Young and Hungry

Lebanese Taverna: Bethesda Mixed Grill Needs to Bulk Up

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the $19 "mixed grill" at the hulking new Lebanese Taverna in Bethesda, lamenting the fact that I'd seen more meat on a sand dollar than on this kabob platter. Well, my snippy remarks prompted this kind response from someone named Grace Shea:

My name is Grace Abi-Najm Shea and I am one of the owners of Lebanese Taverna. Just wanted to thank you for your witty review. After reading it, I was prompted to check the portion size at our Bethesda restaurant. What I found was that our Bethesda location was not serving our standard 12oz portion for the mixed grill. Your observations were correct. If it were not for your comments, we might not have caught this. On another note, Bethesda is a beautiful location and is meant to be a sit-down full service restaurant. For someone “Young & Hungry”, you are right our cafes may be a better fit.

Thanks again for bringing this to our attention, please let me know if there is anything else we can do.


I called Lebanese Tavern to confirm that Grace Shea did indeed leave this comment on the blog.

The head of Lebanese Taverna's marketing department confirmed that she did. The company apparently asked the Bethesda kitchen to weigh the meat for its mixed grill and discovered that it was was less than the amount served at the other restaurants in the local chain. Easy solution: more meat.

Now that's change we can believe in.

Photo by Flickr user phototram

  • molly

    excellent... the rest of their food is fabulous. at least to my taste buds.

  • John_boy

    I've always been a fan of this dish at LT (and LT in general), but have been very disappointed the last few times it has come across my plate (both from the Tysons Arlington locations). Whether it be the meat portion or the inconsistent (or nonexistant) veg. accompanyment...LT needs to up the quality control measures.

  • Edward

    It's good to see a restaurant reading what people are saying online and taking action on it.