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  1. I hadn't been to Amoo's in a couple of years, but when I saw that Joe's Gourmet Burgers was on holiday break, I decided to drive the extra mile up to Chesterbrook. In a hurry, I asked for something quick, and the owner directed me toward the stews, which she said would only take about five minutes. The Geymeh ($9.95) was a large portion of food, with decent rice as a base. When I eat Persian stews as carryout, I generally just pour everything on and begin scarfing, so I dumped the whole container of split peas, beef cubes, tomato sauce, saffron, dried lime, and potatoes (frozen french fries) onto the rice, then dumped the yogurt and green hot sauce on top of that. This is a good, hearty dish that's more than enough food for anyone. Obviously, it would be nice if Amoo's had homemade bread, but the packaged version they include is at least thin enough not to be overbearingly dry with the food. Amoo's is open until 10 PM (worth remembering if you live in the area), seven nights a week, and has free delivery with a $30 minimum. They also offer on-site catering. And sitting near the door are business cards from Nancy, an eyebrow designer in Vienna. Cheers, Rocks.
  2. I'm going to throw down the gauntlet and say that the unassuming storefront Shish Kabob Cafe in Katy puts out the absolute best kabobs in the Houston area (yes, even better than Bijan, though their rice is better). I've been a handful of times, tried lamb, beef, chicken in whole and ground forms, and not once have I had anything less than perfectly cooked meat. Served with buttery rice, grilled tomatoes, and plastic cutlery. This isn't fine dining, but it's really damn good. Start with a small serving of shirazi, and ask for a bit of the crispy tadigh.
  3. How intimidating can a chicken kebob and rice be? Perhaps it's the name of the restaurant but Shamshiry is the best Persian restaurant in the entire D. C. area. Of course they do have more intimidating things like a salmon kebob....
  4. A friend of mine who is intimately familiar with this type of food says Kabob Palace is the best. Didn't see a post for it so I shall mention it here. Better than Ravi, apparently.
  5. I've been driving down Georgetown Pike for twenty years or so, and don't ever remember Kabob Place not being in downtown Great Falls, although it has changed ownership fairly recently. It's now operated, I believe, by the Ternisky family (if you've ever come across a pediatric dentist named Ternisky in Fairfax County, that's the father). These folks also own Romantica Pizzeria next door, and I suspect they might have taken control of Kabob Place from the previous owners, who were Persian, due to its proximity. Kabob Place used to be extremely expensive for what it was - in fact, I believe it might have been the most expensive kabob house in the DC region, even more so than Shamshiry, despite it being a tiny little dive. When I visited this time, the prices didn't strike me as being particularly high at all, so they were either lowered, or time caught up with them. What did strike me, however, was the preponderance of Latino cuisine - not on the regular paper menu, but written on sheets of paper, as specials, and taped to the walls. The kitchen workers appeared to be Latino, so I went with the flow - thinking I'd be getting a kabob when I pulled up in the parking lot, I ended up dining south of the border, and I'm glad I did. They were advertising pupusas, and I asked the gentleman working the register (who had very much of a managerial presence to him) if the owners were Salvadoran. He pointed to the grill cook working the flat-top, who turned to me and smiled, and said, "She's from El Salvador." I immediately ordered a Pupusa de Queso ($2.25), and had a Diet Coke (.99) while I waited. For my main course, I ordered Carne Asada ($10.50) and decided to eat in the restaurant rather than get carryout. The pupusa arrived just before the carne asada, and it was wonderful - I suspect this cook has made many a pupusa in her day, and you should remember this when you come here. The carne asada was (not surprisingly) cooked to well-done, with a good char to it, and served with thoroughly pounded refried beans and rice - the seasoning was all just about perfect, and the only decision to make was "hot sauce or not sauce" - the flavor of this dish was good enough where I didn't want to taint it with any chili sauce, so I enjoyed it by itself. Shortly after getting my meal, the gentleman came up to me and told me he'd forgotten my tortillas (I didn't know I was getting any to begin with), and I told him the pupusa was more than enough for me, and we could let the tortillas go. Taken as an ensemble, the beefy meat and the cheesy pupusa were a delicious combination, and just the right amount of food. I finished my meal, and walked out pleasantly full and very satisfied. There is nothing at all fancy here; just solid Latino grill-work at reasonable prices - Kabob Place is worth knowing about the next time you're hankering for Latino food in or around Great Falls. I'm sure the kabobs are fine too, and maybe I'll try them next time ... or, maybe not.
