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Zaytinya - Recommended Dishes?

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Returning to Zaytinya on a very short trip to DC, for a pre-museum lunch, before shipping out to Virginia for a wedding.

On the first visit to Zaytinya, we greatly enjoyed:
- Falafel: traditional chickpea fritters, tahini sauce
- Garides Me Anitho: shrimp, dill, shallots, mustard, lemon juice
- Bantijan Bil Laban: crispy eggplant, roasted garlic-yogurt sauce
- Arayes: grilled ground lamb and tahini stuffed pita, garlic yogurt

The only thing we didn't like was the Adana Kebab: skewered ground lamb, house made harissa,
grilled tomatoes, sumac, onions.

Any dishes we we shouldn't miss this time around? Spanakopita? Aglaia Kremezi style Crab Cakes? Crispy Brussel Afelia? Octopus Santorini?

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Zaytinya
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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  1. Don't miss the Kibbeh Nayeh (raw meat), it's fanstastic. I get at least 2 orders every time I'm there.

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    1. re: Bart Hound

      I wanted to second this rec.

    2. I've also enjoyed the crispy eggplant and falafel. The brussels sprouts, asparagus (ladolemono, dill, sea sal) and roasted cauliflower are great. I can't recall what impression the roasted stuffed eggplant or zucchini fritters left. I want to say the latter was the better of the two. The pylaz was good, but didn't quite live up to my expectations.

      And finally remembered what we fought over: the seasonal mushrooms. Finally ended up ordering a second dish of those ...

      For sweets/desserts I've enjoyed the taluma with honeycomb and the apricot and yogurt dish.

      1. Both the Brussels sprouts and the apricot dessert are outstanding. If they have the roasted chick pea pods, do NOT pass them up!

        1. The apricot-yogurt dessert is a MUST.

          1. Thanks, all.

            1. It's not on the menu, but whenever I go to Zaytinya, I always order this beef-stuffed pasta dish, which they serve with roasted garlic-yogurt and paprika butter. I am blanking on what it is called, but they always seem to have it in house for people in the know, and it is absolutely delicious! I also never miss their tzatziki, which is my favorite version of the dip anywhere!

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              Zaytinya
              701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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              1. re: JAC13

                piling on to JAC13 about tzatziki, I second that. I would also recommend you do the dip trio with your favorite dips. i usually do the tzatziki, baba ghannosh, and hummus.

                1. re: JAC13

                  Not specifically directed to JAC13, but - who's the exec chef or chef de cuisine there now?

                  Does Mike Isabella ever drop by or have any contact with Zaytinya nowadays - especially since Graffiato is now open?

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                  Zaytinya
                  701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

                  Graffiato
                  707 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

                2. We went there recently and enjoyed everything we ordered :)
                  https://plus.google.com/photos/103634...