For anyone like me who needs superb food and a fine glass of cabernet to survive, a year-old wine bar in McLean is wowing critics and patrons and received the ‘Top Rated Newcomer’ award. Evo Bistro, at 1313 Old Chain Bridge Road, offers a refined and inviting tapas menu—with main courses as well—that spans Greek/Mediterranean, Portuguese/Spanish, and spicy Moroccan. The Zagat guide awarded Evo Bistro top marks and recently gushed, “‘Hip and trendy’, this ‘small’ but handsome wine bar in McLean draws ‘contented oohs and aahs’ with its ‘delectable’ Med-style tapas…”
Breaking the mold of traditional wine bars, this bistro orchestrates a warm and inviting atmosphere in a stunning dark wooded space, centered on an automated wine dispensing machine. Guests can purchase a debit card and choose between 32 stellar wines that are poured by the ounce at the push of a button. The beauty of this system lies in the opportunity to sample very pricey wines that many patrons might not wish to purchase as a bottle. I have found heaven! Beyond the list offered from the machine, 18 more are by the glass. The wine list boasts selections from both large and small producers spanning the world.
Chef Driss Zahidi has created a menu that runs the gamut of eclectic and eye-catching. Some morsels that beg to be eaten are the mussels with shallots, Evo crepes with lump crab, the chicken and Serrano ham croquettes, and the Moroccan-influenced lamb shanks. Every dish serves as a work of art and offers something for everyone.
The gentlemen behind this culinary landmark are Sidney Sakho, Driss Zahidi, Jacques Rebibo, and Michael Rebibo. Patting these men on the back for this achievement is not really enough. You should give them a hug.