100 Best Restaurants 2011: Cava
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Address: 9713 Traville Gateway Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-309-9090
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Greek/Mediterranean
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 2 PM and 5 to 10 PM, Friday 11:30 AM to 2 PM and 5 to 11 PM, Saturday 5 to 11 PM, and Sunday 5 to 9:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
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.
Price Details: Mezze, $3.95 to $10.95.

Only the top 40 restaurants were ranked in 2011's Best Restaurants list.

The Rockville original and its Capitol Hill sibling both have exposed-brick walls, chunky furniture, and a dinner-party vibe. Their small plates straddle the line between traditional and contemporary Greek food, eschewing hulking platters of moussaka and pastitzio for shareable platters of spicy lamb sliders; “disco fries” smothered with a sweet pork-and-veal ragu; and jalapeño-spiked feta.

Familiar dishes include a well-made chicken-and-lemon avgolemono soup and juicy cubes of harissa-marinated lamb souvlaki. The longtime friends who launched the restaurants hope to continue their culinary magic as they expand into Clarendon and open a fast-casual endeavor in Bethesda.

Also good: Lush taramasalata; eggplant caponata with walnuts; meatballs in tomato sauce sprinkled with feta; grilled octopus with lemon and olive oil; shrimp with tomato-ouzo sauce; watermelon salad with mint and feta; Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts; French-toast dessert with fruit and cinnamon.

Rockville location open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner. DC open Monday for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.

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