Several weeks ago I posted that I liked the Moby Dick in McLean for chicken kebabs and also felt that, overall, Shamshiry in Tysons was D. C.'s best overall kebab house. Several people mentioned the Reston Kebab House which is exactly one mile from me. In fact my wife and I went there the first week it was open.
A year later we have not returned.
Tonight, based on these impassioned recommendations we drove the 12 blocks from our house to the small strip shopping center that houses a 7-11 and, next door, the Reston Kebab House. At 6:30PM there was no one inside eating. Not a single person.
We never parked, never went in, rather drove the half mile or so to the Toll Road and deadheaded to McLean and Moby's. At Moby's over 25 people were crammed into it and we had to wait about 15 minutes for our kebabs. When we left there must have been over 30 people with cars lined up waiting to pullinto the small parking lot.
We drove back by the Reston Kebab House 20 minutes later. There were three people inside eating. Three.
Because of the insistence of several on this board I will go back to this place for lunch one day this week but I have to tell you, it looks like my early judgment of a year ago was accurate: if it was so good and Moby's so bad then why weren't there more people eatin there? And, Shamshiry, they've had lines on Friday and Saturday nights since virtually the day they opened 12 or 13 years ago.
I'm not trying to be disagreeable about a place that I went to when it first opened and may not have given a fair chance to. Especially one that is so close to where I live, especially considering that I eat kebabs virtually every week at one place or another! But a small handful of diners on Saturday night usually speaks volumes about what the restaurant is putting on the table.
Still, I will go back and give it another try.