Cheap Eats 2011: Ravi Kabob II
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Ravi Kabob II
Address: 250 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: 703-816-0222
Neighborhood: Arlington, Ballston, Arlington
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday noon to 10, Friday and Saturday noon to midnight, Sunday noon to 10.
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 gorgeously marbled porterhouse is a treat--at considerable expense. We find some of the same primal pleasures for a fraction of the cost at these no-frills, cash-only kebab parlors, which are thronged at all hours and remain the area's gold standard.

Juicy hunks of lamb, beef, and chicken owe their greatness to a secret 18-hour marinade and the vigilance of the grill men trained in an ancient method employed to this day in the kebab houses of downtown Peshawar.

Don't miss the naan, baked to order, and the chana masala, a superb stew of slow-cooked chickpeas--each one reason enough to compel a vegetarian to make the trip.

Also good: Lamb-brain karahi, a spicy stew of tomatoes, cilantro, ginger, onions and garlic; seekh kebab in karahi sauce.

Open daily for lunch and dinner (Ravi Kabob II closed Monday).

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