After commenting how QUIET DC was all week a crush of tourists struck on Saturday. Even more classes of tweenagers, families with screaming kids and stereotypical first time tourists. Obviously this wasn’t unexpected in DC but I was glad we’d planned the majority of our trip for weekdays and I highly recommend others to do the same. You’ll be able to fit a lot more in if you’re not waiting in long lines!
After a somewhat disappointing but free visit to the American History Smithsonian…
no ruby slippers or Julia Child kitchen on display, we went to the tippy top of the Old Post Office for a (free) panoramic view of the city. We knew the slippy’s weren’t going to be on display but I was still expecting a pop culture exhibit and there was nada. Boo.
At least the view from the post office was cool, it’s not exactly the CN tower but it’s still fun.
We joined the line at the beautiful National Archives building to see the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Not to diminish the importance of these documents but we probably could have skipped the lines and just looked at the promotional posters because the actual documents are beyond faded. I was actually surprised that the much older Magna Carter was in such good shape because the other documents were largely illegible.
Waiting in line makes you hungry so we headed uptown to Zatynia, a Greek, Lebanese and Turkish restaurant recommended by Sam.
The first page of the menu wasn’t lying. Real Greek food is not the greasy, beige stuff you get at the local Mr. Greek. It’s beautifully spiced fish and meat, flavourful veggies, delicious spreads and olive oil you want to drink with a spoon and that’s exactly what you’ll find here.
Each dish we tried was high quality and as thoughtfully prepared as if my yiayia or mom were the chef.
We started with the taramousalata, my favourite dip ever. No one makes tarama like my mom but Zatynia is a solid runner up.
The crispy eggplant, served with roasted garlic yogurt sauce was perfectly crispy outside and wonderfully creamy inside.
The striped bass was perfectly cooked and flavoured. Both simple and complex it was just awesome.
It goes without saying that this was delicious, bonus points for the fun presentation.
I spent the summer of my 16th year in Greece with my yiayia, who made me fresh Calamari everyday. She taught me her secret to light and fluffy calamari and Zatynia’s is pretty good. It’s not their most unique dish but still quality.
Finally, the most amazing dish was the crispy brussel sprouts.
Topped with coriander seed, barberries and garlic yogurt this dish is perfection and one of their most popular. Please make sure you order this!
If you are in DC you MUST visit Zatynia, I highly recommend making dinner reservations or popping in for lunch.