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Ala Turca -- even better than remembered

Joan Kureczka | Jan 22, 200502:04 PM

We took a group of visitors to Ala Turca last night for dinner, and this little Turkish place was even better than we remembered from a year ago. They are also clearly doing well -- the menu is a bit larger, they added a few wines including white and red (out last night) Turkish selections, and had a new flat panel television (high on the wall over the door so fortunately not obtrusive!).

We started with a couple of the combination appetizer plates which included the spicy "ezme" tomato-based salad, babaganoush, two types of bean salads, a chopped eggplant salad, a yogurt salad and one more I think. All delicious and vibrantly fresh, and great with the fresh baked, fluffy pide flat bread. For an entree I tried the Iskender kabob, which was shavings of a well-seasoned lamb gyros with a light tomato-based sauce over cubes of bread, with garlic yogurt on the side. My husband had the beyti kabob -- a ground meat kabob with a very complex, wonderful seasoning that came on rice and with chopped green romaine and red cabbage salad. We also got to try a taste of one of our friends' choices -- one of the pies, filled with chicken and mushrooms. We did try the white Turkish wine, which tasted like a decent sauvignon blanc and went well with the food. Prices are quite reasonable with entrees under $10 and the combination appetizer plate being a good amount for 3 people, at $12.

We had liked Ala Turca when it first opened, and now think its a real treasure.

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