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The copious menu options available at all of Food Corner Kabob House’s five D.C.-area locations might overwhelm a first-time visitor, but, as it turns out, the very first item on the menu is a winner and one of its best-sellers.
The boneless chicken kabob ($11.75) consists of eight juicy chunks of Afghan-spiced, char-grilled chicken perched on top of a leavened flatbread similar to Indian naan. The generous portion includes rice, a side salad of cucumbers, red bell peppers and iceberg lettuce and a choice of two side dishes from a litany of buffet options.
When I asked my server what was the most popular side, he pointed me to the chickpeas and lamb curry. Any establishment that offers meat with a side of more meat is a fine one indeed, so I took his advice. You should, too. The chickpeas are tender and sweet, with just a hint of curry, and the lamb curry contains generous chunks of fall-apart stewed lamb in a tomato-based curry sauce. Both sides are best enjoyed as dipping sauces for ripped pieces of Afghan bread or as a topping for a gigantic, do-it-yourself chicken kabob sandwich.
Don’t forget to ask for tangy yogurt sauce as a cool contrast to the spiced chicken. Bonus points go to Food Corner Kabob House for enhancing the Global-ish experience with its offering of bottled Afghan beverages and a pictorial menu hanging overhead. / Food Corner Kabob House, 8315-B Leesburg Pike, Vienna; plus multiple NoVA locations
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