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No. 7: The Helmand

It's been almost 25 years now that Qayum Karzai's beloved Mount Vernon restaurant has been treating Baltimoreans to exquisite and delectable Afghan cuisine, memorable dishes like lamb tenderloin, sauteed baby pumpkin and leek-filled ravioli filled topped with ground beef and mint. • Restaurant info.: The Helmand, 806 N. Charles St., Mount Vernon, 410-752-0311, helmand.comAmy Davis, Baltimore Sun photo