Cheap Eats 2009: Cafe Divan

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

Why go: This stylish restaurant across the street from the Georgetown Safeway is no trendy pretender: The Turkish-style mezze and kebabs would be right at home in the cafes of Istanbul.

What to get: Sigara börek, crisp feta-cheese-filled cylinders of phyllo pastry; the airy fish-roe dip tarama; doner kebab, seasoned and marinated shavings of spit-roasted lamb, either solo or Iskender-style, layered with pita and yogurt; spicy adana kebabs, made with ground beef.

Best for: Diners who don’t want to sacrifice style in their search for authenticity.

Insider tip: Thursday is whole-roast-lamb night—and it’s a treat. Delivery (within three miles) is free.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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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.