So, I go out to grab some dinner, and decide to get some take away from this Afghani restaurant I’d just been introduced to. Really good food. It’s all dry rub stuff: no sauces, unless you count yoghurt. I order my food, then go sit in my car and listen to the radio for a bit while they put it together. After about ten minutes, I get out of my car, lock the door, close it, and then almost put my fist throught the driver’s side window because I just realized I left my keys in there!
So, I go back to the restaurant to ask if they’ve got any sort of mall security or anything that can help me out. They don’t, but they do have a coat hanger. I go out and try to unlock my door with that. No dice. After about fifteen minutes of scratching the hell out of my paint job (small loss) one of the waiters comes out with one of the metal skewers they use to cook the kebabs, to see if that will work any better. No such luck. Me and the waiter head back to the restaurant so I can, at least, eat my dinner before I call a cab or catch a bus, or whatever I’m going to do to get home, grab my extra key, and come back to get my car. Before I can do that, the owner of the place, Wahib, comes up and ask where I live.
“Corte Madera,” I tell him, which is about ten minutes away.
“You have extra key there? Come. I drive you there.”
“You don’t have to do that! I can call a cab…”
“No, no. Come. I give you ride.”
Just like that. This was only the second time I’d ever eaten there, and this guy was willing to drop everything just to help me out, without even batting an eye. No question about it: I was a customer, I needed help, he helped. Who does that anymore? Well, Wahib, of Bamyan Afghan Restaurant does. I promised I’d tell all my friends about his place, so here I am: if you’re in the California Bay Area, and you want good food made by good people, check out Banyan Afghan, (scroll down to the 3rd restaurant listed, ignore the review) on 3rd St. in San Rafael, in the Montecito shopping center. Tell 'em the guy who locked his keys in his car sent you.