Cheap Eats 2009: Lebanese Butcher & Restaurant
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009
Cheap Eats (2010) Dirt Cheap Eats (2009)
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

Why go: High-quality meats at low prices—the lamb is superb. How do they do it? Khader Rabbabeh owns a slaughterhouse in Warrenton in addition to the butcher shop that adjoins this tiny cafe.

What to get: Baba ghanoush; fried nuggets of kibbeh filled with minced lamb, bulgur wheat, and pine nuts; lamb fateh—layers of fried pita chips, tender lamb, and tangy yogurt.

Best for: Filling feasts, on the premises or off. If you’re eating in, swing by the butcher shop for cut-to-order meat for the week. The staff also does catering.

Insider tip: The ayah maza is a great deal: ten appetizers—including three dips, two kinds of sausage, and an order of falafel—for $19.95. It’s large enough for two or three to share as a meal.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

>> See all 2009 Cheap Eats restaurants here 

Subscribe to Washingtonian
Posted at 12:00 AM/ET, 06/22/2009 RSS | Print | Permalink | Washingtonian.com Restaurant Reviews