Penzeys Spices

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Editorial Review

Yes, it’s a national chain, and you can also find it in Rockville, but as a food lover, it’s hard not to get excited by this emporium of whole and ground spices. With jars full of vanilla-infused sugar, house blends of pork chop spice, fenugreek and dried chiles of all kinds — Penzeys goes far beyond the grocery store spice aisle. It’s also a surprising gift location. One corner of the store is filled with a large selection of gift boxes, from specialties such as grilling spices to large boxes designed to serve as the foundation for a spice cabinet.