Photo by Roberto Rodriguez

Cafe Natasha's

After more than 30 years in the restaurant business, the Bahrami family hasn’t stopped refining and updating Cafe Natasha’s. This anchor of the South Grand restaurant scene reinvented its front dining room in 2014 as the Gin Room, featuring a staggering variety of its namesake spirit. Still, traditional Persian cuisine is the prime draw here, from universal favorites hummus, falafel and kebabs to elegant lamb and chicken stews to, my favorite (and not just because it was the subject of my first-ever restaurant review nine years ago), the beef tongue with curry-mustard sauce.