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RobertM Jul 6, 2011 09:57 AM

Where in the area offers a good sample worth the drive?

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  1. Barbarella RE: RobertM Jul 6, 2011 10:22 AM

    I love the dish at Zaytinia near Chinatown.

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      Indy 67 RE: Barbarella Jul 7, 2011 03:14 AM

      +1 for Zaytinya. This version is distinctive for its abundant use of lemon.

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      Steve RE: RobertM Jul 6, 2011 02:34 PM

      My favorite style is without tahini. Very few places carry the Sabra brand (you can easily find fifteen kinds of Sabra hummus, but no baba ganouj). I know it is at Wegman's in Fairfax and certain other stores. Balducci's does their own version like this.

      In a restaurant, I would say that Me Jana in Arlington is top flight. For a strong flavor made chocolatey brown from smoked paprika, go for the version at Mazadar Kabob in Fairfax. They get extra credit for having great breads.

      Me Jana
      2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 140, Arlington, VA 22201

      600 Franklin St, Alexandria, VA 22314

      1. Mississippi Snopes RE: RobertM Jul 6, 2011 10:59 PM

        The best baba ganoush I've ever had, by far, is at the Lebanese Butcher in Falls Church. They've recently reopened after a fire, and I don't know if the restaurant has reopened yet, but the baba ganoush is available for takeout in the grocery (along with very good hummus and tabouli).

        Lebanese Butcher & Restaurant
        109 E Annandale Rd, Falls Church, VA 22046

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          ClevelandDave RE: Mississippi Snopes Jul 7, 2011 01:11 PM

          It is open (the butcher side,not the restaurant) and It is good.

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          hotel RE: RobertM Jul 7, 2011 05:31 AM

          Shemali's on New Mexico Ave is never mentioned for this query. Great place, great spreads.


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