Will You Eat There? Mrs. K's Toll House Restaurant and Barrel Bar

We are back with our new weekly segment called "Will you eat there?" Every Thursday, we are helping get you ready for the weekend and maybe a new dining experience!

This week, we traveled to the Colesville area of Silver Spring.

Many of you tweeted us the names of your favorite restaurants in the area. As we have said before, I won't pretend to review the food. The idea is to give your favorite restaurants a chance to tell their story and then let you decide: Will I eat there?

It was once the last operating toll house in Montgomery County. But in 1930, Mrs. K's Toll House Restaurant was born and it continues to thrive along Colesville Road in Silver Spring.

We saw one of the restaurant's original menus. A steak dinner cost $2.25. A lamb chop for a $1.75. Those were the good ol' days.

But what is on the menu here at the modern day Mrs. K's?

"We take a little bit of the classic, the old-school dishes and make it modern," said executive chef Maurisee Upshur.

Upshur has been with Mrs. K's for 18 years. So what inspires her?

"Giving people good food and a great time and always changing, always updating," she said.

How much will a meal cost you here?

"For lunch, it's $12 to $20," said bar manager Tracy Donaldson. "For dinner, it is $18 to $35. For happy hour, it is $5 to $12.

The upstairs of the restaurant is fine dining surrounded by antiques. Downstairs is the rustic barrel bar. Outside has sprawling garden seating.

To book a reservation at Mrs. K's, you can go online at mrsks.com or you can go on Open Table or just call by phone at 301-589-3500.

What's the scene like there?

"It's really comfortable," said one customer. "As soon as you walk in, you can hear people laughing, carrying on and having a good time."

"Everything that I've had here I've truly enjoyed and I always get recommendations from the bartender or my server," said another customer.

"The scene is friendly," we heard from another customer. "It's a beautiful bar with a lot of classic wood and probably 2,500 bottles of wine down here."

"Upstairs we've got our white tablecloth fine dining, we've got our weddings and other events," said social events coordinator Eloise Lepesqueur. "[Downstairs] we've got this great exposed brick, incredible carpentry. It feels like this European feel."

What is the must-have meal?

"Braised short ribs served over a creamy polenta, spinach, cherry tomatoes and pearl onions," assistant general manager Andrew Parkin tells us.

Why is this dish so special?

"It really speaks to our chef's creativity and also what our guests really love here at Mrs. K's," he said.

I am no culinary expert, but I can see why it's a must have.

Now, where are we going next? We are headed not too far away to Bethesda!

If you live there or you work there and know of a great restaurant, let Will Thomas know on his Twitter page @willthomasfox5 and help him to choose the next place to visit.

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