Eastern Mediterranean


I seem to always walk by places and never go in them and Skewers is another restaurant that I’ve wanted to try. 

  • Food:I ordered the Lamb Kebob Light Combination, but light it wasn’t!  There’s a lot of food!  I ordered a side of hummus which was a perfect smooth texture and fantastic flavor.  The tabouleh was fresh with lots (but not too much) cilantro and tomatoes.  The lamb had a little too much fat for my taste, but the good news was that it wasn’t dry and was yummy.  On either end of the lamb skewer was a small piece of delicious eggplant.  Next time, I’m going to have to order it because I bet it’s yummy.

Skewers Lamb Kebob Light Combination

  • Service: I ordered to go so they were fine.
  • Atmosphere: They have Belly Dancing Night on Saturdays. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall: I thought they offered a lot of really good food for a good price.  The interior is pretty casual so if you want to impress, this isn’t that place. 

Happy Hour: On Mondays, they offer half-priced bottles of wine. 

Details:

  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30 AM-11 PM; Fri 11:30 AM-12 AM; Sat 12 PM-12AM; Sun 12 PM-11 PM
  • Address: 1693 P Street NW, Washington DC 20036
  • Ph: (202) 387-7400

I’ve walked by House of Kebob a million (literally) times and only recently went in to try it out.  Their menu can be found here and here.

  • Food:I ordered a lamb shish kebob which was served on home-baked pita with lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers.  The photo, if I may say so myself, makes it look amazing.  In reality, there were only 4 medium chunks of overcooked lamb.  It was dry and tough.  But the redeeming quality in my mind was the vegetables — lightly cooked, they were fresh, crispy, and oh so good.  There was a very thin yogurt sauce which too watery and dripped everywhere making a huge mess.  The bread was really good, but towards the end, soggy. 

House of Kebab Lamb Kebab Sandwich

  • Service: It took them a couple of minutes to come out of the back kitchen, even though the door clearly shut.  Once they did, they were polite. 
  • Atmosphere: There are about 6-8 tables and chairs and a bar with a few stools, but the restaurant is definitely small.  The atmosphere is not one that will impress anyone and is a bit bleak.  They also have a lot of pungent incense burning which was disappointing since to me, the best smell is that of food cooking in a kitchen.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall:I’d skip the lamb and instead, perhaps try to the chicken or the veggie kebob.  They also offer an all-you-can-eat buffet for $8.49 or carry-out buffet for $4.95/lb.  And they deliver (minimum order must be $15), but not at lunch (bummer)!

Details:

  • Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 AM-10 PM
  • Address: 1829 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202-293-5588

Thanks to Penn Quarter Living for alerting their readers to Zaytinya’s celebration of being in business for 5 years (a lifetime in restaurant years) with $5 specials on drinks, mezze, and desserts. 

It’s running from October 22-29th.  In addition:

Monday, October 22, 2007, 5-7 pm

Happy Birthday!

Join us for a cocktail party marking our fifth anniversary!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Zaytinya continues its fifth anniversary celebration with a night of premier Lebanese wines from Chateau Musar featuring special guests wine authority and importer Bartholomew Broadbent and acclaimed winemaker Serge Hochar

  • Vertical Tasting, 5 pm

Featuring Chateau Musar Blanc 1994, 1998 and 2000 and Chateau Musar Red 1978, 1988, 1995 and 1999

$100 per person, gratuity and tax not included, reservations required

  • Wine Dinner, 7 pm

A special four-course menu created by Chef Mike Isabella with wine pairings by Serge Hochar

$150 per person, gratuity and tax not included, reservations required

Can join both the tasting and wine dinner for $200.