Kabob Bazaar, web site, 3133 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 703-522-8999, just across from Clarendon Metro (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [City Paper | openlist | Yelp]
The best ground beef kabob around, period.
The daily stews are great, too. Doesn’t look like much, but this place is excellent. Addictive. And don’t be afraid to get the ground beef kabob, which in most other places is just boring. Here it could be the best dish. With the barberry rice, if they have it that day, they usually do on Thursdays or Fridays.
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Best Persian food in the DC area. The casual ambiance can be a positive, but it belies the quality of the food.
The kabobs (beef, chicken, or lamb) are very good and are in my opinion the best around. It’s not too heavy, not too buttery, and the portions are just right too. Reasonable minds can disagree over Kabob Bazaar versus Shamshiri in Tysons Corner.
What really separates Kabob Bazaar is the khoresht (a stew served with rice). They have one khoresht on special each day — because it takes a full day to cook — and that’s always the best thing to get on the menu. Tuesdays (baghali polo — lamb shank or chicken with rice and lima beans, definitely get the lamb) and Wednesdays (gheymeh bademjan — eggplant stew) are the best khoresht by far. If you do find Fesenjaan (chicken with pomegranite and walnut sauce) on the menu, grab it! Also, try the tea, brewed Persian-style.
Stop by for lunch, or any time before 3, to take advantage of the daily special. You get khoresht plus bread and “sabzi” (greens) with yogurt dip (most-o-khiar) and a drink for only $9. It’s a steal.
Friday and Saturday nights they often have live Persian music. Their buffets for Mother’s Day and Naw-Ruz (Persian New Year, first day of spring or March 20/21/22) are fantastic.