Astor Mediterranean

Written by on November 19, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 1 Comment

( – Arlington, Virginia


How I heard of this place: Having made arrangements to meet up with a friend for lunch while my husband toiled away at work, she had very specific plans for what we were to eat as I entered her car. “Do you mind if we go to Virginia to eat?” Coming to pick me up in DC from Maryland, I wasn’t about to argue, nor was I opposed to a plate of Mediterranean fare.

Astor Case

Type of cuisine: Mediterranean Food: Healthy, Fresh..and Fast!” The website continues, “For Mediterranean food, Adams Morgan and Alexandria insiders know: the best is at Astor Mediterranean. Our half-chicken dinners and platters make for a savory sit-down or takeout treat. Pair our Falafel Sandwich with a fluffy Baba Ghanooj or match our Lamb Kabob to an elegant Egyptian Salad. No matter the time of year, you can come to Astor for a bit of Mediterranean sunshine.”

Astor Prepared Food

Ambiance: A large, open space with warm toned walls, glass displays of prepared food, ready to take away,

Astor Seating

and a chef grilling vegetables at the open kitchen, the space (while large and clean) was reminiscent of our journeys throughout Greece and Turkey.

Astor Chef

What I ordered: At the recommendation of my dining companion, we each enjoyed a plate of the Chicken Kabob ($9.95 each), a full skewer of chicken breast cubes with grilled mixed vegetables served with rice

Astor Chicken Kabob

and Egyptian salad of tomato, cucumber, red onion, & cilantro with olive oil & fresh herbs.

Astor Egyptian Salad

She also surprised me with an order of Stuffed Grape Leaves ($4.50), vine leaves stuffed with rice & fresh herbs.

Astor Dolma

What I loved: True to its word, the chicken was grilled to order, having been marinating for what may well have been days with its robust and fresh flavor. The kick of fresh lemon juice, the tender morsels of grilled meat melted in your mouth.

Astor Chicken Close-Up

Why I loved it: Tasty food, a cafeteria-esque setting, quiet and perfect for a three-hour catch-up lunch!

Cost: Low to average ($4.50 – $13.95 per sandwich/plated entree)

Our clever prices mean you don’t get back pennies – keeping your pockets as light as our Lentil Salad!

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  1. Mo says:

    Wow! Another great, simple place!

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