It all started with hummus. Chef Ethan Snider found quick success selling his handmade bean dips at farmers markets under the name Summuh (hummus spelled backwards). But he needed a bigger kitchen. He found that space in a strip mall behind a McDonald’s in Montgomery. Within a few months it became obvious that his loyal clientele wanted more than just ground-up garbanzos.
Fond’s menu has since expanded into dishes that are organic and sourced from area farmers, bakers, and craft-food makers. Snider is not afraid to go bold: Asian-inspired tacos are stuffed with chicken, ginger, garlic, scallion, and basil, then topped with lemon mayo and jalapeño slaw. And his “Sunshine On My Shoulder” salad is a more-is-more explosion of local greens, chopped veggies, roasted pork jowl, and fried egg doused in a mouth-melting garlic vinaigrette then topped with hemp seeds.
There’s an eclectic mix on the ever-changing menu at Fond that will satisfy everyone—carnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and those avoiding gluten. Purchases from the deli case are also encouraged. Love the homemade pickles with your burger? Take home a jar. Can’t get enough of the “Say WHAT?” sandwich with cheddar and hummus? Grab a tub of Snider’s “My Thai” hummus, flavored with ginger, garlic, scallions, and Thai chilies. Here, it usually ends with hummus, too.
Fond: Lunch and Deli, 10764 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, fondlunchdeli.com. Breakfast and lunch Mon–Sat.