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Lebanese Taverna

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933 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910 933 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring Directions

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Yummy food nice staff! A good variety to choose from.
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Staff was friendly. Food was tasty. Enjoyable all around.
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Excellent food and service
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Great food, great value.
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As a (mostly) vegetarian, I really enjoy the food at this restaurant. There are a variety of appetizing dishes, and the free bread is a nice touch.
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Food is excellent and not too expensive. Great place to go before a movie.
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Great tasting food, fast, and not too expensive.
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Good service they understand how to assist you with Gluten Free diet.
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Awesome food!
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Love it I wish this Groupon comes back
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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 restaurant 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 restaurants 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.

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