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Cava Mezze - Rockville

9713 Traville Gateway Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850

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

Website: http://www.cavamezze.com

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.

Cheap Eats 2007: Cava

Forget Zorba the Greek clichés. Think instead of the ouzeri you’d find in Athens’s stylish Kolonaki neighborhood.

Mezze rules at this lively restaurant and nightspot owned by three second-generation Greek-Americans. From the tangy grilled baby octopus and the mini souvlakis to the charcoal-grilled loukanika (orange-scented sausage), the cooking is always gutsy and frequently interesting. Doughnut fans will want to indulge in Greece’s take on fried dough: loukoumades kissed with honey and cinnamon.

Portions are generous, and most dishes are under $9. The deal gets even better Mondays with $5 martinis and Tuesdays with half-price bottles of wine, including lots of interesting Greek picks.

Open weekdays for lunch, Monday through Saturday for dinner.