Lebanese Butcher & Restaurant
Go for anything lamb at this hybrid butcher shop/restaurant.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 18, 2006
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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

From June 2006 Cheap Eats

The name sounds like some meanie on The Sopranos, and the soundtrack is apt to sound like shrieking bone saws, but trust us: The Lebanese Butcher is nothing to fear. Tucked away in a strip mall, this halal butcher shop/cafe is home to splendid ingredients and cooking.

Kheder Rababeh, the Lebanese butcher, immigrated here in the mid-1980s and set up shop a few years later. Much of the meat in the butcher case and kitchen comes from his Warrenton slaughterhouse.

Inside the ivy-draped cafe--fading desert prints share a wall with a neon LOS ANGELES sign--one young woman works the takeout counter and keeps an eye on the nine tables. Still, she'll take the time to walk you through the menu and steer you to her favorites. The choice is tough: a bowl of hummus with deep-green olive oil and a handful of pine nuts, a bracing tabbouleh salad, or the smokiest baba ghanoush around?

Rabbabeh's lamb is much more flavorful than what you'll find in most markets. Whether it's tightly rolled with Lebanese pickles for shawarma, nestled into rice for ouzi, or blanketed in sharp, thick yogurt for fateh, make it the center of your meal. Choosing is easier when it comes to dessert--a few tiny squares of delicate, rose-water-scented baklava.
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