Cheap Eats 2017: Dama


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1503 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

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It’s hard to conceive of vegetarian dulet—typically an offal-heavy dish of ground beef, liver, and tripe—let alone a delicious one. Leave it to this crowd-pleasing bakery/butcher/restaurant to deliver on both the classic and tofu renditions, seasoned with caramelized onion and ginger (ditto for the traditional and veggie versions of beef-tartare-like kitfo, with herbed cheese). Dama’s big appeal is the freedom to dabble—whether at breakfast or the lunchtime buffet, or on the all-day menu of vegetables, tibs, and stews. Chef/co-owner Almaz Dama crafts the lovely European-inspired cakes and pastries, that, like the rest of the lineup, include speciaties for vegans. Also good: Vegetable combo platter; Dama special lamb tibs.