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Following Baja Fresh?s ethos set in 1990 as a healthy take on fast food, never-frozen meats sizzle atop the grill before they're tucked into made-to-order tacos and burritos. Grilled corn and flour tortillas embrace fish, carnitas, chicken, and steak, and smoky queso fundido sidles onto nachos and into burritos. Between bites, chips scoop up salsa made from farm-fresh produce rather than poured out of a can or fabricated in a space-age replicator. A complimentary salsa bar ensures no mouthful goes unspiced, and guests can scoop up their favorites as they await their dine-in, takeout, or catering orders.

302 King Farm Blvd
Rockville,
MD
US

When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop?then called Pete's Subway?proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.

Today, Subway restaurants number over 34,000 around the world?almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.

5548 Norbeck Rd
Rockville,
MD
US

While cake isn't always a health food, it can be under the guidance of the bakers at Caked Up. They gather their ingredients from local sources to ensure a dessert's freshness as they create classic indulgences such as cakes, cupcakes, and bite-size lolli cakes. But their fresh ingredients are only half the equation. When something a little healthier is desired, they can swap out traditional flour for gluten-free grain or remove all traces of eggs, milk, and butter from the batter to cook up completely vegan desserts.

No matter what ingredients they use, the bakers always ensure that desserts bear beautiful designs. They can make easy swirls and flowers in frosting, or create custom designs that utilize fondant, cake shaping, and piped frosting. This allows every dessert, no matter if it's a tray of cupcakes or a tiered cake, to be the perfect centerpiece for a party or slapstick open-mic night.

1321 Rockville Pike
Rockville,
MD
US

Joe’s Noodle House

The fate of the free world may depend upon the mongolian beef with cumin from Joe’s Noodle House. The Washington Post listed the dish in it’s “40 dishes Washingtonians shouldn’t live without in 2013.” That "can't-miss" dish is just one of the many on the Szechuan-focused menu; other picks by the Post include salty and crispy shrimp and fried baby smelt with peanuts, while The Washingtonian likes the pork-stuffed dumplings and hot-and-sour whole fish. The restaurant also features an extensive section devoted completely to vegetarian dishes, and the spiciness of most dishes may be adjusted to suit your taste or proximity to the nearest fire extinguisher.

1488 Rockville Pike
Rockville,
MD
US

On a hot summer day, the interior of Mr. Smoothie & Frozen Yogurt Bar looks a bit like paradise. Staff members man blenders whirring together non-fat yogurt and a choice of two fresh fruits into their signature smoothies, allowing customers to cool off with treats that are refreshing, healthy, and able to put out a very small fire. Everything made at Mr. Smoothie is customizable, and guests can opt to pare down the sweetness by only drinking freshly squeezed juice or creating fruity freezes from the same juices blended with chunks of real fruit. Eleven flavors of coffees are used to make frappes, with skinnier versions available for those desiring less calories and more protein. In fact, staff members can add a range of supplements and boosts to any smoothie or drink, adding ingredients that build muscle or nutrients that aim to improve hangovers.

33 Maryland Ave
Rockville,
MD
US

The family-owned Monterey Mart & Caf? beckons shoppers with its bright yellow and red walls and cheerful atmosphere. Inside, racks are lined with local groceries that range from milk and bread to essential home-cleaning products. The convenience store's selection also includes a counter devoted to drip Caribou Coffee, and Torani syrups give customers the option to take black coffees to the next level with flavors such as tiramisu. Local favorites like Hershey ice cream and Utz potato chips make for quick on-the-go snacks, while Salads, sandwiches, and other simple foods are on display for those with heartier appetites or much bigger pockets. Customers can round out their trip by taking a peek at the coolers, which contain a gallery of beer showcasing domestics and local craft brews.

5901 Montrose Road
Rockville,
MD
US