Lebanese Butcher & Restaurant
150 Hillwood Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Lebanese, Middle Eastern, 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
Butcher Kheder Rababeh’s hand-boned cuts of lamb, found in raw form at the halal market, are showcased on the menu of the adjacent cafe. Grab one of the 34 seats to try shavings of leg rolled into a shawarma sandwich ($5.75) loaded with tahini, fuchsia-pickled turnips, lettuce, and tiny cornichons, or a heaping platter of feteh—braised lamb mixed with labne yogurt over crispy pita triangles ($10.75). We like to start with the soujouk ($6.45), butterflied sausages with a smoky, spicy rub, best eaten with slices of tomato. Vegetarians could make a meal of appetizers: Bowls of paprika-dusted hummus ($4.45) and baba ghanoush ($5.45) have wells of earthy olive oil. Tightly rolled grape leaves ($4.95) and lemony foul moudamas ($5.45)—a mix of fava beans, chickpeas, and garlic—make nice nibbles, too. Open daily for lunch and dinner.