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Proof That Afghans Know More Than Kabobs, Crown Fried Chicken & Kabob House PDF Print E-mail
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Restaurant Review - Restaurant Review
Written by Jann McClary Muslim Link Staff Writer   
Thursday, 23 July 2009 13:04

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A comfortable and relaxing atmosphere is always nice. Lots of natural light, great location and easy directions are great, too. Well planned design and complimentary colors are always nice to have. But when it comes down to it, a good piece of chicken is what most people really want from a restaurant.

Crown Fried Chicken and Kabob House delivers on that. Situated near the busy corner of Livingston Road and Swan Creek Road in Ft. Washington, MD, it’s a former chain pizza-place that seems to be thoroughly enjoying it’s reincarnation as the area’s place to be for some home-style fried chicken.

It’s a boxy little restaurant, all white and unassuming on the outside, and done up in contemporary bright blue and white checks with yellow accents placed here and there. The old beamed ceilings were removed and green curtains taken down to open up the space and give it a light, breathable feeling. The fast-food atmosphere has been upgraded by shiny burled walnut tables and a huge, suspended flat screen TV to keep you company if you’re dining alone. Roomy and comfortable blue and white booths are high-backed, so no one has to see you forgo your table manners as you tear into your chicken.

Open since November 2008, owner and some-time cook Br. Rahmutullah Ayuby has brought a bit of his Afghanistan heritage to an otherwise thoroughly American menu with tender whole baby okra stewed in mellow and ever-so-slightly sweet tomatoes. It’s a side dish that can easily veer off into the gooey range, but Crown’s kitchen handles it properly by not cutting the okra, and then thoughtfully mixing it into the tomatoes right at the end of cooking, so the okra retains its firmness without ever getting mushy on you.

The samosas may not be as big as some you’ve seen, but they make up for it with a flaky, light crust, and a lightly spicy potato and green pea filling that’s not greasy in the least. Br. Rahmutullah likes to promote healthy foods, so order the hand-stretched whole wheat naan for a pleasant chewiness and homemade flavor.

The chicken here is going through an identity crisis because the fried breasts are surely trying to pass themselves off as dark meat. Bite into one and you get the unmistakable juice and texture of a thigh or leg. The coating is minimal and the skin crispy. This is some of the best chicken the area has to offer.

Venture off the conventional menu for a moment and try the lamb chops for a treat. Br. Rahmutullah’s wife Sis. Sadiqa marinates them in her special mix of sumac, lemon juice, olive oil and other spices, then grills them till they’ve formed a nice crust to seal in the flavors. They’re dainty looking, but strong on flavor, with a meaty, dense texture that will have you cleaning off every bit of meat from the bones.

Crown’s customers are both Muslin and non-Muslims so not every meat offering is halal, but all of the chicken is, with the exception of the hot wings. The kabobs, gyros, and chops are all halal, too. But Br. Rahmatuallah encourages you to make sure to ask about the cheesesteak sandwiches, which come in a conventional version, and then the halal version especially for his Muslim customers. And if you’re in for breakfast request the halal turkey bacon to round out your morning meal.

They’re located conveniently close to Masjid al Hikmah, and you’ll frequently see groups of brothers and sisters enjoying a meal after jumu’ah. Stop by the masjid during Ramadhan and enjoy the blessing of iftar, courtesy of Crown Fried Chicken and Kabob House.

Crown Fried Chicken and Kabob House - 11911 Livingston Rd, Ft. Washington. MD 20744.  301-203-0010. Open 7 days a week; Sunday - Thursday, 7 am to 11 pm; Friday - Saturday 7 am to 12 am; Serving breakfast 7am to 12 pm.

Comments (7)
  • Kursheed Khan  - New Food in Area
    Good Food
  • Anonymous  - re: New Food in Area
    great food great envoirment
  • Crown Chicken Customer
    Good food and great staff. Worth the trip to MD. :)
  • Advising Brother  - Just Some Thoughts
    Assalamu Alaykum Brs and Srs, It is very nice to read about and experience a new Muslim owned business. [i]May Allah (SWT) make them successful and give benefit to all its customers. Ameen[/i]. This is meant to be a review with a bit of Naseeha (advice). This place has a great location situated in an outside shopping mall between two other fast food places. It has a steady stream of customers who are both Muslim and non Muslim. They have a vast menu of items both American and South Asian. I tried the philly cheese steak and it was not that great or unique in its taste. It tasted exactly as it looked- just a bunch of chopped mean between bread. I chose it as I have eaten that item at another MD location that I wanted to compare. The group with me tried the South Asian food and they were really not impressed. The chicken they had was undercooked. The place has no private area for Srs. It does have a couple of high-chairs for small children which is good. It also has a very large flat screen television which you may not want your children watching if there are any inappropriate images you censor. I just turned it off. The bathroom was very clean and it even has a lota (watering jug). There is a masjid just up the road but A Br in the area who was in the restaurant said it is not open all the time. I tried to get an idea of the food but he did not try a lot. I think this place would be a good place to carry-out food if you are in the area as there is not much around but I would not travel very far just to get to this place. I am generally critical when it comes to matters of faith so please do not get offended to anything I say. First, you need to understand the difference between Halal and Zabeeha when concerning meat. In short: halal means permissible and zabeeha is the actual way the PBUH prescribed for his followers. I lean on the side of zabeeha meat only and sometimes I may eat halal meat if I was invited to another Muslim's home. unfortunately, when I went here the owner of the place was not there. I also did not see a recent certification of halal authenticity. Unofficially, zabeeha meat is more expensive tan halal meat bought at Safeway or another grocery chain. In general, it is unlikely the owner of an establishment will give you the meat at cost because they have mouths to feed at home and they cannot go broke. The prices here are competitive to other major fast food chains. There is also a note under the philly cheese state on the menu saying to mention halal when ordering. I only know of one place in Arlington Virginia (Popeyes franchise) that the owner specifically says to order zabeeha meat in advance AND cooks it in a separate fryer AND uses separate utensils. He even tells you not to get gravy or the beans as those items are not halal. Please forgive me if I have said anything wrong. Anything I have said of benefit is from Allah (SWT).
  • Ahmad  - please tell us the address of the Popeyes
    please tell us the address of the Popeyes
  • Kim
    :D we love their food
  • Muslim Brother  - Popeye: Arlington Contact Information
    4241 North Pershing Drive, Arlington, VA 22203-3202 (703) 516-9336 [url]*****//****zabihah****/ds.php?id=2794[/url]
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