Cheap Eats 2009: Figs Fine Foods

Great food, low prices, lots of fun.

Why go: This leaf-green cafe is frequented mostly by a takeout crowd that comes for Reem Azoury’s homey Lebanese cooking. But the place’s ragtag-cool vibe, with Scrabble boards and cookbooks strewn about, make it tempting to grab one of the few seats and stick around.

What to get: Tender chicken cooked in a tagine with preserved lemon and olives; a salty-sweet Brie-pear-and-fig-jam sandwich; dips such as hummus, baba ghanoush, and labné; tangy bulgur-wheat salad; Moroccan chickpea, beet, and carrot salads.

Best for: An afternoon snack; vegetarians.

Insider tip: When it’s warm, Azoury puts a few umbrella tables on the patio and just about doubles the place’s seating capacity.

Open Monday through Saturday 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.