CLOSED In Afhgan culture, guests are thought to be a gift of God and are offered the very best the hosts have to offer. At Ghafar and Laila Lakanwal's restaurant, that very best is rather awe-inspiring--fork-tender lamb shanks scented with garlic and served with pickled red onions, spinach aushok (ravioli-like thin pasta shells stuffed with a light, springtime mixture of green onions and still-crisp spinach and served with a dill-laced garlic-yogurt sauce), bright, fresh chutneys, and steaming glasses of cardamom tea. Homeland ambiance, live entertainment, and fancy-dining table service.
Da Afghan 929 W. 80th St., Bloomington; 888-5824. There are a lot of places where people aren't meant to be. The grassy medians that separate highways, the unlined service roads that connect big box stores, and the Bloomington industrial area... More »
All right, all right already, Afghanistan isn't technically in the Middle East. But it is right next door, sharing a border with Iran, and the building blocks of the cuisine are identical: grains, lamb, yogurt, greens. At Da Afghan those blocks stack up into an awesome edifice: the spring lamb is as light as buttercups, the spinach aushok as fine as the ravioli served in any of our fanciest Italian eateries--plus the wine list is pleasant, and the service stellar. More »
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