The Afghani restaurant Village Kabob is the latest restaurant to occupy the 805 W Peace Street location. Previously, a few restaurants have opened and closed within a short time span in this spot, including most recently Brisas de Acapulco. This time around, let’s hope the owners are able to sustain a business at this location for longer than a year or so. Fortunately, unlike previous businesses in this location, Village Kabob will be open for lunch, dinner and late night. This is automatically an improvement over the previous tenants.
The menu consists of 14 different entrées, including a couple of National Afghan Dishes and various combinations of lamb, beef and chicken kabobs. Sides include multiple stews (spinach, chick pea, potato, etc.) that will be switched out over time, brown and white rice, salad and nan. Prices vary from $7-$15 depending on the entrée chosen, all of which are a good amount of food for the price. Desserts include baklava and firni, which is a custard based dish that has a very floral taste (rose water) and pistachios on top. The flavor of both the lamb and chicken are fantastic, as is the nan, brown rice and the potato stew.
The owners stated that the restaurant has been open lately on weekdays until 10pm but will start opening until 3am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday which will cater to the drunk Glenwood South crowd. The interior remains very similar to previous restaurants in the building, but has been cleaned up a bit more now than in the past. The decor is essentially a bunch of framed photos of Afghanistan and, oddly, a massive American Flag. The music seems to be native Afghani as well. Not a high class restaurant but it definitely looks to be better than previous businesses that occupied the space.
With the new Kabob place coming to Fayetteville Street, all we need now is a kabob-kart and we’ll be set on our meat on a stick in the downtown area.