Cheap Eats 2007: Ravi Kabob House
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Ravi Kabob
Address: 305 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: 703-522-6666
Neighborhood: Arlington, Ballston, Arlington
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 1 AM, Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 2 AM, Sunday 11 AM to midnight.
Nearby Metro Stops: Virginia Square-GMU, Ballston-MU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Lamb and lamb brains karahi; kebabs, including lamb chops, bone-in chicken, kubideh, and seekh kebab; chana masala; mango lassi.
Price Details: Appetizers $1.25 to $2.50, entrées $9 to $17.

A Starbucks across the street from another Starbucks is no longer a strange sight. But one Ravi Kabob across from another? Owner Haji Iqbal says it’s his way of accommodating all the diners who overran the cramped Ravi Kabob I. Fair enough—even if the new place, like its sibling, is flooded with fluorescent light and doesn’t serve alcohol.

Still, there’s no better Northern Virginia place for kebabs than this Pakistani wonder. The bone-in chicken kebab, slathered with tandoori paste, and the kebab karahi, assertively spiced beef molded around a metal skewer, are extraordinary. And that’s just the beginning. From the hot breads fresh out of the clay oven to a terrific lamb karahi—the Pakistan-border dish cooked in a hammered steel wok and shot through with ginger, garlic, and chilies—to the gently spiced chickpea stew called channa and the excellent gulab jamun, two puffy fried balls of dough doused in a clear, sticky syrup, Ravi Kabob is as consistent and good as they come.

For the intrepid, there’s a wonderful dish of lamb’s brains, its texture of soft, curdled eggs set in relief by currylike spicing.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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