Sligo Café isn’t exactly the latest on the DC area restaurant scene. The Café owned by first time restauranteur David Galinsky opened in Silver Spring earlier this year. Formerly a music producer (for 30 years!), Galinsky appreciates good entertainment… and wanted to open a neighborhood-friendly restaurant with good food, vibes, and entertainment, of course! Since opening, Galinsky and his staff have been testing out its menu and hours. Finally, they feel they’ve settled on a perfect balance.
Last Wednesday night, KSM stopped by the restaurant to experience drinks imagined by Sligo Cafe’s Mixology Maven Jung-Ah Park (JP) and comfort food designed by Chef Corey Locker, formerly of KOMI and Georgia Brown’s. Galinsky and Locker’s choice of a small, manageable menu with unique twists on classics — like French Onion soup topped with mac and cheese (inspired by Chef Corey Locker’s son); crispy brussels sprouts with smoked bacon and sunflower seeds, and hearty favorites like house rolled porchetta and braised short rib — tempted us to make the tiny trek out to Silver Spring.
Here’s our take: Sligo is a neighborhood gem. While trying to source locally as much as possible, the menu is priced right for the clientele. Fresh, local watermelon was a staple of the evening during our visit, making an appearance in a few cocktails and even as a palette cleansing watermelon sashimi topped with smoked and white soy, jalapenos, cilantro, pickled shallot, and cerano. The ambiance was equally as fresh. Windows opened to cool breezes outside and neighbors came to eat, drink and hear live jazz sounds from The Oscillators band on two outdoor patios.