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Afghan Kabob House

2045 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 294-9999

http://www.afghankabobhouse.org/

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Hour: Mon-Sun.11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Price Range: $
Parking: Street
Credit Card: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Alcohol: None




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by akbar m.

Best  kabob i ever had!1


 
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by Melissa E.

I work nearby, so we were really hoping for something awesome to add to our circle of lunch places.  Or even something halfway decent.  The food was so-so.  I ate it, but only because I was hungry, and not because it tasted great.  No points there.  But the main reasons I won't be going back are oddities #3-5. Oddness:1.) Two overly loud TVs showing some foreign entertainment news. When we were there, it looked like it was Fashion Week broadcast from a Middle Eastern country.  An odd choice, to be sure.2.) Their decor is bizarre. They obviously took care to paint the walls nicely, but then they tacked up cheap-looking fake-framed posters. And they bought new tables and chairs, but they look like they bought them in the 80's.3.) They refused to give us a cup for tap water, which I'm pretty sure is a health code violation.4.) They do not have recycling for the plastic bottle we had to buy, which I know for a fact is a violation of the County's law.  When this was brought to their attention, they shrugged.  Who does that? 5.) I got the fruit salad as a side, and they very carefully placed exactly 2 strawberries and exactly 2 kiwi slices (one at a time) on top of my cantaloupe and melon. Don't be stingy with the fruit that actually tastes like something, or at least don't make it obvious that you're being stingy by doling them out one piece at a time.To sum up, in the first weeks of being open, when they ought to be instilling goodwill and making their customers overjoyed with their service, they instead nickel and dime you by not letting you get free water and pinch pennies over how many slices of kiwi you can have.  I hope the $2 they got from my water purchase was worth me never stopping in again.


 
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by Jonathan S.

I grabbed Kabob take-out last night and then transported my food payload to Alexandria.The Negina (Jewel of Persia) and Chopan Kabob were warm and fresh-tasting nearly an hour after they packaged them up for transport.Afghan Kabob House, I like you.  Like more than a friend. This is one of my new favorite Courthouse stops.If you can find me another place in this area where…


 
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by Dave C.John P.chris n.Matthew F.Peter S.

For lunch in Court House, this is a really good deal and really, really tasty.  I frequently get the open faced Gyro, but have had the regular Gyro and the chicken kabob, and it's all REALLY flavorful and really good.This is a very "lunchy" place, but it's FAR better than any other lunch place in the area.  Definitely recommend it.  So very good.I'm so disappointed with this place, I feel like giving it just 1 star (lowest rating), but the fact is that the food itself was not horrible. But so many things about it were just utterly disappointing.First - The dishes do not come with rice. The kabobs come with bread (and it's pretty lousy bread at that), but vegetable plates don't even come with bread. To be clear: each kabob comes with two "sides", and you can opt for rice as one of them. I'm sorry - this is simply not competitive with the other kabob joints in the area. For the same price (more or less), I could eat like a maharaja at Kabob Palace, with bread, rice, and two sides - on EVERY dish - and it would all be excellent quality. Second - "Sam's" ground chicken kabob. I've never had ground chicken that was ground completely into paste. The texture was completely disgusting. I actually thought I was eating chicken LIVER, which I really don't like. Even the flavor was liver-like. I thought several times that maybe it was actually chickpea paste (since I figured liver was unlikely) and maybe the guy who took my order got it wrong. But double-checking their menu, it's obvious it could only have been the ground chicken. Utterly disgusting, texture-wise. Flavor wise, it was just meh.Third - and this is admittedly minor - their kadu (pumpkin) was overly sweet. I think they cooked it with prunes. LOTS of prunes. Their chickpea side dish was also distinctly inferior to just about any other place in the area. The eggplant dish was not bad, but had too much "other than eggplants" (onions, etc.) in it for my taste. As far as I could tell, there are no actual Afghans involved in the operation. I don't want to draw any unwarranted conclusions, but it may perhaps have something to do with the issues I describe above.wow, really good food, good delivery,  + affordable = awesomeI had a lamb kabob with an extra skewer, chick peas, and rice with spinich ... everything cooked well, lots of flavor, everything tasted fresh. also had hommus and naan and was surprised how good the hommus was.big portions too, 16 bucks and there was almost enough for two people.Great place. I live nearby and will definitely be back. Had the chicken kabob special and I highly recommend it. Came with two skewers of dark meat chicken that were tasty and very well-seasoned. Also, was cooked perfectly. The meal also included Afgan bread, which was fresh, and humus that was flavorful, but not overly garlicky. The rice was rice and the spinach was solid.Also, the service was outstanding. The cash register lady was very nice and explained the different options to me and then explained in detail what all the available sides were as I picked out what I wanted.Afghan Kabob is pretty good but after eating at Astor and Ravi I can only give it 3 stars.The portions seem to be hit or miss. The first time I went I got a mound of food that easily became 2 meals! Sadly the next time the server got all stingy and my gf was so disappointed cuz I had talked about how much food they give.  The food was also less flavorful but still good.Overall though I would eat there again. Just wish they were more consistent with flavor and portions.


