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The Helmand

806 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201 (Mount Vernon)
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Ranked #9 of 1,793 restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Afghan
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Good for: Families with children, Romance
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Mount Vernon
Cross street: Monument
Description: Providing Baltimore with fine Afghan cuisine for over 23 years.
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89% Recommend
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English first
Albany, New York area
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Nice atmosphere, great food!! Prompt service, and the price was very reasonable. Don't miss this gem of a restaurant! My only complaint is that the waiters cleared each person's dish as they finished instead of waiting for everyone at the table to finish their meal, which is rather impolite.

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Lincoln, New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The food was delicious, the service was wonderful and the suggestions of various apps, dinners and desserts was fabulous! Would like to go again and again and again...

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Nashua, New Hampshire, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

While in Baltimore my cousin took me to The Helmand for the Best Lamb I have ever had. The owner, a cousin of Mr. Karzai said that the reason is the lamb is very fresh and comes from over in Columbia, MD. The Chowpan salad is unbelievable and I have not been able to copy it. Kaddo Borawini (baby pumpkin... More

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Comox, Canada
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170 reviews 170 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Ethnic restaurant interesting that the guy did not know that it is a province in Afghanistan. I had the lamb, I gather it was done thAfghan way. Small chunks of lamb with mushrooms and spinach. It was good but I prefer lamb done the mediterranan way, The lamb taste is a bit muted, lamb purists might be disappointed. Serive abouve... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

What can one say about The Helmand. The food is always terrific and the service, attentive and gracious. This is Baltimore's premier affordable restaurant for subcontinent Asian food, and especially vegetarian and vegan friendly. Oh and the carnivores love it too, If you haven't been, you are missing a treat!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Reservation suggested. Three of us went there without reservation but they were very friendly and fit us in. Very nice ambiance. The veteran staff are from Afghanistan and the younger staff are decendants with Pashtun accents. The food was very good. Some of the menu items were spicy which I liked. Worth the experience.

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Somers Point, New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We had never eaten Afghan food and we found the Helmand 1 block from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. We started off with Anjan Borwani Pan-fried eggplant seasoned with fresh tomatoes spice baked and served on yogurt garlic sauce. My wife had Kabuli, Pallow (Afghan style rice) baked with chunks of lamb tenderloin, raisins and glazed julienne of carrots.... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is one of our favorite restaurants for its service, quality, and consistency. You can't ask for more than that!

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

You must try the pumpkin appetizer. Weird sounding, I know, but trust me. There was an extensive menu of vegetarian options, and all three of us chose a vegetarian dish. I had the "sampler" and it was chock full of great variety. Try the green "secret sauce" on your rice. It's amazing. Our server was not super friendly, but he... More

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Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We noticed Helmand while perusing the May flower show in Mt. Vernon. It had the look of Helmand in Cambridge, Mass - one of our favorite restaurants in our home area. Great fresh and flavorful food, super service, fine cocktails,all for a reasonable price. I remarked to our server how much the restaurant reminded us of Helmand in Cambridge. Turns... More

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