9713 Traville Gateway Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Greek/Mediterranean
Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 2 PM and 5 to 10 PM, Friday 11:30 AM to 2 PM and 5 to 11 PM, Saturday 5 to 11 PM, and Sunday 5 to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
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.
Mezze, $3.95 to $10.95.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Why go: The all-mezze menu ranges from faithful renditions of Greek classics to inventive modern interpretations, and the high-energy dining room and bar dispense with Zorba the Greek clichés.
What to get: Cubes of feta with clover honey and fresh mint; a refined taramosalata; saganaki, the salty Greek flambéed cheese; village sausages and meatballs grilled over charcoal; the cinnamon-braised beef dish known as kokinsto, with a side of olive-oil fries for catching the juices; honey-drizzled Greek doughnuts called loukoumades.
Best for: Celebrations and group-dining—mezze are meant for sharing, and these small plates are often generously portioned.
Insider tip: Cava takes reservations only for lunch and on Sunday. Monday is $5-martini night, Tuesday half-price-bottle-of-wine night.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner.
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