305 N. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22203
Neighborhood: Arlington, Ballston, Arlington
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Open Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 1 AM, Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 2 AM, Sunday 11 AM to midnight.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Virginia Square-GMU, Ballston-MU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Lamb and lamb brains karahi; kebabs, including lamb chops, bone-in chicken, kubideh, and seekh kebab; chana masala; mango lassi.
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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