Did you try the
Turkish Armenian coffee? It's really, really good.
This is, in my opinion, the best cup of coffee in the DC metro area. Better than the espresso drinks at Murky, better than the french press at Beck's, and much much better than the similar version at Zaytinya. The cardamon in the drink shows itself, but does nothing to detract from the strong, delicious flavor of the ground coffee. If you live in this area and get coffee from the Starbucks down the street as opposed to this place, give yourself a firm smack in the back of the head. You deserve it.
The Armenian Meat Pie
and Kash Kash Kabob
are as good as described above. Fresh chopped onions, parsley, plentiful spices and moist meat on both, fairly priced at under $9 for the pair.
The highlight of the meal, however, was the homemade Apple Pie
with 2 scoops of their homemade ice cream. I'm an apple pie snob (my mom's is incredible), and this version is better than any restaurant one I have had. Nice soft crust covered in sugar crystals and plenty of apples, an ingredient that a lot of bakeries skimp on in favor of more tasteless dough. I wanted the Cinnamon Graham Cracker
flavor of ice cream, which I think would be a great compliment to this pie, but unfortunately they were out so I had to go with the Maple Walnut
. Delicious and a very good match for the pie. I'd like to come back here some day to try to make my way through the pastry case, which had plenty of nice looking options outside of the pie.
I was by myself in the cafe today, reading a newspaper while enjoying Beethoven and other classics coming from the radio in the store. I hope it's not like this every day, because it would be a damn shame for the Arlington/Falls Church area to lose a place like this. It really does deserve the neighborhood's support.