214 Reviews found

Friday, 10 September 2010 22:45


No place like home

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

"Write what you know," authors are advised. With a slight twist, the same guidance could apply to food purveyors: Serve what you know. Few restaurateurs understand the significance of that wisdom better than Latif Guler, whose past experiences at the same address in Dupont Circle were unsatisfying dalliances with not-so-French cooking (Le Pigalle) and an American dining room that devolved into a bar scene (Jack's). My mouth is telling me that Agora, the Turkish-themed replacement for Jack's, is just what the (food) doctor ordered.

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Friday, 25 March 2011 22:37


Editorial Review: Agora

Written by Justin Rude, The Washington Post

Even if you don't know Agora, you might remember the space's previous inhabitants, La Pigalle and, more recently, Jack's. When neither the pseudo-French nor all-American bar and grill concept took root, restaurateur Latif Guler (who was a co-owner at both) turned to his native Turkey for inspiration and brought in former Me Jana chef Ghassan Jarrouj to run the show. The result: a handsome and homey dining destination for simple and well-executed Eastern Mediterranean small plates that opened in May.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 20:59


An old favorite

Written by Justin Rude, The Washington Post

For more than two decades, Astor Mediterranean, a tiny dine-in and carryout Middle Eastern cafe on Columbia Road in Adams Morgan, has been a neighborhood favorite for quick and easy kebabs, salads and pizzas. And while, like most Mediterranean places, it is vegetarian friendly, it has openly embraced vegans the past few years by adding dairy-free cheese alternatives to its repertoire...

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Wednesday, 15 April 2009 20:52


Got vegan? More restaurants respond to growing demand

Written by Erica Meie, Washington Examiner

As a long-time vegan and D.C.-area resident, I've talked with hundreds of Washingtonians and restaurateurs alike about the growing interest in meat-free meals. Sure, meat may still dominate most restaurant menus, but in the last several years, vegan options have been shifting from the margins to the mainstream and are now prominently featured in more and more eateries in and around the nation's capital.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 03:44


The Parthenon: Chevy Chase's Neighborhood Restaurant

Written by John Fenzel, The Georgetowner

The "Neighborhood Restaurant" has always been a mainstay of American society. Even as the size and pace of our lives has grown and quickened, the restaurants that we frequent close to home offer a consistency and comfort that is actively sought out, as places where everyone knows you, your family, and the events that define us. One of those establishments in the Washington, DC metro area ... is Parthenon Restaurant--an authentic Greek restaurant in Chevy Chase.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2009 03:08


Editorial Review: CAVA mezze - Capitol Hill

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

We're disappointed when we catch sight of the first dish to come our way at the new Cava on Capitol Hill. Whereas the original Greek restaurant in Rockville ignites its breaded, brandy-splashed cheese at the table, its sibling dispenses with the light show. Co-owner Dimitri Moshovitis blames the ceiling for the lack of fireworks: "Leather panels," he explains.

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Wednesday, 09 June 2010 02:07


Cheap Eats 2010: Zorba's Cafe

Written by Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano, Washiingtonian

Why go: You don't stick around for 26 years without having mastered a few things, and this low-key Greek cafe has mastered many. The cooking is consistent, and you can roam the multi-part menu without worry—there are few clunkers. And no restaurant this cheap is this versatile: It's a prime pick for pre- or post-show eats, a come-as-you-are destination for catching up with friends over big plates of food and pitchers of beer, and in warm weather an ideal spot for sipping, grazing, and people-watching from a table on the patio.

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Friday, 01 January 2010 19:39


100 Best Restaurants 2010: Mourayo

Written by Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano, Washingtonian

It used to be that the flaming cheese known as saganaki—lit tableside—delivered most of the excitement in going out to eat Greek. At this cozy bistro, the drama is quieter but more intriguing. It offers a modern makeover of a traditional, often heavy cuisine—from the liberal use of Greek wines and ouzos in dishes to the focus on native cheeses. Even better, for all of the refinement, the cooking still retains an essential gutsiness.

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Friday, 08 August 2008 16:47


Savory Salvadoran in Southeast

Written by Moira E. McLaughlin, The Washington Post

At first glance: A perk to checking out restaurants is exploring different neighborhoods, ones I've never been to or ones I haven't seen since taking a wrong turn off Interstate 295 in high school. Las Placitas, a little Mexican/Salvadoran restaurant on Capitol Hill, is among a strip of restaurants and shops in Southeast Washington, in a neighborhood that has changed a lot since that wrong turn in high school. The restaurant is nothing fancy. You might even walk by, not noticing it.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:17


Taste Test: Bóveda

Written by Riley Croghan,

Bóveda is a small restaurant tucked within the Westin Georgetown on a block that isn't quite Georgetown, Dupont, or Foggy Bottom, but within easy reach of all those boozy neighborhoods. You might not stumble upon it accidentally, but executive chef Carlos Delgado has created a competent menu that makes it a place well worth seeking out.

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Monday, 17 September 2012 15:53


The Caucus Room and Bóveda Are Now Open in the Westin Georgetown

Written by Jessica Voelker, The Washingtonian

Back in August, we learned that a second Caucus Room and a Latin-themed "speakeasy-style" bar called Bóveda were quietly in the works at the Westin Georgetown. Both projects—which belong to Larry Work's Longboard Hospitality Group and are overseen by chef Brian Wolken—are now open and serving. The light-filled Caucus Room looks out on the hotel's enclosed patio, where Work says he hopes to do an ice bar come winter. There's a long marble-topped bar for cocktails and a snack. . .

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Monday, 10 September 2012 15:26


Bó Knows - A New Lair of Stone, Steel and Tequila

Written by UrbanDaddy

There are those places where you probably don't venture unless you have visitors from out of town. Double-decker tour buses. Kennedy Center musicals. And until now, probably the Westin hotel. But now there's a reason to regroup there with some locals. It's called tequila. More specifically, it's called Bóveda...

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Monday, 01 September 2008 04:13



Written by Todd Kliman, The Washingtonian

Johnny Monis has made Komi into the most soulful and personal restaurant in DC—and maybe the best. Monis hasn't hired a publicist and doesn't plan to. He doesn't make appearances, attend promotional events, or make the rounds of the dining room, as bottom-line-minded chefs are wont to do. At some point during a meal at Komi, his extraordinary DC restaurant east of Dupont Circle, you may catch a glimpse of him near the kitchen.

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Sunday, 21 October 2012 04:08



Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

Luxury dining isn't dead, much of it is just different than what it used to be. Take Komi, the temple of modern Greek cooking presided over by Washington's most guarded chef, Johnny Monis. Flowers are absent from the table, and there's no longer bread to launch the meal. Diners may be dressed as if for casual Friday at the office. So what makes some of us willing to shell out $500 a couple for several hours?

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