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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