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Oct 13, 2008 05:51 PM

Greek in DC

Will be visiting my college daughter and looking for a great greek-turkish-middle eastern restaurant - I will be doing some business near 12th street so somewhere in that vicinity would be great!

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  1. not close to 12, but the be-all and end-all in my and others' books: the line moves fast, takeout only but there's a small park at 21 and it's not terribly far from either Washington or Dupont Circle... but then I like to walk.

    12? I don't hate Port of Piraeus, but. well. good avegolemono. and taramasalato. but in that area better off going Osterreich-Deutsch at Cafe Mozart IMHO.
    also a good Middle-Eastern place on 20 just a few doors South of M

    1. It's not really sit-down, but Greek Spot on 11th near U Street does it right, does it cheap, and is open LATE.

      1. Are you looking for a casual lunch or a nicer sit-down for dinner?

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        1. re: katecm

          Depends on where on 12th, but there's always Zaytinya on 9th, which has easy Metro access.

          1. re: repete

            Greek Deli on 18th between M and N is really good and they have there very own Soup Nazi. It is really casual but it is a great place to grab a bite to eat around lunch time.

            1. re: Zucumber84

              yes, Kosta's is the place I was linking to.

              pronounce gyro correctly or you will be corrected (but still served - just others will snicker) and god forbid the door is held open.

              but so worth it. I always think I'm just going to have half and save the rest for later - ha!

        2. I have to agree with the other posters that Kostas is the best greek food I've had in DC and Baltimore, which has a greektown. But if you are looking for a sit down restaurant, I recommend Yanni's on Connecticut Ave in Cleveland Park. It's right by the metro station so it's easy to get to (there's never any parking in Cleveland Park), the red line, and I ate there a lot in college and liked it. My last visit to DC a couple of weeks ago, it was still there so that might be worth checking out.

          1. Zaytinya at 9th and G Sts, NW is where you'll find your niche. A restaurant of small plates, try the carrot/apricot fritters, the kibbe, taramosalata, and the fettoush salad.

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            1. re: Steve

              I'd stick with the lamb and the cauliflower. The dishes can range from alright to meh.