Green Almond Pantry added to 17° Recommended Restaurants List

Picture: Front window display at Green Almond Pantry.

Last Updated: 6/4/2020

Current Status:  Chef Onal-Urel is doing a once-a-week package of goodies for pick-up 2–6 pm on Saturday only.  On Thursday, there is a dinner to go option that you can pick up 4-6 pm.

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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.
Neighborhood: Shaw
Address: 1314 1/2 Ninth St., NW. Washington, DC 20001
Reservations:  Walk-in. Counter service: 11:30 – 3:00. Store closes at 7:00.  Closed Sunday, Monday.

Other Voices/Critics:

Washington Post:  Tim Carman wrote a love-letter.