Thin, chewy and periodically puffy, the tandoor-oven-baked naan at Spice 6 makes for a perfect pizza crust. The topping choices at this Indian fast-casual eatery inside Westfield Montgomery mall are intriguing and numerous (lamb, tofu and three other proteins; four curry sauces, including kadai and korma masalas; and five chutneys, including sweet tamarind and Vik’s Red, a super spicy sauce named after Spice 6 founder Vik Singh). We’ve had the best luck with the vegetarian options. One idea: Line the naan with spinach masala, then finish it with chunks of paneer, sautéed vegetables and a light rain of red tomato chutney and grated cheese.
7101 Democracy Blvd. (Westfield Montgomery mall), Bethesda; 240-534-2721; spice-6.com
A Reuben Egg Roll
A cross-cultural combination of Jewish deli sandwich and Chinese appetizer, the reuben egg roll at Corned Beef King really works. Served alongside horseradish-spiked Russian dressing, the deep-fried roll encases a distinctive mix of textures and flavors—soft ground corned beef, shredded cabbage and carrots marinated in vinegar and sugar, melted Swiss and a touch of sauerkraut. Owner Jon Rossler says he devised the snack after spying egg roll wrappers at a restaurant supply shop. Wow, I could do something with these, he recalls thinking. And indeed he has.
1900 Rockville Pike (inside the Liberty gas station), Rockville; 301-881-4422; cornedbeefking.com
French fries may be the gateway food to Slapfish’s chowder fries, an addictive side dish smothered in rich New England clam chowder and topped with chopped chives, bacon and smoked chili aioli. These souped-up fries won’t win any nutrition awards, but the crispy-creamy combo is comfort food to the max.
12033 Rockville Pike (Montrose Crossing Shopping Center), Rockville; 240-880-2037; slapfishrestaurant.com