Cheap Eats 2011: 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

This counter-service cafe off Dupont Circle, with grinning headshots of Anthony Quinn on the walls, has been a Greek standby for 27 years. It's as suited to a quick workday lunch as to a leisurely Sunday meal on the patio.

If you're after something quick, the excellent pork souvlaki wrapped with feta in warm, soft pita is the way to go--it's one of our favorite sandwiches in the area. Or settle in and graze on rich, garlicky skordalia dip, stuffed grape leaves, and hummus. Keftedes, long meatballs, pair well with the yogurt-based tzatziki. Yogurt also makes a worthy appearance at dessert, thick and dressed with walnuts and honey.

Also good: Taramasalata; chickpea salad; gyro.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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