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Rice with barberries, spinach borani, and other similar Persian dishes

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Going to LA next week and would like recs for Persian restaurants. Dishes we love best are the kashke e bademjan, spinach borani, and zereshk polow. Definitely would like a place that makes their own bread. We'll be staying in the Pasadena area but are willing to drive for good food. Thanks!

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  1. Excellent Persian food is to be had in Westwood (30 minute-45 minute drive without traffic from Pasadena).

    Shaherzad's bread is especially good. Try their estamboli polo also!

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    Shaherzad
    1422 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

    1. Shaherzad and Shamshiri Grill in Westwood are excellent choices, but if I were were in Pasadena I would prefer to take the shorter drive to the equally delicious Raffi's Place in Glendale. Their Zereshk Polo is a winner, though they may not have as wide a menu as some other places.

      http://losangelicioustimes.com/

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      Raffi's Place Restaurant
      211 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

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      1. re: losangelicioustimes

        Raffi's has the definite edge when it comes to meat/soltani/kebabs... And it's closer to Pasadena.

        BUT the bread is still better at Shaherzad. I also like Shaherzad's ghaimeh bademjan better.

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        Shaherzad
        1422 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024