 
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by Ryan S.

I am thrilled to have a top notch Afghan Kabob house within walking distance to my house. For the past 4+ years, I had to get into my carbon emitter and drive to Ravi Kabob if I wanted good Kabob's... but I think Afghan Kabob House is better!Why is it better? Friendlier for starters. Granted, this is the opening few weeks, and the owner is there and is all smiles. But I've always found the Ravi Kabob people to be particularly gruff.But it goes beyond friendliness. Unlike most other kabob houses of this nature, you have a choice of 4 different kinds of rice, you have a choice of several different salad dressings, you have a choice for different kinds of dipping sauces, and the number of choices for vegetable sides is greater.The portions are huge (honestly, unless I'm famished, I could normally split this meal with a friend) and the price is right. The food was delicious. My only nit pick is that they do not (nor does anyone else in Arlington so far) top the scrumptious chick peas found at Charcoal Kabob in Herndon, VA.... but they were still quite good.Oh, and one other nit pick... I'd like to see them put out a recycling bin.


 
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by John P.

I'm so disappointed with this place, I feel like giving it just 1 star (lowest rating), but the fact is that the food itself was not horrible. But so many things about it were just utterly disappointing.First - The dishes do not come with rice. The kabobs come with bread (and it's pretty lousy bread at that), but vegetable plates don't even come with bread. To be clear: each kabob comes with two "sides", and you can opt for rice as one of them. I'm sorry - this is simply not competitive with the other kabob joints in the area. For the same price (more or less), I could eat like a maharaja at Kabob Palace, with bread, rice, and two sides - on EVERY dish - and it would all be excellent quality. Second - "Sam's" ground chicken kabob. I've never had ground chicken that was ground completely into paste. The texture was completely disgusting. I actually thought I was eating chicken LIVER, which I really don't like. Even the flavor was liver-like. I thought several times that maybe it was actually chickpea paste (since I figured liver was unlikely) and maybe the guy who took my order got it wrong. But double-checking their menu, it's obvious it could only have been the ground chicken. Utterly disgusting, texture-wise. Flavor wise, it was just meh.Third - and this is admittedly minor - their kadu (pumpkin) was overly sweet. I think they cooked it with prunes. LOTS of prunes. Their chickpea side dish was also distinctly inferior to just about any other place in the area. The eggplant dish was not bad, but had too much "other than eggplants" (onions, etc.) in it for my taste. As far as I could tell, there are no actual Afghans involved in the operation. I don't want to draw any unwarranted conclusions, but it may perhaps have something to do with the issues I describe above.


 
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by Dave C.John P.chris n.

