Some of you might be mourning the loss of the Turkish Restaurant on Bristol Pike, which has been closed for at least a couple months now as far as I can tell. We drove up there one day for adana kebobs and doogh, but the place is totally deserted. Disappointed, we started driving further down Bristol Pike looking for a pizza place or something, when, not five minutes past the old Turkish Restaurant parking lot, we saw a sign for a brand new place called The Black Sea Turkish Restaurant.
This place is truly, truly special. It is run by a lovely Turkish family that recently moved their whole operation to Bristol from Brooklyn. The restaurant's interior is humble at the moment, but comfortable.
We started with an appetizer platter that consisted of humus, spicy eggplant dip, lebani (a thick yogurt dip), piyaz (white bean salad), and a tomato and feta salad. This came with dense, warm rounds of ekmek, a thick Turkish bread.
We then shared a platter of adana kebob, chicken doner, lamb shish, and lamb gyro. All of this came on fragrant rice with roasted tomatoes and peppers. Everything was moist, tender, wonderfully flavored, and at the right temperature.
We ended with a round of hot tea and a few pieces of pistachio rolls and, of course, baklava. These were not too sweet/syrupy, nicely sized, and totally delicious.
If anyone has ever been to a Turkish restaurant called Beyti Kebab in North Bergen, NJ, and has made the periodic two-hour pilgrimage up there to fulfill a won't-die craving for a perfect adana kebob, you have to go to Black Sea. It's right on Bristol Pike, it's just as good, the people are so, so nice, and the price is **fantastic**.
Sorry I don't have an exact address, they are new and not in the phone book yet. The old Turkish Restaurant was at 388 Bristol Pike, and this place is just down the road from it.
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