Featured Restaurant: Moby Dick House of Kabob

When you hear Moby Dick, you mind instantly goes to the big white whale in the book.  Now, when in and around the nation’s capital, Moby Dick conjures up affordable and delicious Middle Eastern food.  There are currently 14 locations in the DC metropolitan area.  “Moby’s” made its debut in Bethesda, Maryland back in 1987 and is still going strong.

Moby Dick House of Kabob

When you enter Moby Dick, you can see fresh dough being rolled out and baked in a clay oven.  There is a little viewing area where you can see the work being done.  The flatbread is used for sandwiches an well as a side order with all entrees.  Team the fresh flatbread with Mast-0 kheyar, yogurt mixed with cucumber and fresh herbs, and you’ve got a tasty combination.  While the bread is a tasty treat, the grilled meats are the star of the show.  Whether you opt for the beef, chicken, or lamb you can expect to get tender, well-seasoned meat with the right amount of char on the outside.  Most of the dishes can be ordered as a salad, with the meat served on top of greens with tomato and onion.  As an entree, you’ll be getting your choice of meat served with flatbread and basmati rice.  I usually go the route of getting a sandwich, which looks more like a wrap.  You get two nice sized portions filled with fresh lettuce and tomato your choice of meat.  The gyro sandwich and chicken sandwich can be seen below.  

  • Recommendations: Gyro Sandwich, Chicken Sandwich, Basmati Rice
Gyro Sandwich

Gyro Sandwich

Chicken Sandwich

Chicken Sandwich

Basmati Rice

Basmati Rice

Prices average at around $6 for a sandwich and a couple bucks for a side of basmati and a drink.  I’m always assured a good meal at Moby’s as they seem to be extremely consistent with their quality and service from restaurant to restaurant.

  • Food: 9.00/10
  • Menu Variety: 8.50/10
  • Atmosphere: Fast Casual/Takeout
  • Price: $$-Moderate-$7.01-14
  • GrubGrade: 9.00/10 (Exceptional)

Check them out:

Moby Dick House of Kabob
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11 comments on “Featured Restaurant: Moby Dick House of Kabob

  1. Oh…..



    …that chicken gyro looks incredible. I doubt if I’ll ever get to try this place. My brother would be such a fan!

  2. Shan says:

    I have to say, I wouldn’t be able to decide. Everything looks good!

  3. rob says:

    I miss eating at kabob houses, used to hit them all the time when I worked in D.C., not many of them in Tampa.

  4. Jon says:

    Everything said here about Moby Dick’s is true.
    The place is amazing, i’ve been to a couple of their locations, in DC and in Virginia. The one near Dupont when you can hit it up after a happy hour for some Middle Eastern deliciousness is the best. Great outdoor patio to sit and people watch at. The Kabob-E Barreh (lamb kabob) is what i’m hankerin for after readin this.

  5. orb205 says:

    This makes me really miss Daphne’s Greek Cafe (also very cheap but it’s only on the West Coast). Maybe Moby will make it farther north than the DC area.

  6. Ron says:

    Here in Louisville, Moby Dick is a chain of (duh) fish restaurants with a delicious fried cod sandwich. There’s 18 of them in the area. To me, a Moby Dick kabob house just seems kind of crazy since Moby Dick and gyros don’t seem to go together. (Still, that gyro looks amazing.)

  7. rebecca says:

    oh man i used to live in nova- moby dick is fantabulous food- i didnt know they had such a little empire going on- i lived in the area i guess about 4 years ago.

  8. Joff says:

    James, you should get yourself over to the UK – our towns and cities are full of kebab shops (they’re little more than a counter, so I can’t call them restaurants) that sell similar food to Moby Dick’s (although Moby’s quality and presentation looks a little better).

    I’m with Ron (#6), I wouldn’t associate the name “Moby Dick” with middle eastern cuisine. I’d definitely expect a fish-oriented menu.

    Also, I’ve always wondered why you guys call a kebab “kabob”.

  9. Varta says:

    Not only do I love this post, I’m highly amused by it. As a Persian who’s spent their entire life in Northern Virginia, Moby Dick is a frequented place. But you have to keep in mind, it’s like the fast food of Persian cuisine. Good food for cheap when you’re in the kabob mood but no one’s having a barbecue. They cater too! If you’re looking for a nice sit down and eat place, I’d go for Javan in Bethesda, Maryland.

    For Joff, who asked why we call a “kebob” kabob. You have it backwards, you guys call “kabob” kebab. Think of country of origin and pronunciation… It’s “ka” like, cat, “bob”, like the name. Kabob.

  10. Joff says:

    Varta, thanks for the tip 🙂 I was only going with what the Wikipedia article called it, which we all know is the LAW lol. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kebab

  11. Mad Parker says:

    As I’m a fellow chicken freak – look forward to more.

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