Dirt Cheap Eats 2008: Arax Cafe

This coffeehouse with wrought-iron furniture and dark wood floors is a snug spot to ponder the cosmos. Besides the usual lattes and macchiatos, you’ll find strong, cardamom-scented Armenian coffee ($2.25) and sweets, a nod to the owners’ heritage.

Of the various types of baklava, the roll filled with cashews and the classic walnut-layered diamond (both $1.59) are first-rate. Also good are such Western desserts as chocolate-walnut bundt cake ($3.25 a slice) and an addictive graham-cracker square laden with cashews, walnuts, pistachios, and caramel ($3.75). If you need real sustenance, there are meat “pizzas” on the thinnest of crusts ($2.75), homey lentil soup ($5.25), and top-notch tabbouleh ($5.25). Open Monday through Saturday 8 am to 9 pm.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.