True to its name, 100 Montaditos showcases 100 variations on the classic Spanish bite-sized roll. Each montadito starts with imported Spanish bread, baked daily in specially designed ovens. Next, cooks pack in tasty ingredients, such as Serrano ham, chorizo, and manchego cheese. Beyond traditional eats, rolls can be filled with other global flavors ranging from meatballs and bacon to goat cheese and honey mustard.
Besides its namesake dish, 100 Montaditos features salads and Spanish-style tapas, including herb-dusted chicken wings and fried calamari. Bartenders complement meals with equally Spanish beverages, such as Mahou beer, sangria, or lemon-lime soda blended with red wine or beer. Diners are encouraged to kick back and relax in the casual eatery's dining room, which updates the comfortable atmosphere of a 19th-century Spanish tavern with 20th-century lighting fixtures.
Maui Wowi enlivens parties and events with Hawaiian-themed party rentals and treats including frosty fruit smoothies, coffee drinks both hot and cold, and snacks. Guests can borrow one of its thatched-roof tiki bars which conveniently include setup and breakdown. For independently wealthy third-graders and others unable to bartend themselves, the company offers bartending service from Hawaiian-shirt-clad specialists. They can mix drinks for every audience, including kona coffee, cappuccinos, and frozen coffee drinks, as well as fresh-fruit smoothies with or without alcohol in flavors such as piña colada, mango orange, and strawberry-banana daiquiri. All drinks, like the daughters of the Beach Boys, come with Hawaiian parasols.
Jamba Juice, the sunny West Coast import, has finally spread their brand of the California lifestyle to the nation’s capital, thanks to its menu blend of smoothies, wraps, flatbreads and sandwiches. The relatively new Dupont Circle location is a great option for on-the-go business types or anyone traipsing through this bustling slice of metro DC. Of course, the fast casual chain is known for their whole fruit smoothies, which come blended in any number of ways, including with a “boost” pack that helps to boost your immune system or give you a jolt of energy. Health-conscious folks have plenty of options themselves, with low-calorie smoothies available from the menuboard, each with their own vitamin-rich, antioxidant-heavy powers, plus a few vegetable juice options. Anyone feeling indulgent can stick with the sweet stuff, like peanut butter, chocolate and available sherbet flavors.
From asiago cheese to orange cranberry, Bethesda Bagels has a flavor for every bagel eater to pair with spreads such as chive or lox cream cheese. The handmade bagels can be ordered one delicious bagel or mini bagel at a time or by the baker’s dozen. Along with the namesake menu item, Bethesda Bagels also serves all-day breakfast, plus overstuffed sandwiches, pizzas, and other snacks, including fancy cookies and their more casually dressed cousin, the muffin.
Café Promenade, lauded by the Washington Post as one of the area's best afternoon tea spots, brings afternoon tea stateside. Quaffers choose from among 10 loose-leaf teas, ranging from the sweet Darjeeling Choice Estate to a vegetal Sencha as the sophisticated wait staff serves guests bite-size sandwiches, such as roasted eggplant on focaccia and crab salad on wheat toast. Sate sweet teeth on a bevy of desserts, including chocolate éclairs, raisin scones, and banana-nut bread. With The Mayflower Royal Tea, teatime ends with two bubbly glasses of Mumm Cuvee Chef du Caves.
1409 Playbill Café brings down the curtain on hunger with a highly eclectic menu of American and international edibles. Begin your mouth-powered exploration with the Mediterranean tapas for two, a collection of hummus, fried eggplant, pita bread, and Egyptian fava beans ($12.90), which can be stacked into the shape of pyramids to attract nearby sphinxes. Eight-ounce burgers served on grilled pita bread ($7.99) promote carnivorous creativity with a choice of 12 extras, including gravy, sauerkraut, jalapeños, and feta cheese ($1.25 each). Floravores can tackle grape leaves ($4.99) packed with the power of rice, kalamata olives, and pepperoncinis, as well as the spinach quesadilla ($6.50) and a leafy lineup of veggie salads. A 16-ounce pork chop and its complement of garlic mashed potatoes ($16.99) take down even the amplest of appetites, and the shrimp and crab pasta ($15.99) unites the sea's greatest crustaceanary powers to rule taste buds in a benevolent flavor kingdom.