Café 8

[ 0 ] July 25, 2011 |

It’s rare that I do not want to share a restaurant with my readers.  The reason usually boils down to two reasons:  1. I did not enjoy it and would rather keep the negative comments to a minimum or 2. I want to keep it all to myself so I can avoid the long lines once word gets out about the food.  The latter is why I hesitated on sharing Café 8.  Talk about a hidden treasure for happy hour in Eastern Market, Café 8 is my new fetish.  Café 8 has two outdoor seating options: space in the front of the restaurant and a tree shaded space in the back. We took our party to the back space and promptly ordered a round of pomegranate martinis.

Chicken Shish Kebab

After ordering the usual suspects of hummus and shish kebabs, I decided it was time to venture out.  I scrolled down the menu to the Pides.  New word for my food vocabulary and I liked loved it.  Pides are Turkish pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven and the toppings are spread inside the canoe shaped dough.  I always say “you eat with your eyes first” and that’s exactly what I did as soon as they brought over the pizza.  Once my eyes stopped eating I indulged in the Café 8 pide, a succulent combination of ground lamb, spinach, feta cheese, tomatoes and pine nuts.


I know, I know, pide is nothing new, but its new to my palate.  Excited to return I have made it my goal to try everyone of those pides before the summer is out.  Think I can do this and maintain my waistline?? We shall see…

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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