Maiwand Kabob, Columbia
5467 Harpers Farm Rd.
Columbia, MD 21044
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Afghan
Open daily 11 to 10.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Aushak (scallion dumplings); samosas; chapli kebab; bone-in chicken kebab; chowpan (grilled lamb chops); channa masala; naan; doogh, a yogurt drink; mango lassi.
Why go: Expertly tended kebabs, slow-simmered curries, and hot rounds of naan. The order-at-the-counter operation with plastic utensils might lower expectations, but few meals are as consistently rewarding as those at this small local chain.
What to get: Chapli kebab—marinated lamb chops cooked to perfection on the charcoal grill; bone-in chicken kebab, juicier and more satisfying than the chicken-breast alternative; zesty channa masala, a chickpea-and-onion stew; naan; fresh, mint-flecked doogh, a sour yogurt drink.
Best for: A lunch that will carry you past dinner or a dinner that will satisfy the biggest of appetites.
Insider tip: The small bar of buffet-style curries and stews is best bypassed; let the kitchen do them fresh.
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