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REPORT: Istanbul Grill in Houston - Turkish food

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REPORT: Istanbul Grill in Houston - Turkish food

Stewart | Aug 25, 2003 01:02 PM

My friend Mike (LazyMF) told me about this place a few weeks ago, and I've eaten there a couple of times in the last week or so, just wanted to give you fellow chowhounders a heads up.

They are located on Morningside in Rice Village, next door to the Gingerman. Its a smallish informal place, so no need to dress up.

One of the BEST things about this place is the bread they give you when you sit down (served with a plate of olive oil poured on roasted sesame seeds and spices). Its sort of looks like pita, but is more "doughy" like those GREAT yeast rolls you used to get in public high schools here in Texas.

The appetizers are the star of the show at this place, in my opinion. I'm a big fan of eggplant, so I was easy to please here. The Immam's delight is stuffed marinated eggplant and is my favorite. (They can call it Stewart's delight!) The Patlécan Soslu, an eggplant and tomato dish, is also fantastic. My family and I shared the mixed appetizer plate yesterday, and some items were better than others, but all were good.

The entrees seem somewhat similar to Persian food, in that "meat and rice" seem to be a common theme, but the meats are spiced differently. Another great entry is what I think of as "Turkish pizza." They are listed under the "Pideler" section of the menu. The sausage one is fantastic.

I've heard that the rice pudding and turkish coffee are "must trys" at this place. The turkish coffee was great, but I found the rice pudding tasty and pleasant, but a bit bland and "custardy."

Chowhounders, if you haven't eaten here, try it out, its very good! If you have tried this place, let me know what you think!

Stewart

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