Zorba's Cafe: It's all Greek
Zorba’s Café answers the call for Greek food in so many ways – it’s inexpensive, it’s delicious, it’s easy to order and it’s atmospheric. It’s the kind of place to take an office lunch, or a date, or for a group of rowdy hungry teenage boys from the suburbs who think they’re being cool in Dupont Circle. Zorba’s brings high-quality food and tastes to the masses, without lowering their standards or classiness the way people still view hummus and pita.
Since its opening in 1984, Zorba’s is self-serving: order your food at the counter, grab a tray and wait for your number to be called. Meanwhile, your partner in crime will scout out the ideal table, usually outside on the popular patio when it’s warm or upstairs if it’s cold. You can sip Greek wine as you wait for your food to be called and watch people walk by on Connecticut Avenue. Waiting doesn’t take long, but smelling the food cooking in the kitchen can be excrutiating for the hungry.
Such scents can vary from shish kebab of tenderloin beef or chicken breast, souvlaki (in pork or chicken), slice yero, Greek sausage made with real orange peel, falafel, lasagna, mousaka, pizzas, soups, salads or French fries – Zorba’s makes incredible ones. There are also cold platters available: hummus, eggplant dip, stuffed grape leaves, tabouleh, plates of kalamata olives and feta cheese, plus seven types of Greek and Mediterranean salads and other Greek favorites. Don’t forget to order dessert as well – baklava is sticky fresh, the yogurt and Greek honey with walnuts is a light finish and the galaktoboureko is a delicious custard in phyllo dough with honey.
Food is also available for catering; call ahead to order. You can also host a party or event at Zorba’s, too. Every so often, Zorba’s will have live Greek music to entertain its customers as they dine. This usually happens more often when there’s a special or private event. The restaurant space may resemble your Greek grandparents’ living room, with its random framed photos of Greece and silk flowers, but it’s fun and cozy.
Posted on December 19, 2011 by Rin-rin Yu