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The Helmand

Afghan Restaurant$$$$
Mount Vernon, Baltimore
  • Julia F.
    "The pumpkin app is the best around!!"(2 Tips)
    "amazing Afghan ice cream with fresh mango"(2 Tips)
    Cristina G.
    "... Yes to pumpkin app, veggie platter (get a good sampling) & ice cream."(4 Tips)
    Marta Lynne S.
    "This place is super authentic and absolutely delicious!"(2 Tips)
31 Tips and reviews
  • good for dates
  • ice cream
  • vegetarian food
  • great value
  • authentic
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  • Cristina G.
    What a nice find. Food was intriguing, with a nice balance of exotic spices hitting on multiple notes. Service was excellent! Yes to pumpkin app, veggie platter (get a good sampling) & ice cream.
  • Elliott P.
    Elliott PlackNovember 29, 2014
    The chopendez is a tender, seasoned sirloin cut that is perhaps one of the best cuts of beef I've ever had!
    Upvoted Aug 31
  • Deborah T.
    Deborah TsuchidaApril 25, 2015
    Authentic hidden gem, owned by Karzai's bro Qayum. The blend of spices in every dish was uniquely delish, incl their special Afghan ice cream for dessert. Can't wait to try out their Boston location!
  • Mary
    MaryFebruary 21, 2014
    Get the Mantwo to start. Then share the Chicken Kabab and Mourgh Challow between you and your date. Top it off with the amazing Afghan ice cream with fresh mango, dates, and cardamom.
  • Daniel G.
    It's a Baltimore institution, but much has changed in the Baltimore restaurant scene in 25 years, and it's hard to feel that The Helmand continues to measure up.
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    An inviting interior and warm staff welcome you in this restaurant owned by the brother of the Prime Minister of Afghanistan. The Kaddo Borawani (baby pumpkin) is unforgettable. Read more
  • Parth A.
    Parth AgarwalSeptember 4, 2015
    Excellent find. Very similar to indian cuisine. Took the veggie platter. Many veg options. Have nice wine collection. Nice ambience with afghani decorations.
  • Junaid S.
    Junaid SharafJanuary 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I can say the best restaurant in Baltimore. Order the ash soup, and if u wana have steak, go for chopendaz
  • Nick D.
    Nick DouglasAugust 25, 2013
    Get a lot to share. Everything is flavorful, including the vegetarian dishes, and the portions are reasonable but not huge.
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NMarch 26
    Delicious. Leek filled dumplings with yogurt sauce, stewed lamb so tender you can cut with a fork.
  • Starr
    StarrMarch 19, 2016
    Fantastic food!!! We've enjoy everything we have ever ordered so far. My husband and I can not wait to return.
  • Darolyn M.
    Darolyn M.September 29, 2012
    Any of the appetizers will satisfy the palate. Perfect blend of seasonings. Makes my tongue dance.
  • Marta Lynne S.
    This place is super authentic and absolutely delicious! Dessert wasn't very good though, not worth getting.
  • Junaid S.
    Junaid SharafAugust 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Chopendaz is one of the best dishes u can have here
  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunNovember 30, 2012
    The Baltimore Sun ranked this as one of Baltimore's 100 best restaurants. Read more:
  • dusk 5.
    dusk 55October 24, 2013
    The food is delicious and the Special Ice Cream is amazing
  • Amit V.
    Amit VernekarAugust 7, 2014
    Try their any lamb dishes .its really delicious !!
  • travel42
    travel42August 24, 2011
    Call ahead if you want to order an outstanding rack of lamb on weeknights.
  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunMarch 2, 2012
    The Baltimore Sun ranks this restaurant one of Baltimore's Best 100 Restaurants. Read more
  • Greg S.
    Greg SachsMay 15, 2014
    Very good meal and good service
  • Craig T.
    Craig ThompsonDecember 4, 2015
    Try the Lamb Lawand (via @Foodspotting)
  • Thomas G.
    Thomas GriffinSeptember 16, 2011
    It was all good, but the desserts were amazing.
  • Craig T.
    Craig ThompsonDecember 4, 2015
    Try the Aushtak (via @Foodspotting)
  • Julia F.
    Julia FitzgeraldNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The pumpkin app is the best around!!
  • BaltimoreGal
    BaltimoreGalSeptember 6, 2016
    Meat dishes, pumpkin ravioli
  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunNovember 18, 2010
    The Baltimore Sun ranks this restaurant No. 13 on its Baltimore's Best Restaurants list. Read more
  • Cracken ..
    Cracken .November 30, 2011
    I don't know where else you can find Afghan cuisine.
  • Andrea R.
    Andrea RAugust 19, 2010
    Get the pumpkin appetizer. Best food ever!
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FairmanDecember 2, 2010
    Their appetizers are amazing!!
  • Sid C.
    Sid CAugust 8, 2014
    A longtime classic.
  • Tracy W.
    Tracy WApril 7, 2010
    My favorite: dwopiaza
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