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Figs Fine Foods

4828 Macarthur Blvd., NW
Washington, DC 20007

202-333-7773

Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades

Cuisines: Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Grocery Store/Market

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Saturday 11 to 9. Closed Sundays.

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Intimate

Reservations: Not Needed

Website: http://www.figsmedcafe.com

Best Dishes:
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

Cheap Eats 2010: Figs Fine Foods

100 great places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: The international flavor at this Palisades cafe/takeout goes beyond the Moroccan, Lebanese, and Mediterranean specialties in the food case. The brightly painted walls and quirky stacks of books recall a European coffeehouse.

What to get: Zesty turkey meatballs in tomato sauce; turkey-and-pickle sandwich on sesame bread; cardamom-heavy chicken bastilla, layers of pastry sandwiching a sweet/savory filling; chicken tagine with preserved lemon and olives; Brie-pear-and-fig-jam sandwich; dips such as hummus, baba ghanoush, and the thick yogurt called labne; cold salads of chickpea, beet, bulgur wheat, or carrot.

Best for: Whiling away an afternoon—there’s free wi-fi, a sunny patio, and games such as Scrabble and Bananagrams.

Insider tip: Other than the sandwiches, everything you can order is behind the glass case or listed on the specials board.

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