So I’m sitting here late at work and it’s 6:30 and since I’m up this way I decided to forgo sitting in the endless stream of traffic and nightmare that is Interstate 95 South on a Friday night. Yeah, that’s not happening. After minutes of thought and browsing the areas best establishments, I decided to drop by a place I passed about a thousand times on my way home from work. The Food Corner Kabob House (http://www.foodcornerkabob.com/) in the Brookfield Plaza located in Springfield, VA served up some great Afghan food but not necessarily a place for a sit down, first date.
You ever walked into a 7-Eleven and wondered, “What’s that smell?” Well, neither have I. That’s why I couldn’t believe this little whole-in-the-wall, tucked in a tiny strip mall, right next door to a well known landmark in the area known to many gentlemen who like being “entertained.” Considering this area is not a place where hipsters come to flock, wearing their skinny jeans and iPhoning, my first impressions of the decor was to be expected. The place was the epitome of a whole-in-the-wall loaded with dingy floors, dirty tables, and a spilling over trash container. Despite all that, I did enjoy watching Afghan soap operas on a 27-inch tele, perched on the wall about 10 feet high. The first thing you noticed when you walk up to order is a gigantic menu board, colorfully illustrated, with your favorite kabob dishes, including Tilapia, salmon, and jumbo shrimp. Uhhh, yum! Oh, and the usual chicken, beef, lamb, yada yada yada. So, yes, I decided on the chicken to be safe.
The chicken kabob entree, known as the “A1″ was served with a heaping of naan bread, basmati rice, spinach (my side of choice), and a side salad. The chicken was well seasoned, succulent, and complimented the bread well when all the juices and seasoning seeped into the bread. The spinach and rice were cooked well with great flavor, but the star of the sides was the salad served with a tangy vinaigrette.
Although this placed appeared to be more of a carryout joint rather than a fine dining experience, I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the meal despite the lackluster decor. If you happen to see one of these in your neighborhood, I highly recommend you stopping by and giving it a shot. Lower your expectations a little if you’re looking for a five-star restaurant, and just enjoy the food, yo!