Straight Path & Route 109 (shopping strip across from Burger King)
N. Lindenhurst, NY 11757
I've been meaning to check this place out for a while, but the opportunity just hasn't come up. I was in the mood for some takeout kebabs the other night and decided to call Marmara (1844 Dear Park Ave, Deer Park), one of my local favorites for good but not great Turkish. I was disappointed when I got a message that the number was no longer in service. I remembered I had grabbed a menu from Pasha and realized it was time to try them. The chicken kebab was fantastic. The marinade soaked through all the way to the hole where the skewer had been. I arrived just in time to watch it being lovingly grilled behind the counter. The roasted pepper that comes with it is awful, but you won't since you'll toss it to the side to get at the chicken.
I sampled my girlfriend's order of "gyro", a misnomer and a concession on the menu, since the Turks call their version "doner". And this is the Turkish version, which consists of stacked sliced meat, instead of ground meat. A few Turkish places on the Island pander by serving a distinctly Greek gyro. I was afraid she wouldn't like it, since it's far lambier than the types of gyro she's tried before and she wrongly believes she doesn't like lamb. I offered to switch dinners, since I would have been just as happy with the doner as with the chicken (though the chicken is definitely the thing to get). She liked the doner, but I could sense a hint of envy when she tasted my kebab.
A platter is a deal at $6.95. It comes with rice pilaf (good), salad (it's not that strong a salad, so you might want to ignore it) and a can of soda. I got a can of Turkish gassoz(sp?) which is a lemon lime soda in the vein of Sprite - 7UP - Sierra Mist, but like many Turkish things, far superior.
Regarding Marmara, I drove by the other day and they're still open, so maybe they just didn't pay their phone bill. Still, this is a bad sign. Please support this place before it disappears like other restaurants at this address have. Marmara is a great place to have in this area; it would be a real shame to lose it.
One more thing, Pasha has good prepared food, but isn't the best Turkish market around. Though Pasha has some things that others don't, a better market in the area is Anadolu (1815-C Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, across the street from Marmara, actually). Anadolu also has good prepared food, which I've posted about before. Try a simet, a crescent roll topped with black sesame seeds and filled with cheese and oregano. I don't think you can get one anywhere else on Long Island.