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Nazif's - Turkish

brucesw | Sep 8, 201306:24 PM

This is our newest Turkish restaurant, open a little over a year. I first encountered it last year at the Silk Road Festival. I thought their food was the least interesting of all the booths I tried so I wrote them off but Katharine Shilcutt published a rave review about them in the Press, mostly about the Sunday brunch, and recently re-hashed it in Houstonia. I put them on my list to try but I can’t face the possibility of a tempting big brunch spread in this weather so I just went on a weekday for lunch.

I had the Sucuklu Pide or Turkish sausage pide, sujuk/sucuk, mozzarella and egg in a buttery pide crust with a small simply dressed fresh salad. The Turkish tea after the meal was weak but otherwise I was very impressed and will be returning to try more of the menu. The crust on the pide was particularly good, slightly leathery on the outside as Middle Eastern breads tend to be but a little flaky on the inside. I saw great looking lahmacuns, manti and french fries (!) but couldn’t get a good look at the wraps because of the tin foil.

The place was almost deserted when I went in but more tables filled up even though it was near the end of the lunch hour. There was only one person working the front of the house and he was overwhelmed at times. The kitchen seemed adequately staffed but it took me about an hour and 20 minutes to get out; a couple of tables had ordered huge amounts of food but maybe this is why it was so deserted during the lunch hour.

On the in-house menu, the hours of the Sunday brunch are listed as 10:30 to 2; the website says 10:30 to 1:30pm.

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