Restaurant Review – Zaytinya in Washington, DC

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Restaurant Review
So I was in DC for a conference this week and was on the lookout for a nice, reasonably priced place to eat that would give me an experience I couldn’t get in Austin. After a little online research, I decided to go to Zaytinya for lunch.
Zaytinya is part of the fast growing Jose Andres empire of restaurants and uses Turkish/Lebanese dishes served in Tapas style portions. And the food was every bit as fantastic as I had hoped.
I sat down at the bar and ordered the lunch menu for $22 all in that provided a four course meal. Here’s what I had the pleasure of eating (the pictures are from the restaurant’s website…not my own pics).
1) Fattoush (Salad)
2) Garides Me Anitho (Shrimp in Saffron Sauce)
3) Adana Kebab (Grilled Lamb Skewer)
4) Greek Yogurt and Apricots
I am not the kind of guy that likes overly complicated and pretentious meals, so I was pleased that Zaytinya provided good food made from top-notch/ultra-fresh ingredients in decent portions without pretense…in a pleasant, even chic atmosphere…all at a very fair price. Certainly a restaurant I will return to next time I am in DC. Highly recommended. 
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