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May 18, 2010 12:38 PM

Persian in DC

Any recommendations for persian food in DC? (a restaurant, not moby dick).

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  1. I can't think of anything in DC proper, but then again I rarely eat in the city. Kabob Bazaar in Clarendon is metro accessible, though, and not bad. The rice and bread are good, as are some of the daily khoreshes. I think the kabobs range from average to mediocre.

    Amoos in McLean has good kabobs and rice but dreadful bread. Their ghormeh sabzi is good.

    Cafe Rose in Vienna is pretty good, but pretty far from DC. If you do venture out there be sure to stock up on Persian sweets (the chewy walnut cookies are the best) and bread from the nearby Yas Bakery.

    Persian food is underrated, and I think we have some pretty decent options in the area.

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    1. re: CoconutMilk

      CoconutMilk, what's your take on Astors?

    2. what about shamshiry -- in tyson's corner area (it is a "d.c. metro" area ;-).

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      1. re: alkapal

        I was going to mention Shamshiry, but I havent been in a few years and I've heard its slipped so I didnt say anything. Is it still good?

        Helenahimm, I've never been to Astors, but I don't think its a Persian place -- more of a generic Mediterranean/Middle Eastern place.

        1. re: alkapal

          Shamshiry used to be first rate, but I guess the kitchen staff has turned over (maybe they're not natives any more) and I now prefer Rose Cafe a few miles away in "downtown" Vienna. I can't really say what's slipped, maybe it's just the general feeling about eating dinner there. I think they got too well known, both among the Persian community and the honkies. It's much more crowded than it used to be. (Was it Yogi Berra who said "Nobody goes there any more. It's too crowded."?)

          8607 Westwood Center Dr Ste 100A, Vienna, VA 22182

        2. Has any one tried Javan in Bethesda?

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          1. re: Doh

            Javan's website has been disabled, so I assume it's now closed. (??)

          2. Kabob Bazaar in Clarendon will do in a pinch if you are Metro-dependent. At lunch time you order at the counter; I'm not sure about dinner.

            Rose in Vienna is much better. Go for the geymeh, which is a beef and split pea stew. Get it with eggplant.

            Either way, ask for tahdeeg, the crispy rice at the bottom of the rice pot. At a place like Rose, you may have to order it in advance.


            Kabob Bazaar
            3133 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201