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Green Almond Pantry, Chef/Owner Cagla Onal-Urel, Mediterranean Market and Restaurant at 1314 1/2 Ninth St., NW in Shaw (Open Tuesday - Saturday)

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Green Almond Pantry is currently open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch service from 11:30AM to 3:00PM and until 7:00PM for take-away of Market and Dinner Specials.

Counter seating is limited to approximately 8 seats.  Lunch Specials are also available for take-away between 11:30AM to 3:00PM.

Here is the article in the Washingtonian:  Shaw Now Has a Lovely Vegetable-Centric Mediterranean Market and Restaurant:  Former Etto head chef Cagla Onal debuts Green Almond Pantry

I recommend following Green Almond Pantry on instagram for the latest updates.

Below is the daily menu from a visit on December 1, 2018:

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Since November 20, 2018, I have dined at the counter at Green Almond Pantry five times.  Every meal has been truly a delight.  My initial impression is that the dishes are thoughtfully composed and executed with lots of care.  Ingredients are impeccable, treated respectfully and allowed to shine with minimal fuss.  Flavors are so well balanced and precision of execution is mesmerizing.  Simple yet complex.  Chef Cagla Onal-Urel's exquisite touch cannot be replicated.

Lunch Specials are updated daily and can be packed to-go.  Keep in mind some dishes have made only a one-to-two time appearance on the menu so I highly recommend that you take your time to carefully make your selection and don't hesitate to ask your server any questions.  To-go Dinner Specials if already prepared can be served at the counter upon request and at the discretion of the Chef.  Below is a list of dishes I have enjoyed (not in any particular order of preference):

  • Puntarelle Salad with Anchovy Dressing + homemade croutons
  • Tardivo, Farro + Beet Salad with Citrus + Balsamic
  • Local Leek + Goat Cheese Tart with Root Vegetable Salad
  • Puntarelle Tart with Goat Cheese + Egg
  • Roast Pork Tonnato with Arugula + Radish Salad
  • Tuscan Bean Soup

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continued from the previous post:

  • Braised Local Elysian Fields Lamb with Hummus + homemade bread
  • Elysian Fields Lamb Meatball Sub with homemade Potato Chips (with close-up photo)
    • the pickled chili is a brilliant accoutrement that provides both acidity and a little kick of heat without overtaking the meatball sub.  I loved alternating bites of meatball sub, pickled chili and potato chips in this order.  The meatballs are perfectly spiced and contain currants and pine nuts.  The homemade bread is baked fresh and perfectly toasted in the oven.  So darn delicious!
  • Tomato + Goat Cheese + Pesto Sandwich on homemade bread with Watercress Salad
  • Butternut Squash + Goat Cheese Tart with Arugula Salad
  • Elysian Fields Farm Lamb Shank with Potato Purée (Dinner Special)
  • Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream (Dessert)
  • Apple + Pear Tart (Dessert)

*Ceramic dinnerware is beautifully crafted by Katie Aldworth of Georgie Lee.

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I've only been once, but it was a really excellent lunch. The puntarelle salad was exceptional and the braised lamb was really beautifully seasoned.

They are very much worth the visit. 

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Well the delightful dslee (hi!) and I are apparently both regulars and bumped into each other a few days ago there at Green Almond Pantry and had a wonderful lunch and conversation. I had, as always, the Braised Elysian Fields Lamb on Hummus with fresh bread. I guess that makes me not a foodie because I eat the same thing each time but that meal is so so good. It was followed by a 'local corn flour olive oil cake' topped with whipped cream and candied blood oranges. Superb meal. Disclaimer- I'm the landlord/owner of 1314 1/2 9th and thrilled to have Cagla as a tenant. 

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On 3/16/2019 at 12:24 PM, Lisa Fricano said:

I guess that makes me not a foodie because I eat the same thing each time but that meal is so so good. It was followed by a 'local corn flour olive oil cake' topped with whipped cream and candied blood oranges. Superb meal. Disclaimer- I'm the landlord/owner of 1314 1/2 9th and thrilled to have Cagla as a tenant. 

Lisa,

Thank you for posting. I'm not a "foodie," either - just a guy who loves life. We're thrilled to have you in our group, and there's no "foodie credentials" needed to be here; only kind regards for other people as fellow human beings. 

Seriously - I'll take a benevolent dolt over an intelligent snot, any day of the week.

Please don't sell yourself short - you're as good as any of us are. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

Kind regards,
Don

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On 3/16/2019 at 12:24 PM, Lisa Fricano said:

Well the delightful dslee (hi!) and I are apparently both regulars and bumped into each other a few days ago there at Green Almond Pantry and had a wonderful lunch and conversation. I had, as always, the Braised Elysian Fields Lamb on Hummus with fresh bread. I guess that makes me not a foodie because I eat the same thing each time but that meal is so so good. It was followed by a 'local corn flour olive oil cake' topped with whipped cream and candied blood oranges. Superb meal. Disclaimer- I'm the landlord/owner of 1314 1/2 9th and thrilled to have Cagla as a tenant. 

Hi Lisa!  Thank you for your kind words.  It was such a pleasure meeting you!  We are kindred spirits in love with Cagla's cooking.  Her magical touch is incomparable.  I look forward to sharing a meal with you again!

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On 9/9/2019 at 9:17 PM, dslee said:

From last week, Washington Post Review:  Green Almond Pantry is a delicious little lunch counter built on a mother's love

Cagla's cooking is heaven!

It has always puzzled me why the Post would review a place with 8 seats that 2-3 million people will read about. It reminds me of the Wine Spectator reviewing and recommending Marcassin 3 Sisters Chardonnay to it's readers when there are 75 cases available to the world. 

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