D.C.’s ‘Chipotles of …’

With today's announcement that Venti Tre, a Chipotle-style take on Italian food, will be coming to Gaithersburg's Downtown Crown development in September, it's time to update our annual list of Chipotle wannabes. Where can you get a fast-casual, assembly-line flatbread/rice bowl/pita/pizza/salad? Pretty much everywhere.

A vegan bowl from ShpopHouse with, from upper left, rice, organic tofu, sauteed minced kale, and pickled vegetables and pulverized garlic chips. (Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

The Chipotle of pan-Asian food:
-- ShopHouse
-- Newton's Noodles

The Chipotle of Thai food:
-- Tom Yum District

The Chipotle of Greek/Mediterranean food:
-- GRK
-- Cava Mezze Grill
-- Medi*
-- Garbanzo Mediterranean*

A beef and lamb "Yeero" at GRK (Maura Judkis/for The Post)
A beef and lamb "Yeero" at GRK (Maura Judkis/for The Post)

The Chipotle of Indian food:
-- Merzi
-- Spice 6*
-- Krazi Kebob*

The Chipotle of Korean food:
-- Mixing Bowl*
-- Triple B Fresh*

The Chipotle of Middle Eastern food:
-- Roti

(Courtesy of &pizza)

The Chipotle of pizza:
-- &pizza
-- Custom Fuel
-- DC Pizza (opening soon at 1103 19th St. NW)

The Chipotle of Italian food:
-- Venti Tre (currently in Baltimore, opening September 2014 in Gaithersburg)

The Chipotle of Chipotle:
-- Chipotle

* indicates Chipotle copycats submitted in the comments and on Twitter.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.



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