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Aug 4, 2009 08:22 AM

Persian in LA

An article in the New York Times in June talked about several Persian places (Attari Sandwich Shop, Baran Restaurant, Canary, Flame, It’s All Good House of Kabab, and Shaherzad). Anyone know any of these places?

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  1. Yes, we know all of them. Your point being...?

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    1. re: J.L.

      How are they? Would you recommend any of them?
      I live in PA, but we are visiting LA in 2 weeks and I am scouting out restaurants.

      1. re: Karen K

        I very much like Javan, on Santa Monica Blvd. near Sawtelle, in West LA.

        1. re: Karen K

          Javan, Darya, & Shaherzad are my top 3 currently. Other Hounds may tell you Flame or Shamshiri, but I'll stick with my 3.

          Canary offer some stews other places don't offer. Baran is middle-of-the-road.

          Sunnin is not Persian - it's Lebanese.

          Outside Westwood, Raffi's in Glendale is great, and Shekarchi in Downtown LA is very good, too.

          1. re: J.L.

            What was very good at Shekarchi? I haven't been.

            1. re: epop

              Barg. Their kebabs are generally well executed and tasty.

                1. re: epop

                  Almost, and certainly Chow-worthy.

                  1. re: J.L.

                    k, thank you. I will try it one day soon. Had Raffi twice in a week in July. Best Persian kabob I've had (compared to about 20 restaurants in LA), by a longshot.

                      1. re: J.L.

                        I'm thinking more about Japanese-Peruvian private tables but will get to the Kabob soon enough.

        2. My favorite of all the Persian restaurants on and in Westwood is Shamshiri, which is on the east side of Westwood Blvd. a lomg block or two north of Santa Monica Blvd. Very generous plates, good bread, very reasonable prices. Javan is a bit spiffier, more of a tablecloth kind of place. Attari is known for soups and sandwiches, is a lunch place, and is a bit harder to find off a side street. Another casual option is Sunnin, which should be in their new, larger location across the street by then, and is Lebanese rather than Persian. One more option nearby on Sepulveda just south of Santa Monica Blvd. is the West L.A. branch of Zankou Chicken, for rotisserie chicken and their superlative garlic paste.

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          1. re: nosh

            Sunnin is Arabic food. There is no resemblance between these cuisines.

            Zankou is owned by Armenians and is the furthest thing from Persian. On top of it the food is lousy.

            As for which Persian place to recommend it all depends upon what dish one is looking for. Can you go to France and say I want French food, which is the best French place?

          2. I rather like Darya, which is on Santa Monica Blvd. just west of Bundy Dr. in Santa Monica.

            1. my two favorites are:
              attari sandwich shop a) open for lunch only b) even though their address is shown as being on westwood blvd, the entrance is really on wilkins c) get the asch soup and the shirazi salad and then whatever else appeals to you.

              shamshiri grill which nosh's post describes well. a) shamshiri grill is open for lunch and for dinner and continuously between the two meals b) their weekday lunch specials include some of the best deals in town. even if you end up going for dinner, the price/quality and price/quantity ratios are amazing.

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              1. re: westsidegal

                Attari is open for dinner, has been for at least a year. They serve kabob, barg and chicken - without rice but on fresh sangak bread. The chicken isn't boneless and not all that great for the money. But they also serve all their usual sandwiches and soups.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  Second both of these recs, especially Attari, and would add Javan.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    Shamshiri is my favorite. I agree: the price/(quality*quantity) ratio is amazingl