Adventurous enough to sip a yogurt drink popular in ancient Persia more than a 1,000 years ago? Hungry for hearty kabob dishes cooked to tender perfection? Eager to enjoy authentic Iranian food right here in Northeast Seattle? Travel no farther than PERSEPOLIS GRILL in the University District, just a block south of Cowen Park.
“Persepolis” was a capital city of the Achaemenid Empire, also called the First Persian Empire (now Iran). Founded by “Cyrus the Great,” it thrived for 220 years — close to the age of our young United States! (Yes, of course, I had to look this up on Wikipedia; do I look like an ancient history scholar?) For captivating photos of the amazing architecture of Persepolis, CLICK HERE.
Okay — back to this Store to Adore. How yummy is it? One of our son’s best friends cajoles his family to travel all the way from Mount Baker to enjoy lunch and dinner at Persepolis, his favorite restaurant. If an 11-year old loves it, we had to try it — and we loved it, too.
But don’t take our word for it: check out their glowing reviews on YELP.
- LOCATION: 5517 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, just one block south of Cowen Park.
- HOURS: Tues through Sunday 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m. (closed Mondays)
- RESERVATIONS? Yes, by phone.
- MENU: Click Here.
Persepolis serves Halal meat (permissible according to Islamic law). To learn more about Halal meat, CLICK HERE. The Baklava may be too strong for some, so we’ll sample the saffron ice cream next time for dessert!
For more info on this Store to Adore, check out their rockin’ video by CLICKIN’ HERE.
For other Northeast Seattle restaurants serving kabobs, explore:
- Cedars Restaurant (U District on Brooklyn Ave NE)
- Harissa Mediterranean Cuisine (in Ravenna on NE 65th St.)
- Kabul Afghan Cuisine Restaurant (in Wallingford on NE 45th St.)
- and for others on Yelp, CLICK HERE.
Sadly, the “upzones” of Northeast Seattle being pushed by City Hall and for-profit developers may jeopardize many Stores to Adore as landowners increase rents or sell-out to speculators. The rallying cry should be “Impact Fees before Upzones!” so that for-profit developers and investors pay their fair share of growth and help to build schools, sidewalks, and fire stations. Despite speeches from City Hall about “equity,” their pro-developer policies incentivize demolition and displacement which reduce economic and cultural diversity. Will Stores to Adore like Persepolis survive the rent increases and leave in their wake vacant space or lifeless chain stores? In her seminal work “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” Jane Jacobs demonstrates that it is Diversity rather than mere Density that fosters community vitality.