Yamas Mediterranean Grill
4806 Rugby Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Greek/Mediterranean
Daily for lunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Gyro, tzatziki, chicken souvlaki, lamb burger with feta, skin-on fries.
This convivial Greek cafe ingratiates itself the moment you open the door and are hit with smells of roasting meats, garlic, and herbs.
Yamas combines the speed of fast food with the pampering--table service, plates, cutlery--associated with sit-down establishments. Portions are hefty, and nearly every dish harks back to the trick-free cooking of yesterday. Look for a plate of lemon-kissed grilled lamb chops, a marvelous grilled whole black sea bass dressed with lemon and olive oil, and a gyro with made-from-scratch slices of pressed lamb and beef. Even a side salad shows care--most of the produce is from local markets.
Also good: Marinated octopus; fries with feta and sea salt; stuffed vegetables; baklava; galaktoboureko, a phyllo-and-custard tart.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.