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Turkish?Arabic Restaurants....the best??? (so. Florida)

with a few to choose from, I need your opinion of which one serves the best tasting food for the price

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  1. I've tried many middle eastern places in Broward and in Miami, and I must say that I'm a big fan of Kabobji in North Miami Beach more so than other middle eastern establishments. But if you want a "Turkish" experience more so than the generic Arabic, then I've heard of places in Hollywood as well as Hakan in South Beach being reliable. I'm not sure which would be the best.

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    South Beach Cafe
    121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

    1. If you like Lebanese style food you might try al-Salam Mediterranean Restaurant & Grocery (http://al-salamrestaurant.com/new/ ). They're in the Plantation Crossroads Plaza 1816 N. University Drive, Plantation, FL 33322 (954) 916-5193. It's right on the north-east corner of Sunrise and University but set back so the plaza can be a little hard to find.

      It's the best Lebanese restaurant we've found here in SoFla and it's all halal food. The prices are very good as well.

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      1. re: RickL

        Thanks Rick. Unfortunately I tried that place and I wasn't impressed. But it has been three years since I have been back to that place in Plantation. I'll give it a second try. Also, I believe the owners of the place are Egyptian and the style seems to be a little different from what I'm used to as Lebanese. At the same time, I do also acknowledge that there's a lot of Arabs eating at al-Salam, and I think it has partly to do with the location (since that part of Plantation has a lot more Middle Easterns than the other parts of South Florida).

        1. re: RickL

          al-Salam: I went to this place 2 yrs ago on a Saturday night and my party of 2 was seated promptly but the wait for service was over 1 hour long. They were incredibly short-staffed and had 2-3 waiters taking all the orders and delivering all the food. I was so disappointed that I have not been back. I don't know if they have hired more waitstaff.

        2. A la Turca, on Hollywood Boulevard, near Dixie, is pretty authentically Turkish. I especially like their sampler platter app and the yayla kebap -- steak served just exotically enough to satisfy my curiosity and comfort level. The lamb guvech, a casserole dish, was very nice, as well. People at the next table got the A La Turca sampler platter, which I will get the next time I'm there. The wait staff is very accommodating.

          http://www.myalaturca.com/Home_Page.php

          1. there is Anatolia in Boca on US1 near Palmetto Park Rd. Was there last night - it was packed. Food is good but it is quite pricey. No liquor license so it's BYOB.

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            1. re: smartie

              I had a horrible experience at Anatolia's. There were 6 of us and placed an on-line $50 coupon on the table. The owner came to the table and stated he would only honor $25. We protested quietly, and he walked away with an "enjoy your dinner" comment. About 10 minutes later he requested 2 of us to come outside where we found a police officer waiting - and another group who just ate at the restaurant and also expected to use a coupon. We were told that by the officer that we had to pay the extra $25 and the owner had no responsibility for the coupon. The owner volunteered that he had previous customers try to use coupons and wouldn't accept them. When asked why he didn't post a denial of the coupon in the restaurant, or pull his association with the website, he ignored the question, and volunteered that he didn't need customers like us - although we had been there several times before. Rather than accomodate his customers he chose to ensure we would never come back. I suggest to readers that you do not patronize a very customer unfriendly establishment.

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              Anatolia Mediteranean
              212 S Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33432

              1. re: comishner

                Where did you get your coupon? Did you report them to the people who sold you the coupon?

                1. re: OysterHo

                  yes I wondered where you can get a coupon that a restaurant won't then honor.

                  1. re: smartie

                    southfloridadines has a $20 g.c. and restaurant.com has a bunch of different gc's at different values.

                    If that restaurant isn't honoring the g.c. it's up to you, the customer, to report it to the web site immediately. I'd be very upset if I was trying a restaurant and they didn't honor my g.c. and I'm thinking perhaps there have been counterfeiters or something bad going on for them to do something so stupid like turning away customers and calling the police.

                  2. re: OysterHo

                    i got it on restaurant.com. the owner of anatolia said he had coupons presented several times during the week. he never denied having the coupons on the website.

                    1. re: comishner

                      wow that's fraudulent use of coupons then. If a restaurant wants to advertise and sell $5O worth for $25 then they should honor the coupon. I would definitely report them to Restaurant.com.

                      1. re: smartie

                        I agree but the only problem is that it is next to impossible to communicate with Restaurant.com.

                        1. re: Alfred G

                          That's a shame. They do have a facebook page, that might get some attention.

                          http://www.facebook.com/pages/Restaur...

                          1. re: OysterHo

                            I would also suggest you calling the credit card company and canceling the charge,

                            1. re: SaminSFL

                              Yes do it and report back to us what happened with it!

                      2. re: comishner

                        they are still on the website as of tonight - $50 for $25 I think

                        1. re: smartie

                          I spoke with restaurant.com. They were very apologetic and offered to make up for the problem with Anatolia. So I will give them high marks for customer service.

                          1. re: comishner

                            Have you tried Mandolin Aegean Bistro in the Design District? It's a mix of Greek and Turkish. If you sit outside, it's heaven. (Go when it's not blisteringly hot or raining.)

                            http://www.mandolinmiami.com/