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bragger211 Mar 7, 2008 06:17 PM

Just came back from Lebanese Taverna and wanted to make sure I did my part. This place was fantastic--the ambiance, menu choices, service and vibe. There was no wait, but if there had been one, it would have been worth it. We made dinner out of the small plates and 4 were enough for the two of us. Try the Baba Ghannouge, Shwarma, Sujok and Kibbeh. A glass of wine, two cocktails, 4 small plates and tip: $60. We'll definitely add this to the rotation of One Eyed Mikes, Peter's Inn and Birches.

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    lisadc01 Mar 25, 2008 08:28 PM

    I love Lebanese taverna- used to go to the one in Arlington- the shwarma and the hummus special (with ground beef and pine nuts)- top notch!

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      Ziv Mar 25, 2008 12:37 PM

      I have always liked the selection of olives, the kibbeh and the shawarma at the Lee Hwy location.
      Another reason I like it is the family that owns Lebanese Taverna. I was standing in line for my shawarma a few years ago, when the rotisserie meat fell off the heat unit and skidded across the floor. One of the young guys that runs the place came out, saw the mess, saw that the rotisserie had not been secured properly, but calmly asked his employees to make sure they hadn't gotten burned, then he asked one the employees to dispose of the meat, and he helped get the staff back up to speed, all without a single criticism of whoever had failed to lock the skewer properly.
      The fact that he respected his staff enough not to chide them for doing something stupid or careless really gave me a good deal of respect for him and his family.

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        justagirl_1955 Mar 8, 2008 08:21 AM

        I've always loved the Lebanese Taverna and go to the one in Pentagon Row. Just an FYI, if you want to learn to cook their food, they give a cooking class (at least they did last year) to learn how to cook some of their dishes.

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          beauxgoris Mar 8, 2008 09:14 AM

          Which one did you go to???? Everytime I try the one of Rockville pike the chicken is so overcooked and dry as dirt. However the market in NoVa has wonderful chicken!

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            cabster Mar 8, 2008 11:53 AM

            The one in N. Arlington (Westover) is practically our home away from home. We consider it comfort food. Generally we order a slew of mezze and maybe one or two entrees (depending on whether there's just two of us or if our grownt children are available to join us) and are happily satisfied with all the different tastes and flavors.There's nothing the least bit pretentious about the Westover branch and it does a booming business.

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              beauxgoris Mar 8, 2008 09:37 PM

              ^^Is that the one that is the "market" i.e. everything is a la carte?

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                dcs Mar 9, 2008 03:55 AM

                No. The Market is at 4400 Old Dominion Drive in Arlington near the Lee Heights shopping center. We use it more as a grocery store and cook it up at home. A great easy meal during the work week.

                http://www.lebanesetaverna.com/market/

                1. re: dcs
                  alkapal Mar 25, 2008 07:01 AM

                  that menu is out of date.

                  all the non-meat mezze dishes (e.g., hummus, tabbouleh, baba g, loubiah, etc.) are now 8 bucks a pound! the prices do not reflect the cost of underlying ingredients (plus labor, overhead, profit, taxes).

                  to give you some idea: a 3" high deli container = one pound tabbouleh. very expensive, imo. i just go there now for pita, bulgur wheat, etc.

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          DCDOLL Mar 8, 2008 07:02 AM

          glad you liked it...its one of our faves and the DC and NOVA Leb Tav locations have had loyal fans for years!

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            Tugboat Mar 8, 2008 06:23 AM

            Yes, this is a great addition to the area.

            One tip I would suggest is to get a side of their harrisa to go.

            I keep it in the fridge at home and at my store and it is some of the best harrisa I have ever had.

            You can take a simple boring grilled chicken sub from any of the places in Fell Point and the addition of their harrisa makes it other worldly.

            They make it in house and I crave it.

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              moreporkplease Mar 7, 2008 06:26 PM

              Well said... Based on your other restaurants I think we have a very similar palate... I highly recommend!

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