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Cheap Eats 2012: Zorba’s Cafe
Comments () | Published June 4, 2012
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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
Cheap Eats 2012

A bustling cafe in one of DC’s most fashionable neighborhoods, with outdoor seating under umbrellas, excellent people-watching, and well-prepared food? You might assume we were talking about some slick new bistro where dinner for two runs $150. Well, you can eat for a third of that at this Greek charmer in Dupont Circle, which makes it an ideal pre-theater destination—some of the money you save on dinner can be spent on post-theater dessert somewhere else.

The dishes we order most often are the ones that made us fall in love with the place nearly 30 years ago: the salty salmon-roe mousse known as taramasalata;tender chickpeas dressed with garlic and lemon; light and crunchy spanakopita; and the meatballs called keftethes, zesty with parsley and onion and lightly charred on the grill.

Also good: Lamb-and-beef gyro; hummus; skordalia, a dip of potato, garlic, and olive oil.

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