Moby Dick House of Kabob

Rating: ★★

13262399_10154241059988011_1238142336_oMoby Dick House of Kabob is a casual Persian restaurant with numerous locations throughout the DMV area. The two DC locations are at 1300 Connecticut Ave. N.W. near Dupont Circle and 1070 31st Street N.W. in Georgetown, which are the only ones that I have been to so far. Moby Dick has a special place in my heart because it is one of the first places I ever ate in DC when I was on a pre-orientation for a trip to Tajikistan to study Persian. As a student of Persian and a big fan of Persian food, I can vouch that Moby Dick (despite its bizarre name) is one of the best places to get a reliably good Persian-style kabob in the area. Persian kabobs, when done right are hearty, juicy and served with delicious, buttery long grain rice that you will want to devour on its own (with some yogurt sauce on top). I typically order a lamb kabob (kabob-eh barreh) which is reliably satisfying. I have also had their koobideh kabob, which is similar to a seekh kabob in South Asian restaurants. It is good too and is a classic Persian dish but I don’t like it as much as the chunks of lamb. Their baklava is a bit pricey, but baklava tends to be and it’s very tasty. There are a few drawbacks to Moby Dick; first, it lacks an everyday offering of some of the more diverse, non-kabob dishes of Persian cuisine, like ghormeh sabzi or zereshk polo. Instead, it offers a daily lunch special that cycles through some of the other Persian classics. In addition, the wait can be a bit long and the service, while not rude, could be a bit warmer and friendlier. That aside, for your kabob fix, Moby Dick is hard to beat.

One comment

  1. The Unmanly Chef · May 25, 2016

    Go to villagio in Towson or Yekta both are superior to Moby Dick. They’re good for a quick fix. The name Moby dick comes from the fact that the owner wanted to catch people’s attention with the name so you would eat there.


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