There's a lot of activity on Devon. Okay, you knew that, just try to park on Saturday. What I mean is, there's a lot of new places popping up, a food scene that had seemed rather boringly stable, the same old buffet places forever and ever, suddenly has sprouted a lot of new spots, while others have spiffed themselves up voluntarily (Usmania, Zam Zam) or not (Khan BBQ, Sabri Nehari). (And one, Mazza BBQ, has already come and gone within a season.)
There is *always* a lot of new activity on Devon, as you say, with new
restaurants popping up every few weeks
Mazza BBQ, IMHO, isnt gone - it will be pretty much what it was and is. I had
mentioned once before that the guy behind the counter was an old Daata
Durbar/Hyderabad House server... he is still there. The place will soon
be called "Hyderabad House Family Dining", of course, but the menu and
food will probably not be much different from what it is today. Even a month
ago it didnt really serve the food it listed on the menu - instead, despite the
menu, they had a little chalkboard with "specials" listed, and that was about
all they served on any given day, just like at Daata Durbar or Hyderabad House.
BTW, Id say that Khan's counts as being spiffed up plenty - their current location
is "new", after all, and a very very big step up from their old smoky little joint.
Speaking of which, the "new Devon restaurant" Iam probably going to try next
is the one that has emerged in the old Khan's spot - its called "Tikka Inn". Their
menu looks similar to Khan's, with 15 "charcoal and grill" items, and a similar
quantity of curry items (in addition to the Khan-style-menu-items, it also has
Chicken 65, Haleem, Nehari etc, and also 3 biryanis). Their best value is
probably for Saturday and Sunday brunch, which is 8.99 from 11-3 (and,
according to the proprietor, sometimes offers Biryani, Haleem, Nehari, a couple
of grilled items, and a couple of vegetarian dishes).
There is also a new Pakistani restaurant that will soon emerge in place of
the old Daata Durbar (across the street from Chopal) - that is supposed to
be a spot with "Lahore style food" IIRC, so it may well be interesting, but
it isnt open yet.