A bustling cafe in one of DC’s most fashionable neighborhoods, with outdoor seating under umbrellas, excellent people-watching, and well-prepared food? You might assume we were talking about some slick new bistro where dinner for two runs $150. Well, you can eat for a third of that at this Greek charmer in Dupont Circle, which makes it an ideal pre-theater destination—some of the money you save on dinner can be spent on post-theater dessert somewhere else.
The dishes we order most often are the ones that made us fall in love with the place nearly 30 years ago: the salty salmon-roe mousse known as taramasalata;tender chickpeas dressed with garlic and lemon; light and crunchy spanakopita; and the meatballs called keftethes, zesty with parsley and onion and lightly charred on the grill.
Also good: Lamb-and-beef gyro; hummus; skordalia, a dip of potato, garlic, and olive oil.