Best Physical Therapy: Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy - 7811 Montrose Road, Suite 340, Potomac / 301-588-7888 / mostsportsmedicine.com
Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy, or M.O.S.T. as it is known, offers physical therapy, spine-focused treatment, concussion recovery and other services. Surgeons specializing in orthopedics are on staff to perform surgeries - ranging from minimally-invasive hip replacements to fusions of the spinal regions. Recovery can be excelled by on-site physical therapy with a registered P.T. Telemedical appointments are also available.
Best Alternative Medicine: Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - 11200 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, North Bethesda / 240-766-8984 / rosm.org
Using state-of-the-art regenerative therapies, the team at R.O.S.M. focuses on treating patients holistically. They use minimally invasive therapies, including plasma injections to help the body heal itself, prolotherapy to stop joint and spine pain and shock treatment. R.O.S.M.’s goal is to treat their patients without surgery, which has led to appearances on NBC News, “60 Minutes” and The Washington Post.
Best Workout: RTR Pilates - 9812 Falls Road, Floor 2, Potomac / 301-983-3745 / rtrpilates.com/locations/potomac
R.T.R. - or Rock the Reform - Pilates helps reduce pain and tension, while improving mobility and core control for its participants. With five locations across the D.M.V., and a variety of levels for people of different abilities, R.T.R. provides opportunities for everyone. R.T.R. focuses on empowering and wellness, in addition to the physical side of pilates.
Best Pediatric Dentist: Dr. Ben Liu, DDS, Super Kids Dentistry - 10220 River Road, Suite 305, Potomac / 301-299-4400 / superkidsdentistry.com/dr-ben-liu
Dr. Ben Liu began his career in psychology, but quickly realized it was not what he was meant to do: pediatric dentistry was his calling. After attending Columbia University’s dental school, and a specialty program through New York University for pediatric dentistry, he founded SuperKids Pediatrics in 2013. Nearly a decade in, SuperKids has four local locations and many happy kids (and parents) as customers.
Best Wine & Spirits: Total Wine & More - totalwine.com
Total Wine & More is the country's largest independent fine wine retailer. Featuring thousands of wines, spirits, beers and other beverages, the company is owned by Potomac residents and brothers, Robert and David Trone. The Trones founded their business in 1991 and expanded across the country. Its headquarters are in Bethesda and there are local locations in Virginia (Total Wine & More, like all private alcohol sellers, is banned in Montgomery County).
Best Oyster Bar: King Street Oyster Bar - 12435 Park Potomac Avenue, Potomac / 301-296-6260 / kingstreetoysterbar.com/potomac-md
The oyster bar in the Park Potomac establishment features nearly a dozen freshly-caught varieties. Some of the more eye-catching names include Fat Babies, Sweet Jesus oysters and, the ever-racy, Wild A** Ponies from the Eastern Shore. The happy hour prices - every day from 3 to 6:30 p.m. - include $7 drinks, $7 snacks and $1 oysters.
Best Vegan Restaurant: Planta - 4910 Elm Street, Bethesda / 301-407-2447 / plantarestaurants.com
Whether it is sushi, pasta or a bowl, Planta puts plants first. The North American restaurant chain was founded on the premise of creating plant-based dining. Items traditionally made with meat are made with plants, like the mushroom-based Bao Sliders, while vegetables get the star treatment with Tomato Tartare, Cauliflower Tots and Eggplant Rollatini.
Best Family Restaurant: Gregorio’s Trattoria - 7745 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac / 301-296-6168 / gregoriostrattoria.com
Gregorio’s emphasizes fast service, a friendly atmosphere and good food at their three local locations. The menu includes Italian classics, meats and pasta dishes. It was founded by Greg Kahn, a graduate of Winston Churchill High School, who was inspired by his grandmother’s cooking. Kahn says the recipes served have won his family’s taste tests, after being served at family dinners. He also operates the fundraiser program Greg’s Food 4 Cause.
Best Winery: Rocklands Farm Winery - 14531 Montevideo Road, Poolsville / 301-825-8075 / rocklandsfarmmd Family-owned winery and working farm since 2010. Rocklands Farm Winery produces low-intervention, handcrafted wines made from high-quality fruit grown in MD with a rotating menu that offers estate-grown Cabernet Franc, steel-aged Sauvignon Blanc, skin-macerated Petit Manseng, and aromatized draft cider blends.
