Cheap Eats 2012: Café Assorti

Honey cake with tea at Café Assorti. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Cheap Eats 2012

Weather permitting, enjoy the simple snacks at this Eastern
European eatery outside, where umbrella-topped tables on a brick patio
create a rustic charm you might not expect at a fast-casual restaurant in
Rosslyn. Salads of shredded carrot with garlic and chili peppers and of
beet with garlic and walnut are fresh and crunchy but grow tiresome on
their own—order both to share along with the tasty “original” salad:
lightly dressed chicken with egg, dill pickle, and carrots. Savory
pastries are great for passing around; our favorites are the vegetable
rasstegai (an open-topped hand pie) and a square samsa
filled with chicken and mushrooms.

Also good: Cabbage rolls packed with ground
beef and rice; a tiered napoleon cake with buttercream (try it with

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 Petworth.