Picture: Front window display at the Green Almond Pantry location.
Last Updated: 5/16/2021
Current Status: After a fire hit this beloved spot, Chef/Owner Cagla Onal-Urel moved to a location in Georgetown on Grace Street (where it is now near Georgetown Butcher, Chaia, and Reverie). There is limited seating during the day. Onal-Urel still closes early and only does pre-made dinners to go.
Before Times Review:
What started as a stand at farmers markets two years ago, now has a brick and mortar shop. It seems fitting that chef/owner Cagla Onal-Urel takes over the space once occupied by Seasonal Pantry. Onal-Urel’s cooking is rooted in her native Turkey and her time in the kitchens of Obelisk, 2 Amy’s and Etto. She ran a large kitchen in Istanbul and was the opening chef at Etto (garnering 3 stars from the Post). Green Almond is even more comfy and personal in touch than Etto. There is a counter down one side of the storefront shop to sit and eat. Lunch service is 11:30 to 3:00. Sandwiches, salads, spreads, tarts and other products rotate through on the chalk-board menu. Veggie options abound, but the lamb meatballs are juicy bathed in tomato sauce. On the opposite wall is the display and coolers for take-home products. The store is open til 7:00. It is a couple blocks away from foot traffic, but if the convention center crowd ever is clued in, this place could be packed. Go now, go often. It is worth the trip out of the way.
Cuisine: Sandwiches/Salads – and more goodies.
Address: 3210 Grace St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Reservations: Walk-in. Counter service: 11:30 – 3:00. Store closes at 7:00. Open currently Thursday – Saturday.
Washington Post: Tim Carman wrote a love-letter.