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“Wonderful, Authentic Persian Kabobs”

Moby Dick House of Kabob
Ranked #11 of 140 Restaurants in McLean
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Persian
Good for: Families with children
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Annapolis, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
237 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Wonderful, Authentic Persian Kabobs”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

An odd name (what does the Great White Whale have to do with kabobs or Persia?), but a great place.

I’ve been eating the kabobs at Moby Dick for close to two decades. I’ve introduced friends and family to the place, and I’ll continue going back.

While the service, prices and food are all excellent here (at least by the standards of a casual eating establishment), it’s really all about the food here. Whether you order a kabob platter or sandwich, or one of the daily specials, there’s no skimping. The meats are all nicely seasoned, grilled to perfection and bursting with flavor. The flat bread comes right out of the tandoor-style oven and is a perfect accompaniment to the rich kabobs. If you order a platter, be sure to ask for some of the ta-dig, the crust that forms on the bottom of the rice pot. It’s a crispy treat with a texture that complements the rice.

The drill here … line up at the counter, place your order and pay for it, then find a table and wait for your number to be called. There’s no table service here, and only soft drinks, and you have to bus your tray when you leave. Like I said, casual dining. But it’s always busy, especially at lunch time, and it never fails to delight.

  • Visited March 2013
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
156 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Speedy and Tasty”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Good choice with to stop in with family. There are lots of menu items to select from and the food is very good. We ended up selecting a number of items to share at the table and everyone was happy. Try ordering as you along instead of all of once (you will waste less that way).

  • Visited March 2013
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McLean, VA
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Love the food here”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

The hummus is awesome, as is the bread they serve. The kabobs can't be beat; we nearly always get ours with rice, not bread. Restaurant itself is unremarkable; we almost never eat there. We do pick up and take out a lot. Would call this place excellent for the food, but knocked it down a notch as it's not a great place to sit and eat.

We have taken out from here at least fifty times.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank lectrongrl
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Vienna, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Iranian fast food chain”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Good value. My friend and I often eat there when he is in town. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

Visited November 2012
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San Antonio, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Very good food...”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Very fast, fresh and delicious food! We had the chicken platter with rice..the eggplant....hummus..it was all very good. The place is clean and the staff is very helpful when trying to decide what to eat.

Visited October 2012
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