Cheap Eats 2010: Lebanese Butcher & Restaurant
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 9, 2010
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Lebanese Butcher & Restaurant
Address: 150 Hillwood Ave., Falls Church, VA 22046
Phone: 703-533-2903
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Lebanese, Middle Eastern, 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: The lamb. Owner Khader Rabbabeh doesn’t just sell it at this cafe—he owns a halal slaughterhouse in Warrenton, ensuring its quality.

What to get: Baba ghanoush, a silky, smoky eggplant purée; fried kibbeh, nuggets of ground lamb, bulgur wheat, and pine nuts; Lebanese salad, an herby mix of cucumber and tomato served with pita; ayah maza, a sampler of ten appetizers that could satisfy four; succulent lamb shish kebab; lamb fateh—a layering of crunchy pita chips, cubes of lamb, and dollops of yogurt; nicely spiced baklava.

Best for: A quick, quiet meal. And did we mention the lamb?

Insider tip: If you like what you’re eating at the restaurant, head to the butcher shop next door for take-home meat and traditional Lebanese groceries.

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