Twenty years ago, the internet was just a baby, phones only made calls, and we were all was less scattered in our lives. But if you were to hop into a time machine, travel back to 1995, and sit down at this small Persian kebab house, you wouldn’t detect much of a difference between the place then and the place now. In an industry where a fraction of restaurants survive their first year, Moby Dick’s quality and consistency are remarkable (at least at the Bethesda location; the others aren’t worth your time). You can taste it in the hot, lightly blistered rounds of pita, in the marvelously juicy minced-meat kebab called kubideh, and in the delicately cooked mounds of basmati rice—each as good and fresh as it was then. Even Dorian Gray didn’t age so well.
Where you can get it: 7027 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 301-654-1838
Also good: Hummus; swordfish kebab.