4917 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814


Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo

Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Afghan

Opening Hours:
Tuesday through Thursday 5 PM to 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM, and Sunday 5 PM to 9:30 PM.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Intimate

Reservations: Recommended

Best Dishes:
Pastries such as bulanee (with leeks) and sambosa (with meat and chickpeas); open-faced dumplings known as mantu (with meat) and aushak (with scallions); quabili pallow, brown basmati rice with carrots, raisins, and braised lamb; stewed pumpkin with yogur

Price Details:
Starters around $6; entrées $12.50 to $18.95.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Good for Groups

Cheap Eats 2009: Faryab

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

Why go: Not merely the best Afghan restaurant in the area, this is one of the top dining destinations in Bethesda. And now that the dining room has been warmed up with glossy wooden tables, the setting is almost as engaging as the food.

What to get: Bulanee, crisp pastry triangles filled with green scallions; mantu, flat dumplings filled with beef and onions and topped with yogurt sauce and meat; quabili palau, spiced brown rice studded with lamb, shredded carrots, and raisins; kadu, a marvelous stew of sweet pumpkin with yogurt sauce.

Best for: An intimate dinner with family or friends—the perfect antidote to high-decibel dining.

Insider tip: The menu is small, and many dishes revolve around yogurt sauce and ground beef, so order carefully to avoid a one-note meal.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner.

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