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Thoughts from the Chef.

Why do we gather to eat?

So you took a leap of faith and came over!

For us at Chef Tony's, we created the "3 cs" principle to encompass what we believe in beyond just selling food and having a business.

"Community"...we believe that food creates bonds within people (and other mammals) and even if from different backgrounds, we feel something more when eating together.

"Conversation" food and dining together is an amazing way to bond and have meaningful conversation...sometimes even if we don't speak the same language.

"Connection" take bites of a dish together, and you instantly feel a connection. Sometimes to each other, sometimes to a memory of when you had that dish last, and even so powerful as to remember a loved one, family member or a place you were in the past. Its' powerful.

It's for these reasons we realized and continue to grow our purpose behind feeding so many people over these years. It's truly an honor to be a small part of peoples lives, and enhance the quality of them.

We have gathered over the years for so many reasons, but when we researched the facts, we found a few core reasons.

From the Atlantic

"“Dinner’s ready!” is the traditional cry with which Western mothers used to call their playing children indoors and grab the attention of their newspaper-reading husbands. “Dinner’s ready!” We’re about to eat, so drop what you’re doing. The call represented the most important moment of the day, a confirmation of family life, of the caring role of the mother and the authority of the father. So it went on for many generations, in many countries."

The article goes on to extole the virtues of drinking a glass of wine in a restaurant in Spain being so much more than at home, looking out your common window to a view you've seen so many times.

Perhaps it's this, the combination of consuming food and drink, in a particular setting, with particular folks that burns that memory into our brain, and releases endorphins that make us so happy.

This is why we do what we do...and why these last few years have remained so challenging...are we happy to sell food to go? Of course! It has definitely helped our business, and helped YOU to hopefully connect at home. But for us, the real joy comes in seeing our guests in the restaurant, connecting over food and allowing us to serve.

From the Smithsonian site I thought this passage on 🔥 FIRE was pretty amazing

"Fire, by keeping people warm at night, made fur unnecessary, and without fur hominids could run farther and faster after prey without overheating. Fire brought hominids out of the trees; by frightening away nocturnal predators, it enabled Homo erectus to sleep safely on the ground, which was part of the process by which bipedalism (and perhaps mind-expanding dreaming) evolved.

"By bringing people together at one place and time to eat,

fire laid the groundwork for pair bonding and, indeed, for human society."

However you slice it, getting together to eat is so important to us as humans... we hope to encourage you to realize and remember it's importance...

and perhaps share a meal with us.

Be well, eat well and stay safe...

Chefs Tony & Sonia, and the team at Chef Tony's


Our Visit to the Crabhouse...

The above short video shows the amazing amount of work that goes into making beautiful Maryland crab meat a reality.

This century old crab house puts out 750,000 lbs of crab meat a year, and that is all by hand.

Invest 5 minutes to learn where your food comes from..

Chef Tony (I'm in the video)

Chef Tony's Promenade Hours

Tuesday - Saturday 4 - 9 pm

Sunday Brunch 11 am - 3 pm Sunday Dinner 3 pm - 8:00 pm

5225 Pooks Hill Road

Bethesda, MD 20814