Cheap Eats 2018: Shamshiry


Cornish hen kabob at Shamshiry. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Shamshiry


8607 Westwood Center Dr
Vienna, VA 22182

A new second din­ing room means shorter weekend lines at this Persian kebab house, where bone-in Cornish hen, spiced ground beef, and salmon are the biggest draws. Don’t skip the rice dishes, accessorized with, say, candied orange peel and pistachios—we request a raw egg to mix into the hot basmati. Also good: Yogurt with cucumber; Persian ice cream; paludeh (a shaved-ice dessert).

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.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.