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Dining Al Fresco At Levante’s

June 10, 2011

It might be 100* outside. It might be 100% humidity. But during the summer, I don’t want to eat dinner inside. Going from the hot-hot-hot outdoors to the over-air-conditioned inside gives me chills — I’d rather sweat it out than freeze.

Of course, that’s only part of the reason we were one of the few groups on the patio at Levante’s this week. The main reason was that my dad judges restaurants by how dog-friendly they are and when he suggested meeting for dinner near my new apartment, I knew to choose somewhere that Lexie could visit.

Okay, this photo is from last summer when she was still a puppy, but it’s totally typical. Whether you’re eating hummus, ice cream, broccoli or a burger, Lexie always wants a bite.

I’ve heard mixed reviews about Levante’s from friends but I’ve always liked it, despite glacially slow service.

I’m a white wine drinker year-round but especially during the summer months, a cold, crisp Riesling or Sauv Blanc hits the spot. This Riesling (Bay Mist of J Lohr, Monterey County, CA) was a little overly-sweet but still refreshing.

It’s rare for me to order an entree at Mediterranean restaurants — Levante’s is Turkish — and I stuck to my usual preferences here, too. Why settle for one entree when a mezze platter lets you try a little bit of everything?!

My choice: the Cold Mezze Plate (an assortment of Levante’s delicious cold appetizers : Hommos, Babaganouj, Shepherd Salad, Ezmesalad, Tsatziki, Dolma and Feta cheese).

I literally licked the plate clean thanks to huge pieces of thick, warm, doughy pita that came out to the table in continuous waves. Aso one bread basket emptied, another was brought out. Glorious. By the time we finished dinner and someone suggested going across the street to Ben & Jerry’s, I could barely contemplate walking home, much less putting more food in my stomach and then walking home.

Yes, I turned down ice cream. That is the ultimate sign of how deliciously full I was.

There was only one complaint of bland food, from someone who ordered the Beef Pasticcio and left it half-untouched. Everyone else cleaned their plates right alongside me.

In Dupont Circle and looking for good Mediterranean food at a reasonable price? I can say only good things about Levante’s.

Apologies for all of the iPhone photos lately. One of the ‘downsides’ of walking everywhere is that I rarely want to lug my camera around!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2011 6:06 pm

    You have awesome taste in food, this is why we are friends!

  2. June 10, 2011 6:27 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Levantes. That bread is addictive, especially with just a bit of olive oil. I absolutely adore their hummus and falafel.

  3. June 11, 2011 9:02 am

    I always wanted to go to the one in bethesda, but my mom always said it wasn’t great. i think it’s not there anymore, right?

  4. June 11, 2011 8:34 pm

    I TOTALLY agree with you about AC in the summer. I realize it is necessary sometimes but I hate when I am FREEZING in the summer… it just doesn’t feel normal!

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