Food

Cheap Eats 2010: Cafe Divan

100 great places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: Chic restaurants abound in Georgetown. But a chic restaurant with budget prices? This window-wrapped Turkish cafe puts out excellent renditions of mezze and kebabs, all accompanied by soft, wood-fired bread.

What to get: Thick, smoky hummus; phyllo-encased sigara borek filled with feta; dolmas (currants, pine nuts, and rice stuffed into grape leaves); manti (house-made pasta pockets with beef and yogurt sauce); spicy adana kebab, made with ground beef; doner kebab; rice pudding topped with ground pistachios.

Best for: A romantic date that doesn’t feel cash-conscious.

Insider tip: On Thursday, the restaurant roasts a whole lamb.

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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.