Alborz Persian Cuisine
3300 W. Anderson #300, 512/420-2222
Hours: permanently closed
Comfortable and unpretentious, Alborz captures the essentials of Persia's rich and astoundingly varied culinary heritage. The daily lunch buffet is highly recommended.
After decades of keeping UT students well-fed with lamb gyro, Philly wraps, and falafel, this family-owned restaurant now serves its Mediterranean-American cuisine in a strip mall at Hancock Center.
1000 E. 41st St., Suite 200, 512/236-1811
The menu is solidly Persian, with an assortment of Mediterranean standards thrown in for the less adventurous. Don't miss the lamb shanks.
8820 Burnet Rd. #502, 512/452-4888
Phara's offers several vegetarian options as well as salmon and lamb surprises. Try some postprandial shisha at the hookah bar next door.
111 E. North Loop, 512/632-7067