I was up at the Old Town School yesterday, and I remembered someone (annieb?) recommending a Turkish place in the neighborhood. Even though this tiny restaurant is practically across the street from the School, my friends at the Schoolhad never gone and were in fact even a little leery.
One lunch removed all reluctance. This is home cooking at its finest, damn any ethnicity. All the sandwich plates, actually kebob plates, are at a $5 special for lunch (fries, small salad, tea included), but I chose the stew recommended by our waitress. I may have never had a better stew. Called Güveç, (I had to ask her to write it down,) it is made of your basic beef chunks, tomato, garlic, eggplant, and green pepper, but what perfect execution. Spices were dead on. The quality and quantity of the ingredients were perfectly balanced. A basket of warm, homemade bread comes with everything. The only unfortunate point is that this stew was a special, made the night before for their dinner crowd, i.e. it is not on the menu every day. Call ahead if that's what you're going for, although I'm tempted now to try anything they want to make for me.
A while back there was also an ongoing thread about "real" gyros style sandwiches. I think the request was for someplace that made and spitted their own spiced, beef/lamb combination, rather than ordering it pre-glutenized-together from the one purveyor who seems to supply every Greek stand in town. Anatolia Kebob does make their own, called doner in Turkish. I haven't tried it yet, but I almost feel that a follow-up report is unnecessary. These are people who really care about what they are doing.
4609 N. Lincoln Ave.
(just north of Wilson)
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