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  • I had thought it closed?

    • it used to be called something else with afghan in the name, but thats been quite a while.

  • I haven’t been to this one–never noticed it before–but Afghan food done right is delicious, so I’m ready to check it out.

  • I used to live around the corner. Really good.

    My favorite item: the kadu buranee.

    MichelleRD: I’ve heard this place praised by Afghans, so it might be just what you’re looking for.

  • I ate there a few years ago and it was very tasty. It was with my parents and other RPCV’s that served in Afghanistan. The group had their reunion dinner there for the 45th Anniversary of the Peace Corps.

  • I also ate there a few years ago and thought it to be very tasty (they even through in a free dessert). Shame I haven’t been back since, but I will bump it up on my list.

  • I first went there in the mid 1990s. About halfway through my meal, I realized that they stylized-but-strangely-familiar objects on the rugs that adorned the walls, were modern instruments of war. I saw a hand grenade, a helicopter, and a Kalashnikov. No kidding.

    So I loved the place for its atmosphere, obviously. But I also thought the food was terrific.

    Wonder if the rugs are still there.

    • Those are called war rugs and are common place in post-Soviet Afghanistan

      • The AK-47: arguably the most important invention of the 20th Century.

        • Agreed, but I always loved this quote by its inventor:
          “I would prefer to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work — for example a lawnmower.”

    • binpetworth

      Unfortunately, the rugs and low seating are gone — along with the previous name, Khyber Pass. Fortunately, as Ryan noted above, the kadu buranee stayed on the menu. It is delish, as is the spinach and lamb.

    • I just got back from Afghanistan, and brought a war rug home for my brother. They are a popular tourist item, though I find them very, very strange.

      Afghan food is awesome. I should get over there and check this place out. Do they make the bread on site?

      • binpetworth

        They do make their own bread, but it’s not the type you get in Afghanistan (I’m also a recent returnee). Actually I find the restaurant’s bread better, because the type you get on the streets in Kabul generally goes stale very quick while theirs retains its chewiness without being too rubbery.

        And to the commenter above, yes, they do serve alcohol! Dinner + drinks for two would probably run around $40.

  • I love this place! Great for a small group or adventurous date, and the food is great and reasonably priced. The service was friendly and responsive, at least it was a year ago, the last time I was there. I need to go again, for sure.

  • Excellent food and service. Favorite dish: Mantu.

  • PoP, you’ve never been to Afghan Grill? You don’t know what you’re missing!

    Seriously, it’s awesome. Go!

  • It’s very good. I can’t remember the name of the dish, but it is rice piled on top of lambs, raisins, and carrots. When it arrives, it looks like just a mound of rice. I always get that one, plus those little dumplings as an appetizer. Delicious.

  • Bamiyan in Bailey’s Crossroads is also good times, replete with Russian and Uzbek waitstaff

    • Ditto that. Love them and their restaurant. Many of them used to work at The Afghan Restaurant on Rt. 1 in Alexandria across from the Target. That place seems to have slipped a bit.

  • Emmaleigh504

    I love this place. It’s one of my favorite restaurants.

  • Afghan Grill is fantastic. It is a favorite of ours and the type of place that deserves support from DCers who are prone to complain about the influx of chains. I always worry that they will go out of business and am glad whenever I see them with a full house. They put in outdoor seating a few years ago making it a great place to eat on a spring evening.

    As posters above note, Afghan food really is a wonderful cuisine with distinctive flavors and ingredients.

    The kadu buranee (a sauteed pumpkin dish) is fantastic. They can do it with meat or as a vegetarian dish.

    The qabili palao is also a fantastic and very tasty dish.

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