Hunger, like an impatient child, will shamelessly interrupt conversations and home-burglary attempts with its incessant groans until it is addressed. With today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Tunisian fare at Chez Manelle in Arlington.
The chefs at Chez Manelle combine halal meats and cholesterol- and sodium-free oils to create a refreshing menu of authentic Tunisian cuisine. An appetizer of brika wraps tuna, potatoes, capers, and eggs in crispy phyllo dough to pad its landing in the stomach ($4.95), and cooks spice mashed carrots with garlic, Tunisian spices, and olive oil for omek houria ($3.95). A steamed hill of couscous creates a beautiful landscape when populated by vegetables ($9.95) or lamb ($10.95).
Desserts, such as crunchy, layered baklava or smooth rice pudding ($3.95 each), seal off meals so flavor can’t be stolen by organs jealous that they can’t taste. Grab a stool in front of the bright picture windows and take a puff from one of the hookahs, or settle in around a table for an intimate debate about whether aubergine or amethyst is the better red-blue hybrid.
2313 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Virginia 22201Get Directions