Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: 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
Yes, it’s a butcher shop. And no, it’s not especially appetizing to think about that as you dine—or, for that matter, to hear the sound of a blade cutting through a piece of meat. Just remember that the reason those lamb chops are so good and cheap is because owner Kheder Rababeh owns both the restaurant and the butcher (and a slaughterhouse in Warrenton).

Chops—$16.75 for six pieces with rice and salad—are just one of the variations on lamb; there’s also the marvelous fateh ($10.75), which submerges soft hunks of braised lamb in tangy yogurt and adds crunch in the form of fried pita chips. Smoked Cornish hens ($9.45), a sometime special, are always a worthy choice, and don’t pass up the baba ghanoush ($5.45), the smokiest and fluffiest rendition we’ve tasted.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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