Naan & Beyond

Bakery, Indian
$$$$ ($14 and under)
Popular with the lunch rush, this aptly-named takeout shop specializes in naan sandwiches.
Mon-Fri 11 am-9 pm
Sat 11 am-5 pm
(Downtown)
Farragut North (Red Line), Farragut West (Blue and Orange lines)
202-466-6404
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Editorial Review

Booming at lunch, this small restaurant dishes up adapted versions of Indian classics. As its name suggests, Indian naan bread accompanies nearly every item on the menu. Tikka sandwiches, the most popular items, include chicken, lamb, shrimp and veggie varieties. The same tikka fillings are also available on an over-dressed Caesar salad.

One of the more creative and adventurous items is the gourmet pizza. The small pie can be ordered with a tika topping, onion and eggplant or paneer cheese. Though the toppings are well-seasoned, the restaurant serves a tough, heavy cheese that does not translate well to the top of a pizza. The pie is difficult to cut and less flavorful than the sandwiches. Since each pie is made-to-order, they take about 20 minutes to prepare.

One house specialty is tandoori chicken marinated overnight. The bright red bird is somewhat dry, but livened up with a side of the house mint chutney. It is served with salad and naan. The shop also serves a modest dinner. In addition to the lunch choices, diners can opt for the meat or veggie platter -- a chicken or vegetable curry with sides of vegetables, rice and naan.

--Erin Hartigan