Taverna Tuesday

Tech Tuesday will be postponed until next week.  Subbing in for Staff Writer Julian Thomas "JTweet" Burke, I cannot live with trying to pretend like I know enough about technology to blog about for a topic under that branch of The Daily Serge.  Continuing the alliteration, I thought it appropriate to blog about my meal last night.  Almost as good as my lunch at Bobby's Burger Palace (my second time eating here was as solid as my first and continues to fuel the quest in finding a better burger), this sampler was one for the books.

A day trip to Washington, DC yesterday with three others brought me to Lebanese Taverna for dinner around 6:30 PM.  With the sun already set and temperatures in the mid forties, entering the building not only brought physical warmth to my body, but also warmth to my heart (the ambiance didn't hurt) as a meal to remember was minutes away.  All four of us ordered the traditional mezza off of the menu.  For $13.50, I sampled hummus (not necessarily a fan, but I was last night), tabouleh, grape leaves, m'saka, falafel with tahini, kafta harra, sambousick, baba ghannouge, and kibbeh with lebneh (see page two "Taste of Lebanon").

The meal was surprisingly filling, though I suspect the delicious (and unlimited) flat bread had a huge role in this.  I'm not one to spend money on hummus (column one row two), but the hummus served last night did wonders to my stomach and mouth.  I was not a fan of the grape leaves (center), as they were pickled in something of which I'm not certain.  They wrapped rice and another item that I couldn't make out and was my least favorite item.  My favorite of the nine was the kafta harra (column two row one).  This contained beef, tomato, and various beans with spices.  The mixture was splendid and reminded me of Italian cuisine, yet stayed true to its more Middle Eastern realm.

Overall, I rate the meal with a B+ (like my professor did my performance in my GIS class this semester).  A healthy, organic, and relatively inexpensive quality experience not only satisfied the taste for new food but new culture.

Unrelated - if you ever find yourself in Chicago, you must find yourself in a Giodarno's at one point.  If this isn't the case, I don't know how you'll be able to live with yourself.