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Zaytinya: so much to eat, so little time

ricodanles May 6, 2010 06:02 PM

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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    Steve RE: ricodanles May 6, 2010 06:38 PM

    Bantijan bil laban is my favorite order.

    1. hill food RE: ricodanles May 6, 2010 06:48 PM

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

      1. Bob W RE: ricodanles May 7, 2010 04:52 AM

        For dessert, the yogurt with apricots.

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          Snd485 RE: Bob W May 7, 2010 06:08 AM

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

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            daves_32 RE: Snd485 May 7, 2010 07:26 AM

            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!

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          Jeremy303 RE: ricodanles May 7, 2010 08:04 AM

          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 !

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            katecm RE: ricodanles May 7, 2010 10:32 AM

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

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              ricodanles RE: katecm May 17, 2010 02:56 PM

              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.

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                Steve RE: ricodanles May 17, 2010 03:24 PM

                What did you order?

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                  kelly5612 RE: ricodanles May 18, 2010 12:02 PM

                  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...)

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                justin.r.h. RE: ricodanles May 17, 2010 03:46 PM

                Veal cheeks are delish but my fav so far has been the grilled octopus... Might be time for another visit, actually.

                1. foster RE: ricodanles May 18, 2010 09:59 AM

                  Lamb Chops!
                  Quail couscous!
                  Apricot dessert!

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                    Goldielocks1225 RE: ricodanles May 22, 2010 07:44 PM

                    shrimp with dill and shallots! :) don't let them take away the plate until you have mopped up all the sauce with the bread.

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                      ricodanles RE: Goldielocks1225 May 23, 2010 11:13 AM

                      shrimp: agree
                      dessert: also
                      roasted brussel sprouts: outstanding
                      and . . . don't miss out on opportunity to taste some terrific wines (Greek & Middle East)

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                        daves_32 RE: ricodanles May 27, 2010 06:35 AM

                        I just noticed that the bar happy hour menu has the pita bread listed for $2. Does it still come with the meals at the tables?

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                          mselectra RE: daves_32 May 28, 2010 04:04 PM

                          Ate at the bar recently, happy hour specials, and we got the basket of pita for free without ordering it, with the dipping oil/vinegar. I had also noticed it listed at a price, but now I can't remember -- maybe it was that a second basket would be a charge? Anyway, I don't think you need to worry. And eating happy hour specials at the bar is a great deal, btw.

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