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Cheap Eats 2008: Ravi Kabob II
Comments () | Published June 1, 2008
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Ravi Kabob II
Address: 250 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: 703-816-0222
Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Ballston
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday noon to 10, Friday and Saturday noon to midnight, Sunday noon to 10.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Why go: Northern Virginia is chockablock with kebab shops, many of them good. But these tiny Pakistani cafes, across the street from each other in Arlington, are in a class by themselves. The meats, displayed on long metal skewers in a lighted case, are as succulent as you can get without paying for a prime, properly cooked steak.

What to get: Bone-in chicken and kubideh kabob; the aromatic chickpea stew chana masala; karahi, a head-clearing curry laced with ginger, garlic, and cilantro that—served in a small, hammered wok—feeds two (our picks: the lamb and the lamb brains); tart mango lassi, the yogurt drink that beats the heat and aids digestion.

Best for: A takeout dinner that doesn’t taste like fast food; a quick excursion for spice lovers.

Insider tip: The kebabs hold up surprisingly well as leftovers if you wrap them in foil and heat them slowly.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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