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Restaurant Profile: Zorba’s Cafe, 20th Street NW

by Borderstan.com — May 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm 1,012 2 Comments

Alejandra Owens One Bite At A Time Borderstan Dupont Circle

Zorba’s Cafe at 1612 20th Street NW has been a personal favorite since I moved to DC. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time.

Is it gee-ro or giii-ro? Hummus or hummoustomato or tomahto? Let’s go to Zorba’s and see what they say. This Greek cafe has been a Dupont Circle neighborhood mainstay since 1984.

A cozy indoor space, riddled with photos of Anthony Quinn as “Zorba The Greek” and copper pots and pans, draws you in to a small  kitchen in the back where a regular crew of guys grill your chicken, shave your gyro meat and mix your fire feta (a personal favorite) seven (yep, seven!) days a week. Better yet, when weather permits you can dine on an umbrella’d and flower-potted patio.

I’ve been going to Zorba’s Cafe since I moved to the neighborhood (when I moved to DC) five years ago. I’m there so often that the guys know my order, my relationship history and many friends joke that Zorba’s makes them think of me. Okay, so I’m a little biased on this restaurant profile, kill me!

Alejandra Owens Borderstan One Bite At A Time Zorba's Cafe

Inside Zorba’s Cafe, which is practically next to the Dupont Metro stop. (Alejandra Owens)

What about you guys? Do you have a favorite here?

Zorba’s Cafe

Where Am I Going: 1612 20th Street NW (Just a block away from the Q Street exit of the Dupont Circle Metro.)

When Am I Going: Monday through Saturday 11 am to 11:30 pm, and Sunday noon to 10:30 pm.

Paycheck Pain: Appetizers are pulling in around $5. Salads are $4 to $11. Classic Greek sandwiches are about $8. Entrée plates are $11 to $15.

Say What?: Zorba’s is a great place to take a casual date, a medium or even large group of friends and even your mom. Maybe that’ll be the new way of gauging whether or not you can have a decent conversation in a place. If you can take your mom there, you can talk there.

What You’ll Be Eating: Greek food. Opa!

Happy Hour: Not so much. But they do have daily specials and deals, check the website for updates or the giant board found outside the patio.

Alejandra Owens One Bite At A Time Borderstan Zorba's Cafe

Zorba’s Cafe patio. (Alejandra Owens)

Comments (2)

  1. A gyro is pronounced yee-row. At least in Chicago it is.

  2. LOVE their patio. Perfect spot for lunch on a breezy sunny day. I’m a sucker for anything with feta – and LOTS of it!

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