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February 22, 2005

Mediterranean Love

f0820045158m.jpgYou never have to search for the famous Greek Deli in the oddly-named Golden Triangle district of D.C. Simply turn onto 19th St. between L & M and look for the line that extends out into the street. And every one of the people standing the line walk away happy to have waited 10 minutes for the best take-out lunch in the area.

Greek Deli is nestled in an incredibly small storefront, maybe 9 feet wide, hidden in between the two sides of Nooshi. It's a take-out only joint that's open for breakfast and lunch and serves greek and mediterranean food - about 15-20 options sold it various combinations depending on what's on the menu. Normal options include mousaka, greek chicken, lamb, gyros, and greek salads, served with sides of green beans and orzo. The man behind it all, known to his customers as Kostas, always works behind the counter yelling out to his clients to get their orders and then barking details to his assistants in the back.

The food is superb. I'm a huge fan of the chicken and green beans or the gyro, but I've never heard anyone complain about anything the've gotten there. And a former colleague of mind swears by their breakfast pita. So next time you're tromping around golden triangle trying to decide between Cosi, Corner Bakery, or Chipotle, take a quick turn and grab some authentic greek food from Kostas.

Greek Deli | 1120 19th St. NW | Washington, DC | 202-296-2111

Posted by amg at February 22, 2005 1:52 PM


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I couldn't agree more. In fact, I'm eating a giant portion of eggplant moussaka as I type this. The Greek Deli is a must-try on anyone's list of lunch destinations. From the authentic decorations on the wall, to the old world music, it feels like a little slice of Greece nestled in to Washington, DC.

Posted by: cb at April 5, 2005 1:27 PM


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