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A new Spanish sandwich chain called 100 Montaditos is now open in Bethesda. The signature item: the montadito, a tapas-sized bread roll filled with various combinations of meats, cheeses, and vegetables.  The word apparently comes from the Spanish verb montar, meaning “to mount,” because the bread is “mounted” with ingredients.

As the name suggests, there are in fact 100 varieties of montaditos on the menu, from Philly cheesesteak and hot dog versions to more Spanish fillings like chorizo, Serrano ham, and manchego cheese. Prices range from $1 to $2.50 for the bite-sized foods. The restaurant also serves salads and a limited selection of tapas like chicken strips, fried calamari, and brava potatoes. To drink, there are Spanish beers, cava, sangria, and more. Every Wednesday, montaditos, appetizers, and non-alcoholic beverages are only $1.  

Founded in Huelva, Spain, the chain now has more than 300 franchise store across the world, including a high concentration in Florida. Another location is coming to Arlington at 1776 Wilson Blvd.

100 Montaditos, 4922 Elm St., Bethesda. us.100montaditos.com.

Photo courtesy 100 Montaditos