You could say that Shamim and Riffat Rana are passionate about Asian cuisine. So passionate, in fact, that they have overcome great odds to become—and remain—a local go-to dining establishment. The duo founded the original O's Place in Woodlawn in 2002, growing their cozy eatery through hard work, dedication, and support from the community. By 2005, their success necessitated a move to a larger space on Security Boulevard. But three years later, it looked as though their good fortune might come to an end: that’s when the thriving eatery burned down in an electrical fire.
Somehow, Shamim and Riffat never lost hope. Instead, they found a new culinary home on the second floor of Seoul Plaza, where patrons now sit in the food court outside or within the eatery’s charming dining room decorated with Asian-inspired artwork and flowers. Using the same culinary formula that gained the restaurant its initial popularity, the family-friendly eatery boasts a large assortment of Chinese and South Asian buffet dishes, kept warm and working on their tans under heat lamps. For specific cravings, diners may also order from lunch and dinner menus full of Pakistani and Indian specialties, including tandoori chicken and beef nihari.
Plates at Kabab Hut brim with traditional Bangladeshi dishes including curries, tandoori chicken, and skewered kebabs. A selection of 27 combo meals load these spicy, simmering entrees onto beds of rice along with sides such as fries or naan. The eatery also welcomes families with a kids' menu that reduces each dish to smaller portions without the need to root around for the shrink ray Mom keeps in her purse.
The fragrant aroma of freshly ground ginger and cinnamon wafts from Akbar’s Restaurant’s kitchen, mingling with the smoky scent of meats simmering in a traditional tandoori oven. Rife with spices, buttery marinades, and cream-based sauces, the eatery's Northern Indian cuisine nabbed the title of Best Indian Restaurant from City Paper’s Best of Baltimore 2010. In the dining room, romance sparks amid classical Indian music and walls laden with traditional art and lists of pun-free pickup lines.
In Nepal, the sprawling summits and snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas backdrop Lumbini, one of four main Buddhist pilgrimage sites. In Baltimore, simmering curries and spice-laden sauces permeate the atmosphere at Lumbini Restaurant. This bouquet of savory scents dances over crisp white tabletops and drifts to the edges of an elegant dining room, which deepens with the broad landscape mural that guides glances along an outer wall.
Creamy or spicy sauces daub charcoal-roasted chicken, tandoor-barbecued lamb, or stir-fried jumbo shrimp. Veggie entrees blend the same rich sauces over pumpkin, baked eggplant, chickpeas, or house-made cheese. With each meal, diners dig in with classic copper utensils and cover laps with maroon napkins. For parties and events, a private floor accommodates groups celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or the successful forging of a college degree.
Test your spice threshold at Darbar Baltimore, and see how much heat your palate can handle at this Indian eatery. Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu as well. Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Darbar Baltimore has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner. The whole family can enjoy a meal at Darbar Baltimore with its kid-friendly fare.
Can't get enough of Darbar Baltimore's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
The restaurant is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.
A typical meal at Darbar Baltimore will set you back less than $30.
Bite into freshly baked naan bread at Kabab Stop, a flavorful Indian restaurant for those with a hankering for heat. For those avoiding fat and gluten, there's still plenty of tasty items on Kabab Stop's menu that can cater to your needs. Wireless internet access is available for no charge at Kabab Stop. The perfect place for a large party, Kabab Stop will comfortably host your friends and family.
Throwing a big party? Count on Kabab Stop to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Free parking is available in the adjacent lot.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Kabab Stop, so plan your budget accordingly.