Cheap Eats 2017: Shamshiry

Cornish hen kabob at Shamshiry. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

It’s hard to know what to rave about more at this favorite for Persian families—the meats or the rice. The slightly charred bone-in Cornish hen and filet mignon kebabs are impossibly juicy. But the fluffy saffron basmati rice is no side attraction. We’re particularly fond of the albalou polo, topped with syrupy sour cherries, and the shirin polo, with candied orange peel, pistachios, and almonds. Fortunately, there’s no need to choose. Plates—accompanied by charred tomatoes and sweet raw onion—are a happy marriage of both. Also good: Kubideh, ground-beef kebab; mast-o khiar, herbed yogurt with cucumbers.

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