Figs Fine Foods
4828 Macarthur Blvd., NW
Washington, DC 20007
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades
Cuisines: Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Grocery Store/Market
Open Monday through Saturday 11 to 9. Closed Sundays.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
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: This leaf-green cafe is frequented mostly by a takeout crowd that comes for Reem Azoury’s homey Lebanese cooking. But the place’s ragtag-cool vibe, with Scrabble boards and cookbooks strewn about, make it tempting to grab one of the few seats and stick around.
What to get: Tender chicken cooked in a tagine with preserved lemon and olives; a salty-sweet Brie-pear-and-fig-jam sandwich; dips such as hummus, baba ghanoush, and labné; tangy bulgur-wheat salad; Moroccan chickpea, beet, and carrot salads.
Best for: An afternoon snack; vegetarians.
Insider tip: When it’s warm, Azoury puts a few umbrella tables on the patio and just about doubles the place’s seating capacity.
Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.
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