Zayt & Za’atar DC

Rating: ★★★★★

18337478_10155310686103011_388498596_nMiddle Eastern food is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S., but while hummus and falafel are now well-known, another Middle Eastern classic, mana’eesh, is less so. Mana’eesh (singular: manousheh- yes, Arabic plurals are very confusing) are pizza-like dough with a variety of toppings, including labneh, za’atar, olive oil, and, in some cases, meat. Zayt & Za’atar (or Z&Z) for short, is a delicious farmer’s market stand at the Foggy Bottom and H Street Northeast farmer’s 18360465_10155310686088011_1462847947_nmarkets that serves authentic, healthy mana’eesh. I went for the “Lebanese Bride,” which is a very traditional manousheh topped with labneh, za’atar, tomatoes, mint and olive oil. It took me back to my time eating mana’eesh in Jordan. The dough is baked fresh and is fluffy and perfect. Friendly staff round out a great experience.

Zayt & Za’atar is open from 3 PM to 7 PM on Wednesdays at the Foggy Bottom Farmer’s Market next to Foggy Bottom Metro Station and from 9 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays at the H Street Farmer’s Market at 800 13th Street NE.