Cava has some amazing small greek plates on its menu. My first visit to this restaurant, I discovered the moussaka. This nontraditional presentation of a traditional greek dish was a yummy surprise. Layered with eggplant, braised ground beef and creamy béchamel sauce was delicious. My dining experience at this restaurant shot it up on my list of favorite places to eat in Washington, DC. A bit noisy and dark (hence not a great photo of this dish and does not do it justice) but I can’t wait to go again!
Bangkok 54 is one of those best kept secrets of Arlington residents. This store front tucked away on Columbia Pike, has great Thai food with interesting twists. This is one of my favorite appetizer they offer. It is Thai Curry Puff. Stuffed with potatoes, it is seasoned with curry and asian herbs and covered with flaky puff pastry dough. It is complimented with a cucumber and red onion relish sauce.
Fell in love with this sandwich when I went to New Orleans and ate it at the place that made it famous; The Central Grocery. But when you live in Washington DC and not heading to New Orleans any time soon, you can get the taste of this sandwich by hitting Bayou Bakery in Arlington. The crusty sesame seed italian style bread is stuffed with layers of salami and cappicola ham, cheese and the olive mixture that makes the sandwich. Of course, when you get one, don’t forget the Zapp chips!
I went out to dinner the other day with my husband. We went to one of our favorite restaurants, Rustico. I think my husband was jealous that I had Carrot Hummus the other day, (see below) So after our yummy appetizer, the waiter asked us “what would you like for your main meal?” My husband said, I will have the burger. No denying that the burgers are delicious at Rustico with toasted brioche buns. It had hit a record 100 degrees and I was not in the mood to really eat anything heavy. I said, “I’ll have the zucchini capriccio.” My husband looked at me, “is that going to be enough for you for dinner?” It was perfect! The thinly sliced zucchini and summer squash topped with basil puree and balsamic vinaigrette ands season with sea salt and pepper. Finished with a bunch of micro greens, roasted cherry tomatoes and shaved parmesan. I got to figure out how to make this at home! Yum!