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I've been testing out the different Turkish restaurants in the area and wanted to make another recommendation: Boston Kebab House. As a semi-vegetarian (no meat, but I sometimes eat fish), I had been avoiding the place for a bit, as I assumed it was all Kebabs.

I was pleasantly surprised that in addition to the numerous meat kebab options, I could also order grilled fish kebabs, as well as other veggie options like falafel (not traditionally Turkish though).

In the evening, you can order the dinner special, which consists of soup, 2 meze dishes, a main course, desert and Turkish tea or coffee for about $14.95. We went with that option. The soup was a very good lentil soup (with excellent bread). For the meze, you have a choice from several. I ordered the spinach with pinenuts and eggplant with yogurt. Both were quite good.

The swordfish kebap had a wonderful grilled flavor (although was perhaps a bit dry for my taste) and was accompanied by rice, bulgur and shepard's salad. After the soup and appetizers, I was getting full however, and to save room for desert, I had this packed up take home after a few bites (it kept well and made a delicious lunch the next day).

My friend ordered kofte kebab and while I didn't taste it, I could smell the cumin spices (very nice).

Neither one of us are huge fans of sweets, but the baklava that we ordered was nice. Not too soggy or syrupy, which often happens if it has been sitting around all day. It was very fresh tasting. The portions were huge (at leat twice the size of a baklava serving in Turkey).

I can't speak to the Turkish coffe, but being a big tea drinker, the Turkish tea brought tears to my eyes - very aromatic. Not your typical teabag tea that you often find in restaurants.

If you are looking for a great atmosphere, this is not really your place. It still has a fast-food joint feeling to me. The dining area downstairs is clean and tastefully decorated with a minimalist touch of artwork on the walls. It is pleasant enough, but not what you'd be looking for if you wanted a special evening out. Even Brookline Family Restaurant would be a better bet on this front. But, the prices are reasonable and the food is good.

Not a great deal of variety, particularly for those not keen on kebabs, but it is possible to also order several different meze and make a meal from that.

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