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Nov 1, 2007 05:39 PM

Dizi at Mirage Cafe, Bailey's X-Roads

Mirage has long been a good address to know in NoVa for simple Persian meals and Lebanese desserts. Mostly kabobs with some appetizers like baba ganoush on the menu.
Lately they have been more reliably making stews, and they are posted on index cards near the cash register, not on the menu. I've had the dizi twice now, and it has been a gorgeous combination of hearty vegetables and carefully melded spices. It has lamb, potatoes, and chickpeas in a light tomato gravy. It's served in a small metal pot with a masher to flatten the potatoes and chick peas if you wish.

Also the koresht gormeh sabzi is another winner with lamb in a spinach sauce. But this is the only place in the area I've seen the dizi, and it's a real treat.

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  1. Where exactly is the mirage Cafe? Ruth (a.ka. Geling)

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    1. re: geling

      Mirage in on Rte 7 in a shopping strip with Machu Picchu (Lucky Three?), not far west of Columbia Pike.

    2. Bread and Kabob, a block away from Mirage (next to the Chowhounds-famous Mount of Olives grocery) has had dizi in the past. I'm not sure if it's a regular. One day I saw the cook take a neat looking aluminum pot out of the refrigerator and put it on the charcoal grill to heat. I asked what it was and he explained dizi to me and showed me the masher they serve with it.

      Personally I like my vegetables in chunks, but I suppose mashing them up makes the soup-like base more like a thick stew.

      1. Kabob Bazaar in Clarendon has dizi I think just on Wednesday and Saturday. A huge portion too.

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        1. re: Amy B.

          Great, I didn't realize that. There are so many kabob places that make one stew per day, I was happy that Mirage seems to have it on a regular basis now. I'll have to keep Kabob Bazaar in mind.