Best Quiet Place for a Cool Drink

Shiraz Restaurant

Two stories of brick surround Shiraz's plant-festooned and wrought-iron-ornamented courtyard. It's a surprisingly quiet place, despite its entrance off of Southwest Boulevard. With soft lights at night and the subdued glow of sunshine during the day, the courtyard resembles those of European coffeehouses or New Orleans restaurants -- perfect for a midday schmooze or evening breaking of ice. It's even good for a deep breath while reading a book. Besides cool drinks, the restaurant's wonder is its Mediterranean/continental cuisine, served with confidence by a spiffy staff. They help make Shiraz courtyard an escape to another, quieter world in the middle of the city.

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