Kebab restaurant on Ritchie Hwy in GB @ old Krispy Kreme location
Drove past this new kebab place last night. Didn't see the name though. Has anyone been yet?
Ha, maybe I'll just go to restaurants this weekend since I've decided not to buy any new clothes this summer. I need to check out Cabanita's Chicken in the Fell's Point area, Mekong Delta Cafe in downtown Baltimore, and now Ayubi's. There was (I hope there still is) a wonderful kebob place in Hampden in the same space as Kings Pizza; I should go back there soon. I remember getting really good food when I went last fall, definitely well above my usual good-but-not-memorable kebob experience.
I went tonight and was pretty happy with what I got. The lamb lawand was very tasty but a bit too salty for me. I'll get plainer lamb, like tenderloin, or chicken or all vegetable dishes next time. The spinach (sabzy) was quite good, as was the bread and rice. I got an order of pumpkin that was sweet and delicious. When I go back, I'll try an eggplant dish too. The place does indeed have a huge kitchen, is spacious and has a nice, casual feel to it. I see they are playing it safe by offering a lot of typical carryout dishes like fried fish, chicken and fries, etc., and they have a drive-thru of all things. I can't say I blame them; out of the six or so other people who wandered in while I was eating, nobody ordered anything off the Afghan menu. I hope this place lasts.
Oh. Mah. Gahd. Yum yum yum!! Run, don't walk, to this place!! I am actually now sad I moved out of the area, because I would be eating here multiple times a week.
The aushak app was great. Wide, large dumpling wrappers filled with leek, topped with a tomato-based gravy with ground beef, sprinkled with copious amounts of mint. Super confluence of flavors, I was slurping the gravy up with a spoon since mopping it with the naan wasn't fast enough for me. :)
I got the Veggie sampler entree, which was AWESOME. In the middle was a bed of basmati flavoured with cumin seeds. Around it was sweet baked pumpkin topped with yoghurt garlic sauce, fragrantly spiced spinach, marinated mushrooms, potatos, and stewed eggplant. The spice and flavors of all of these was uniquely Afghan. The spinach had hints of cinnamon and cardamom, yet was savoury. The rice was vaguely sweet. It was all quite delicious, and came with freshly baked naan that you can see the guy slap and flip in a tandoori oven.
My friend got the garlic-marinated beef kabob (chopandez). A little chewy and cooked a bit more than I would (I like rare) but the flavor was great. He had pullow (rice with raisins and cardamom), Afghan salad (small diced cukes, tomatoes, carrots, onion, scallions, in a vinaigrette), and naan.
Came to $25, we totally threw down. I'd go there again in a heartbeat.
I agree with Clootie that some of the dishes had a tad too much salt (and I'm a salt-a-holic). However, not enough that rendered any of them inedible.
Yes, they offer wings, cheesesteaks, fried chicken, and other fast-type food. Happily, the day we were there, every table was eating the Afghan food.
Definitely go!!! You won't regret it. Easily rivals the Helmand, and better than Kabob 'n Karahi in Cloverly (it's the only kabob place I can compare it to)....
Yeah, I eat here at least once a week. Everything on the menu is awesome. Chicken and seekh kabobs are good. The beef is a throw away, but better than most places.
The lawand dishes (lamb and beef) are great. The stew they are served in with the mushrooms is SOOOOO Frigging good. Served with cumin scented rice, szabzy and tandoori bread. So good.
My new favorite dish is the kabuli. Stewed leg of lamb with pallow (cinnamon rice with raisins and carrots). Lots of flavor here.
The afghan ravioli, aushak, is awesome. The meat isn't stuffed in the ravioli, it is in the sauce. Yogurt sauce under, meat sauce over. Very interesting.
Dopiaza, stewed leg of lamb with split peas, didn't have the depth I expected from it but was really good.
This place knows what they are doing. This is afghan comfort food. So good.
Thanks for the recommendations for the specific dishes, daddycrack. I'll have to give them a try.
Ayubi's is definitely one of the best places in Glen Burnie at the moment. If I was still living there, it would vault to the top of my regular rotation, knocking out the venerable Tokyo Sushi that I've been going to for 10+ years.
Did we mention that it's Halal? For you winos (like me), this means no adult beverages to go with your Afghan comfort food. But there's always take out if you want to crack open a bottle of wine with your Ayubi's at home.