My Meal At Maiwand
839 Elkridge Landing Rd # 110
Linthicum Hts, MD
A Quick Personal Bio:
Greetings UMBC Eats, my name is Adam Brown and I am a junior here at UMBC. I plan on graduating Spring 2014 with a BA in Management of Aging Services. My vast list of qualifications includes my love for food and passing English 100. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about cooking, but I really know how to eat out. I won’t review restaurants (that would imply that I have actual culinary knowledge), but rather, I will give my opinion – honest and unfiltered.
I’m going to start this entry by stating that I’ve waited up to 45 minutes for my food to be ready. Maiwand is always crowded (which is typically a good sign), however, the management hasn’t made any effort to figure out how to cope with the large crowds. That being said, the food is so delicious, I find it hard to complain about the wait. I went to their Linthicum Heights Location, which is near the BWI hotel park. The Afghanistani hole-in-the-wall doesn’t look like much from the outside. To be honest, it doesn’t look like much on the inside either – aside from a few bland pictures on the wall that vaguely remind me of the paintings you’d find in a Taco Bell, there’s pretty much no real sense of atmosphere. Despite the virtual lack of any ambience, the restaurant is always kept clean.
Entrées range from around 8-12$ and appetizers and desserts will run you about 5$. I usually end up spending about 15$ every time I go to Maiwand Kabob. I always get the ‘Chicken Kabob’ entrée and I usually split an order of ‘Samosas’ with a friend. Most entrées come with the kabob, rice, a small salad, and a plate-sized piece of ‘Tandori Bread’. Each part of the meal is delicious in its own right: the rice is flavored nicely; the salad is plain yet refreshing with its vinaigrette dressing; the meat is tender and spiced perfectly; and the bread is always made fresh. I always leave Maiwand pleasantly full – and that’s impressive, considering I eat almost twice as much as the average restaurant go-er.
Would I go back?
Definitely. I love Maiwand Kabob: it’s a delicious, healthy dining option that’s relatively close to campus. At 15$, Maiwand is not somewhere I can afford every week, so when I go, its always a treat. Though the service isn’t always great, the amazing food makes up for it.