8607 Westwood Center Dr.
Vienna, VA 22182
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Open daily 11:30 to 11.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Reservations: Not Needed
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.
Appetizers $2.59 to $4, entrées $5 to $15.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Why go: Feasting on these heaping platters of nut-and-fruit-studded rice and juicy Persian-style kebabs is a cheap ticket to a foreign land.
What to get: The finely diced tomato-onion-and-cucumber Shirazi Salad; among the kebabs, the lamb, bone-in Cornish hen and the kubideh, fashioned from ground spiced beef and molded around the metal skewers; shirin polo, rice pilaf flavored with sugared orange peel and nuts (good with the lamb); and albalou polo, a dish of chicken and rice with sour cherries.
Best for: Immersing yourself in Persian cuisine and culture—expats flood the cafeteria-like dining room on weekends, giving it the air of a cafe in old Tehran.
Insider tip: Saffron rice comes with most plates, but consider upgrading to one of the specialty polos. Ask for the tah digue, the crust of rice that forms on the bottom of the pan. No alcohol is served.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
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