FOX 5's Will Thomas is going international for this week's restaurant visit for "Will You Eat There?"
Will ended up in Arlington for Lebanese cuisine at Me Jana. The unique cultural history has helped to make this food the most popular of all Middle Eastern cuisines.
The food here focuses on herbs, spices and fresh ingredients while relying less on heavy sauces.
The name Me Jana was picked for its meaning from an old Lebanese folk ballad that welcomes friends and family to share happy times and reminisce about the good old days.
What's on the menu?
"It's original Lebanese food," said Me Jana co-owner Rabih Abi-Aad. "Mostly Lebanese food, but it has a little bit of seafood with it."
- Sujok: It is the most spicy dish on the menu. They are homemade beef and lamb sausages with seven different spices. It is sauteed with tomato sauce in pita bread with garlic whip and cucumber pickles.
- Gambas: Sauteed shrimp with garlic, cilantro, white wine and a touch of Arak (liquor).
- Grape leaves: A vegetarian dish stuffed with rice, tomatoes, onions, parsley, lemon juice, mint in olive oil.
- Fried kebbeh: Dumplings cooked with pine nuts, onions and ground beef in the middle.
- Lahem be ajeen: Baked pita dough topped with ground beef and lamb and hot pepper.
Brunch and lunch usually ranges between $7 to $14. Dinner starts at around $14 and goes up to $27 or $28.
A central bar splits the restaurant into two comfortable modern spaces with lots of natural light.
Here are some of the things a few customers told us about the restaurant:
"It can go from everything from a nice casual brunch to a nice summer day outside relaxing. At night, sometimes it gets a little exciting."
"We've been coming here since they opened in 2007, so a lot of the times, our orders are placed before we even sit down."
"The music in the background is not too loud. You can carry on a conversation. It's very good."
"It's fun, energetic and the ambiance, you can see for yourself, it's really beautiful."
The must have
- Lamb chops: Australian lamb cooked tender, well-marinated 24 hours in advance. Served with their secret paste -- the garlic whip (a fusion of olive oil, egg whites and garlic that results in a sour cream-like texture).
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Monday-Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sunday-Thursday: 4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 4:30 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.