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Apr 24, 2009 02:43 PM

New Greek place on 8th

Cava 8th SE opens Monday. I popped my head in just now and asked. place looks nice, I hope it's as good as the Rockville location reviewed in the Post last Fall.

not stellar praise, but I'm intrigued (anyway all the best Greek food is found in someone's Nana's kitchen)

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  1. The Rockville location is AMAZING!!! I have loved everything I have ordered there. Also, a great atmosphere.

    1. Cava is participating in Taste of 8th on Barracks Row tomorrow - Saturday 4/25, from 1 to 4 PM. Buy tickets for portions of food at a bunch of the restaurants and eat your way from Levi's Port Cafe (Carolina BBQ and mac/cheese) to Belga and everything in between.

      From the Barracks Row Main Street press release: "Newcomer Ted Xenohristos and partners, Ike and Demetrie will be on hand at Cava to introduce Greek meze “small plates” to Barracks Row. “Like tapas, only Greek,” explains Ted!
      Cava (formerly Marty’s) will open for business in mid April but even if the opening slides toward to the end of April the three partners will bring samples from their original Cava restaurant in Rockville – the one that consistently gets Best Greek Food in DC awards."

      Good news that they're opening on Monday. Saturday is a great chance for a sneak peak.

      1. Do you know what the hours will be? Hopefully they'll be open for lunch!

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        1. re: Elyssa

          Sorry. Dinner only.
          They open at 5 PM, Monday, April 27, 2009.

          We had their lamb chops at the Taste of 8th on Saturday. Really good. The stand-out hit of the festival.
          They also had a selection of their dips or spreads or whatever they call those things that are now also available at Whole Foods according to the owner of Cava.
          We wandered around to see the interior which is very pleasant, (they were giving our free drinks) and he walked up and started chatting. Very enthusiastic about the new place and eager to make the community happy.

          Considering that they were not yet open, and trying to get ready to open on Monday, the Cava staff were very well organized for the event on Saturday. It seemed really professional and smooth. Hope that bodes well for the place.

          Walking around on Barracks Row gnawing on a lamb chop was a great way to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon in April.

          1. re: Elyssa

            They were open for lunch on Friday, May 15th. The squash was awesome, nicely seasoned with a little crunch. The Mezze portions are very large.

          2. And Whole Foods is starting to carry Cava's dips (Crazy Feta, Hummus and Spicy Hummus, Harissa, Tzatziki). They had 'em at Tenleytown last Wed.

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            1. re: smithhemb

              Where do they stock them at Tenleytown. I was there was week and couldn't find them. I asked someone who works there and they claim they didn't have them.

              BTW, I'm obsessed with the eggplant and red pepper dip. It's delicious but so over priced. Plus, I have trouble believing the nutritional information on it.

            2. my new BF on 8 SE.

              I did not have the octopus (next time...)

              it is kid friendly (we were around 6 PM-ish) maybe too much garlic for the toddler set (for me just the right amount). but lots of other cheese things and those zucchini fritters, and my friends found a new spinach delivery system for the kid - Spanakopita! yeah ok that's a sorta no-brainer,

              attentive service, good space. a little loud, but the leather ceiling helps.

              Elyssa: lunch is coming soon