Cheap Eats 2009: Cafe Divan
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 19, 2009
Cheap Eats (2010)
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.

Why go: This stylish restaurant across the street from the Georgetown Safeway is no trendy pretender: The Turkish-style mezze and kebabs would be right at home in the cafes of Istanbul.

What to get: Sigara börek, crisp feta-cheese-filled cylinders of phyllo pastry; the airy fish-roe dip tarama; doner kebab, seasoned and marinated shavings of spit-roasted lamb, either solo or Iskender-style, layered with pita and yogurt; spicy adana kebabs, made with ground beef.

Best for: Diners who don’t want to sacrifice style in their search for authenticity.

Insider tip: Thursday is whole-roast-lamb night—and it’s a treat. Delivery (within three miles) is free.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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