For lunch in Court House, this is a really good deal and really, really tasty.  I frequently get the open faced Gyro, but have had the regular Gyro and the chicken kabob, and it's all REALLY flavorful and really good.This is a very "lunchy" place, but it's FAR better than any other lunch place in the area.  Definitely recommend it.  So very good.I'm so disappointed with this place, I feel like giving it just 1 star (lowest rating), but the fact is that the food itself was not horrible. But so many things about it were just utterly disappointing.First - The dishes do not come with rice. The kabobs come with bread (and it's pretty lousy bread at that), but vegetable plates don't even come with bread. To be clear: each kabob comes with two "sides", and you can opt for rice as one of them. I'm sorry - this is simply not competitive with the other kabob joints in the area. For the same price (more or less), I could eat like a maharaja at Kabob Palace, with bread, rice, and two sides - on EVERY dish - and it would all be excellent quality. Second - "Sam's" ground chicken kabob. I've never had ground chicken that was ground completely into paste. The texture was completely disgusting. I actually thought I was eating chicken LIVER, which I really don't like. Even the flavor was liver-like. I thought several times that maybe it was actually chickpea paste (since I figured liver was unlikely) and maybe the guy who took my order got it wrong. But double-checking their menu, it's obvious it could only have been the ground chicken. Utterly disgusting, texture-wise. Flavor wise, it was just meh.Third - and this is admittedly minor - their kadu (pumpkin) was overly sweet. I think they cooked it with prunes. LOTS of prunes. Their chickpea side dish was also distinctly inferior to just about any other place in the area. The eggplant dish was not bad, but had too much "other than eggplants" (onions, etc.) in it for my taste. As far as I could tell, there are no actual Afghans involved in the operation. I don't want to draw any unwarranted conclusions, but it may perhaps have something to do with the issues I describe above.wow, really good food, good delivery,  + affordable = awesomeI had a lamb kabob with an extra skewer, chick peas, and rice with spinich ... everything cooked well, lots of flavor, everything tasted fresh. also had hommus and naan and was surprised how good the hommus was.big portions too, 16 bucks and there was almost enough for two people.


 
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by Courtney R.

Nearly love at first bite. Alongside Earl's, dining in Arlington is starting to look up with my discovery of AKH.At the super-cheery cashier's recommendation, I went for the chicken/lamb combo platter (even though I had initially been leaning toward the lamb kabob sandwich). The price was a tad high, but when I got my food, I could see why. You could easily feed 10 anorexics with this meal: one morsel of meat each and divvy up the rest, girls. Still, at $13.95 with a drink, this place won't make my everyday lunch spot list.The kabob was great--not the best, but great. The chicken left me unimpressed, but that's just personal preference; when it comes to kabobs, I simply lust for lamb.The salad I opted for was just salad. The spinach rice was a ho-hum "nice," (but I'm not a rice lover in general, regardless of culinary origin). The chick peas were bland--I won't be opting for that side dish on my next visit--but the naan was off the muscle. The tzatziki was too runny and somehow not sour enough--it didn't make my taste buds sing. Too bad, as one of my favorite flavor combos in the world is nicely charred and seasoned lamb doused in tzatziki.


 
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by Johnny Gal M.

For grabbing a quick dinner on your way home from the metro: 4 starsCompared to other kabob places: 2 stars I discovered savory, authentic kabob when I was in London and got addicted to it.  Then there happened to be a really great kabob place in my old neighborhood.  Therefore, I had high expectations.  If you live in Courthouse and want something filling and fast to pick up for dinner, this is a better option than the neighborhood Cal Tortilla, Boston Market  or other chains.  But if you love good kabob, the food is so-so and tastes like a chain.  The lamb was seasoned well but not cooked to a great consistency.  The sauces were ok, nothing special.  The bread tasted like bread you'd get at the regular grocery store.  The side of chickpeas was bland.  Also, we waited over 20 minutes (when it wasn't busy and no line) for our take out order.


 
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by Matthew F.

Great place. I live nearby and will definitely be back. Had the chicken kabob special and I highly recommend it. Came with two skewers of dark meat chicken that were tasty and very well-seasoned. Also, was cooked perfectly. The meal also included Afgan bread, which was fresh, and humus that was flavorful, but not overly garlicky. The rice was rice and the spinach was solid.Also, the service was outstanding. The cash register lady was very nice and explained the different options to me and then explained in detail what all the available sides were as I picked out what I wanted.

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