Traditional Iranian food is mainly rice (with barberries, saffron, raisin, herbs, and plain) with various kinds of sauce (or “khoresht”) made with vegetables and greens (like aubergines, carrots, beans, lentils, onions, and tomato), and meat such as lamb, beef, chicken or fish. Most popular are the various kinds of “kebabs” which are more readily available in smaller restaurants on the roads. Western dishes (modest selection) are available in hotels and major restaurants.
Food is generally made with fresh ingredients and is healthy. Rice and cooked vegetables could be arranged for vegetarians but there is no big choice of vegetarian dishes. Persian cuisine is not hot or spicy.
American fast-food chains are not allowed in Iran but Western cuisine and fast food such as burgers, pizza, and fried chicken are very popular and can almost be found around every corner throughout the country.