Couscous not only is a delicious meal accompaniment, but also makes an excellent alternative medium for competitive sandcastle building. Taste turrets of this starchy staple with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of Middle Eastern cuisine at Jerusalem Restaurant in Falls Church.
The chefs at Jerusalem Restaurant transport diners' mouths to the Middle East with traditional and authentic dishes. Stuffed grape leaves smuggle rice filling in a film of foliage ($4.95), and a quartet of small pies wraps spinach, onions, cheese, and spices in a crust of fresh, homemade dough ($5.50). The grilled chicken kabob spins merrily upon its skewer ($9.95), and the kabsa gently places lamb stew atop a bed of rice and sings it a soothing lullaby ($10.95).
Complementing the medley of meals, Jerusalem Restaurant also pours a selection of fruit juices ($2.50–$4.50), coffees, and hot teas ($1.50–$2.50). The dulcet desserts include sweet baklava ($2), creamy om ali ($4), and phyllo dough replicas of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
At Jerusalem Restaurant, cooks take a thoughtful approach to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. "The kitchen works with a light touch—a must when it comes to such hearty fare as braised lamb shanks and lamb makluba," wrote a contributor for Washingtonian, which featured the spot as a "Cheap Eats" pick in 2012 and 2013. That light touch carries through to dishes such as Moroccan carrot salad, vegetarian kabobs, and shawarma sandwiches served on fresh, pillowy pita bread. Jerusalem Restaurant also pours a selection of fruit juices and sweetens meals with Lebanese confections such as sweet baklava, creamy om ali, and phyllo dough replicas of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
3405 Payne St.
Falls Church, Virginia 22041Get Directions