Cheap Eats 2015: Spice 6

Where we go for naan pizzas and curry sauce-topped rice bowls.


At Spice 6, dress a basmati-rice bowl with stewed chickpeas and an array of chutneys. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Spice 6


5501 Baltimore Ave
Hyattsville, MD 20781
5501 Baltimore Ave
Hyattsville, MD 20781

You’ve been here before, even if you haven’t. The order-at-the-counter operation that moves you down the line, asking you to customize your bowl with rice, a choice of meats or tofu, a selection of sauces, and an array of add-ons—Chipotle started it, and a slew of copycats have emerged to cash in with their various culinary twists. This Indian spot does it better than any—including, yes, Chipotle. The strength here is the saucing: the four curries cooked up daily by chef Upendra Thapaliya, pulsing with color, flavor, and heat. Don’t miss the naan pizzas, smeared, say, with tikka masala in the role of tomato sauce, sprinkled with cheese, topped with tender cubes of lamb, and baked to a wonderful crispness.

Cuisine: Indian

Where you can get it: 5501 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville; 301-209-0080

Also good: Slow-simmered chickpeas over brown rice with kadai curry, a dark, spicy gravy from northern India; simmered lamb with spinach curry and raita over white rice.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.