Cheap Eats 2008: 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

Why go: Turkish mezze and kebabs, full of savor and served with style in a glass-enclosed wedge of a cafe in Georgetown that attracts both Euro club kids and a graying neighborhood crowd.

What to get: Among the mezze, the briny tarama; fried cigara borek oozing feta; su boregi, a borek variation made with pasta and cheese; and imam bayaldi, baby eggplants stuffed with tomato and onion and glistening with olive oil. Among the bigger plates, sandwiches or platters with fluffy pilaf and grilled vegetables; tender lamb shish kebab; spicy adana ground-beef kebabs; doner kebab, veal and lamb cooked on a spit, sliced razor thin, and served plain or Iskander style with yogurt and toasted pita bread.

Best for: Mezze is meant for communal-style dining, but with its cozy cushions and banquettes Divan is intimate enough for a date.

Insider tip: The well-priced meze platters for one or two are generous enough for a light meal. Whole roast lamb on the spit is available only on Thursdays—and well worth the visit.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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