Cheap Eats 2007: Cava
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Cava Mezze - Rockville
Address: 9713 Traville Gateway Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-309-9090
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Greek/Mediterranean
Opening Hours: Rockville, Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner; DC and Arlington, Monday for dinner, Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Needed
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.
Happy Hour Details:
All day Monday and Tuesday.

Forget Zorba the Greek clichés. Think instead of the ouzeri you’d find in Athens’s stylish Kolonaki neighborhood.

Mezze rules at this lively restaurant and nightspot owned by three second-generation Greek-Americans. From the tangy grilled baby octopus and the mini souvlakis to the charcoal-grilled loukanika (orange-scented sausage), the cooking is always gutsy and frequently interesting. Doughnut fans will want to indulge in Greece’s take on fried dough: loukoumades kissed with honey and cinnamon.

Portions are generous, and most dishes are under $9. The deal gets even better Mondays with $5 martinis and Tuesdays with half-price bottles of wine, including lots of interesting Greek picks.

Open weekdays for lunch, Monday through Saturday for dinner.


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