Moby Dick House of Kabob
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Moby Dick House of Kabob - Gaithersburg
Address: 105 Market St., Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: 301-987-7770
Neighborhood: Gaithersburg
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 10 PM. Open Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 11 PM. Open Sunday noon to 9 PM.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed

June 2006 Cheap Eats

The rice and bread alone are enough to keep you coming back to these small, fluorescent-lit operations, part of a local chain now almost two decades old.

The oblong, blistered pita are baked continuously--and it's worth waiting for a fresh one. Add a salad of onion, parsley, feta, and olives and a container of creamy, garlicky hummus and you have a satisfying light meal.

Rice is perfectly cooked, fluffy and butter-topped, each grain distinct; a few shakes of sumac, the brick-red herb, lends a peppery complexity.

The kebabs may not reach the savory heights of the area's very best, but they're impressive for their consistency. The standouts are the kubideh, well-seasoned minced ground beef fashioned around a skewer and set on the grill, and the swordfish, thick chunks of juicy, lightly charred sea steak. The kubideh can be had in a sandwich, but the kebab soaks the pita, dampening its pleasures. The better option is to order a platter, which comes with rice, and a round of bread on the side to be appreciated for itself. Nine area locations. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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