Persian New Year, Nowruz or Norooz or however you want to spell it, which coincides with the Spring Equinox, is fast approaching. Because LA has the largest population of Iranians outside of Iran, it also has the best Persian restaurants in the country. We’ve picked our favorite 12, below, so that Shahs of Sunset fan or not, you can celebrate with a bowl of soup-e adas (lentil soup), ghormeh sabzi (a deep green, meaty stew) or everyone’s favorite pomegranate-walnut stew, fesenjan. Even though the best place to have Iranian food is in someone’s home, preferably made by that someone’s mother, the second best place is in a restaurant in Tehrangeles.
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.