A family-friendly vibe and a wild ethnic mix of customers contribute mightily to the appeal of this big Persian restaurant on the west side. Amid the village-courtyard architectural touches, huge wheels of taftoon, the Persian flat bread, beg to be eaten with cool must e museer, a housemade yogurt flavored with finely minced shallot. Or perhaps with a warm burnished eggplant dip, or a sparkling creamy hummus. The clean-tasting kebabs (beef shishleek, Cornish hen and oniony minced-beef kubideh) are a big draw, but don’t pass up the complex stews alive with dusky herbs and greens (Gormeh Sabzi of beef and the lamb-shank Khorake Karafs are two of the best.). The long-grained rice is suitably elegant, and the Houston-friendly condiment of green chile wheels tossed with soft garlic cloves is not to be missed.
Entree price range: $$
Where: 9741 Westheimer