Right Side List
Best Crab Cakes: O’Donnell’s Market - 1073 Seven Locks Road, Potomac / 301-251-6355 / odonnellsmarket.com
Best Seafood & Gourmet Market: The Market at River Falls - 10124 River Road, Potomac / 301-765-8001 / marketriverfalls.com
Best International Cuisine: Mykonos Grill - 121 Congressional Lane, Rockville / 301-770-5999 / mykonosgrill.com
Best New Restaurant: Yirasai Sushi - 12525 Park Potomac Avenue, Potomac / 301-654-5599 / yirasaisushi.com
Best Martinis & Burgers: Hunter’s Bar - 10123 River Road, Potomac / 301-299-9300 / huntersbarandgrill.com
Best Sports Bar: Quincy’s Potomac Bar & Grille - 1093 Seven Locks Road, Potomac / 240-500-3010 / quincyspotomac.com
Best Brunch: Java Nation - 11120 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852 /301-836-6022/ javanation
Best Coffee: Filicori Zecchini - 12430 Park Potomac Avenue, Potomac / 301-444-4417 / parkpotomac.com/filicori-zecchini-coffee
Best Winery: Rocklands Farm Winery - 14531 Montevideo Road, Poolesville / 301-825-8075 / rocklandsfarmmd.com/
Best Chef: Jose Andres / joseandres
Best Family Attorney: Erin Kopelman, Esq., Lerch, Early & Brewer - 7600 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 700, Bethesda / 301-347-1261 / lerchearly.com/attorneys/erin-l-kopelman/ / firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Kopelman focuses on domestic relationships, which includes child support, custody, divorce, and other aspects of family law. She is a principal at Lerch, Early & Brewer, a leading law firm in the area with more than 60 attorneys. Kopelman can practice law in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Best Real Estate Attorney: Michael Faerber, Partner, McMillan Metro, P.C. - 7811 Montrose Road, Suite 400, Potomac / 301-251-1180 / mcmillanmetro.com/our-people/michael-a-faerber/
Michael Faerber focuses on real estate, commercial leasing, and legal issues for restaurants as McMillan Metro’s Managing Partner. With more than two decades of experience, Faerber prioritizes clients’ needs first, whether it is a developer trying to construct a new building or a landlord drafting a contract with tenants. Faerber is a graduate of American University’s law school and can practice law across the region.
Best Wealth Manager: Michelle P. Cooper, XML Financial Group - One Preserve Parkway, Suite 130, Rockville / 301-770-5234 / xmlfg.com
As director of XML-W, which focuses on women and their finances, Michelle Cooper brings her personal experience to clients’ needs. Cooper has spent more than 25 years in the field and understands the importance of stable finances. She lost her husband when she was 36 and wrote about the financial and personal impact in her book “I’ve Still Got Me - A Widow’s Journey to Love, Happiness & Financial Independence.”
Best Youth Charity: Robin Bali, Charity 4 the Children
Robin Bali first learned about child poverty in the U.S. for an eighth-grade current events assignment, which sparked him to look for a solution. Focusing on what he could do to elevate the issue in the D.M.V. area, Bali created Charity 4 the Children (C4C), a non-profit that raises money to buy school supplies for children in need, including books, compasses and protractors.
Best Youth Entrepreneur: Amanda Kossoff, Pop for a Cause - popforacause.org
During the initial stages of the pandemic, Amanda Kossoff got annoyed with artificial popcorn she ate while watching movies. She came up with a solution: good-tasting popcorn that would help the world. Pop for a Cause, which she founded and serves as President-C.E.O., donates every penny of profit to local charities. There are seven flavors that can go in bags or gallon tins.
Left Side List
Best Photographer: Alison Tremblay - Washington Talent Agency -14670 Rothgeb Drive, Rockville / 301-762-1800 / alisontremblay.com
Best Healthcare Provider: Dr. Pallavi Gowda, Premier Health LLC - 15005 Shady Grove Road, Rockville / 301-309-0940 / drpallavigowda.com
Best Men’s Boutique: Milo Andres - 3 Bethesda Metro Centro, #700, Bethesda / 240-477-9597 / miloandres.com
Best Women’s Boutique: Belina Boutique - 10215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda / 301-897-2929 / belinaboutique.com
Best Full-Service Salon: Potomac Hair - 10111 River Road, Potomac / 301-299-9575 / potomachairdesign.com/welcome.html
Best Hair Style Experts: Zohra Salon - 12430 Park Potomac Avenue, R-13, Potomac / 301-299-3100 / zohrasalon.com/index.html
Best Jeweler: Boone & Sons - Locations in Chevy Chase (5500 The Hills Plaza, Chevy Chase / 301-657-2144), D.C. (1025 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest D.C. / 202-785-4653) and McLean (1320 Old Chain Bridge Road, McLean / 703-734-3997) / booneandsons.com
Best Entertainment Company: Talk of the Town Entertainment - 14650 Southlawn Lane, Suite 23, Rockville / 301-738-9500 / tottevents.com
Best Party Company: Ultimate Amusements- 14706 Southlawn Lane, Rockville / 301-424-7114 / ultimateamusements.com
Best Daycare & Preschool: Georgetown Hill Early School - Locations in Potomac Village (9905 Counselman Road, Potomac / 301-284-8144) and Bells Mill Road (8311 Bells Mill Road, Potomac / 301-284-8144) / georgetownhill.com
G.H.E.S. provides a place for kids, ranging from infants to elementary school students, to just be kids. Their 13 campuses offer morning and afternoon care for elementary school students, infant and toddler care and pre-K programs. This summer, they partnered with Seneca Academy to form a summer camp, in addition to the one run in their buildings.
