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“Good food in a Strip Mall setting” 5 of 5 stars
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Charcoal Kebab
394 Elden St. (Herndon Pkwy.), Herndon, VA 20170
703-435-2400
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Ranked #6 of 181 Restaurants in Herndon
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Afghan
Good for: Families with children
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Good for: Families with children
Newton, NJ
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“Good food in a Strip Mall setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We have not visited this area all that often, so this makes only our second time eating here. Although the decor and the chairs and tables are your basic strip mall eatery, for both times eating ihere the food has been really quite good and reasonably priced for all that you get. We had Chicken, Lamb and Keema Kababs, all of which exceeded our expectations and left us both satisfied and satiated. Since we don't have anyplace like this near to where we live, we look forward to visiting in this area again so we can add a third (and likely more) visit(s) to this restaurant.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Virginia
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“Excellent kebab!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We've been going there for about 15 years, and it's still lone of our favorites. It's a no frills, family oriented restaurant, with very good food,and friendly atmosphere. We love the chicken kebab with the side of chick peas. I highly recommend it.

Visited October 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Kebab in Herndon, VA”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Kebab are okay but I have tasted better, prices are average. Abrupt to answer the phone and take your money.

Visited August 2012
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Leesburg, Virginia
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“I stumbled across this place in 1997 and this is still my favorite restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

The lamb and chicken kabobs are FANTASTIC... the homeade bread is made by spreading the dough out on a pillow and pressing it up inside a stone igloo shaped oven... get the chick peas as the side dish with the batsmati rice and you are set! If you really want the full experience, get the Sambosa as the appetizer (it's a fried pastry with curried veggies inside... ) I can't describe how great all of this tastes... you have to try it to believe it.

You will not leave hungry... (large portions, very reasonable cost)

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reston, Virginia
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“More than 15 Years serving fantastic Afghan Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We have been dining at the Charcoal Kabob in Herndon (http://charcoalkabobhouse.com/) since the original location opened (more than 15 years ago) and we can't say enough great things about the food - it is just simply delicious. It doesn't matter if you order the charcoal grilled kabobs, the curries, or the karahies - you will not be disappointed. We challenge you to find a local restaurant that can provide a better tasting, more authentic Afghan meal for the price!

The Arghandiwal brothers opened this restaurant in April, 2000 (they originally had a smaller space in the same K-Mart shopping center). We eat here regularly and generally order kabobs or curries (both are delicious). The Kabobs are available in various flavors like lamb, boneless chicken, beef, keema, vegetable, and fish - plus they offer larger combo kabobs (such as the lamb, chicken, & keema 'Super' kabob). The chicken based curries are offered in several varieties such as Chicken Curry, Chicken Jalfarazi, and Chicken Haleem. All kabobs, curries, and karahies are served with tandoori bread (naan), yogurt sauce, basmati rice, vegetable side, and a small salad (consisting of lettuce, cucumber, and tomato). They recently added low carb meals, wraps, and gyros to the menu (we haven't tried them yet but we have to assume that they are delicious as well).

Not sure what to order? Our favorites are the Lamb Kabob, the Boneless Chicken Kabob, and the Chicken Haleem - all with chickpeas on the side. Order anything off the menu - you will not be disappointed!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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