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Atlanta Duluth. Shiraz Persian Uphill alert.

steve drucker | Oct 7, 200408:32 AM

Its not surprising that Atlanta Constitution food writers lurk here--after all, wouldn't you if you were them?

And its been edifying that they liked, and write about, places we discover first and chat about here like the original Silvia's Pastry, Mi Pilon, Cafe Oaxaquena and Bud Namu.

This morning an email came in with a link to the AJC Fall Dining Guide, and its Atlanta Top 50.

I followed the link to the site and learned of at least one new place I would like to try (Bollywood Masala, a non-veg place in the same strip as, and by, the Madras Saravana Bhavan people).

But one thing irked me, so much so that I have to mouth off.

Given that any fool knows that its futile to take on the fourth estate, you have to know that I'm really irked indeed. The AJC guys cut Shiraz from their 50 top Atlanta restaurant list.

Now I could understand this if the last time they had been to Shiraz had been last spring, before the Persepolis folks sold Shiraz. It was tired then, and running down, and the lack of care showed across the board.

The food under the new ownership--in place since May, however, is the best all-around Persian food we have seen in Atlanta ever. Even the bread is improving month by month. And the Fri/Sat belly dancer has quick become a legend--you haven't lived until the kabobs are set down in front of you, the lights go down, the music swells and she appears, undulating, somehow with a flaming candelabra fixed atop her head.

There. You lurkers. Read this. Get off your inside perimeter butts and hie up to Duluth and revisit Shiraz, and see for yourself. Even the buffet table stews are pretty damn good. Ok, not as good as the best Persian places in LA, with its huge Persian population, but still--pretty good. And the lamb shanks and dill rice with broad beans are also pretty good. As are the chicken, ground meat and beef kabobs. (Nothing to say about the shrimp, lamb, salmon or cornish hen kabobs, as they don't do it for me, especially after grazing at the buffet).

Link below to AJC's notable newcomer's list from the Fall Dining Guide.


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