Chef Mike Isabella can count another restaurant in his ever-growing empire: a second Kapnos Taverna, which is now open in Terminal C of Reagan National Airport. Like the Ballston original, which opened earlier this year, the menu centers around coastal Greek cuisine and Mediterranean small plates.
The 60-seat airport iteration is more casual than the sleek spot in Arlington–you’ll have to hit the original for shellfish plateaus–though a number of the menu offerings are similar. Look for dips and spreads like hummus and tzatziki with stone-baked flatbreads, crispy cauliflower, and a selection of gyros. Daily breakfast and brunch will also be offered, with healthy options (Greek yoghurt) and some more indulgent finds, such as baklava French toast.
Reagan National’s Kapnos Taverna is one of a few airport restaurants for Isabella, who has a version of his Ballston cantina, Pepita, in LAX, and a coastal concept called Beach House in Pensacola, Florida. As for the Kapnos brand, look for more to come: locations of Kapnos Kouzina, a homey-style Greek spinoff, will open in Bethesda and Merrifield, Virginia next year.
Kapnos Taverna at Reagan National Airport. Terminal C (near gate 37).