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.
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Menu items at A Cook's Cafe tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
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A sweet secret, Daddyos Pizzeria and Ice Cream serves a colorful array of ice cream options.
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The first Pizzeria Uno opened at the intersection of Ohio and Wabash in downtown Chicago in 1943. The Chicago Bears were having a good season at Wrigley Field, and nobody had ever heard of deep dish pizza. Changing that was the job of Uno owner Ike Sewelll, who had invented a pizza you could truly call a pie without immediately being fined by the U.S. Board of Pastries. He built a tall-edged crust laced with lots of butter, the filled it with cheese, Italian spices, and fresh tomatoes, baking the whole thing for an hour. It would become Pizzeria Uno's signature recipe.Today, Uno Pizzeria & Grill spans about half of the U.S. and sends the aroma of bubbling cheese wafting through several international cities as well. At each location, cooks show up early every morning to begin making dough, creating specialty pies using ingredients that Ike could have only dreamed of, such as Canadian bacon and fiber-optic broccoli. Lighter, quicker entrees are available too, including Italian favorites such as shrimp scampi and gluten-free steak and burger options.
The chefs at Calbra Classics place heavy emphasis on Nigerian and West African cuisine that is hearty as well as healthy. Whether the food is housed in chafing dishes during a catered meal, whipped up by a personal chef, or delivered to busy families, customers can rest assured that they'll be eating square meals as comforting as if they came from their own stove. In addition to a menu that features savory and rich coconut rice and flavorful stewed goat meat, among other dishes, the chefs also lead hands-on cooking classes. During a single session or multiple-week course, a small group of students learns how to create authentic meals, sampling their results along the way. Afterward, students will be given the recipes they used in class so they can replicate them at home.
The food at Drop Squad Kitchen has soul, despite its complete lack of meat. From black bean-and-wild rice burgers to mac and cheese, the dishes at Drop Squad Kitchen feature healthy, tasty ingredients designed to appease both stomach and conscience alike. The mother-daughter duo behind the restaurant have a grand vision to overhaul the typical American diet dependent on meat products and accidentally swallowed gum. To share their culinary vision with others, the Drop Squad Kitchen staff holds regular cooking demonstrations, each of which tackles a different cooking style or topics ranging from southern style comfort food to raw vegan.