1834 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Cuisines: Turkish, Middle Eastern, Breakfast
Open Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 10:30 PM, Friday and Saturday6 11 AM to 11 PM, and Sunday 11 AM to 10:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Sigara borek; sous borek; dolmas; hummos; baba ghanoush; iman bayaldi, the classic stuffed-eggplant dish; doner kebab; iskander kebab; lamb kebab; yogurtlu kebab with beef; kuzu guvec, a lamb-and-eggplant casserole; whole roast baby lamb (Thursdays only);
Appetizers $3.95 to $5.95, entrées $5.95 to $16.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Why go: Chic restaurants abound in Georgetown. But a chic restaurant with budget prices? This window-wrapped Turkish cafe puts out excellent renditions of mezze and kebabs, all accompanied by soft, wood-fired bread.
What to get: Thick, smoky hummus; phyllo-encased sigara borek filled with feta; dolmas (currants, pine nuts, and rice stuffed into grape leaves); manti (house-made pasta pockets with beef and yogurt sauce); spicy adana kebab, made with ground beef; doner kebab; rice pudding topped with ground pistachios.
Best for: A romantic date that doesn’t feel cash-conscious.
Insider tip: On Thursday, the restaurant roasts a whole lamb.
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