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Oct 30, 2009 08:01 AM

Istanbul Grill - Arlington

Tried this place for the first time last night. It's on Cooper St. two miles south of I-20 and loved it.

Had the meze plate, which included about eight items, and all were excellent. The "mixed eggplant", a grilled eggplant and tomato dish, was probably my favorite. Every item was absolutely fresh, and the chef has a great hand when it comes to balancing the levels of olive oil, vinegar, herbs and spices. Pita was just out of the oven fresh and quite delicious too. I got some falafel and grape leaves to go, and they proved excellent also. Baklava came with whipped cream and chocolate and raspberry sauces, and was utterly outstanding.

The decor is a cut above the basic; white tablecloths, wineglasses on the tables. The room is pretty but understated, and full of light. Prices are not rock bottom cheap, but are very moderate and extremely reasonable for the quality of the food.

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  1. I second that review: this place is turning into my favorite Turkish destination in the metroplex. It's Turkish, similar to Lebanese or other Ali-Baba-ish locations but with more flavor I think. ENjoy.

    PS: they also own the pizza joint next door: skip the regular pizzas and try the few Turkish Pies they have on offer to get even more of that excellent cuisine.

    1. I've always wanted to try this place as I pass by it everyday; however, due to lack of cars in front of the restaurant, I prejudged and assumed it would be another horrid hole in the wall.

      How does this place compare to Cafe Istanbul in Dallas as far as food is concerned if you have been there? Thanks.

      Cafe Istanbul
      5450 W Lovers Ln Ste 222, Dallas, TX 75209

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      1. re: BellaDonna

        I love both the pizza place and the Istanbul Grill. The Pizza place has a many items lunch buffet with a $4.99 price tag that fit every budget. Istanbul Grill is a two-three man operation, they always serve fresh wonderful food that cook to serve. It is a hiiden gem that not many people know

        1. re: BellaDonna

          I really like the food at Cafe Istanbul in Dallas, but Istanbul Grill is a definite notch better, and it's a better value as well, thanks to being in a lower rent area.