100 Best Restaurants 2008: Cava
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Cava Mezze - Rockville
Address: 9713 Traville Gateway Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-309-9090
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Greek/Mediterranean
Opening Hours: Rockville, Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner; DC and Arlington, Monday for dinner, Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Lamb sliders with tzatziki; watermelon with mint and feta; meatballs in tomato sauce; avgolemono soup; Disco Fries, a sort of Greek sloppy joe, with cinnamon-spiced braised lamb; Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts; loukoumades, or Greek doughnuts.
Happy Hour Details:
All day Monday and Tuesday.

Cuisine: Family recipes passed down by grandmas, aunts, and mothers of chef/owner Dimitri Moschovitis and his partners, Ted Xenohristos and Ike Grigoropoulos, get a modern spin on this lengthy menu of mezze, Greece’s answer to tapas. The idea is to order a round of plates and share.

Mood: Flickering votives, dim lighting, and a youngish crowd at the bar drinking cocktails (there are more than 20) give the smallish space the vibe of a happening nightspot, while vintage family photos lend a homespun feel—as does the service, which is surprisingly attentive given the crowds.

Best for: A celebration, diners on a budget, families with kids—it’s so loud, no one will hear an errant yelp or two.

Best dishes: Salty taramosalata; tender, olive-oil-shiny stuffed grape leaves; pan-fried tiropita with goat cheese plus feta for added zing; Opa Opa Shrimp steeped in ouzo and dill; grilled baby lamb chops with olive-oil fries; charcoal-grilled sausage; loukoumades, house-made Greek doughnuts, soaked in honey and cinammon.

Insider tips: Cava doesn’t take reservations. The drink of choice with mezze is ouzo—the smooth Plomari is served—but there are interesting Greek wines, too. Look for $5 martinis on Mondays and half-price bottles of wine Tuesdays.

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