4917 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Afghan
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
Noise Level: Intimate
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
Starters around $6; entrées $12.50 to $18.95.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Good for Groups
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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