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BABA GANOUSH

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.

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

      Balducci's
      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).

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        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.

          http://www.yelp.com/biz/shemalis-wash...

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