Cheap Eats 2007: Cafe Divan
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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.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Women in headscarves at the next table are raving about the lentil soup. How good, you wonder, can lentil soup be? Really good.

The best dishes at this glass-enclosed dining room, popular with Turkish expats and Georgetown trendies, surprise and seduce. Sigara börek, named for their cigarlike shape, are deftly fried and ooze parsley-flecked feta. Imam Bayildi, a stuffed-eggplant dish, is bathed in olive oil. Döner kebab, a large roast of lamb and veal cooked on a vertical spit, then shaved into thin slices, is good, but it’s even better as iskender kebab, layered with tomatoes, toasted pita, and yogurt.

Among desserts, the baklava, crisp and not overly sweet, is better than most in the area, and kazan dibi, a puddinglike square blitzed with cinnamon, is creamy bliss.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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