1612 20th St., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Open Monday through Saturday 11 AM to 11:30 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 10:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Tzatziki; taramasalata; loukaniko; fasolatha; gyro; moussaka; keftethes; yogurt with honey, walnuts, and cinnamon; grilled Greek sausages; fasólia; feta-cheese rolls; galaktoboureko.
Appetizers, $2.25 to $4.75; entrees, $5.95 to $10.50.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Why go: You don’t stick around for 26 years without having mastered a few things, and this low-key Greek cafe has mastered many. The cooking is consistent, and you can roam the multi-part menu without worry—there are few clunkers. And no restaurant this cheap is this versatile: It’s a prime pick for pre- or post-show eats, a come-as-you-are destination for catching up with friends over big plates of food and pitchers of beer, and in warm weather an ideal spot for sipping, grazing, and people-watching from a table on the patio.
What to get: Stuffed grape leaves; lemony, garlicky chickpea salad; tasty dips, such as taramasalata, hummus, and skordalia; excellent gyros; flaky, greaseless spanakopita; tender, gently spiced keftedes, a.k.a. Greek meatballs.
Best for: A good, affordable meal in the heart of the city.
Insider tip: The breads are baked in-house daily and the pizza dough is made from scratch.
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