That inspiration came fast when I saw recent positive reviews on a restaurant which is less than a half a mile from our condo, Istanblu Turkish Grill. I have never experienced Turkish cuisine but after reading positive after positive reviews, I knew we had to give this place a try.
Upon walking in, we were the only patrons in the restaurant. Not to fear, they are in the process of their soft opening, as they decided to open doors a month early. Our server Erica informed us that they will have belly dancers and live music soon. They also have a place upstairs for private parties. Along with a full bar and specialty drinks, Istanblu offers a wine list that features Turkish wine! I will have to give that a try on my next visit for sure.
Erica suggested that we try the Karisik Izgara, aka the Mixed Grill for two which had a variety of different Kebabs. I suggest this dish to anyone so you can get a little taste of the different kebabs. Our plate consisted of Doner (homemade Gyro), Chicken Shish Kebab (Tavuk Shish), Adana Kebab (chopped lamb), Beef Tenderloin Shish Kebab and Chicken Chops. This was served with rice and grilled tomatoes. Let me tell you, this was one of the best meals we have had in a VERY long time. Everything was amazing. The spices were perfect and we had a cucumber mint dipping sauce to cool down if the heat was too much (which it wasn't). Our collective favorite from the sampler happened to be the one dish I didn't think I would like, the Adana Kebab. It was so flavorful!