage of Maryland flavors like Old Bay and crab.
First up, we tried the Sweet Corn Elote Dip with tortilla chips. I generally see corn appetizers in a more chunky, salsa form so this creamy dip was a fun twist. Another notable appetizer was the Cauliflower Bites with Old Bay lime dip. I could have made a meal out of the tender little nuggets.
The Chesapeake Crab Toast quieted the table as soon as we started to dig in. Tomato, fennel, dill aioli, and gruyere cheese accompanied the crab on this toast and was an immediate crowd pleaser.
As a lighter option, we were treated to the Heirloom Tomato with arugula, pickled onion, firefly farms blue cheese, focaccia crisp, sherry vinaigrette. These flavors create a perfect summer melody and refreshing taste for a hot, summer day.
That said, fall is right around the corner. To get ready, we got a sneak peak of a menu item to make its debut in late September. The Duck Ragout with wild mushrooms, fava beans & potato dumplings was a perfect combination of fall flavors and got me even more excited for the season change.
Happy Hour Favorites at The Corby Kitchen
The Corby Kitchen also features many local breweries on their drink menu including Denizens (Silver Spring) and Brawling Bear Brewing (Gaithersburg). They also know how to mix a refreshing cocktail. For summer, there is a Raspberry Lemonade with raspberry vodka, chambord, lemon juice, fresh raspberries. This drink immediately made me feel like a day at the pool.
However, the most exciting drink on the menu in my opinion in the Corby Honey Cider. It features sagamore rye dressed with an apple chip and cinnamon stick. For this summer dinner, it was served over ice but they will start making this fall favorite warm once the weather cools off.
Dinner, happy hour
5701 Marinelli Road
Rockville, Maryland 20852
White Flint (red)