September 22nd, 2015462 views
Mezze is a culinary tradition from the former Ottoman Empire (modern-day Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iran), and it's also a burgeoning trend in the NoVa restaurant scene. Philos, for example, just made its debut this year, but it's already developed a following among Mount Vernon locals and area brunch hounds.
At this eatery near Yale West, you can expect a mezze menu that features small, shareable plates (usually accompanied by wine or spirits), as well as an upscale-casual environment. Regulars recommend the creamy, smooth hummus dip with pita bread for dipping, as well as the char-grilled calamari and the warmed cheese and baguette plate.
Thanks to a number of happy hour specials, Philos is a popular for after-work socializing, and the bottomless brunch specials fill the place up on weekends, too. Large and small groups alike can find seating in the modern, minimalist, 70-seat dining room or in the bright and inviting outdoor patio space.
401 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001