Ezme is located in Dupont Circle in a small, intimate, and elegant space. Its menu clearly identifies vegan items and also includes a vegetarian tasting menu with wine pairings.
|Ezme's red lentil soup|
|Ezme's yesil salad (mixed green salad with sweet basil dressing)|
|Ezme's hummus, coban salatasi (tomato, cucumber, pepper, and onion salad), |
dolma (grape leaves), mercimek kofte (lentil cakes), and homemade bread
Zaytinya is one of several popular Penn Quarter restaurants owned by local celebrity chef Jose Andres (I previously wrote about his nearby Mexican restaurant, Oyamel, here). Zaytinya is larger and more upscale than Ezme and usually requires advance reservations. The menu includes an entire page of vegetable mezze and also offers a number of meat-free salads, spreads, and pides (flat breads).
|Zaytinya's htipiti (roasted red pepper and feta spread) and hummus|
|Zaytinya's tabouleh (parsley salad) and homemade pita bread|