FYI- My fiance and I just got back from our second trip to Istanbul Grill down in Deep Ellum (Not to be confused with Cafe Istanbul off of Lovers Ln.) and we had a second fantastic meal there. The two Lamb dishes that we had were downright succulent with the perfect hint of mint (Shepherds Saute and Lamb Kabob). All the appetizers and sides were well prepared and presented. So far we have tried the Ezme (olive oil, herbs, garlic, and redpepper dipping paste?) and Cacik (Cucumber yogurt dip), of which I liked the Ezme better. The Turkish wine we tried with the first meal was not outstanding but they had several other offerings that would fit the meal better. A highlight from tonight's meal was one of their desert dishes that I could not pronounce that consisted of a mozzarella cheese base layered with shredded baclava pastry dough (without the filling) and then topped with a rich sugar syrup. Not exactly heart healthy but mmm-mmm good. Entree's were between $11 and $17, and it looked like they had a reasonable ($6-7) lunch menu. The decor is eastern but well done and like everywhere in Deep Ellum you can dress as nice or as casual as you like.
We had the same server on both occasions and he had a Turkish accent. I asked him if he and the cook were the only two guys that worked the restaurant. He said that it is himself, his sister, and a longtime family friend (all from Turkey) who are the owner/operators. I told him how much we liked the food. At any rate, I though the Chowhound community might want to check the place out. Also, their website shows a bunch of belly dancer pictures but I have yet to see one there... I like to eat in peace! http://www.istanbulgrilltx.com/