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Mouthful - Last minute Valentine's ideas

Au Rendez Vous
?This eccentric little French joint in a lonely corner ?of Brookhaven serves traditional bistro fare like you'd find in an off-the-beaten-path ?neighborhood in Paris. The eclectic crowd makes for absorbing people-watching. ?It's BYOW, so bring along a wine that marries well with coq au vin. 1328 ?Winsdor Parkway. 404-303-1968.

New Paradise Chinese Restaurant
?Located near the south end of the "Chambodia" business strip, this small, neat storefront offers affordable, authentic cuisine in simple surroundings. Foodies and similarly adventurous diners should order from the white Asian menu. If Dungeness crab is offered as a special, order it. 4795 Buford Highway. 770-936-0306.

meskerem
?Ethiopian for Valentine's? Eating with your hands does spark intimacy. The veggie ?combo platter - with two kinds of spiced lentils, collards, green beans and ?cabbage - is exceptional. Try some tej, the Ethiopian honey wine. And if you're ?a java lover, ask to partake in Meskerem's coffee ceremony. 2329-B Cheshire ?Bridge Road. 404-417-0991.

Mirage Persian Cuisine
?Persian cuisine - with its creamy dips, aromatic stews and fluffy rice polos ?(the ancestral precursor to pilafs and biryanis) - has a built-in sensuality. ?The dining room may be a bit dowdy, but the staff is warm and the crowd is surprisingly ?diverse. 6631 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-843-8300.

Zapata
?Is melted cheese your idea of romance? Zapata specializes in the true tastes ?of Mexico. Try the queso fundido and one of the dishes for two served in a molcajete ?made of volcanic rock. The gorgeous art collection will startle you. 5975 ?Peachtree Parkway, Suite 2. 770-248-0052.??





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