Cheap Eats 2009: Vaso’s Kitchen

Great food, low prices, lots of fun.

Why go: The pig-themed tchotchkes and plain red curtains make it feel as though you’re eating in a Greek grandmother’s kitchen. And there’s real skill at the stove, resulting in a lineup of comfort food that’s lighter and better than most.

What to get: The Greek sampler, which includes a zesty cayenne-feta dip; baked crab-stuffed shrimp sauced with lemon, butter, and white wine; charbroiled, herb-spiked bifteki; tiramisu.

Best for: Anyone with a yen for unfussy cooking in an unstuffy atmosphere.

Insider tip: The restaurant had to leave untouched the historic sign for the Dixie Pig restaurant, which operated on this spot from 1949 through 1984; it creates some confusion but adds charm.

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.