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Jul 14, 2010 10:16 AM

Iranian/Persian Food

Can anyone tell me where I can find a good Iranian/Persian restaurant in the DC Area? I found a few kabob places on yelp, but I was looking for something more comprehensive.


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    1. re: Doh

      Just to add to this, at Rose also go for the baslamic roasted garlic, the torshi, and sometimes they have a sour cherry drink that is really good.

      1. re: Doh

        If you're on the Maryland side of the city, Caezar Restaurant in Elkridge is a casual Persian restaurant -- a step up from a kabob place, but maybe not as comprehensive as the Vienna places in the prior string.

        1. re: HowChowBlog

          Is this still there? Love Persian but can't get in central PA. Parents live in Elkridge.

      2. We enjoyed the Yasaman Restaurant in the Ritchie Ctr. in Rockville. Family run place and it appears to be very traditional. Very nice people. Here's a review:

        1. My husband is Persian and loves Moby Dick's! We have heard great things about Shamshiry but just moved to the area so we haven't tried it yet. We did get our wedding cake from Yasaman Bakery and it was delicious, the people there were really nice too.

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

          Moby Dick's
          721 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

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          1. re: csp84

            Moby Dick is my favorite, too!!!!

            Moby Dick
            1070 31st Street N.W., Washington, DC 20007

            1. re: csp84

              Shamshiry was good and gave you tah dig without requesting.

              1. re: melpy

                No restaurant has enough tahdig (bottom of the rice pot) to offer everyone a piece, so Shamshirry is making a shortcut and producing the tahdig separately from the rest of the rice pot.

            2. See my post re the newly expanded Yetka Kabob on Rockville Pike (next to Joe's Noodles). It is now a full service restaurant with the old authentic Persian grocery next store. Eat there and you'll never darken the door of a Moby Dick again.

              Moby Dick's
              721 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

              1. I've eaten twice at amoo's in mclean (old dominion dr.) and it was excellent both times. today, I had the saffron and truffle oil-marinated chilean sea bass. it was perfectly cooked, and so delicious. in fact, i think it is one of the best fish dishes i've had in my life.

                don't let the storefront locale fool you; it is really pleasant inside. service is very good, and the people are very friendly. i'm sorry it took me so many years to try the place.

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                1. re: alkapal

                  Thank you...we love to go to Evo Bistro for wine and usually end up at the Greek place in the shopping center after. It's really good but i LOVE persian food and always thought amoo looked like a dive! but if it's nice inside and the food is good i'm there! i was so bummed when Pars in FFX closed down, they had the best weekend lunch buffet!

                  1. re: DCDOLL

                    that greek place is much closer to central mclean, no? near the main interesction? what's the name? i think that is where our greek friends go when they go out for greek. (that is another place we have to try).

                    re amoo's decor -- lots of marble…including the tables. it is light and spacious... you'll really be surprised, trust me.

                    be sure and order the doogh (pronounced like "do" -- as in "just do it.") mr. alka and i got a pitcher the first time we ate there -- and loved it.

                    also be sure and get the pickled condiment of veggies/greens called "torshi." the owners are a persian couple, and the son told me it is his mom's own recipe -- and she makes it, too.

                    note: the green ground herb blend in the small plastic cup that comes on the butter plate packs some heat.

                    1. re: alkapal

                      Thanks! The greek place i'm referring to is right across the street from amoo, just past it on the left side which is why i have noticed amoo as i'm slowing down to turn by then! It's in the big plaza that has a stand alone Starbucks.

                      thx for the tips on amoo...i wish i could go right now!

                      1. re: DCDOLL

                        what greek place is that? never heard of it!