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Best "Lebanese" takeout in DC/NoVa area?

I'd love opinions on the best "Lebanese" takeout in DC/NoVa. (By "Lebanese", I mean the standard array of hummus, taboulleh, baba ghanoush, pita, etc.) Some places that had once been great, e.g., Lebanese Taverna on Connecticut, had slipped as of my last sampling. The Mediterranean Bakery in Alexandria, on the other hand, has fine fresh-baked pita but only so-so dips.

It'll be dinner to-night, so your best bets would be appreciated.

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  1. The lebanese taverna market on Lee has always been significantly better than its counterpart restaurants in my opinion. No fresh baked pita though.

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    1. re: jpschust

      They will sell you, however, the same pita that they use to make their sandwiches, which they usually do not have out in their cases or on their racks. If you ask them they will go in the back and get you a bag, which I believe contain 10 pitas each. They are not fresh baked, but frozen. After 5 minutes in an oven preheated at 400 degrees, however, they sure do taste fresh baked. Much better than what can be found in the front of the store.

    2. Lebanese Butcher
      113 E Annandale Rd
      Falls Church, VA 22046
      (703) 533-2903

      It’s a takeout or eat in. It also has a little grocery store attached. I love the Lamb Schwarma comes in a bread pita grilled lamb picked radish in some delicious yogurt sauce. I know what im eating for lunch today!

      Washington post listed it as one of the best sandwiches in the area that’s how I heard about it.

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      1. re: washdcrealestate

        Yeah, I keep hearing about the LB. But is it all lamb or do they have the veggie dip thing covered as well?

        1. re: the sobsister

          I second LB. They do veggie stuff as well. Baba ghanoush, hummus (w and w/o meat), and more. Falafel is very good there.

          1. re: Dennis S

            I couldn’t tell you if they do veggie?

          2. re: the sobsister

            It is my favorite place around, although I still get take away from Lebanese Taverna Market sometimes when I'm in the area.

            They have the full array of dips and salads, as well as the veggie appetizers and side dishes. Their fatoosh is the best around, but I don't know how well it would travel for takeout. If you will be eating it soon after getting it home, the bread should remain crisp, as they fry it. Lebanese Taverna Market uses baked pita crisps, and the get soggy within microseconds.

            I'm a fan of their pickles, too, which come on some of the sandwiches and platters, such as the cheese platter.

            I also think their falefel is the best around, and their kibbe is excellent. But again, carrying out fried items...

            1. re: the sobsister

              LB's hummus is excellent, very oily, and their felafel is crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside, delicious. I didn't try the baba ganoush, however you spell it, but they have it and I would bet it's good, these folks are definitely serious about their quality standards. The only possible reason not to go to LB is no alcohol.

              1. re: Jamie D

                For Jamie D, LB's baba ganoush Is fabulous -- a garlic lover's dream.

            2. re: washdcrealestate

              Lebanese Butcher is the spot hands down. I love this place and still do...hasn't lost a step despite its continued increase in publicity and popularity after my first visit, which I wrote about (poorly) here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/172949

              I still do not hesistate to recommend it. It's not all lamb, but unless you have an aversion to lamb I would get at least something lamb-based while you're there. Kheder is the man with lamb.

              1. re: Lowbar

                Finally had a chance to try Lebanese Butcher yesterday. My sis was in town for a visit and we went for lunch there.

                It was so good, we picked up dinner for carry-out to try more things on the menu!

                My sister didn't like the soujouk (spicy sausage) plain, but we had some leftover that we chopped and sprinkled on hummus for lunch today and she liked it much better then. I liked the soujouk -- sort of a middle-eastern chorizo. We're both fans of the shawarma, lamb and chicken, but the lamb feteh was better than the chicken feteh.

                I couldn't talk her in to trying the grape leaves. Maybe next time.

                1. re: Lowbar

                  I went for the first time tonight. Was disappointed in the Chicken Schwarma. I found it overly seasoned, almost dripping in marinade such that I coudn't taste the meat. Never had schwarma like it before. Maybe I made the mistake of not getting the lamb. Though the lebanese salad and baba ganoush were outstanding. Can anyone comment on the quality of the meat from the butcher side of the house? It certainly looked fresh and the price's were right.

              2. Lebanese Taverna Market is great that's my fav in the area, but I haven't tried Lebanese Butcher yet. If you want delivery depending where you are in the area Tarbouch across from the italian market is good and it has always arrived hot for me so far I don't know how far they deliver though I am in Ballston.

                1. My two most recent trips to LT on Lee Hwy have been very disapointing including tough meat, too much lemon juice in the taboulleh, old hummus and stale pita.

                  LB on the other hand is a dream. Very fresh and very tasty.

                  1. I enjoy Tarbouch on Lee Hwy (across from CVS and Giant). Great rotisserie chicken, tabouleh, and very affordable! Love the mini cheese and meat pies, too.

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                    1. re: midwestfoodie

                      Tarbouch and Lebanese Butcher are far and away the best.

                    2. Layalina (on Wilson Blvd in Arlington) is my favorite Lebanese restaurant in the area, it's not a chain and it's family owned. My boyfriend gets food to go from there all the time.

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                      1. re: friar99

                        Totally forgot about this. Also, there's a place in Great Falls that markets itself as a European deli, but is Lebanese owned. Best or second best falafel in the area - neck in neck with Leb Butcher.

                        1. re: friar99

                          I second Layalina. I'm actually going there tomorrow. The chicken schwarma fatteh (sp?) is excellent, as is everything else I've tried. Mmm, can't wait.