Friday, March 26, 2010

At Lazziz Persian Cafe, Hearty Portions Are Par for the Course

Posted By on Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 3:59 PM

click to enlarge At Lazziz, kebabs are king-size, the flavors are rich, and the price is right.
  • At Lazziz, kebabs are king-size, the flavors are rich, and the price is right.

The current issue of the Scene features Carrington Fox's review of Lazziz, a Persian restaurant on Nolensville Road that she says is distinguished by its fresh, exotic flavors and heaping portions. "Surely, no restaurant in town delivers more food for your buck," she says.

Lazziz is not the only spot on Nolensville Road where that offers the one-two punch of tasty, authentic ethnic fare and hearty portion size. Today some Scenesters and I lunched at Las Americas, a popular Salvadoran restaurant on Nolensville Road. I ordered a single pupusa and the soup of the day, posole.

How was I to know that the pupusa would be as big as my face and the posole (savory pork soup with hominy) would come in a bowl the size of the Gulf of Mexico? Even after I had slurped until I could slurp no more, the waitress was barely able to fit my leftover soup in a quart container to go. And yet the check was barely 10 bucks. (Actually, less, because my co-worker had a coupon.)

I know we socially conscious foodies talk of large portions as being a bad thing, but surely we mean the giant-bacon-cheeseburger-and-mega-fries meals that can easily put a sedentary American over the brink from healthy to overweight.

It seems more natural (and less like feeding at a trough) when you go to a family-owned restaurant representing a traditional culture where people are more likely to spend the day farming than playing the Xbox.

What do you think? What's your favorite place for tasty food where your plate runneth over? And where, exactly, is the line between being fed well and overfed?

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