Rockville, MD, like most of Montgomery County, and like most of the Washington, DC area (I could go further) has expanded to the point where congestion and overcrowded is just a a part of the norm.
I have plenty of family in the area, so I will always have a reason to go back. And I’m so grateful for that. There’s other places I like to eat and like to visit. And once in a while I get nostalgic, but it’s not really like that anymore.
However, along with all my amazing family, and the few friends that are still in town or nearby, I now have another reason to come back and visit.
I had most likely never heard of Modern Market until yesterday. I say most likely because maybe I’ve passed by the one in D.C. or Bethesda and didn’t even realize it.
With 29 locations, and growing, this will be one of the larger franchises I’ve ever reviewed since the inception of this blog.
Yesterday I was on Rockville Pike with what seemed like the rest of the world, and just wanted to find something new to eat. It didn’t necessarily have to be pizza. But at the Congressional Plaza shopping center, so much has evolved and new businesses have opened up.
This is nowhere close to the landscape that I recall as a kid. I’m not saying that’s good or bad. It’s really just evolution and the world we live in now. It’s more of a business and more higher end stores than ever before. It caters to the clientele and the people that live and work in the area.
So what used to house something else (which I honestly don’t remember) is now the space for Modern Market. And I’m happy to say I’m a fan and will be happy to go back. That’s it everybody thank you. Haha no…
When I first walked in I felt a stuffy vibe. I can’t lie about that. Rockville and the surrounding area takes pride in this and many feel it’s a term of endearment, or just a part of how it’s supposed to be. That’s not something I identify with and never will. It’s a huge reason why I don’t come back here as much as I probably should. But I digress…
Those feelings alleviated quickly because they’re just feelings. They’re temporary. And I can live in my own universe at any time, and all the time, and not worry about anyone else. But I’ll still have to pay DC area prices and that’s a whole different conversation.
Spring is here and the intent is always to eat healthier. Actually that’s always the intent.
As a first timer, I wanted a half and half type of meal, which would include pizza. Here is their menu, which is not as intimidating as I originally thought.
Whenever there is a chance to get a seasonal or limited time pizza, I’m all about it. The seasonal pizza is the Hot Honey and it’s fabulous. Served on stone-ground wheat flour bread it has ingredients I don’t pretend to all know but there’s no pretending on the taste. It’s fantastic and kind to your belly, especially if you get the half. The ingredients include creminelli salami piccante, goat cheese, arugula, organic red sauce, and Mike’s hot honey.
I don’t know Mike personally but the honey really hit the spot. And the little drips of honey on the plate made for a great presentation. But everything shone through. And I can never get enough goat cheese and arugula.
I got a half of that and a half (which looked more like a full, no complaints here) Farmer Salad. Another winner. It was easy to eat and I may have liked it more than the pie. Anything with almonds is almost certainly going to be awesome. And yes.
The real treat was the Cherry Blossom Kombucha they had on tap. Yes they have kombucha on tap! I may get this is another universe and at another time. But that alone, even if its seasonal, is worth the visit. And how beautiful does that look?
What’s a real hoot is that they give you all the nutritional info on your receipt. It’s a little thing that’s a big thing. And it makes them stand out from the crowd just a little more than other places. It’s not so easy to do but then it’s even easier than we even realize.
The counter service is exactly what I needed on this day. After just a few minutes my food was ready. And it was busy for lunch so the rapid-fire place my food was made may concern some, but it all came out splendidly.
And as for all the rest of the world. I wasn’t worried about them. I sat in my own corner and in my own bubble, and felt content and felt happy. I literally was in my own universe of peace and of harmony.
After taking a few photos, I enjoyed my meal for a good 20-30 minutes. I lost track of time because for reasons that need no explanation I felt at peace. No need for nostalgia or going down memory lane. Because it’s the present tense and we’re in more a modern way of life. Well it’s always been modern at whatever tine it is. But it’s expansion of horizons, ideas, food, life, and everything in between and on the peripheral.
Anyone who takes a chance, quits their jobs, and decides to follow a passion should always be lauded and celebrated, especially if they succeed. This place has succeeded. And the goal to use natural ingredients and appeal to everyone’s fancy and dietary restrictions, is a wonderful thing and a perpetual goal that is always going to be there.
Now I realize why they’re changing their menus every season. It’s for us, but as just as much for them. So it’s for everybody.
This is a place for everybody. And I can’t wait to come back to Rockville or maybe another location.
I hope every Spring outing can turn out like this. It easily can.