Café Mediterranean & Ice Cream Opens in D.C. – Authentic Flavors in the Heart of the Capitol

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"DC needs this restaurant!" says a happy customer at Yelp. "Best Lentil Soup and Doner in town" chimes another. See what the buzz is about.

Café Mediterranean - Signature Sandwich

Café Mediterranean - Signature Sandwich

We really want to bring the authentic vast flavors of Mediterranean to downtown. Healthy, flavorful, affordable – this is what real food looks like.

Café Mediterranean is the newest addition to D.C.’s McPherson Square, only three blocks from the White House. With flavors rooted in the heart of Mediterranean, the café is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a focus on authentic ingredients and pure taste.

"In D.C., people work hard and are always on the go. It’s our job to serve high-quality, authentic, and healthy food (repetitive) so that everyone can eat well and eat affordably”, says Mokarram Hossain, one of the owners of “cafemed”.

Homemade puff pastry is the star of the café’s breakfast menu. Flaky, golden puff pastry stuffed with a variety of items including feta or mozzarella cheeses, vegetables, olives, meats and fresh herbs is baked daily in-house and ranges from $2-5. The café also specializes in traditional poğaça and börek.

Organic whole egg or egg white omelets, café sandwiches or press grilled Panini sandwiches are all served on freshly baked artisan breads, showcasing fresh meats, cheeses and seafood, all for around $10. Thinly sliced beef, lamb and chicken shawarma and döner are served with fresh roasted tomatoes, pickles, onions, parsley and tahini. The “best döner kebab in D.C.” is made in-house and fresh daily.

Priding itself on its vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu, the café offers diners a range of options, including vegan condiments for sandwiches. A salad bar, in a departure from the standard, features a rotation of homemade Mediterranean treats, including pickled vegetables, hummus and more. Homemade soups are available as stand-alone, or as part of affordable combinations with half a sandwich or a half serving of salad. The health-conscious fruit and Greek yogurt bar offers customizable treats for diners.

No café would be complete without a range of beverage options and sweets. The café features organic, fair-trade coffees and herbal teas, as well as authentic Turkish coffee and tea. Imported directly from the Mediterranean, the café offers large portions of baklava, khadayif and Turkey’s famous Burma baklava.

Bringing flavors of home to D.C. is what drives Mokarram and his friends to serve only the best: “We really want to bring the authentic vast flavors of Mediterranean to downtown. Healthy, flavorful, affordable – this is what real food looks like.”. From the kudos of the happy customers, it looks like they agree.

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