I just heard through the grapevine that Ararat on North Loop is closing at the end of the month due to an extended battle with the City over occupancy and parking issues and can't afford to relocate.
(But I can't help but wonder if all the bad word of mouth about the surly service and not-great food has contributed to its demise.)
At any rate: should I check it out before they close? Or will it just piss me off? (I am a stickler about service, despite or perhaps because of my years as a waitron.)
Sorry to hear that they may be closing. It was kind of a special place with kind of a special clientele. They always had passably decent food imo. I went to Alborz one time and it was so godawful I never went back. After going there, I went to Ararat about two weeks later and the difference was astounding in the better quality food and presentation. Kind of offputting though to be served by a girl with a small goatee.
No! I wasnt aware they were closing... I live a block away from Ararat and have celebrated many occasions there...every time the food, service and atmosphere have been wonderful. We often chose to sit in the tent/gazebo in the back, and byob makes the whole experience perfect. their portions are enormous and the food is presented beautifully ( myself and my beau are mostly vegetarian, so we have tried all of their veg options, cant speak for the meat..). Hope this is helpful, I would really recommend trying Ararat before they close. A worthwhile experience.
Service is poor but not spectacularly so.Grab a couple friends and sit in a tent in the back courtyard,they do a mixed meat grill that stars the show[not Arpeggio quality mind you but pretty good]the atmosphere is all party,very boisterous and convivial so be ready to do a little hooting and hollerin.
I think it's worth a look-see before it closes. I've usually had pretty good service there, although I've read some of the difficult visits others have had. Go and see the belly dancers. It's definitely an experience.
BTW, if you're looking for good Persian food, we went to Alborz last night and it was great, as usual.