Cheap Eats 2008: 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

Why go: Slow-cooked food at fast-food prices. That’s the MO of this no-frills Afghan cafe. Succulent halal-meat kebabs are sided with warm, cooked-to-order flatbread—a good way to mop up sauces and scoop heartier stewed vegetables.

What to get: 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 comforting stew of yellow lentils with herbs; sambusa, a fried pastry filled with spiced meat; bolonee, similar to the sambusa but filled with potato and herbs.

Best for: An affordable and relaxing sit-down dinner with friends.

Insider tip: When mulling an order, have a plan B. On a recent visit, the kitchen was out of the stewed-pumpkin dish known as chalu kadu, the yogurt drink doogh, and rice for the qabli palaw.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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