Restaurant Revisits: Zaytinya & Lebanese Taverna AND a new opening...La Madeleine!!
Instead of doing full reviews of places I have already been, I thought I would just keep in touch and do short little blurbs about them (basically I'm to lazy to take pictures with a real camera).
One of my favorite restaurants in the area. I have had a great meal each time I have gone here, and I have been coming for years. This time was no different, excellent food and service. I went to the DC location which was neat as the last I was here it was for the reopening party so I finally go to see the full setup. I ordered the Lamb Ouzi (top right) and it was spectacular. The lamb was tender and seasoned perfectly. A great lighter meal. Carrie ordered the Taverna Platter (bottom left). This is a great option you can try a little bit of everything. It came with your choice of meat, hummus, fattoush and rice.
I am super sad this place does not have happy hour any more but the food is delicious I can forgive them. We both got the Pom Filiwhite wine, vodka, pomegranate. I am not a fan of of vodka but I love this drink. I got my fav eggplant dish Bantijan bil laban. Just as amazing as ever. Carrie tried the Spanakopita. This was really good but not your typical spanakopita, it was more like a spinach egg roll.
I really need to come here for a full dinner. Last trip here.
I realized I have not posted about my original visit to La Madeleine(tomorrow I will) but I am writing about a new location opening up in Silver Spring, MD. I was invited to a sneak peak of their new cafe and I am pretty bummed that I can't attend. If you are in the area, I highly recommend getting their signature tomato-basil soup. It's amazing, and even though we are entering into the warmer months, I would still order this soup in a heartbeat. Some of my other favorites are the tomato basil pasta salad and the Croque Monsieur sandwich, which is super indulgent but amazing.
I know I'll be going back again soon, I have a free birthday pastry calling my name! Sign up for their email list and they will send you a coupon for a free pastry for your birthday!