Cheap Eats 2007: Lebanese Butcher & Restaurant
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Lebanese Butcher & Restaurant
Address: 150 Hillwood Ave., Falls Church, VA 22046
Phone: 703-533-2903
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Grocery Store/Market
Opening Hours: Open daily 9 to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: East Falls Church
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Baba ghanoush; kibbeh; Lebanese salad; appetizer sampler; lamb shish kebab; lamb fateh; grilled Cornish hens; shwarma; lamb chops; baklava.
Price Details: Appetizers $3.99 to $5.99; entrées $6.95 to $14.99

Place your order at this well-kept cafe, then troll the adjoining butcher shop/grocery for Middle Eastern specialties like the eight-pound containers of tahini on the shelves and the gorgeous array of halal meats in the lighted case—owner Kheder Rababeh buys whole animals and butchers them himself.

Then sit down to a feast that might begin with aya meze, 13 not-so-little appetizers—it’s hard not to fixate on the lush and smoky baba ghanoush, the lemony tabbouleh, or the crusty meat- and nut-filled ovals called kibbeh.

From there go on to more substantial pleasures like the multilayer lamb, yogurt, and fried pita pileup known as fateh, here elevated by the wonderful house lamb.

Whatever you order, you’re going to be carting something home.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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