Monday, October 29, 2012

Two lunches: Saigon Basil and The Sheik

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Saigon Basil on Piedmont Road continues to be a favorite lunch destination for me. I almost always order a bun dish with marinated pork, shrimp and a spring roll. But recently I decided to try the "shaky beef" or "shaken beef," as it's usually called. It's made of chunks of filet mignon shaken in a pan with onions and served with rice.

It was one of my favorite dishes at Nam (R.I.P.), where, as I recall it was served with a lime, salt and pepper sauce. Saigon Basil goes a bit heavy on the soy sauce for my taste, but it's a bargain at just under $10.

I also lunched recently across the street from Saigon Basil at Sheik Burritos and Kabobs. Owner Jahan Ostad continues to produce his weirdly wonderful fusion of Persian and Southwestern food. You can build your own burrito from sourced meats and veggies or order the ingredients in a bowl without that awful, high-carb tortilla.

Jahan, who has assumed his annual bearded (and long-hair) Jesus look, told me that he is looking for a new location. The shopping center at the corner of Piedmont and Cheshire Bridge in which he is located is (again) scheduled for demolition. When the demolition actually occurs, it will also take out the neighboring Taco Cabana.

You can make a half-priced visit to the restaurant, thanks to Scoutmob.

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