"Gourmet Shish Kabob & Spy House" Maryland Restaurant Tip by Ewingjr98

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  Odd sights near the Shih Kabob place
by Ewingjr98

We stopped at Gourmet Shish Kabob with an Afghan friend who had a mad hunger for food from home. Kabobs are common in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking, so we weren't positive where the restaurant was from, but "shish kabob" means "lung kabob" in Dari, so we were pretty sure it wasn't Afghan. Turns out the restaurant was Indian/Pakistani with a mix of kabobs and curries.

We wandered up to the fat, lazy man at the counter who gleefully explained the menu to us, the only customers in the entire restaurant. We ordered a few different kabob plates and a curry meal along with rice and naan bread. The owner just sat behind his counter and when the meal was ready yelled over to us so we could get the trays with our food. The food was tasty and the portions large. Not the best kabobs ever, but good.

Later I learned Gourmet Shish Kabob was the cover for an Iraqi spy named Saubhe Jassim Al-Dellemy who covertly assisted Saddam Hussein's administration for two decades. Apparently the restaurant's location near the National Security Agency helped gather intelligence information from the US. He later plead guilty, admitting to "using his restaurant as a meeting place and passing information to Iraqi agents.? Dellemy was born in Iraq, came to the US in the 1980s, became a citizen in 2000, and was arrested in December 2008.

Address: 3495 Fort Meade Rd Laurel, MD 20724
Price Comparison: about average
Phone: (301) 498-3200
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 3
Theme: Indian

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 19, 2012
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