Boof, Iran’s home-grown answer to McDonald’s, is ubiquitous throughout Iran. Though the chain hasn’t yet achieved the addictive qualities of its American counterparts’ burgers, Boof offers a western-style fast food experience in its branches throughout Tehran and beyond. Look out for the slightly spiced ketchup here and across the country’s fast food sector. Popular branches can be found on Valiasr Street near Tajrish, and in Golestan Shopping Centre (Shahrak-e Qods).
Address: Tehran Province, Tehran, Shohada-ye-Sadeqiyeh Blvd, Iran, +98 21 4421 2199
If you feel your pizzerias have been lacking an American twist, Apache might be the Iranian fast food chain for you. Featuring a wide range of deep-fried Western imports, the Iranian-style pizza is the popular favorite on this menu. It has the characteristic deep-pan base loaded with copious amounts of cheese and other toppings, but Apache’s take on the modern classic is refreshingly short on the processed meat favored by other fast food joints. Douse with ketchup and mayonnaise for the real Tehran pizza experience.
Address: 35 Saadat Abad, Tehran, Iran
An unassuming food kiosk on Tajrish square, located between the main entrances to the bazaar and the Imamzadeh Saleh Shrine, this unnamed restaurant offers a short but delicious menu of falafel sandwiches, served with Iranian pickles and chopped tomato, with cheese and mushrooms as optional extras. Falafel is not a dish native to Iran, but a popular import from the Mediterranean, often available near religious sites to cater to the (perceived) tastes of Arab pilgrims.
Address: Tajrish Square, Tehran, Iran
Spread over two glitzy stories on Valiasr square, this flagship branch of the popular chain Star Burger serves the familiar range of burgers, pizza, and other greasy goodness of a remarkably high quality and in slicker than usual surroundings. Though it does not make for the fastest of Tehran’s fast food offerings – waiting times can exceed 30 minutes – the electronic ordering system is nevertheless an impressive feature, and the fried chicken dishes come particularly recommended.
Address: Valiasr Square, Tehran, Iran
Iran’s best milkshakes, heavy on the ice cream, are found in Ice Pack, a small chain that is the perfect antidote to the sweltering Iranian summer. Customers can combine a wide range of ice creams with different syrups, chocolates, and toppings for a truly personalized calorific experience. Toffee and caramel flavors are always safe bets, and if you can’t make it to one of the Ice Pack’s own quasi-futuristic branches, their products are sold through a wide network of kebab shops, burger joints, and shisha houses.
Address: Enghelab Street, Tehran, Iran