Saturday, November 19, 2011

Café 8

This casual and friendly restaurant along the historic Barracks Row offers super flavorful Mediterranean cuisine at unpretentious prices. A favorite of mine, I have gone back again for both lunch and dinner. Closest Metro is Eastern Market.

December 2008:  The atmosphere is very inviting and warm with a cute patio out back for those summer nights that transports you to the Mediterranean coast. Inside dining is great for a group of friends, family or a romantic dinner for two. The menu is very flavorful and always leaves me satisfied. The selection of Greek and Turkish wines and beer are also nice to accompany your eclectic meal. I can’t write enough good things about this place. Love it!

November 2011:  I've been back to Cafe 8 several times, but wanted to take the opportunity to provide an update on my latest visit. Went back for a late lunch today and the service was just as accommodating, however I was disappointed with my pide selection.  The trio of dips we chose were fantastic and paired well with the Turkish wine we chose.  However, the chicken in my pide was overly cooked - to the point of dry jerkey and the seasoning overall was lacking.  For this reason, I have lowered the food score of my beloved casual Barracks Row restaurant.  Nonetheless, Cafe 8 is still a great place and I highly recommend it.

Total Rating: 3.8
Food: 3, Price: 5, Service: 4, Ambience: 5, Accessibility: 5
What Micky Eats...

What I ate:

Feta & Olive
Kalamata Olives, feta cheese, pine nuts, oregeno

Puree of chickpeas, toasted sesame seeds and garlic served with fresh vegetables for dipping

Baba Ghannouj
Rich, creamy puree of eggplants and tahini, spiked with fresh squeezed lemon juice
and plenty of crushed garlic, Served with warm bread

Cigar Borek
Philo dough rolled into the shape of a cigar, filled with feta cheese,
parsley and dill, then fried to a crispy, golden finish

Puree of pomegranate, roasted red pepper, and walnuts

Patlican Pide
Pides are traditional Turkish style pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven.
The dough is shaped like a canoe and the toppings are spread out inside the canoe.
Eggplant puree, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, garlic, parsley and Kaser cheese

Bianca Pizza
Fresh garlic, harbs and spices, olive oil, Fontina and Mozzarella cheeses (no tomato sauce)

Chicken Pide
chicken breast, roasted red pepper, tomatoes, kaser cheese

Plus Keith ate:

shaved lamb and beef with yogurt sauce,
wrapped in lavash bread

Doner Kebab Sandwich
Marinated lamb and veal, wrapped around an iron stake and cooked over an open flame,
Thinly shaved and served in a pita bread

Shish Kebab
Chicken, lamb or beef covered in a special tomato sauce
Served with a side Greek salad.

Sausage Pide
Traditional spicy sausage with roasted peppers and onions in Kaser cheese

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