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8226 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Nose-to-tail cooking, local sourcing, the merging of butcher shop/restaurant—Raynold Mendizabal has hit on all the trends with Urban Butcher in Silver Spring, MD. Not DC, you say? It’s just six miles from the White House and well worth the drive if you get the chance, and of course, aren’t vegetarian. Mendizabal, the chef/owner, offers his rustic urban food heavy on meat, with a specialization in cures, salumi and a nightly suckling pig at 7 p.m. for $26. The 124-seat restaurant features a comfortable, eclectic design with vintage and reclaimed furniture combined with more modern pieces and splashes of color. The moderately priced menu offers popular cuts of meat from heritage breeds, as well as other less popular cuts, all of which are available for purchase at the in-house butcher shop. Craft cocktails and beers and a value-oriented wine list are also on the menu.