Great Takeout: Figs Fine Food
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Figs Fine Foods
Address: 4828 Macarthur Blvd., NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-333-7773
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades
Cuisines: Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Grocery Store/Market
Opening Hours: Monday through Friday 11 to 8, and Saturday noon to 8.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Beet salad; bulgur wheat salad; chickpea salad; carrot salad; orzo with feta; hummus; labne; baba ghanoush; turkey meatballs; bastilla; eggplant ratatouille; chicken tagine; turkey/pickle sandwich; sandwich with fig jam, Brie, and pears.
Lebanese expat Reem Azoury’s subterranean Palisades cafe might not look like much from the outside, but the cheery, green-painted spot is a true find. There are loads of little salads—cool, vinegary beets ($5 for 8 ounces to $12 for 32 ounces), wonderfully tangy bulgur wheat with tomato ($4 to $10), and a simple orzo with feta ($6 to $15). Or you can put together a trio of dips ($12) from offerings like the excellent hummus, baba ghanoush, eggplant ratatouille, and the extra-thick yogurt called labneh.

More-substantial plates worthy of attention include chicken tagine with olives and preserved lemon ($6 to $15) and the signature sandwich ($8), spread with fig jam, Brie, slices of pear, and walnuts. While you wait, check out the quirky-cool collection of poetry paperbacks and cookbooks.

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