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Cheap Eats 2011: Shamshiry
Comments () | Published August 17, 2011
Cheap Eats (2010) Cheap Eats 2011
Shamshiry
Address: 8607 Westwood Center Dr., Vienna, VA 22182
Phone: 703-448-8883
Neighborhood: Vienna
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Opening Hours: Open daily 11:30 to 11.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Pilaus; skewers of lamb, Cornish hen, or spiced ground beef; feta cheese with fresh herbs; dilled yogurt; Salad Shirazi; saffron ice cream with cherry juice; shaved ice with glass noodles, rosewater, and lemon juice.
Price Details: Appetizers $2.59 to $4, entrées $5 to $15.

The dining room is spartan and the flatbread arrives in a plastic baggie, but the soul of this Persian mainstay shines through in the well-prepared kebabs and rice dishes. Appetizers trend toward the simple, such as a slab of goat cheese adorned only with radishes and basil stalks or a cucumber salad with a sprinkle of parsley. The stars of the menu are the generous entrées, particularly a spicy, cilantro-rubbed chicken tandoori kebab. The filet mignon kebab was dry, but the juicy ground-beef chelo kebab kubideh impressed with its comforting, meatloaf-like flavors. For an additional $3.50, you can substitute the plain rice that comes with any meat dish with heaps of fruit-and-nut-studded vegetarian rice. Desserts are mostly disappointing, but a pot of Persian tea makes for a fragrant ending.

Also good: Rice with sour cherries; rice with candied orange peel and pistachios; bone-in Cornish-hen kebabs; salmon kebab.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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