Say hello to The Spot, a brand new Asian Food Hall in Rockville Town Square that might become your favorite new spot for hungry adventurers. Think of it as a mall food hall except elevated with a poki bowl, handmade noodles, bubble tea, and waffle cone ice cream. This new Spot will make you want to come back and try different kinds of nomnom places. New Asian Food Hall is the first of its kind in the Rockville area, but it’s not the last. The Block, originally from Virginia, will soon be coming to Pike & Rose. We decided to check out the Spot and see if Instagram fun pictures were true. We’ve tried all the spots (lol) and now can tell you what you must order.
Welcome to the Spot Food Hall
The first thing you got to prepare for is just how crazy and packed this place is. At times, it can be hard to tell where the lines start but don’t worry, and you will get the hang of it. Walkthrough and check out all the places to decide what you want for food, drinks, and desserts. It can take some time to get each order since the lines can grow long, and items are often made to order. Make sure you go with friends and divide and conquer by having one friend get the food, another one get the drinks, and then make a plan for desserts.
You likely won’t find a spot (pun intended) in the hall area, but outside sitting, people often forget about it. It would help if one of your friends can save a spot while you get the food. Plus, the place gets very loud during its busy hours so make sure you stay nearby to listen for your order. All this hassle is worth it because this place has some very yummy things.
Taiwanese Fried Chicken @ CheersCut (5/5 NOMs)
OMG, the giant piece of Taiwanese Fried Chicken is a must order at The Spot food hall. If you are not familiar with Taiwanese fried chicken, then we don’t know what you’ve been doing. Go there right now and order one! Split it with a friend or eat the whole thing yourself because you are a hungry nomster. This is not just a small piece; it’s half a chicken all for you. This perfectly lightly breaded and seasoned chicken will make your taste buds happy. Now, if you are a cool kid and familiar with the fabulous world of Taiwanese fried chicken, then this will not disappoint. You will want to come back. Now your goal is to find someone who looks at you the way Boris looks at this Taiwanese Fried Chicken!!
It’s time for some tasty, freshly made noodles from Mian Pull Noodles. These are made right in front of you and combined with delicious broth and meat. With many different variations, we went for a combination of soup that includes it all. Nothing beats a mix of nice meat, tripes, and other parts. The noodles are very soft and light, so don’t let them sit for long, or else they become soggy. We did think the broth needed some kick to it. Make sure to grab some extra sauce to adjust seasoning to taste. You can also order some sides like the Pig Ears, which we normally like but not this time. We will stick to the noodle soup.
Bubble tea is a perfect way to end a foodie adventure or just as a refreshment on a hot day. We especially liked the Taro Milk tea from Gong Cha. While Gong Cha has many different and more exotic flavors, we decided to go for our favorite, Taro Milk. One of the big things we love is how you can control the level of sweetness by choosing between100%, 50%, or 30%. You can do that in many places, but not many make it very obvious to customers.
We are excited for that special kind of poke in our spot. Now is the time to get poked – poked real good with a Spicy Salmon Poke Bowl from the Poki DC stand at the Spot. It was fate that brought us here, or maybe it was just the shorter line. We are still not sure why the lines were short because this place rocked our taste buds. This is one of the newest locations for this local chain, which has several locations in D.C. and Maryland and will soon be expanding to Virginia. There were many different choices here, and we could put anything we wanted on for toppings.
It’s a 5-step process of choices with Step 1: Noodles, Rice or Half/Half; Step 2: Protein; Step 3: Toppings; Step 4: Sauce; and Step 5: Extra Crunchies. Our protein craving was a spicy salmon with about all the toppings they have. WE WERE HUNGRY! It turned out to be a satisfying Poke bowl and one of our favorites – perfect for those extra hungry nomsters. We would highly recommend checking out Poki DC at the Spot, even if lines are long.
Waffle Con Thai Ice Cream @ Alpaca Dessert (4 NOMs)
Did you know that ice cream comes from Alpacas? No, we are not that cute, but this cutely branded Alpaca Desserts sure makes a great waffle cone Thai Ice Cream. As is now trendy, this is a design your own nomnom kind of place.
Step 1: Pick a waffle. You can choose between original, chocolate, or matcha if you don’t; this is a green tea leaf finely grounded into a powder. We went with Matcha because it was just fun to say.
Step 2: This is an essential part – choosing your ice cream. Your choices are vanilla, chocolate, green tea, black sesame, or milk tea.
Step 3 is all about the toppings; you get three free toppings.
Step 4: Choose what you want to drizzle over your creation. You can choose between several options, including condensed milk and chocolate. It’s like being a kid at a candy store with so many different and tasty choices.
Waffle Ice Cream does take a bit of time to make, and you need to be nearby to hear your number called. Just in case your extra cuteness kicks in, they will keep your order for you in the fridge. This was a great way to end this visit at the food call because sweetness really does hit the spot.