Chicago’s go-to spot for Persian food has been steadily expanding since it opened in 1997. Originally little more than a shack, it now occupies an expansive location that handles both dine in and catering. As the restaurant’s name suggests, boldly flavored grilled and skewered meats get top billing, and the barg — juicy filet mignon seasoned with onion juice, salt, and pepper — is the star of the show. Order it with fluffy Persian rice. $14 for a large skewer; 4701 N. Kedzie Ave., Albany Park