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The Wait’s Over for Melina in Maryland – Chef Tsekouras in Kitchen

The eagerly awaited opening of Melina, a contemporary Greek restaurant from the growing Cava Group in Washington, D.C. has finally happened in North Bethesda, Maryland, not far from the parent company that is the biggest Mediterranean-themed restaurant chain in the United States.

Melina is under the wing of chef Aris Tsekouras, who held top kitchen spots at upscale restaurants in Greece, which Melina mimics, going for the gourmet audience and not a souvlaki crowd.

The site Eater said that he will feature the same kind of freshness in vegetables that marked his time in Greece’s restaurant sector and with a haute cuisine twist style so you can find dishes like roasted gem-hued beets served alongside yogurt, pickled blackberries, smoked walnuts, carob, and basil.

Melina is named for co-owner Dimitri Moshovitis’s daughter, and the menu takes inspiration from the meaning of her name: honey. You’ll find that in many of the liquor drinks, including one with vanilla vodka, peach cranberry, honey syrup, bee pollen, and citrus. The Bouboulina, named for a heroine of the Greek War for Independence, has smoky mezcal, roasted beets, lime, honey syrup, and fennel.

 

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