Best Private School: Bullis School - 10601 Falls Road, Potomac / 301-299-8500 / bullis.org
Bullis emphasizes close teacher-student relationships with a 7:1 ratio and an average class size of 15. The school has state-of-the-art buildings and plenty of opportunities for students to learn, including experiential education at the beginning of the school year; “Discovery Days” for middle school students to explore science in the Chesapeake Bay, Key West, Fla. and Costa Rica; and signature programs in S.T.E.M., entrepreneurship and performing arts.
Best Episcopal School: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School - 8804 Postoak Road, Potomac / 301-983-5200 / saes.org
Best All-Girls School: Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart - 9101 Rockville Pike, Bethesda / 301-657-4322 / stoneridgeschool.org
Best Brewery: Lone Oak Brewery - 500 Olney Laytonsville Road, Olney / 240-261-4967 / loneoakbrewingco.com
Best Event Planner: Cristina Calvert Signature - cristinacalvert.com/contact
Best Gift Store: Potomac French Market - 12211 River Road, Potomac / 301-807-9945 / potomacfrenchmarket.com
Best Local Staycation Resort: Four Seasons Georgetown - 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest Washington, D.C. / 202-342-0444 / fourseasons.com/washington/
Staycation Offer (through December 31, 2022): fourseasons.com/washington/offers/staycation/
Best Marketing Agency: Exponential Media / myexpomedia.com / 443-228-3209
Best Mental Health Provider: Washington Psychological Wellness - 845-F Quince Orchard Boulevard, Gaithersburg / 301-769-5878 / https://washington-psychwellness.com/
Best Occupational Therapy: The Point Occupational Therapy - PO Box: 59103 Potomac / 410-937-9579 / https://www.thepointot.com/
Best Wellness Center: Beautyhood Wellness Center - 10008 Falls Road, Potomac / 301-299-1013 / beautyhoods
Best Tailor & Men’s Suits: Christopher Schafer Clothier | 1794 Columbia Rd NW #6, Washington, DC | 202-210-4021 | christopherschafer.com
Best Boutique Real-Estate Brokerage: Nurit Coombe, Team Nurit - The Agency DC | 6101 Executive Blvd Suite 230, North Bethesda | 301-346-5252 | teamnurit.com
Best Dessert Place: Sprinkles Potomac 10148 River Rd, Potomac | 301-299-8415 | sprinklespotomac.com
Best Construction Company: Hopkins & Porter - 12944-C Travilah Road, Suite 204, Potomac / 301-840-9121 / hopkinsandporter
Hopkins & Porter is a full-service design, build and remodeling company that is committed to their clients. When working on a remodeling project, they consider the client’s budget, goals and wish-list while providing a smooth communication path for projects to move from concept to completion. The recent pandemic had many reevaluating their home & living spaces; many chose to expand kitchens, bathrooms and add multifunctional rooms such as gyms, offices, and additional bedrooms to accommodate more family members working & living at home.
Best Realtor: Jennifer Chow, Long & Foster - 10121 River Road, Potomac / 301-299-6000 / longandfoster.com/JenniferChow
Jennifer Chow knows how to pair homes on the market with buyers. The team leader of the Long & Foster Potomac Village Office works across Montgomery County and the D.M.V. area, earning numerous awards including being named one of the company’s Top 100 Agents named top agent for many years. A native of Montgomery County, Chow volunteers during her free time in the area.
Best Senior Living Facility: Brandywine Living at Potomac - 10800 Potomac Tennis Lane, Potomac / 301-417-3000 / www.brandycare.com/our-communities/potomac/
With views of Falls River Golf Course, a variety of educational and recreational activities, and full-time, on-site nurses, Brandywine Living at Potomac has it all. Brandywine’s thirtieth community overall, and second in the D.C. region, has a variety of services. Residents have access to a movie theater, beauty salon, and dining on-premises, with fresh meals, served all day.
Potomac Front Runners With The Top Votes:
Best Senior Living Community:
Brandywine Living at Potomac
Best Wealth Manager:
Best Physical Therapy:
Pivot Physical Therapy
Best Women’s Designs:
Velma Lee Designs
Goldsmith’s Dealers in Dreams
Best International Cuisine:
Gringos & Mariachis
Best Wellness Facility:
APMI Wellness Center
Best Realtor / Commercial Real Estate:
Rory S. Coakley
Edge Floral Event Designers
Floral Designs of Potomac
The Geneva Day School
The Fibroid Foundation
Mark Bucher of Medium Rare & Feed the Fridge