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Mar 1, 2011 10:24 AM

Where to find good mom n pop Iranian?

Back when I lived in Dallas I would go to a hole in the wall restaurant that served an amazing braised lamb shank over dill and lima bean rice. The restaurant also served a wonderful beef and lentil stew. I've been craving this for several years now. I'm sure there are places in LA/OC that serve these dishes, but I don't even know where to start. Can anyone give me some recommendations for their favorite places? It doesn't even need to be mom and pop although it is preferred, just as long as the food is good and not too expensive.

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  1. There are 6 Persian restaurants in Westwood within 10(?) blocks of each other:

    From what you requested, IMHO, I would suggest Shamshiri, then Attari (which has a limited menu - i.e. no stews & the best Mom & Pop-ish-ness of the 6):

    Attari - 1388 Westwood Blvd.

    Shaherzad - 1422 Westwood Blvd.

    Flame - 1442 Westwood Blvd.

    Shamshiri Grill - 1712 Westwood Blvd.

    Baran - 1916 Westwood Blvd.

    Canary - 1942 Westwood Blvd.

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    1. re: JBC

      There is also a Shamshiri in Glendale.

    2. Go to Shaherzad on Westwood Blvd. Ask for the ghaimeh bademjan (beef, lentil, eggplant), and koobideh. Try the ghormeh sabzi. Not expensive. They have great fresh-baked flatbread also.

      1422 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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      1. re: J.L.

        Yup, that's exactly what I was looking for, thanks!

      2. the dill and lima bean rice w/ lamb shank is available at Shamshiri Grill on westwood blvd.
        it is called Baghali Polo.
        i believe, that on mondays and fridays they serve it with lamb neck instead of the normal lamb shank. i think they use the shank on the other days of the week.

        Shamshiri Grill
        1712 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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        1. re: westsidegal

          While I love Shahrzad (the bread the bread) every iranian i know goes on and on about how much better Javan is. I like it too.
          Check it out. west LA.

          1422 Westwood Boulevard, Westwood, CA

          1. re: Jerome

            Shaherzad's bread is the best - so fresh.

            I do admit, Javan has the tiniest bit of advantage over Shaherzad in the meat/koobideh department.

            But Shaherzad's lubia polo is perfect. AND the Persian Ice Cream store is just a short 1-2 minute walk away! From Javan, it requires a tiny bit of driving to Persian Ice Cream.

            I also like Attari for their Chicken olivieh and kotelette sandwiches. And their Ash (soup).

            1422 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

            1. re: J.L.

              i agree that the soups and the salads at attari sandwich shop are better than those at most of the other places.
              still, for a complete meal, i normally end up at shamshiri

              will never again set foot in sunin.

              1712 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, CA 90024

              1. re: westsidegal

                what does sunnin have to do with Iranian food/? and what did you find so bad there? personally, i always preferred carnival for the kind of food sunnin serves.

                1. re: Jerome

                  clearly sunin has lebanese food.
                  what i found so bad at sunin is that they fried the falafal balls in batches and REHEATED THEM IN A MICROWAVE .

                  to make a falafal sandwich, they wrapped this soggy reheated falafal in a big,, dense, cold, thick slab, of white flat bread that resembled something that could have been made will rolled-out bridgestone frozen white-bread dough, inserted the pickles, doused it in tahini, sealed it up in foil, then put this package on the grill to warm.
                  the result was a soggy mess.

                  falafal is a dish found in most persian restaurants as well.

                  carnival is far superior for the sunin-type food.

                2. re: westsidegal

                  Sunnin is Lebanese, not Persian. Though I suppose they are in close proximity to each other, but then again so is Mary & Robbs Westwood Cafe.

                  Mary & Robb's Restaurant
                  1453 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

            2. re: westsidegal

              which do you prefer? Never had lamb neck meat (that I know of) but I have no problem eating neck meat if it is tender and flavorful.

              1. re: chezwhitey

                personally, i usually go for a completely different dish:
                ghormeh sabzi
                i have them substitute adas polo made with brown rice for the normal basmati rice.
                add the shirazi salad and i'm a happy camper.

                since i don't eat white rice, the Baghali Polo is out for me because they only offer it with white basmati rice.
                if you go at lunchtime during the week they will serve all this as a lunch special --smaller portions and lower prices.
                pqq ratio that can't be beat.

                1. re: chezwhitey

                  you should try the baghali polo with lamb medallions at Reyhan (culver city) .. it was excellent! you can also get it with braised lamb too, though I haven't tried it...