Restaurants & Bars Philadelphia


jerseybill52 | | Aug 17, 2009 06:26 PM

Divan Turkish Kitchen to be exact. From what I had seen on the internet I was expecting something much larger than what I found. What I found was a neighborhood place which served Turkish food. (Surprise! – it is called Divan Turkish Kitchen!) Located at the corner of 22nd and Carpenter Streets this is, nonetheless, good food. They have outside dining - which in most of Philly I find ridiculous. You are paying to sit on a street while buses and taxis and cars drive by and spew God knows what while you “enjoy fine outdoor dining.” Those places on Rittenhouse Square are a joke! In Germany, Austria and Italy you can really have a good time outside. They have vehicle free zones and so you can eat without a bus parked next to you. One good thing about this spot is that, although it’s on a Philly street, it’s a off the beaten path and there is not much traffic. So the street side dining here is a plus. And the setting sun created a cooling breeze blowing to good effect. Wine is reasonably priced at $4.50 of $5 a glass. After getting socked at $10 to $14 a glass in Center City this was plus. For apps we had Ispanakli Borek (Spinach Pie) and Hummus. The one thing I found amazing was that the plate of Hummus was brought and that was it. A small plate of Hummus and no bread? I had to order pita to go with it! For a main course I had the Adana Kebab, Char-grilled ground lamb flavored with red bell peppers and Turkish spices. Very spicy – and I like that. Why bother to go for bland food? My wife had the Tavuk Sis Kebab (Chicken Shish Kebab) Char-grilled marinated tender chunks of chicken. Rice was the side but you also got a roasted frying pepper – and a hot one at that! The tip was mild, but as you worked up the pepper to where the seeds and ribs are it became a REAL hot pepper. Still, not a problem – you have some lamb, a bit of pepper and a splash of wine. Repeat. Aside for the Hummus/pita problem, the food was all very good and reasonable prices. My wife had a Divan's Mojito and I had 3 Yellow Tail Cab’s. We had to call off our night short before dessert when my sister called saying there was a problem with me Mum. She’s 78. We got a taxi, checked out of the hotel and drove home. Fortunately all’s well. Anyhow, total was $52 before tip. I’d gladly try it again.

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