The quality and diversity of the restaurant scene in the area continue to earn attention and accolades from local and national food media.
Washingtonian Magazine has featured Zinnia in its Best of Summer in DC issue for having the area’s Best Tavern Garden:
The grassy gardens at Silver Spring’s Zinnia are outfitted with lounge and picnic tables plus plenty of space for kids to run. A globetrotting menu combines fish ’n’ chips with family-style Aleppo lamb stew, Old World wines, and Maryland beers.
Takoma Bev. Co. and Soko owner Chris Brown opened Zinnia last October in the former home of Mrs. K’s Toll House at the intersection of Colesville Road and Dale Drive in Silver Spring. Washington City Paper’s Nevin Martell reported in March 2021 that Brown signed a 20-year lease for the property.
“I think we’re going to be able to take the traditional kind of food that would go great with a beer or a glass of wine and kind of elevate to a level back when Mrs. K’s was high-end dining for the D.C. area,” Mr. Brown said to the Source last year, “[and] have that kind of balance where you can come in, have that kind of that cool vintage feel, elevated fare, but have that relaxed garden experience.”