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Deer Park Avenue is becoming a Chow Mecca

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Deer Park Avenue is becoming a Chow Mecca

Paul Trapani | Jun 19, 2002 08:12 PM

Ok, here's the full story about Anadolu mentioned in my previous post below.

I decided to do some Turkish exploration on Deer Park Avenue. Delphini was closed so I wandered into Anadolu Helal Meat Market (1815-C Deer Park Ave) diagonally
across the street. I asked what they had for lunch and the man took me to the back and showed me a vegetable stew, a stew with kofte and said they had "Gyro and Shish Kebab" also. I said,"Doner, right?" He smiled and said, "so you've had Turkish food before." I was going to have the vegetable stew, because that's what he was eating when I walked in, it smelled good and I wanted somthing light, since I just had a slice of pizza at Tony's Pizza a few stores away (finally good regular on Deer Park Ave, interesting crust has bread crumbs or something on the bottom, very crisp, place run by Hispanics now). Just as he was about to ladle some no doubt delicious vegetable stew into a bowl, I asked if they ever made Iskendar Kebab. He looked up with a grin like Willy Wonka after Charlie gives him the jawbreaker. "How you know about Iskendar," he asked. "A friend told me to try it," I said. He shouted something in the back in Turkish, gets an answer then says, "I'm sorry no yoghurt sauce." He picks up the ladle and to give me some stew, then gets a look of determination on his face. "Wait" he says and pulls the curtain as he goes into the back room. He comes out in few seconds and says, "OK, we make you Iskendar" Since, it was a bit of a wait he gave me a "simmet" to try (I think that's the name, crescent shaped roll w/black sesame seeds and cheese and oregano inside). I took home something that looked like bianco mangiare with a caramelized top home for later. As I was leaving he said "Tonight we have a feast at 8:00", the man said. "Oh, is it a holiday," I asked. "No...Dinner," he answered with a smile. "You come back some time for dinner," he said. I’m going back with plenty of friends next time.

Deer Park Avenue just seems to be getting more and more interesting. I plan to do a long article/post on all the new stuff springing up soon. In the mean time here's some advanced chowconnaissance, if you like real espresso, Caffe Italia (lot's of soccer banners in front) a bit north from Anadolu, across the road from Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks has the real thing. They also had a sign promising rice balls in the window, but said they only make them for people that order in advance now. Apple tart is really good here, also. I had to even use my Italian skills one day because the older woman behind the counter spoke very little English. It did get me said tart for 13 rather than 15 dollars, since that was all I had in my pocket. You have to love a place that would do that. I'm going to give them the two bucks next time I go, though.

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