Village Kabob (Afghan Cuisine) Now Open on Peace Street

Village Kabob (Afghan Cuisine) Now Open on Peace Street

November, 08, 2009, by Jedidiah

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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.

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  • jess
    11/10 09:31 AM

    sounds delish….i will definitely go…

  • BFSac
    11/10 02:14 PM

    Went in for lunch the other day.  The lamb kabobs were absolutely the best I’ve ever had.  Will be back for dinner soon.

  • Holly
    11/10 09:14 PM

    My husband and I have been there twice already.  Really good food and Really nice people. We had all the kebabs the first trip.  Next trip we tried all the vegetable stews.  Make sure to try the stews, they are terrific.  We had Sabzi(spinach), Mixed Bean, Pumpkin (my favorite), Potato & the Eggplant (his fav).  They make bread to order and have Basmati rice.

  • Jess
    11/11 09:58 AM

    Does anyone know if they have any vegan friendly meals?

  • Katherine E. Blakeslee
    11/17 12:19 PM

    I am officially in LOVE with Village Kabob!!!! If you want to try something amazing and new…This is the place! I went here last Sunday and it was love at first bite! Not only is the food delicious, but the staff was also a reason to visit! They made amazing recommendations of combinations and just made everything more enjoyable! This is my new favorite place!

    ...Best homemade hummus!

  • Matthew Crenshaw
    12/20 01:48 PM

    The kabob-kart already exists. Found one a block from White Collar last night.

  • Todd Morman
    12/25 04:08 PM

    And they were open Christmas Eve! It was my first time, and it was excellent - very friendly vibe, delicious dumplings with a nice blend of spices.

  • Todd Morman
    01/08 12:27 AM

    Was in again tonight and saw the woman in front of me get a vegetarian platter, so I did the same; turns out they’re now offering nice helpings of three veggie sides, bread, rice and mint yogurt sauce for $8. Just let them know you’re vegetarian. The owner even said to the woman in front of me, “If it’s not enough, come get more.” The cauliflower is wonderfully spicy and delicious, as is the pumpkin stew (Note: the fried spinach side has lamb in it). Once again, there was a really friendly vibe in the place, both among customers and b/t customers and staff. There was a soldier there eating when I walked in, too, which I know is silly to comment about but made me feel good for some reason anyway.

  • Ben Marker
    01/09 08:17 PM

    Best ethnic place in Raleigh I’ve been to yet… Super happy that I found something ethnic great to eat down here.  They definitely are on par with the better DC area Afghan restaurants.  Staff is super-nice too, going to go every week.  LOVE IT!

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