Fodor's Expert Review Cava Mezze
This modern mecca for mezes (small plates for sharing) delivers delicious and chic Mediterranean without the whiz-bang conceits of its pricier small-plate cousins. The entire Greek catalogue is here for the taking, from fluffy taramosalata (salmon roe dip) with a touch of citrus to rich, melt-in-your-mouth spinach pie. There are few surprises on the menu, save for the gloriously salty halloumi cheese salad topped with mint, but the leather-lined room and gallant service make the traditional dishes feel new again. There are two other locations: in Rockville, Maryland, and the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia; both are accessible by public transportation. Quicker, more informal "Cava Grill" spinoffs serve the menu's greatest hits near the Bethesda and Columbia Heights Metro stops.
527 8th St. SE
Washington, District of Columbia 20003, USA