Cheap Eats 2007: Kabul Kabob House
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Kabul Kabob House
Address: 7531 Somerset Crossing Dr., Gainesville, VA 20155
Phone: 571-445-3089
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Afghan
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 9 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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, $2.50 to $3.95; entrées $8.50 to $10.95
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Delivery, Good for Groups

The cooking at this terrific Afghani storefront is slow, steady, and traditional. Order your meal, and the cook behind the counter starts rolling out dough to make fresh bread. While the bread crisps in the tandoor, you get a complimentary green salad with yogurt-tinged dressing.

The flavors are bright, starting with the vinegary herb dip that comes with the warm rounds of nan and continuing through the marvelous plates of aushak and mantu—translucent dumplings folded around fillings like leek or ground beef and vibrant with fresh mint. Eggplant is smothered in tomatoey yogurt sauce, and brown rice arrives scented with cardamom. Choose from halal kebabs of tender bone-in chicken, beef, or the rosy lamb, which in one preparation comes covered with tomatoes and roasted red peppers, and topped with a poached egg.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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