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Nov 7, 2007 03:42 PM

Lebanese Taverna in Ballston?

Am I dreaming up things, or is a new Lebanese Taverna going to open in the Ballston area? Anyone have any news?

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  1. I think you're dreaming, but I could be wrong.

    12 Replies
    1. re: jaydreb

      Sorry, my mistake, it was Aladdin's. I knew I had a brain cramp going on....

      1. re: BigEats

        There's been an Aladdin's in the Ballston area for several months now. Is there another one coming?

        1. re: MikeR

          it would be a dream were aladdin's to be whisked to some far off land on a magic carpet. lebanese taverna is so much better (and authentic lebanese, unlike the americanized aladdin's)

          1. re: alkapal

            Yeah, but the Taverna Market is so close as is the Pentagon Row location I doubt this will be happening.

            1. re: alkapal

              Yes but for those of us who work in this area and dont use a car, it's a welcome addition having replaced that Mongolian BBQ joint.

              1. re: rHairing

                There is a Lebanese Taverna in Arlington though- I think it is off Washington Blvd?

                1. re: xena1441

                  On Washington Blvd. It's the original location.

                  1. re: xena1441

                    There is a small outlet by the Arrow Wine shop and I hit that on the rare occasion that I drive or I stop at Layalina on my way home and pick up an order. But for me for lunch, things have to be within a reasonable walking distance and I prefer Alladins over what used to be there. With that being said, Ballston has been expanding in terms of restaurants.

                    1. re: xena1441

                      The original one is on Washington Blvd in the Westover area, but the closest Metro stop for those without a car is East Falls Church, about a mile away. Lebanese Butcher is about the same distance from the EFC Metro in a different direction, neither a bad walk on a nice day if you have the time.

                      The Pentagon Row Lebanese Taverna is fairly close to the Pentagon City stop.

                      Aladdin is just a couple of blocks from the Ballston Metro.

                  2. re: alkapal

                    Inauthentic or not, I like Aladdin's for a quick, healthy inexpensive bite to eat.

                    1. re: chowser

                      Lebanese Butcher has been on my list to try. I normally don't venture out of Ballston for lunch during the workweek with the exception of Fridays. So I am happy to see places like Alladin's and Big Buns.....a pho joint would be oh so good.....I agree with Chowser though and I LOVE their hotsauce.

                      1. re: rHairing

                        What's Big Buns? Oh my, that's a loaded question!