Cheap Eats 2010: Kabul Kabob House
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 9, 2010
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Kabul Kabob House
Address: 514 Van Dorn St., Alexandria, VA 22203
Phone: 703-751-1833
Neighborhood: Alexandria
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Afghan
Opening Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Van Dorn St.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Sultani Kabob platter, with both lamb and chicken kebabs and rice dusted with sumac; qabli palaw, lamb chunks with rice, shredded carrots, almonds, and raisins; daal chalaw, a stew of yellow lentils with herbs; sambusa, a fried pastry filled with spiced m
Price Details: Appetizers $2.99 to $4.90; entrées $5.99 to $11.95

Why go: Hearty Afghan stews are perked up with seasonings—sumac, coriander, mint—and a yogurt sauce that adds a silky tang. Cooked-to-order ovals of bread, the Afghan version of Indian naan, are a nice alternative to a fork.

What to get: Sambosas, fried pockets of potatoes or beef; mastawa, a thick, three-grain soup finished with yogurt-garlic sauce and ground beef; daal chalou, meatball-like rounds in a rich lentil stew; vegetarian chalou, a spicy mess of sautéed spinach; smashed sweet potatoes, an occasional option for a vegetable sampler.

Best for: A dirt-cheap lunch—there’s a $7.99 all-you-can-eat buffet. Vegetarians won’t find many options here—even the vegetable-based platters have a ground-beef sauce.

Insider tip: The decor in the dining room is tired, but takeout travels well. The kebabs are hit or miss—sometimes tender, sometimes tough.

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