Once again, I found myself at Mike Isabella's Greek restaurant, Kapnos, eager to try new items on the menu. Located in the bustling U Street Corridor right on 14th Street, this place is always bumpin'.
We took a seat inside the main dining area and perused the menu. There are always lots of vegan items to choose from, which keeps it fun and exciting. We ordered a couple of cocktails including my favorite, the Angry Elf, then placed our orders.
We started with the Favosalata, an incredibly good spread made of yellow lentils, scallions, black garlic, and pine nuts. I have to say that it was the black garlic that made it so good. And that fire-roasted bread is always fantastic.
Next, we tried the Grilled Maitake mushrooms in a rich sauce served with fresnos peppers and celeriac. Again, fantastic.
Then, we tried the Falafel. Falafels can be really good or really bad. This one was excellent and was served with roasted eggplant, tahini, and romaine lettuce. If we had a bit more tahini, it would have been perfect as the falafel needs tahini!
Lastly, we tried their latest cauliflower dish -- Roasted Cauliflower. Cauliflower is roasted with baharat spice and served with pisachios and raisins. We loved this dish.
But wait, there's more! On another visit, we had the Marinated olives with red chili and marcona olives. So good!
Our favorite dish of all was the Gigandes! It was so good, I forgot to take a pic when it arrived as we started digging in right away! These giant beans were served with spring onion and ramps. The tomatoes that thickened the sauce were great as they've definitely improved this dish over time.
We also had a Brussels Sprouts dish, which may already be off the menu. Served with sweet potato puree, these Brussels sprouts were fantastic!
All in all, the food and drinks were excellent, the service was good on both occasions, and the atmosphere was fun. At $8 - $12 per small dish, they certainly won't be on a bargain list any time soon, but I do think it is worth it. Kapnos remains one of my favorite restaurants in DC.
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2201 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001