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Mar 5, 2011 11:05 PM

Best Iranian/Persian Food in L.A.??

I have heard that LA has the largest Iranian population in the USA and am wondering if that leads to exceptional Iranian cuisine.

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  1. The Persian businesses tend to cluster around the Westside (Westwood/West LA/Beverly Hills), the western part of the San Fernando Valley, and the general Glendale/Burbank areas.

    A Persian acquaintance who lives in the SF Valley says he likes the food around his area because not only is it very much like home, it tends to be less expensive than the Westside and Glendale areas. He really likes Shamshiri in Northridge. I've only been to the one in Westwood - I don't know if the prices are the same or not - but find the Westwood location to always be spotless, the service great, the food to be very good and the portions generous.

    We have a few Persian friends who really enjoy Javan on Santa Monica Blvd in West LA. We also really like Attari on Westwood Blvd (enter on Wilkins) for takeout. Their aash (ash, asht), chelo kababs (except the chicken - meh), sandwiches and ghormeh sabzi are always very good.

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      +1 on Shamshiri. They are consistently good (admittedly, I always order the same thing). I've never been able to finish the food on my plate but will crave it all night and for several days after I leave. Always a good feeling!

      Shamshiri Restaurant
      19249 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

      1. re: nothingswrong

        What is the thing you order that is always the same? I went today and had the lunch special stew (veal and yellow beans); it was great and i want to try other things on the menu, but not sure where to start.

        1. re: maiweezy

          nothing too exciting--i always got the chicken barg. i've tried most things on the menu (off of other peoples' plates) but the barg was the first thing i ever ordered there over 10 years ago, and it's never let me down. there's something to be said about consistently great taste and quality, isn't there? ordering the same thing for that many years and it's always been as delicious as it ever was.

          hadn't noticed their extensive vegan menu items. i don't think they were there all those years ago, but some of them look great. happy eating!

        2. re: nothingswrong

          I agree. I've ordered takeout from Shamshiri over 10 times and I've always been happy.

          Shamshiri Restaurant
          19249 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

          1. re: sushigirlie

            But oh, the service that always tempts you to leave before you're finally , belatedly and indifferently served. Every time I go I promise never to do so again but let myself be talked into it every six months or so hoping that things might've changed. But they somehow never seem to. The last time was this past Sunday - Persian New Year or norooz - and the place was half-empty due to the torrential rains we were having; food was great, the service even worse than their usual standard.

            1. re: fkingford

              Wow - sorry to hear about the service issue you seem to experience there. We have found the service to be not great - but pretty good and attentive. The one key might be that we sometimes go with the lady who used to take care of our kids - she is a sweet little Persian lady and maybe our association with her (she is very endearing) has put us in a good view with them?

              1. re: bulavinaka

                Ah, so that's how to do it! There are a couple of very endearing Persian ladies in my building that more than fit the bill. In fact, some of the best Persian meals I've had have been their handiwork, some very regional fare one never finds in local restaurants. For instance, who knew that the rice served in the Caspian area is not the fluffy basmati but more like the Japanese sticky rice, and the fish head so prevalent in our own SGV Chinese joints is also a major staple there, sans the peppercorns, of course.

      2. imho, there is enough excellent persian cuisine to be found in LA that there is no "one" best persian restaurtant.
        you'd have to determine "best" by going dish by dish.
        one restaurant may have the 'best' ghormeh sabzi, while another may have the best adas polo, etc.

        we are blessed here

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        1. re: westsidegal

          Agreed. Persian cuisine is great and LA has the best in the U.S.

        2. Shirin Restaurant in Woodland Hills is very good & a good value as well. It can get very busy during lunchtime.

          21826 Ventura Boulevard CA 91364-1837
          (818) 887-6353

          Shirin Restaurant
          21826 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

          1. Raffi's Place Restaurant in Glendale has some of the best kebab. I believe the owners are Persian Armenian.

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

            1. For a fast food take on Persian food, try The Sidewalk Grill in Los Feliz on Vermont, just north of Prospect/Hollywood Blvd. Kebabs are the focus and are delicious. Operated by a young member of the Shekarchi family which operates two places in downtown LA, and has for around 20 years. The filet mignon, chicken and salmon versions are exemplary. Good salads and sides.
              No booze, yet comfortable patio and dining room.

              914 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

              The Sidewalk Grill
              1727 N VERMONT AVE #102, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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              1. re: carter

                I agree...just tried this place and chicken kebab and basmati rice was excellent. Didn't love their sides but maybe I tried the wrong things. Service was excellent.