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Best "Lebanese" takeout in DC/NoVa area?

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the sobsister Jun 13, 2007 07:28 AM

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. jpschust RE: the sobsister Jun 13, 2007 07:34 AM

    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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      dcs RE: jpschust Jun 13, 2007 08:19 AM

      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. washdcrealestate RE: the sobsister Jun 13, 2007 07:36 AM

      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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        the sobsister RE: washdcrealestate Jun 13, 2007 07:41 AM

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

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          Dennis S RE: the sobsister Jun 13, 2007 08:48 AM

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

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            washdcrealestate RE: Dennis S Jun 13, 2007 12:23 PM

            I couldn’t tell you if they do veggie?

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            bacchante RE: the sobsister Jun 13, 2007 08:48 AM

            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...

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              Jamie D RE: the sobsister Jun 13, 2007 08:53 AM

              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.

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                ciaohound RE: Jamie D Jun 15, 2007 01:12 PM

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

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              Lowbar RE: washdcrealestate Jun 13, 2007 09:12 AM

              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.

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                weezycom RE: Lowbar Jun 24, 2007 10:46 AM

                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.

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                  Meg RE: Lowbar Jun 27, 2007 08:03 PM

                  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. ktmoomau RE: the sobsister Jun 13, 2007 08:54 AM

                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.

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                  Pappy RE: the sobsister Jun 13, 2007 10:10 AM

                  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.

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                    midwestfoodie RE: the sobsister Jun 13, 2007 10:39 AM

                    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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                      jasonhgross RE: midwestfoodie Jun 19, 2007 08:46 AM

                      Tarbouch and Lebanese Butcher are far and away the best.

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                      friar99 RE: the sobsister Jun 20, 2007 11:03 AM

                      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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                        Dennis S RE: friar99 Jun 22, 2007 07:00 PM

                        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.

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                          julialimei RE: friar99 Jun 27, 2007 02:05 PM

                          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.

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