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May 6, 2010 06:02 PM

Zaytinya: so much to eat, so little time

Going to Zaytinya for dinner (for 1-2). Formidable, far-flung menu. Any advice about what to order?

701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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  1. Bantijan bil laban is my favorite order.

    1. I just may one day feel compelled to commit an act of violence for the zucchini fritters. and maybe the octopus.

      1. For dessert, the yogurt with apricots.

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        1. re: Bob W

          I agree, get the yogurt with apricots for dessert....better yet, get two!

          1. re: Snd485

            I have made a plan to combat this exact problem. I always get the dip trio (I usually get hummus, baba ghannouj, and htipiti). Sometimes I add the stuffed grape leaves. Then I get one vegetable mezze, two meat mezze (or one meat and one fish). I really like the olive oil poached salmon and the lamb kabob. then share the Turkish delight or yogurt with apricots. perfect!

        2. I reccommmend the following dishes, The Htipiki, the Veal Cheeks, Kolokithokeftedes, Avogolmono Soup, Crabcakes, scallops, fried squid. and look at their daily specials. They usually offer some wonderful dishes as well. Enjoy !

          1. The cauliflower is shockingly delicious. And I, as a general rule, despite lamb, but the arayes is fantastic.

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            1. re: katecm

              thanks for all the terrific suggestions (many of which were pursued).

              my regrets were that I could only dine for one and so missed out on many choices, alas. Next time.

                1. re: ricodanles

                  Have one less regret...the apricot parfait is easy to make and the recipe is online:


                  Enjoy! (Don't look at the calorie count though...)