Cheap Eats 2008: 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.

Why go: The all-mezze menu ranges from faithful renditions of Greek classics to inventive modern interpretations, and the high-energy dining room and bar dispense with Zorba the Greek clichés.

What to get: Cubes of feta with clover honey and fresh mint; a refined taramosalata; saganaki, the salty Greek flambéed cheese; village sausages and meatballs grilled over charcoal; the cinnamon-braised beef dish known as kokinsto, with a side of olive-oil fries for catching the juices; honey-drizzled Greek doughnuts called loukoumades.

Best for: Celebrations and group-dining—mezze are meant for sharing, and these small plates are often generously portioned.

Insider tip: Cava takes reservations only for lunch and on Sunday. Monday is $5-martini night, Tuesday half-price-bottle-of-wine night.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner.

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