Lebanese Butcher & Restaurant
150 Hillwood Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Grocery Store/Market
Open daily 9 to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: East Falls Church
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Accepted
Baba ghanoush; kibbeh; Lebanese salad; appetizer sampler; lamb shish kebab; lamb fateh; grilled Cornish hens; shwarma; lamb chops; baklava.
Appetizers $3.99 to $5.99; entrées $6.95 to $14.99
Why go: How to explain lamb this good at a price this good? Owner Kheder Rabbabeh has eliminated the middleman; he owns not only the butcher shop that adjoins this tiny cafe but also a slaughterhouse in Warrenton.
What to get: The smokiest, fluffiest baba ghanoush we’ve ever tried; marvelous lamb fateh, a kind of casserole of pita chips topped with braised hunks of lamb and thick yogurt; Cornish hens cooked over the grill and sided with rice; tender slices of shwarma served entrée-style with rice or slipped into a round of pita and slathered with tahini.
Best for: Anyone who thinks Lebanese food is dry pita, hummus, and a few grilled meats.
Insider tip: Check the display case next door on your way out; all of the meats can be trimmed to order, and the quality and prices are superior to those of most supermarkets—yes, even the gourmet ones.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
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