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Adventures in the Ordinary: Turkish Cuisine and Bakery


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Adventures in the Ordinary: Turkish Cuisine and Bakery

Kenny from Rogers Park | Jan 10, 2003 01:31 PM

My wife and I had dinner at Turkish Cuisine and Bakery, 5605 N. Clark yesterday and had an acceptable, but not memorable meal. The service was pretty good, the atmosphere in the non-smoking room was dimly lit and relaxed (which I like), but the food was disappointingly bland.

Here's what we consumed:
1)Bread--reminded me of a soft pretzel without the salt. Not much flavor. Nothing to write home about, but it was free.

2)Lentil Soup: Had an interesting combination of earthy and lighter, minty flavors. Tasted good, but was too thin, liquidy. I like my lentil soup thicker. Pretty good, though.

3)Grilled Quail over Rice: Good grilled flavor, although there wasn't much meat on the bones. Apparently no seasoning at all on the meat which really made it kind of functional, ordinary.

4)Chicken Kebab: Large chunks of grilled chicken that were perhaps overcooked--the meat was somewhat dry--and, again, underseasoned. Another competent but unimpressive offering.

All things considered, I would have been better off going to the more popular Andie's a few blocks south. That restaurant offers a similar menu, more flavor, and larger portions at near the same price. Unfortunately, Andie's also routinely seems to offer hair in one's food, so that's not so good.

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