Cheap Eats 2012: Afghan Famous Kabob

Cheap Eats 2012

Chicken is often an afterthought at kebab houses, but this
brightly lit halal spot turns out tender, charcoal-kissed poultry—on or
off the bone. Here it’s a better choice than lamb, which can be on the
greasy side, or kofta (spiced ground beef), which tends to be
dry.

Kebabs come in sandwiches or as entrées, the latter including
very well-prepared sides: crunchy lettuce smothered in yogurt; a slab of
chewy naan; a comforting bowl of chickpea stew. Don’t miss the
aushak—a small-plates-size portion of delicate dumplings stuffed
with leeks and topped with yogurt and meat sauce.

Also good: Yogurt with cucumbers and mint;
sambosa goshtee, fried pastry stuffed with meat, chickpeas, and
herbs.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.