While giving a co-worker a ride home today, we stopped to look at a consignment store on Lincoln Ave. in Lincoln Square at her request. Upon parking the car, I noticed we were right outside a Turkish restaurant I had not noticed before, Anatolian Kabob. Not having had lunch, we stopped in.
What good fortune. I had the lahmajun (comes with lamb or chicken, I had lamb) and it was superb. This may be the pizza option for he who does not like cheese. The bread was nice and chewy, the topping smooth and beautifully spiced.
My friend was enticed to go in by the sign on the door advertising vegan white bean stew, which we both had. I started out thinking it a little bland, so gave it a squeeze of lemon and a bit of salt, something I almost never do, the salt that is. It is nice to find something that simple that hasn't been ruined by too much salt. It was white beans, in a beautiful creamy tomatoey thick broth, with bits of red bell pepper and zucchini. $3 for the lahmajun, about 10 inches across, $3 for the stew, which could be had for $6 in a large bowl over rice.
They have a full menu of doner, shish, chicken, adana, chicken doner kebaps, as well as Iskender kebap, toasted bread topped with doner meat, special tomato sauce, and homemade yogurt, which I intend to try next time. Also dolma, hummus, jajik, falafel, baba ganuj, roasted veggies, sauteed veggies with yogurt garlic sauce, sandwiches of much of the above plus kofte. Some desserts, turkish coffee.
It's a pleasant little storefront, nice family running it, little kids playing in the kitchen and behind the counter. They opened in August. Smoking is allowed, and as there are only about 10 or 12 four tops, a no smoking section won't do much good for those who can't stand smoke.
They also sell homemade bread, they had a flatbread with sesame displayed, also a country italian style, which came with the stew and was very good, and a long loaf with sesame. I will definitely make it my bread stop on the way home, as I am tired of being ripped off by Whole Foods Bakery. I will definitely be going back.
This has reminded me how much I like Turkish food. There is also a very good Turkish restaurant on Irving Park just west of Sacramento, north side of the street, called 773 Mediterranean Cuisine (in the space where NN Smokehouse was going to open up and had their sign up for several months). I've only eaten there once or twice, but they have a walnut red pepper spread that was outstanding, and I remember everything as being very good. Most of the customers there were Turkish, and they have a large table surrounded by a low bench with lounging pillows and recessed underneath for your feet that was filled with a large party obviously enjoying themselves. I will post more when I go back, hopefully soon.
4609 N. Lincoln Ave.