In the dead of night in 1976, the Abi-Najm family boarded a cargo ship bringing only what they could carry; an escape from Civil War in Lebanon called for a quick getaway. They traveled across the ocean to safety in Arlington, Virginia, where they were able to open a small cafe in 1979. To save money, they changed the eatery’s name from “Athenian Taverna” to “Lebanese Taverna” so that they only had to update one word on the eatery’s marquee.
From these modest beginnings grew a series of eateries that today comprises of six cafes and four quick-service cafés, all still operated by the Abi-Najm clan. One look at the menu explains the success: chicken shawarma, spicy hummus, lamb tartare—all Lebanese staples that helped the restaurant earn a spot on Northern Virginia magazine's list of 25 Iconic Eats. There's even kibbeh, or stuffed meatballs, which blend ground beef, lamb, almonds, and pine nuts into fried spheres suitable for felling miniature bowling pins on top of the table before entrees arrive. The decor is as striking as the cuisine; inside the Bethesda location, light filters through the colored glass lanterns that decorate the dining room.
Packed with produce, dairy, kosher foods, and Middle Eastern and Mediterranean ingredients, KosherMart ensures larders are stocked with affordable goods. Tomatoes ($.0.99 per lb.), Sabra Babaganoush (17-ounces, $5.49 each), and Ungar's Regular Gefilte Fish (22-ounces, $5.49 each) keep refrigerators happily humming mealtime melodies, while imported Israeli products including olive oils and cookies keep forlorn cupboards company. Kosher cheeses and wines add a sophisticated touch to dinner gatherings and a lively punch to afternoon coffee breaks. This greengrocer’s grotto also hosts a full glatt kosher butchery and a deli, dishing out fresh baked wares, soups, and sandwiches, as well as homemade Mediterranean and Middle Eastern salads for grazing on the go.
The shelves at MOM's Organic Market teem with certified-organic groceries and produce free of chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers. Fill a cart or 10-gallon hat with lunch fixings such as roasted turkey slices from Applegate Farms and Imagine low-sodium chicken broth. GT's Kombucha Gingerade joins assorted Chobani yogurts to create power-packed breakfasts, and Vitacoco coconut water soothes parched straws with electrolytes. Grocery carts may also be filled with a variety of gourmet cheeses, gluten-free food, sustainably farmed seafood, and local and organic dairy and meat products. The storefront, built with renewable materials, fume-fighting low-VOC paint, and energy-efficient skylights with LED bulbs, mirrors its eco-friendly offerings. Additionally, customers may bring old electronics to MOM's for recycling during February, before walking past two charging stations outside the market charging green vehicles such as electric cars and certified-organic mechanical bulls.
Utilizing 17 years of plant-rearing expertise, Farmhouse Flowers & Plants thrills discerning nostrils with an olfactory smorgasbord of locally grown blossoms, perennials, bedding plants, and herbs. Peruse one of the farm's four booths at area farmers' markets, and encounter year-round and seasonal offerings dazzling enough to brighten the day of the Harlem Globetrotters' perpetually doomed opponents. Seventy-five varieties of plants clamor for your green thumb's attention, from zinnias ($0.75/stem) to sunflowers ($1.50 each) and lilies ($4/stem). A mid-May peony harvest ($4 each) peppers chlorophyll-based arrangements with the kaleidoscopic buds, and potted rosemary ($3.75/4" pot) and basil ($2.75/3" pot) add a professional touch to home cooking without the hair-flattening effects of a chef's toque.
Backed by more than 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Bernard L. Greenbaum, DDS coddles mouth bones with up-to-date technology in a comfort-focused environment. BriteSmile teeth whitening is an hour-long in-office procedure that strips away years of stains from coffee, tea, medication, and brushing with brownie batter to leave chompers as clean and sparkly as a freshly laundered ballroom dancer. The center's excellent customer service goes beyond housing friendly and accessible staff. The modern office keeps patients smiling with lavish amenities such as neck pillows, iPods, blankets, and DVDs with optional dentist commentary.
At Edible Arrangements-Bethesda we create beautiful, healthy and fresh hand sculpted baskets of fruit. We personalize our arrangements with hand dipped chocolate fruit, mylar balloons and plush bears. Our products are perfect for any and all occasions!