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Greek Taverna, Downtown McLean - Chef Christos Karamanos on Old Dominion Drive

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Can't wait. IMHO Evo Bistro is the only decent restaurant in McLean, but I've not been there since it changed the menu.

I've had nothing but wonderful meals at the Greek Taverna, just saying.

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I've had nothing but wonderful meals at the Greek Taverna, just saying.

Wow, I haven't been to the Greek Taverna in ages, but have been probably two dozen times - back in the mid-1990s (remember when Tachibana was in its old location in Arlington?), this and Cafe Taj were running neck-and-neck as "Best Restaurant in McLean." I always thought their Moussaka was just a touch too sweet, but have ordered it time and time again - that said, if they have the lamb shoulder with lemon and browned potatoes (as opposed to orzo with tomato-based sauce), as their daily special, get it. You should call to see if they still let you bring your own wine and pay a corkage fee. B)

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For this to be only the third post on Greek Taverna is unbelievable. This is easily one the best restaurants in McLean.

First of all, it's a "spook hangout" which is something we in the Washington DC area have in far greater quantities than any other American city. And most of the spooks I know and have known over the past 30+ years like to eat well. They are well traveled, they have been wined and dined at functions that the rest of us can only dream of attending, and they have discovered some of the hidden culinary gems of the back streets of the world's most spook-worthy cities. In and of itself, a spook hangout is a good place to eat.

My lunch today was damned good. I ordered a menu item, rather than a special -- the chicken with artichokes in a lemon-caper sauce, and it was a hit. The rice that accompanied it was turned out from a mold -- how many crappy restaurants do that? -- and the accompanying side of tomato-braised green beans was a very nice Greek version of Lebanese-Syrian Lubieh bil-Zeit. But the chicken topped with artichokes was executed perfectly. Not s single beat was missed in this simple but wonderful dish.

Even the bread basket, with warm slices specked with olive bits, was a pleasant surprise. This place is defintiely in my McLean-Tysons rotation now, and frankly, I would eat here again before eating at Nostos again.

(I would mention other spook hangouts, but then, I would have to kill or marry you...!)

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We have this restaurant on our regular rotation.  We used to like the Aegean Taverna -- maybe more for the live music on Saturdays and the vine-covered porch than for the food.  We like the aforementioned olive bread with garlicky olive oil for dipping, the Taverna special (we aren't very adventurous), the saganaki, fried zucchini, and calamari.  Not to mention the Kouros red wine.

The restaurant would be perfect if they got the musicians from the Aegean Taverna to serenade us on Saturday nights.

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The restaurant would be perfect if they got the musicians from the Aegean Taverna to serenade us on Saturday nights.

(Plus the grilled octopus from Athena Pallas in Crystal City.)

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I used to be a regular there, but stopped going there years ago after I perceived a decline in their food and just became bored with their menu. Sounds like I should give them another try 

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For this to be only the third post on Greek Taverna is unbelievable. This is easily one the best restaurants in McLean.

First of all, it's a "spook hangout" which is something we in the Washington DC area have in far greater quantities than any other American city. And most of the spooks I know and have known over the past 30+ years like to eat well. They are well traveled, they have been wined and dined at functions that the rest of us can only dream of attending, and they have discovered some of the hidden culinary gems of the back streets of the world's most spook-worthy cities. In and of itself, a spook hangout is a good place to eat.

My lunch today was damned good. I ordered a menu item, rather than a special -- the chicken with artichokes in a lemon-caper sauce, and it was a hit. The rice that accompanied it was turned out from a mold -- how many crappy restaurants do that? -- and the accompanying side of tomato-braised green beans was a very nice Greek version of Lebanese-Syrian Lubieh bil-Zeit. But the chicken topped with artichokes was executed perfectly. Not s single beat was missed in this simple but wonderful dish.

Even the bread basket, with warm slices specked with olive bits, was a pleasant surprise. This place is defintiely in my McLean-Tysons rotation now, and frankly, I would eat here again before eating at Nostos again.

(I would mention other spook hangouts, but then, I would have to kill or marry you...!)

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this.  And how interesting I think the life of a spy is.

If I was in the area, I'd be there tonight.

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My wife and I went once a couple of years ago.  It did not excite us, so we have not been back.  Like at least one other poster, maybe we should give it another shot based on recent reviews.  If we go, I will report back.

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Yesterday afternoon, it was pouring outside. It was a very good day to do nothing but vegetate in the house, so we planted ourselves in front of the TV with a bottle of wine. We were watching an old episode of Julia Child with chef Joachim Splichal who made braised lamb shanks over barley risotto when the wife asks, "so what are you going to go out and get us for dinner"?

Thinking back to this thread, we decided to order from Greek Taverna. We ordered a whole load of soup, appetizers and I ordered the mixed grill specifying the lamb be done between medium rare and rare. Their lemon chicken soup remains fantastic as does their olive bread, everything else was pretty blah and the mixed grill was over cooked. My conclusion, next time I am in the mood for lamb (especially lamb shanks) go to Amoos instead

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I've been looking for a place with good pastitsio since my local greek takeout joint just isn't up to snuff.  For twenty bucks I'm hoping it's worth it here.

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I've been looking for a place with good pastitsio since my local greek takeout joint just isn't up to snuff.  For twenty bucks I'm hoping it's worth it here.

I've had the pastitsio here several times, and I'm just not current enough on it to comment. I will say that it used to be pretty good, and then for awhile, it wasn't. Perhaps more than any other Greek dish other than moussaka, pastitsio is the one that's too often not served hot enough (presumably because it's made in advance in a giant tray, and then reheated).

Have you tried the Greek Deli downtown? Don't make a special trip, but if you're down there, and don't mind eating out of styrofoam in your car ...

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Is there a restaurant with less buzz than this in the entire area, and has anyone been here lately?

 

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this.  And how interesting I think the life of a spy is. 

a-Ha

Book him, Dano.

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This restaurant is in our regular rotation.  We always get the Taverna Special which is a sampler of spanakopita, grape leaves, moussaka, pastitio, green beans.  We always like it.  It includes foccacia-style bread and a small Greek salad.  What's not to like?  Top it off with a Kouros Red.

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Another shout-out to Greek Taverna.  Last night, a month after coming back from our Greece vacation, we went.  I always get the Taverna Special but this time one of the specials was a whole grilled branzino.  Oh my!!!!  We ate a lot of whole fish on vacation, but I was not expecting this fish to be as well-prepared or better-prepared than what we had in Crete -- and yet it was.  Succulent, flavorful, big, fresh!  The owner says they flew it in from Greece that day.  With potatoes and green beans as sides, a salad, and the olive bread, it was a fantastic meal--$29 but worth it.  As long as they have a fresh whole fish as the special, I won't be getting the Taverna Special for a while.

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Hi where is the best place to eat Branzino in Maryland or DC?

I've also had nice branzino Greek style at Greek Taverna in Mclean.

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