Cheap Eats 2008: Zorba's Cafe
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Zorba's Cafe
Address: 1612 20th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-387-8555
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Greek/Mediterranean
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Saturday 11 AM to 11:30 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 10:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Tzatziki; taramasalata; loukaniko; fasolatha; gyro; moussaka; keftethes; yogurt with honey, walnuts, and cinnamon; grilled Greek sausages; fasólia; feta-cheese rolls; galaktoboureko.
Price Details: Appetizers, $2.25 to $4.75; entrees, $5.95 to $10.50.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Why go: For the kind of homespun cooking you’d find in a neighborhood taverna along the Aegean, in a cafe setting brimming with local color: bouzouki music, evil-eye amulets.

What to get: Grilled Greek sausages scented with orange; fasólia, white beans braised with olive oil, parsley, and tomato; salty taramasalata; keftéthes, spiced torpedo-shaped meatballs; crusty feta-cheese rolls; one of the area’s best gyros; galaktoboureko, made with phyllo and a creamy milk-based filling.

Best for: A quick but soul-satisfying lunch or dinner solo or with friends.

Insider tip: Look for specials that go beyond the familiar, such as nutty bulgur pilaf; tas kebab, a homey beef stew; and kreatopita, a ground-beef-and-onion pie.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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