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Black Sea Pies @ A La Turca

chowhoundX | Sep 1, 200208:45 PM

A La Turca is an informal Turkish restaurant that opened a week ago on Geary, bet Larkin and Hyde. In addition to various kinds of gyros, the menu lists a large selection of "Black Sea Pies" -- including ground beef w/roasted onion, feta and tomato, chicken and musroom, chicken and pinapple, and spinach -- each for around $3.75. I ordered the feta and tomato. It's a long flat piece of dough, stuffed with the various stuffings, then baked and left open on the top. Delicious. Also, they bake their own pita on premises -- each looks a fluffy, sesame-seeded pillow. I didn't get to try one (the Black Sea pie filled me up), but they looked great. I also tried the turkish tea, which was very strong and a good accompaniment to the Black Sea pie. They had lots of baklava and other desserts, and some other interesting sounding things on the menu that I'm hoping some Chowhounds will go taste and report on.

This is not the first time I've eated at this location. It used to be a greasy spoon diner that secretly served Pakistani food (when my old Pakistani landlord told me about Shalimar, I went there by accident. I don't remember the name, but it was similar enough to Shalimar for me to confuse it). Then the old owners decided to come out of the Pakistani food closet and rebranded as a full-fledged Pakistani restaurant. In those days, the space had a not so clean feel. Anyway, the new owners have totally renovated. It has the feel of a deli, very informal with plenty of tables. If you eat there, a waiter will bring dishes to your table. If you like Turkish TV, you can watch it there.

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