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October 23, 2009

The all-you-can-eat Middle Eastern buffet in Hampden

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The owner of the place where I take my car told me about it. I got an e-mail from a reader. My husband overheard someone from Pakistan praising the food. All in the same week.

So last night I stopped by King's Grilled Kabob in Hampden to pick up dinner. This isn't going to be a review of what we ate. Instead I want to tell you about two other customers I watched while I waited for my food. ...

It was just 6 p.m., and these two ladies were still eating from the lunch buffet, supposedly available for $6.99 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

They had a stack of empty plates on their table and went back to the buffet while I was sitting there for at least their third go-round.  There were the remnants of kebabs on the buffet, and various dishes in sauces, felafel, hummus and so on.

One of them actually went back to the kitchen to complain because the food was running out.They had clearly already gorged themselves.

Good lord, ladies. It's a little late for lunch, isn't it? You're going to put this nice little Middle Eastern restaurant out of business.

 

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 2:05 PM | | Comments (14)
        

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Hey! I was hungry!

I don't know why I came out as "T"...

there's also kabob stop on falls on the way to mt washington. they're pretty decent, though it all almost tastes like indian buffet. I haven't tried this place yet...I'll have to take it for a spin.

City Paper praised this restaurant last week.

There appears to be a common thread of gluttony in today's blogs. I'm wondering about those two women you watched while they gorged themselves yesterday. Were they of the corpulent variety or the svelte? It often amazes me how the svelte types can really pack it away. I want their genes.

"Ladies" is too nice a term for them, I think.

bill, I know what you mean. I had a friend in college who was whippet-thin and seemed to be able to eat whatever she wanted. I wondered if there was some magic in the combinations of food she ate, so for a week I tried to eat just what she ate. I gained 5 lbs. before the experiment was abandoned.

They apparently run the place next door as well - I think it's a pizza place. Same kitchen, separate entry and dining room. I've heard good things.

The kabobs are really, really good- especially for the price!

Jasa Kabob on Canton Square has excellent food.

RayRay, my eyes were playing tricks on me. At first glance I thought you said Jabba the Hutt has good food...

Trixie,
wouldn't that be Pizza the Hutt?

We went last night for dinner. It was excellent....with one caveat...something we ate was VERY spicey/hot....and I like hot foods....but it was so hot that everything else I ate I could not taste. The owner came around to check on everyone (which I think is just so wonderful) and he said that you can request less hotness which is what I recommend. I would highly recommend the establishment, looks like you can byob, fairly priced and good portions, bread is amazing fresh out of the oven.We had the ground meat kebab and the sampler platter, which had hummus, babagannoush, grape leaves and falafel.

We went last night for dinner. It was excellent....with one caveat...something we ate was VERY spicey/hot....and I like hot foods....but it was so hot that everything else I ate I could not taste. The owner came around to check on everyone (which I think is just so wonderful) and he said that you can request less hotness which is what I recommend. I would highly recommend the establishment, looks like you can byob, fairly priced and good portions, bread is amazing fresh out of the oven.We had the ground meat kebab and the sampler platter, which had hummus, babagannoush, grape leaves and falafel.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
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