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100 Montaditos: Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

100 Montaditos

I am pleased to announce the arrival of a new restaurant near my work and even more pleased to have sampled some of their wares. The restaurant? 100 Montaditos! One of my co-workers who has a daughter attending the University of Miami had been to one of their numerous locations in Miami and loved the place. So last summer she heard that a location was to open not too far from our workplace and she kept an ear to the ground and an eye on the place and then lo and behold they finally opened this Monday. It took little convincing to make the trek and try them out…

So just what is a montadito? It’s most basic definition is: small sandwich. Expanding on the description a bit, it is a canapé style tapa consisting of a small sliced roll filled or topped with pork, ham, tuna, etc. The restaurants definition can be found here.

Why the name 100 Montaditos? Well, check out their menu, there are 100 sandwich varieties (5 of which are dessert style montaditos) offered not counting their other offerings like salads, appetizers and other platters. They also have some reasonably priced beer, wine and sangria offerings as well as some happy hour specials.

For my first trip there I had the good fortune to try these four montaditos:
• #22 Tuna, hard-boiled egg, piparra (mild pepper from Spain) and mayo
• #54 Garlic pork loin, brie cheese and bacon
• #65 Serrano ham, mozzarella and pesto
• #80 Anchovies, manchego cheese, piquillo pepper, arugula and mayo

#22 was a bit dry, they used a light hand with the mayo and the unadorned tuna was not the moistest I have had, but the peppers added a small bit of pep to the proceedings.
#54 was not very garlicky but the pork was tender and the bacon and brie were good compliments to the pork.
#65 had an excellent flavor with the ham and mozzarella combo, but they added so little pesto that its main contribution was its green color rather than any significant flavor.
#80 had exactly the flavor you would expect from a 3 ½ inch long sandwich than contained 4 anchovy fillets, a true salt and unami bomb and more than a little oil got out to coat my bread. The piquillo peppers were a good balance to the anchovies, but unless you are a true anchovy lover, this sandwich may be a bit much for you.
There are so many other options (96 more montaditos!) to try that I won’t be bothered at all if I happen to not like one as much, there will be dozens more waiting to be sampled.

I will definitely be back to try them out for happy hour to see how their sangria measures up.

Hungry Man Eats Score: 75/100

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100 Montaditos 1776 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, 22209 (703) 835-9232



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