Cheap Eats 2010: Figs Fine Foods
100 great places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published June 11, 2010
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Figs Fine Foods
Address: 4828 Macarthur Blvd., NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-333-7773
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades
Cuisines: Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Grocery Store/Market
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Saturday 11 to 9. Closed Sundays.
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Beet salad; bulgur wheat salad; chickpea salad; carrot salad; orzo with feta; hummus; labne; baba ghanoush; turkey meatballs; bastilla; eggplant ratatouille; chicken tagine; turkey/pickle sandwich; sandwich with fig jam, Brie, and pears.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups

Why go: The international flavor at this Palisades cafe/takeout goes beyond the Moroccan, Lebanese, and Mediterranean specialties in the food case. The brightly painted walls and quirky stacks of books recall a European coffeehouse.

What to get: Zesty turkey meatballs in tomato sauce; turkey-and-pickle sandwich on sesame bread; cardamom-heavy chicken bastilla, layers of pastry sandwiching a sweet/savory filling; chicken tagine with preserved lemon and olives; Brie-pear-and-fig-jam sandwich; dips such as hummus, baba ghanoush, and the thick yogurt called labne; cold salads of chickpea, beet, bulgur wheat, or carrot.

Best for: Whiling away an afternoon—there’s free wi-fi, a sunny patio, and games such as Scrabble and Bananagrams.

Insider tip: Other than the sandwiches, everything you can order is behind the glass case or listed on the specials board.

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