Dinner

Call Your Mother’s first dinner menu brings pizza bagels and brisket tacos to Bethesda

Call Your Mother's first dinner menu brings pizza bagels and brisket tacos to Bethesda

Hit “Jewish-ish” Deli Call Your Mother is dropping dinner tonight for the first time in its three-year history, tasking its North Bethesda location with testing the third meal.

The months-old Call Your Mother’s store at the Pike & Rose complex (11807 Grand Park Avenue) is rolling out the new nightly menu on Tuesday, March 1. Dinner is served daily from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on site, take away and delivery. Breakfast always starts at 8:00 a.m.

Pastrami beef brisket tacos and pizza bagels, which made brief pre-pandemic appearances at CYM’s flagship Park View, show up for dinner at Bethesda alongside hot new subs, a tuna fondant on rye, latkes and its popular breakfast sandwiches served in colorful basket dishes. That means CYM’s wood-fired bagels are available for the first time at night (most of its six stores close at 2 p.m.).

The large size of the months-old location (2,300 square feet) makes it an ideal site for dining and experimenting with new dishes, says co-founder Andrew Dana. A section of hot sandwiches, topped with American and cheddar cheeses, herb mayonnaise, pickles and jalapenos, is served on a homemade sub roll. Dana describes the hybrid bread as “if the bun and Challah had a baby”.

“The Jet Ski” loops in brisket and pastrami, while smoked turkey is the star meat of “The Manatee.” Another hot sub comes with cauliflower and latkes. The same ingredients reappear in a trio of tacos served on homemade corn tortillas.

Cauliflower, latke and cheddar tacos on corn tortillas made by CYM.
Tim Casey/Call your mother

A halved meat sandwich in a red basket

Sandwich with breast and “The Jet Ski” pastrami (American and cheddar cheeses, herb mayonnaise, pickles and jalapenos).
Tim Casey/Call your mother

Pending approvals, look for booze soon (another CYM first) at Bethesda. There are no plans yet to roll out Dinner to its other locations. As office (and real) parties start to make a comeback, CYM just went wild restoration capabilities for the first time.

Bagels and accessories in a cardboard box

Call Your Mother has just deployed a restoration branch.
Tim Casey/Call your mother

Bethesda’s “Bfast 4 Dinner” section includes two of its most popular sandwiches on an all-bagel: “Royal Palm” (plain cream cheese, smoked salmon, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and capers) and “The Sun City (local bacon or pastrami, local bodega-style eggs, American and cheddar cheeses, spicy honey).

For a break from the carbs, there’s a deli salad for dinner. The colorful bowl contains romaine lettuce, arugula, cabbage, carrot, cucumber, pickled onion, bagel chips and honey lime dressing. Add bacon, turkey, smoked salmon, tuna salad, whitefish salad or mashed avocado.

A woman holding baskets of tacos with a colorful mural in the background

Call Your Mother co-founder Daniela Moreira holds Bethesda’s two types of dinner tacos.
Tim Casey/Call your mother

Co-owners Dana and 2017 Young Gun Eater Daniela Moreira launched the successful bagel brand in Park View in fall 2018, earning a spot on Eater’s 16 Best New Restaurants in America the next year.

During the pandemic, Capitol Hill, Georgetown, a pink Bethesda bagel cart and Pike & Rose venues followed. The sixth DC-area store opened this year at Yours Truly DC’s West End hotel. In total, Dana says CYM makes and sells 13,000 bagels a day on weekends. One of its weekend customers is President Joe Biden, who stopped by the Georgetown store after Sunday mass just days after its inauguration.

Dana narrowly missed Biden that day, but he was able to hand-deliver an order to former President Barack Obama. He likes his bagel plain and toasted with butter, says Dana.

“He’s as kind and funny and charismatic as you’d think, if not more,” he says.