100 Very Best Restaurants: #74 – Afghan Bistro/Bistro Aracosia

About Afghan Bistro/Bistro Aracosia

8081 Alban Rd
Springfield, VA 22150
5100 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20016

We’d visit these family-friendly restaurants just for their mantu—the Afghan version of dumplings. Stuffed with spiced beef, they’re topped with a tomatoey ragu, a drizzle of yogurt-garlic sauce, and a sprinkling of dried mint. The welcoming Springfield dining room and its larger Palisades counterpart also specialize in hefty portions of kebabs and stews. Good thing, because you’ll definitely want to share the bone-in lamb shank and the herby veal and mushrooms. Moderate.

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