If you're working your way around the world in one neighborhood, Mamnoon is Capitol Hill's token Middle Eastern stop – with strong Syrian and Lebanese inflections. Slink inside for an unusual and wonderfully memorable voyage to the culinary Levant where you'll quickly be immersed in fragrant flatbreads and perfumed dips that are complemented by some fine meat kebabs.

Prices are reasonable and there's a handy takeout window upfront offering crispy falafels.

The chic perch is in the 'Melrose Triangle,' which has also been sequestered by the slavishly locavore Melrose Market.