Cheap Eats 2013: Shamshiry

Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.


Kabobs being grilled at Shamshiry. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Shamshiry


8607 Westwood Center Dr
Vienna, VA 22182

The best option at this family-run restaurant near Tysons is chelo kabob barg, an elegant dish combining long-marinated filet mignon with buttery basmati rice garnished with saffron. Grilled Cornish hens are also excellent, but flatbreads, salads, and desserts are less inspiring. Still, as the stream of expat regulars indicates, there’s no better spot for the grilled meats and rice dishes that anchor the Persian diet.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.