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Kapnos in DC - Report

Steve | Aug 1, 2013 07:27 AM

Eight Chowhounds tried out this new Greek venture by Mike Isabella. The food here is impressive. Here is what we ordered:

Tyrkaftari (feta spread)
Melitzanosalata (eggplant spread)
Revithosalata (aka hummus)
Fava (yellow lentils)
Fourno papatas (lemon potatoes)
Greek Fries (chick pea flour. actually)
Keftedes (Wednesday only special, fried tomato and herb galette)

Charred Octopus
Duck Phyllo Pie
Whole Lamb Shoulder ($79)

The first two spreads were so complex and delicious: I would say these are Must Orders, and will make any meal here an instant success. After that, you really can't go wrong.

The other item which was a total surprise and wonderful was the Greek Fries -not a Greek version of French Fries- but ethereal disks of fried chickpea flour. Get that.

The only thing that I didn't care about were the lemon potatoes, though nothing wrong with them. Hummus is something I can get elsewhere, so even though it's good, I'd probably skip that next time. Also, I wish the keftedes special was not served over a bed of yogurt sauce. The bottoms get soaked. They were divine on their own.

The lamb shoulder was beautifully spit-roasted and delicious. But If you are not eight people, you are not likely to order it! It's a mountain of food....maybe a possibility for four?... if you don't mind being overwhelmed when the shoulder is presented to you. If you had time for a long dinner, I could imagine picking at it all night.

The food here will make you want to linger.

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