If you try something new, you might really enjoy it, even if it's filling balloons with Hot Wheels and throwing them off a bridge to see if they'll float. Try some West Asian fare with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of traditional Lebanese cuisine at The Phoenician.
The Phoenician's flavor slingers shepherd mouths through Lebanon's distinctive tastescape with a menu of salads, grilled entrees, and sandwiches, earning their eatery accolades from Richmond magazine as one of the best new restaurants in 2009 and the locale of one of the area's favorite hummus recipes. Kick things off by choosing from a cornucopia of starters, which includes the famous hummus ($6), falafel ($6.50), or soujok sausage ($6.50) brought to garlicky fruition in a spicy tomato-based sauce. Then explore the selection of fire-licked offerings, such as the beef shawarma ($16), veggie kebab ($12), or kafta kebab ($15), a skewer stick of ground lean beef and grilled onions that can also be employed during tabletop reenactments of ancient Arabian light-saber duels. The tabouleh salad ($6.50) culls crushed wheat and an array of veggies beneath a canopy of olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and spices for a more crisp and refreshing taste of the earth than flambéed soil.
The Phoenician’s lantern-laden archways sprout decorative vines and grapes, lending the eatery an exotic yet relaxing atmosphere ideal for dinner dates, family meals, and business gatherings. Deep red and gold hues create a color palette as rich as the flavors brimming from the menu or swimming pools filled with chocolate doubloons.
The Phoenician does not just transport eaters’ palates to Lebanon—it transports their whole minds, with a decorative aesthetic characterized by arched thresholds, vines, and elegant chandeliers. Its lunch and dinner menus teem with vegetable kebabs, meaty shawarmas, and spiced-onion flavors that have attracted praise from Richmond magazine, which named it a Best New Restaurant in 2009. The eatery welcomes diners with comfortable, cushioned seating, so they don’t become exhausted by trying to make a cushion out of sweetener packets.