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Kabab City Restaurant and Hookah Lounge, reviewed
Feast on this: Enjoy the falafel platter, with a choice of side and small salad at Kabab City.
Marie Sicola/THE FREE LANCE-STAR
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Date published: 11/29/2012
FOR THE FREE LANCE-STAR
Mo Sultany, one of the owners, general manager and marketing coordinator, told us that he hopes the family restaurant with its entertainment will appeal to students. He is a graduate of Germanna and loves the Fredericksburg area, where he has lived for many years.
Born in Afghanistan, Sultany and his family moved to the States when he was young, and he shares family recipes, especially his mother's, through the restaurant's offerings.
His brother-in-law Musa Amin is the chef, and another brother-in-law's oil paintings decorate the walls. Both men greet customers and explain the dishes. Sultany, a vocalist, explains what the lounge offers in the way of entertainment--poetry slams and live music, DJ party nights and the hookah.
My Dining Partner and I arrived at the restaurant on a weekday after the dinner hour.
Kabab City, like many ethnic family restaurants is open late. Our server, Jenks, enthusiastically guided us to her favorite dishes, including an Afghan appetizer called mantu ($4.50). It is similar to potstickers--steamed dumplings, or paper-thin envelopes filled with ground beef, sauteed onions, herbs and spices, served with tzatziki sauce and olive oil. I was not familiar with this dish, but would order it again. We also ordered dolma ($4.50). The four chilled grape leaves were stuffed with rice, parsley and onions, and were served with the family's homemade yogurt sauce. They had good flavor and didn't last long on the plate.
What: Kabab City Restaurant and Hookah Lounge Address: 10681 Spotsylvania Ave., Fredericksburg, in the Shops in Lee's Hill, across from Food Lion Info: 540/371-8811; KababCity.com Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Prices:
Children's menu: $4.25-$4.95
Wine and beerThe Scoop: Clean, family friendly restaurant with good service. Vegetarian dishes available. Lots of parking. Thursday, Friday and Saturday night entertainment. Payment: Major credit cards accepted.