Formerly: Devon Avenue, primarily known for its plethora of Indian restaurants, has a culinary star that's simply named Afghan Restaurant. This authentic eatery, featuring Old-World Afghan recipes, is a budget-friendly hideaway for those with a colossal appetite.
Start with the Borani Badinjan appetizer, a smoky eggplant dish cooked for hours and then finished off with a spicy tomato sauce and a drizzle of homemade garlic yogurt sauce. Almost every entree on the menu runs less than $8 bucks and comes with an earthy, green curry lentil soup, small tossed salad (squeeze the tiny, accompanying lime all over the greens and you won't even miss salad dressing) and a huge platter of fluffy basmati rice (brown or white, which is topped with bits of saffron-infused clots of rice). The kebabs are the house specialty (beef, lamb, chicken and salmon are offered) and to get a taste of all the wares, it's best to order one of the combo platters.
This is the sort of casual place to bring a big group of friends (though, there is no liquor and BYOB is discouraged) and get situated for a long, leisurely eating fest at one of the long dining tables. All portion sizes are oversize, and even though you'll want to, there is no way to finish most of the offerings. Cap things off with the housemade Firny, an achingly sweet Afghan pudding sprinkled with crushed pistachios, is the perfect cool treat to soothe your blazing taste buds. Free delivery within a three-mile radius.
Reviewed By: Misty Tosh