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Favorite Afghan Restaurants in D.C. area?


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Favorite Afghan Restaurants in D.C. area?

mikeh | May 9, 2007 09:53 PM

D.C. is the closest place to North Carolina that has Afghan restaurants. I didn't realize how spoiled we were living in the SF Bay Area where such cuisine was in plentiful supply, but the craving is reaching unacceptable levels now. So what are the best bets in D.C.? Our favorite dishes are Bulanee Katchalu (Turnover stuffed with ground lamb, mashed potatoes, and spices), Pakawra-e-badenjan (eggplant topped with yogurt and meat sauce), mantu (Dumplings filled with ground lamb and chickpeas), Qabili Pallaw (lamb under a mound of pallaw, topped with carrot stripes and raisins), and kadu (Sauteed pumpkin topped with yogurt).

Here are a few restaurants that I've found in my search so far:

Afghan Kabob Restaurant - Springfield, VA

Bamian - Falls Church, VA

Panjshir - Falls Church, VA

Afghan Grill - D.C.

Faryab - Bethesda, MD

Afghan Restaurant - Alexandria, VA

Any firsthand accounts as to the relative quality of food at these places? Any others not listed that you'd recommend? I don't care so much about service in this instance, because my teeth were cut on exceptionally good Afghan cuisine, so that's the priority. (Note: Helmand in Baltimore is not an option since we'd already be driving up from NC for this).

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