Monday, June 18, 2012

Byblos Deli

Byblos Deli has been a local favorite in Washington DC's Cleveland Park district for over 10 years. Located next to the famous Uptown Theater, Byblos offers a diverse menu of Mediterranean dishes at affordable prices. You'll find chef Marc Adas behind the counter at all hours of the day, making the home made dishes he grew up with in Lebanon. For a real treat, try one of Marc's daily specials - a hearty dish like stuffed peppers or Lebanese meatballs served with rice, a small Greek salad, and pita for only $8.95. Next time you're at the Uptown or the Zoo, or anytime you feel like great Mediterranean food, stop by Byblos! Closest Metro is Cleveland Park.

On this rainy day, Keith and I head up to Cleveland Park to catch a movie at the Uptown Theater and stopped into Byblos Deli for lunch beforehand.  Keith swore that we had been here before, but I really did not remember and looked through my post archive to see that I never wrote it up. So not sure if I had been here before or not. Either way, I am glad we came. This super casual deli is quick and conveninet, with great service and excellent prices.  You place your order at the counter and then find a seat.  Chef Marc will promptly bring out your freshly cooked meal.  I settled on the Byblos Combo - a light plate of hummus, baba ghanouj and some  warm rice-filled grape leaves.  Keith ordered a lamb gyro with a side of fries.  Although very messy, the lamb had great flavor and was not overly tough as some other places.  The shish tawook - marinated grilled chicken with hummus and tomatoes on a pita - caught my eye too, so I would like to try that next time.  All in all, the portions are generous and the food is decent. Great place for lunch.

Total Rating: 4.2
Food: 4, Price: 5, Service: 3.5, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 5

What I ate:
Byblos Combo
Hummos, Baba Ghanouj, meatless grape leaves & Pita

Plus Keith ate:

Gyro
lamb from the skewer served on pita
with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and Tzatziki
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