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