Cocktails that Quench
Chic, modern and tasty in Rockville


9712 Traville Gateway Dr,
Rockville, MD 20850

Salads $9; Entrees $12

Aps $8; Salads $12
Sandwiches $14; Entrees $14

Special Events Only
T,W,T: 11:30am - 10:30pm
Fri: 11:30am - 11:00pm
Sat: 11:30am - 11:00pm
Sun: 11:30am - 8:00pm

We Serve Lunch 'til 3:00pm
Dinner at 5:00pm

montgomery county has more than its share of chain bars and bistros offering a predictable experience to their customers from coast to coast. But this is a metropolitan area that is known for its entrepreneurial spirit, and it is alive and well in the bar scene. Exhibit A is Quench, a self-described modern urban bar in Rockville. Under new ownership since August, Quench is taking what was already an award-winning location to new heights.

While definitely suburban in location, once inside the door of Quench it is not hard to imagine that you are in one of the hot new bistros in the heart of DC. The room is dominated by a horseshoe-shaped bar at the center of the room that has a capacity of about 100, but there are also a number of comfortable tables and couches. One thing that you will find at Quench that you won’t find downtown is quiet. Even when the place is busy you won’t have to yell just be heard by the person sitting next to you.

The bar manager James Reed offers an impressive array of cocktails, some from the previous regime and some enticing new creations of his own. Familiar tastes include mojitos and martinis, but try the Tom Yum, a refreshing number with flavors that hint at the Thai heritage of the owners. Another star on the drink roster is the Squatter, a smooth little fruit bomb that packs plenty of punch.
The food also holds up its end of the bargain. The chef reminds me of a good jazz musician; he does the standards well but really shines when he improvises.

Bar staples like wings and burgers are satisfying in flavor and in portion size, and the crab cake more than passes muster. But creativity pays off in the grilled Caesar salad, a smoky and satisfying twist on the original. Also recommended are the Thai specialties like Drunken Pasta, featuring sautéed noodles perfectly seasoned and paired with your choice of chicken or beef. And don't look for a dessert menu; the chef makes them all fresh every day according to available ingredients and inspiration. But the apple pie sundae is worth the trip by itself.

Led by general manager Penny Hayes, the service is friendly and unassuming at Quench. They follow my two rules of food hospitality: they act like they have seen you before when you come (whether they have or not) and they act like they want to see you again. Expect a lot of smiles and don’t be afraid to make special requests. And the icing on the cake is plenty of free parking. Try getting that from a downtown saloon.



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