Great Takeout: Cafe Divan
Comments () | Published December 3, 2008
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Cafe Divan
Address: 1834 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-338-1747
Neighborhood: Georgetown
Cuisines: Turkish, Middle Eastern, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 10:30 PM, Friday and Saturday6 11 AM to 11 PM, and Sunday 11 AM to 10:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Sigara borek; sous borek; dolmas; hummos; baba ghanoush; iman bayaldi, the classic stuffed-eggplant dish; doner kebab; iskander kebab; lamb kebab; yogurtlu kebab with beef; kuzu guvec, a lamb-and-eggplant casserole; whole roast baby lamb (Thursdays only);
Price Details: Appetizers $3.95 to $5.95, entrées $5.95 to $16.
Pretty much everything on the menu of this stylish Turkish eatery can be ordered to go at the takeout annex next door. It’s best to avoid poor travelers like fried eggplant and sigara börek and go for hardier starters like pungent tarama, heavy-on-the-parsley tabbouleh, stuffed grape leaves, and imam bayildi, baked eggplant stuffed with tomato, onion, garlic, and parsley—so silky you can scoop it up with pita.

You can make a meal of mezze or go for bigger plates such as Iskender kebab($10.95), shaved slices of marinated lamb and veal smothered with tomato sauce and yogurt that reheats surprisingly well, or chicken begendili ($11.95), slices of chicken on puréed roasted eggplant. Turkish pizzas, called pides, are also a possibility—try the Kayseri, with spicy Turkish-style pastrami ($7.95).

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