Best Turkish in Bay Area (doner kebab, hookah?)
I’m looking for a great Turkish restaurant in the Bay Area. I’ve found a few recommendations in past posts (New Kapodokia (Redwood City), A La Turka (SF), Bosphorous (Berkeley), etc). Are there any others I’m missing? I live in the Peninsula but am willing to travel for great food. Also, does anyone know a place that serves truly authentic Doner Kebab? I’m also interested in finding a good Hookah bar. Thanks in advance!!
We've been to a place in San Mateo (I think San Mateo...or one of those towns in that area) called Tarboosh that had hookah and really decent food.
If looking in SF, Kan Zaman is fun too. (I strongly second Robert's suggestion) Be prepared to experienced a packed hookah bar on the weekends, especially if it's around one of the times they have belly dancing. The food there is great too and I love their hot spiced wine!
It doesn't have doner kebab and I only had one small snack there, but the new Hayes & Kabob might have some promise
It's not easy to find a great hookah bar with great food.
Sunshine Coast (1312 Haight Street) has great hookah I hear, but only limited snacks.
Here's my report on Pride of the Mediterranea which a friend who is really into hookahs loves (and not a fan of Kan Zaman). I thought Pride had ok-ish food. I'm not so into hookahs.
Yeah, hookas are excepted but ... I forget the rules ... something like it has to be outside or in a separate area or something. It's sad, this friend was really into hookahs and I just wasn't interested so a lot of the pep talk about how it wasn't like smoking cigarets just sounded to me like blah, blah, blah ... should have listened.
Aren't there also some cigar clubs in SF too? Some sort of exception about them being clubs.
Other hookah / food combos that maybe someone else can comment on ...
Ziryab Mediterrean Grill
Casablanca Cafe (1609 Polk Street) Kind of a coffee shop
Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant
There was a place in Oakand that I wanted to try ... for the food ... but it closed before I made it there. I was going to at least note it hooka-wise when my freind came to the Bay Area.
I had some pretty good food at Ziryab, but it's not Turkish:
The California law is no smoking in the workplace. To allow smoking indoors, restaurants and bars must either have separate, sealed-off smoking rooms that employees don't enter (like Hemlock Tavern), or must be entirely owner-operated (like Cigar Bar and Occidental Cigar Club).