  6. An unplanned visit to Alborz with my friend's Persian friend led me to quite a surprise. At first look, this unsuspecting Persian Kabob joint looked like a liquor store. However, once you are inside, it is quite an amazing contrast. As far as service is concerned, they are obviously very proud of their restaurant and their food that you feel the sincerity in their hospitality. One other noticeable attribute of this place is that Persians actually eat there. That is a great sign. The menu is pretty simple, pricing is about the same as Moby Dick's. However, these folks serve Cornish Hen kabob. Apart from the bones on this smaller cousin of the chicken we are accustomed to, the Cornish Hen actually tastes magnificent. Also, not in the menu is tahdig with gheymeh. Ask for it. It's the crispy rice from the bottom of the rice cooker, and they serve it with a tomato based meat stew. Yummy! I have since brought my Egyptian friend in this place who just moved here from Egypt a few months back. Let me tell you, this uncompromising friend of mine actually felt very happy with the taste. According to him "this is close to the real deal, man". I think that's a great sign. I since brought my very particular foodie connoisseur friend who is also a Don Rockwell rockstar. And she liked it as well. Score! Give it a try. Google it up! Alborz, McLean, VA
  7. We just had lunch at Cafe Shiraz, a little Iranian place in the Bradlee Shopping Center on King Street, and I wish we had been going more. We were served by the owners, who were very gracious, and the food was great. I ordered hot tea and it was Persian black tea brewed from leaves. (Bells and sirens are going off in any tea lover's head right now. The absence of the insipid Lipton Yellow Label is enough to recommend any restaurant.) The yogurt is made fresh in house, the yogurt sauce with dill was fantastic, the chickpea salad was wonderfully fresh with mild onion, mint, and what I assume were lemon and olive oil, and Mr. lperry's chicken kabob was pronounced "really good." He also enjoyed the rice, grilled onion, and charred tomato that came with his dish. Truth be told, I originally thought it was a wine bar or store because of the name, and I wish I had peeked in sooner rather than later. If you are in the area, they are a great choice. They are working with fresh, quality ingredients, and the food is simple and very good.
  8. A new neighborhood kebob spot from the folks behind Nooshi and (I think) Moby Dick. Soft opening tonight for neighbors with 50% off of all checks. Lovely decor and a small but tasty menu... Reasonable prices. "Fast casual" with table service and a full bar. A good addition to the neighborhood. Look forward to the Nooshi-esque concept opening upstairs from it in coming months.
  9. Fairly expensive, indeed. I'm used to kabobs (with rice and chick-peas) for about $9. Now, if they toast the rice on the bottom of the pan so that you get that nice crunchy, browned rice...
  10. One of my goals for the New Year coming up was to be able to create a brunch menu that caters to everyone. With that in mind, It always bothered me that there no restaurants in DC area that serve Persian brunch. I never understood why Italian, French and American restaurants get so much more hype then Persian cuisines. Persian food is as amazing if not more. In Iran you cant just slap a NY strip on the grill and call it the day! You will be disgraced.. no one will ever eat your food. I mean dont get me wrong, I love the western cuisine, a lot of what I cook consists of it. Its good if youre craving that kind of food. But at the same time, I feel like no one is doing anything about Persian culinary arts. A lot of chefs say that Tokyo offers to most prestigious and colorful culinary arts in the world. I agree, Tokyo is all about precision and craft, but so is TEHRAN!! Why hasn't anyone paid attention to it? Did you know in Iran they boil beets and eat them with roasted walnuts for breakfast? Did you know that we braise lamb for hours over night so it'd be ready for breakfast? Did you know that we have a dish called "Haleem" thats pretty much steamed wheat, brown sugar, cinnamon and braised lamb or turkey? It is The best brunch food I have ever had! For most of you, the Answer to my questions are No!! And That's probably because you were too busy eating the same old boring pancakes and/or oat meal.There's so much work and art that goes into Persian style of making food. Its not just about feeding good food, its about making sure that youre able to sense flavor, texture and smell all at the same time. Nothing is lacking and nothing is overwhelming, always perfect no matter where In Iran I have eaten brunch. Over the years, I've picked up on some really cool westernized cooking that I thought would be really cool and compatible with Persian style of making brunch. I want to show how relative and similar Persian food is to all of world's most popular cooking. And maybe for once Persian food is something people finally notice. And I thought the best way to do that is by creating a brunch menu that is collaborated by Persian and American style cuisine. Attached are photos of some of the brunch Items being presented next weekend. Saturday January 4, 2014 starting at 9am Amoo's will start serving brunch on the weekends. Please note, we have been getting a lot of calls regarding the new brunch menu, I highly advice that everyone RSVP via facebook link provided below in order to book your tables. Reserve NOW!! See you at Amoo's https://www.facebook.com/events/600041600062197/
  11. Saffron - Seneca Hill Plaza 1025A Seneca Road Great Falls, VA 22066 This small restaurant has a small selection of tasty treats IMHO. Hubby and I have eaten here more than once and have enjoyed it each time. The staff spoke farsi and excellent english and were very accomodating as usual. Tonight we shared hummus with lots of pita (and they refilled us with fresh hand-made pita when it ran low) and also a plate of dolmas (stuffed grape leaves) appetizers. They gave the usual free salad type amuse bouche and yogurt with cucumbers. We both got the special #2 I believe it is... lamb cubes over rice with roasted tomatoes with some ground beef type things (I forget what they are called! LOL). We each had a drink and I ordered dessert to go having ran out of room. The price is reasonable, under $50.00 with tip for a bunch of nice "freebies" a nice platter each and 2 appetizers, 2 drinks and dessert!
  12. Sabzi moved into the old Bombay Garden space and has been open for a few months now. A group from my office stopped in a few weeks ago and we enjoyed everything we tried. It may take a while to get your food, because they are grilling each skewer as it is ordered. The chicken kabob seems to be the best bet - they have a few different spicings and were nicely charred, but still tender and flavorful. The sandwiches are a good value - they are a whole kabob skewer's worth of meat served over the pita and veg. I think the bread is made in-house, and at any rate it is served warm and worth eating. They have cucumber sauce and another herby green sauce to use for dipping. The meat in my Chenjeh (ribeye) sandwich was served medium-rare. If that was intentional, then kudos, though they didn't ask, so I suspect it was a result of rushing in the kitchen to get many orders out at once. Either way, I liked it! Our server was very kind and seemed genuinely delighted that we were there.
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