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Dec 26, 2006 10:52 PM

Iranian/Persian stores in Northern Virginia

A buddy of mine and I are having lunch at Shamshiry near Tyson's on Thursday, but beforehand, we want to find a Persian/Iranian market/store he was told about. The catch is he recalls nothing about the place except that it's in NoVA (not DC, not MD) and that it's Persian/Iranian, not Lebanese or other pan-Middle Eastern.

I know this isn't much to go on, but I thought it was worth asking the hounds if they know of such or similar place.

Thanks so much.

Cocinero Cubano

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  1. Seems like any "ethnic" market wouldn't be that narrowly specialized. There's a market with a name I can't remember on Glyndon Street in Vienna, just a block off Maple Ave (Rt. 123, the main drag) that might be what he's talking about. And it's not too far from Shamshiry. There's also Halalco on Hillwood Avenue just east of where it merges with Lee Highway, clearly a pan-mid-Eastern market (right around the corner from Lebanese Butcher, so that might be a clue).

    Perhaps a better question is "I'm looking to buy ....... " and perhaps someone has seen it at one of the many markets that cater to people from that corner of the world.

    1. There is an Iranian grocery store in Culmore Shopping Center, on route 7 aka Leesburg Pike near Baileys Crossroads, between Wacovia Bank and Peking Gourmet next to Neisha Thai Restaurant. The store is named "88"

      Another good Iranian grocery store is YAS on Maple St. in Vienna. It is near Fresh Fields but hardly visible from the street as it is in the back of some other store.

      The best one is YEKTA in Rockville on Rockville Pike.

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      1. re: naruda

        Oh, is THAT what the "88" market is! I haven't been there in a few years, but I used to get Asian sauces and condements there. I should drop in and poke around to see what they have now. Not sure what I'd want, but there's bound to be something interesting. I figured that there would be something of that nature in that neighborhood since there's a mosque right across the street.

        1. re: naruda

          I just passed the market in Vienna that I was thinking of and managed to remember the name for the next 20 minutes until I got home. Assal Market on Glyndon st. Perhaps the name will give a clue as to the ethnicity.

          1. re: naruda

            I was going to suggest Yekta, too, if cocinero couldn't find a NoVa source. I love Yekta!

          2. It's called Sauson Market (it's mainly a Persian food store), great staff, good products....highly recommended.

            Address: 8486-G Tyco Road
            Vienna, VA 20182
            Phone: (703) 288-0019/20