Thursday, July 15, 2010

All-American Garnish at Lazziz

Posted By on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 7:30 AM

Potato sticks top eggplant and meat stew at Lazziz
  • Potato sticks top eggplant and meat stew at Lazziz
Since Hot Kabobs closed, we Persian-loving Woods have transferred our affection to Lazziz on Nolensville Road. Love the kubideh, the jeweled rice, and beautiful, bountiful Salad Shirazi. Crunchy tadig rice, criminally under-hyped barley soup. It's just all really satisfying, well-made food that seems homemade with love, like a real cook prepping good food for family.

Some Persian food, like all home cooking is ... homely. It needs a bit of prettying up. Parsley will do, or coriander or chopped tomato. Attractive choices abound. So of all the garnishes the global pantry has to offer, I didn't expect to find french-fried potato sticks — the casserole topper of yore, the snack of lucky schoolchildren — on top of eggplant and meat stew. But there it was, and well, why not?

It's just another thing to like about Lazziz, this peek into someone's culinary mind, into how another culture works American products into its own favorite foods. So, sure, bring on the potato sticks.

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