Kabul Kabob House
The cooked-to-order kebabs are worth the wait.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 17, 2006
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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

From June 2006 Cheap Eats

To walk into this small cafe, you'd hardly expect that culinary discoveries await. A lone waiter smiles and silently proffers a menu. A TV in the corner stays tuned to American sitcoms. A few solitary diners unwind over mugs of cardamom-spiked green tea.

Then the food arrives, seducing you with the charms of some of the area's best Afghan cooking. The kebabs are cooked to order and well worth the 20-minute wait; the chicken and lamb are juicy and succulent. The house pilaf is another winner--fragrant rice studded with carrots, almonds, currants, and hunks of lamb that could easily feed two or more. Smaller pleasures include the fried samosas, turnovers stuffed with ground beef and sprinkled with mint, and warm vegetable sides like stewed pumpkin and crushed chickpeas. And don't miss the warm, puffed flatbread with a dipping sauce of cilantro and vinegar.

Skip the carryout menu--it's an Americanized mix of gyros and soups that doesn't include many highlights of the sit-down menu.

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