It’s hard to find one restaurant that succeeds at dinner, happy hour AND brunch. Often times they have one meal that’s their best time to go. Agora beats this stereotype here in Washington, D.C., though. It’s become a staple for me both during the week and on the weekend.
Located right around DuPont Circle, Agora is a Mediterranean restaurant that mixes cuisines from Turkey, Lebanon and Greece into meze meals. Mezes are small plates ordered to share, kind of like tapas in Spain. The three regions Agora represents all have their own versions of kabobs. They all have salads, sweet desserts, and wine. But when you mix the different flavors together, as Chef Ghassan Jarrouj does, you are introduced to them all at once.
Brunch is a great deal, with bottomless food and drinks. The service is very attentive, leaving your drinks full and plates hot. The server often offers to bring out plates without you having to look at the menu, a strategy I usually agree to. All of the courses are delicious. And happy hour is a great deal, too. I love going for a spread of their dips with a couple glasses of wine after work.
If you end your meal with a Turkish coffee – as I recommend you do – sometimes there’s someone there to read your coffee ground fortune. Do it!