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Westside Pavilion find: Sofra

Pat | Sep 24, 200411:36 PM

We went to see the French film "Red Lights" tonight (good film all in all) and discovered this (new to me) Turkish place in the food court called Sofra. Apparently the place has been open for about a year but this was my first time noticing it. Not being familiar with Turkish food, I would say it's kind of a cross between middle eastern and Greek--there's a cucumber and tomato salad, an onion and garbanzo salad, maybe a third. They have the usual kebabs, which I didn't taste but looked very good. In any case, the food looks and tastes extremely fresh--all the salads are made fresh daily. And they make absolutely terrific veggie grape leaves (dolmas). They use this unusual tangy pomegranate spice (called sumak? I think) as a condiment (possibly not in the grape leaves, I didn't ask). Anyway, the price is amazingly cheap--a dolma plate with 4 good sized dolmas, very nice hummus, yogurt dip and a good sized portion of very fresh lettuce salad is: $3.99! There is also a beautiful orange-colored cracked wheat salad that has a very nice if subtle bite to it as well. This is by far the best food hands down at the Westside Pavilion and a very good choice for a quick bite before or after the movies. I told them I'd spread the news to the chowhounds and the two young guys behind the counter were delighted.

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