How to Eat Your Way Through Trump’s Travel Ban

Local establishments serving food of countries on the travel-ban list, ranked by number of restaurants:

1. Iranian

Thanks to 20 locations of Moby Dick House of Kabob, you likely won’t have to travel far to get a kubideh fix. Plus there are pockets of Persian markets and kebab houses in Vienna and McLean.

2. Yemeni

Three Northern Virginia restaurants—Saba in Fairfax, Marib in Springfield, and House of Mandi in Arlington—showcase Yemen’s elaborate rice dishes and deeply flavored stews.

3. Syrian

There’s Layalina, a Syrian/Lebanese restaurant in Arlington, but newer on the scene is Foodhini, a DC service that delivers family-style dinners cooked by refugees, including a Syrian family who recently relocated to Hyattsville.

4. Sudanese

Your best bet is to hit Adams Morgan’s Khartoum Grocery—which sells fragrant green cumin and other spices, halal meats, and cans of foul, a fava-bean stew—and then cook at home.

5. Libyan and Somali

We’ve yet to find local restaurants that represent these cuisines.

This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Washingtonian.

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 Petworth.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.