Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: The Greek Spot

This carryout off U Street offers standard meat-laden Greek fare—think gyros and souvlaki—but the vegetarian options are the most rewarding. The minty spanakopita ($5.95) and its spinachless cousin tiropita ($5.95) are sizable appetizers; served as a platter ($8.95) with tomatoey green beans and orzo, they’re full meals.

No wonder the unlikely vegetarian gyro ($6.50) has a cult-like following: Hearty tofu “steak” strips taste almost like the real thing, thanks in part to a handful of briny feta, a smart replacement for traditional tzatziki. Even if you order an appetizer and entrée, you’ll have cash left for rice pudding ($2.95). Another sweet deal: free delivery Monday through Friday 6 to 10.

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.