It takes love to make good charcuterie. And there’s a lot of love going on at Urban Butcher.
This new boutique butcher shop/eatery in downtown Silver Spring is a destination worthy of Bacchus himself. On one side of the open breezy space is a giant case of meats, sausages, and pâtés, all locally sourced and made in-house. On the other side, a 20 seat bar featuring approximately 100 labels of wine from across the country as well as signature cocktails. Located in the back, the Pièce de résistance, a giant glass cased room filled with beautiful links of different kinds of salami and ham. Talk about a glass case of emotions!
We’re not just talking about pork either. The menu also features duck liver spread, foie gras terrine, and three kinds of ceviche. They’ve got you covered by land, sea, and air.
But wait! There’s more!
Charcuterie aside, they serve composed small plates and snacks like grilled calamari with salsa verde, beef empanadas, and crispy ham croquettes. Oh did I mention the 11 artisan cheeses all from this side of the Mississippi?
Chef Raynold Mendizabal says he wanted to “create a place where the community can come and enjoy great tasting, honest food expressing the natural flavors of the ingredients in a care-free and welcoming atmosphere surrounded by their neighbors, friends, and like-minded strangers they just met.”
Well, at Urban Butcher, these ‘like-minded strangers’ might as well be fellow Kings and Queens of suburbia because that’s exactly how everyone will be eating – like royalty.
Urban Butcher is located 8226 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.
Reservation not required. Hearty appetite recommended.
*Disclosure. Food was sampled at a preview event and was free. However it had no way influenced my opinion. It was damn good.