Because you can never have too many Afghan restaurants in Center City! We stopped by there on Thursday and had a very nice dinner. It's a family restaurant (literally: the owners' daughter, a very cute little girl, was running around while we ordered), and they're ironing out a couple of kinks, but the food was good and the people as friendly as you could possibly ask for.
Their name is a little deceptive; they have a wider menu than just kabobs. We had a terrific qabili palaw (nice tender chunks of lamb under rice, with carrots and raisins), chalaw banjan (eggplant with onions, tomatoes and yogurt), and chalaw sabzi (spinach stew with pine nuts and garlic). Everything was very tasty, comparable to Ariana (with the plus that it's not as ridiculously crowded), but the real standout was the bread: big, hot sections of round loaves with a sort of pillowy, ribbed texture. I forgot to ask if they made it there: if so, I'll stop by just to buy that. If not, I want to know where they get it!
It looks like they're mostly geared towards lunch (and they have a nice-looking lunch menu, with nothing over about $6), but dinner was great. They're at 1526 Sansom; phone 215-741-9110.
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