Don Pollo debuts
Don Pollo opened its doors outside Westfield Montgomery Mall this week, taking over the former Roti space next to Corner Bakery at Westlake Crossing. The menu is centered on charbroiled chicken, but it also offers traditional Peruvian dishes from lomo saltado and jalea con mariscos to ceviche and arroz chaufa. Also fun to try: sweet Latin American drinks like chicha morada, made from purple corn, and horchata, made with milk and cinnamon. The decor is reminiscent of Fish Taco and Cava Grill, hip and casual with a communal table in the middle. For menu and hours, call (301) 347-6175 or click here.
Hello cookie dough
Edible cookie dough, the trending treat of 2017, is on its way to Westfield Montgomery Mall. A July/August opening is in the works for Cookie Dough & Co., a new venture that’s moving into the former Peet’s Coffee kiosk near Sears. The safe-to-eat dough is served like ice cream — scooped into cups, stuffed into cones or slathered between slices of homemade Rice Krispie treats. Also on the menu: craft sodas, nitro-brewed coffee, and milk topped with flavored syrup, whipped cream and edible glitter. “This is the first location for our concept, and we’re going to have some fun,” says manager Dan Zhu, who also owns D.C.-based Pinch Dumplings. Edible cookie dough has a huge following in New York City, where six-month-old DŌ routinely sees lines stretching around the block. Click here for more on Cookie Dough & Co.
A revamp for Zoës Kitchen
Zoës Kitchen at Park Potomac is looking a little different these days. The Texas-based chain is trying to roll with changing food trends, altering its menu boards and tweaking its offerings for diners who are perpetually on the go. A new category, “snack boxes,” features easily portable items like hummus and veggies with less than 500 calories. CEO Kevin Miles says Zoës is looking to meet “the growing demand for convenient, healthy, better-for-you snacking options” between lunch and dinner. Delivery service is also in the works. Click here to see what’s new on the menu.
Happy birthday Helen’s
Helen’s, the intimate North Bethesda restaurant at 11120 Rockville Pike, is celebrating its first birthday with a new prix fixe menu featuring duck a l’orange, halibut with sherry sauce, Maryland lump crab cakes and other specialties of veteran chef Helen Wasserman. The longtime D.C. caterer spent two years renovating the century-old building, which previously was home to Addie’s. She also handles bar mitzvahs, weddings, corporate parties and other private events. Call (202) 483-4444 or visit www.helensnorthbethesda.com.