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Best Turkish?

balabanian Aug 16, 2010 02:27 PM

I went to Real Doner in Petaluma this weekend and enjoyed it so much that now all I want to eat is Turkish food. I'll go back to Real Doner and try some different menu items, but I want to try some other places as well, particularly closer to home (SF or Marin).
So far on my list:
Troya and Layaly in the Richmond District
Turkish Kitchen in Berkeley
Gyro King and A la Turca in Civic Center area.

What am I missing? Any favorites or anything on this list I should not bother with? Also, anywhere that makes good meat pide?

A La Turca
869 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Layaly Mediterranean
2435 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Turkish Kitchen
1984 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

Real Doner (Gyro)
307 F St, Petaluma, CA 94952

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    bigwheel042 RE: balabanian Aug 16, 2010 03:07 PM

    There's a relatively new place called Tuba on 22nd and Guerrero. Haven't tried it though.

    Always thought Layaly offered more the usual quasi-Lebanese fare than Turkish but I could be wrong about that.

    1. Ruth Lafler RE: balabanian Aug 16, 2010 03:40 PM

      IIRC Eden's Turkish Food is owned by the brother of the guy who owns Real Doner.

      Eden's Turkish Food
      552 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler
        Melanie Wong RE: Ruth Lafler Aug 16, 2010 03:49 PM

        The family restaurants have expanded. Here's a list of the three siblings and their respective restaurants.

        Vahit Besir, Eden's Turkish Food, San Francisco
        Mrs. Binnur Apaydin, Real Döner, Petaluma
        Joe Besir, Afendi's Turkish Grill, Petaluma

        I've heard a rumor that Eden's has had a makeover --- can anyone here elaborate?

        Afendi's Turkish Grill
        299 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954

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        thecreepingkid RE: balabanian Aug 17, 2010 11:48 AM

        A Turkish friend of mine says Tuba is the best Turkish food he's had in the city. (Although he's always amused by seeing falafel on a Turkish menu.)

        Troya is a great restaurant on its own terms but the owner says he's had to adjust a few recipes for local ingredients. It's more modern interpretations of Turkish food & it's delicious. I go out of my way for their chicken guvec.

        Tuba Restaurant
        1007 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          Joan Kureczka RE: thecreepingkid Aug 17, 2010 05:38 PM

          I still dream about getting back for Troya's braised lamb grapeleaves with currents and pinenuts (and no rice). Really fabulous and different from any version I've had elsewhere.

          349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

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            SFDude RE: thecreepingkid Aug 17, 2010 09:12 PM

            Tuba is very good and reasonably priced -- while I am not an expert on Turkish food, I have traveled in Turkey and it seems that Tuba gets the flavors right.

            Also in the Mission is LoLa's, which is Turkish-Mexican fusion (I kid you not). It is very good food, though not "authentic".

            3234 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            Tuba Restaurant
            1007 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          2. CarrieWas218 RE: balabanian Aug 17, 2010 12:19 PM

            Pilita Grill is San Carlos is worth the trip down the Peninsula!

            Pilita Grill
            680 Laurel St, San Carlos, CA 94070

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              CopperKoi RE: balabanian Feb 28, 2011 12:05 PM

              Try Afendi's, also in Petaluma.

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                vulber RE: balabanian Feb 28, 2011 12:10 PM

                I like Ziryab on Divisadero, even though it's not exclusively Turkish. great for hookah

                528 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

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                1. re: vulber
                  Robert Lauriston RE: vulber Feb 28, 2011 12:30 PM

                  I like Ziryab, but there are few if any Turkish dishes on the menu.

                  528 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

                2. Melanie Wong RE: balabanian Feb 28, 2011 12:41 PM

                  I pointed some Turkish friends to New Kapadokia in Redwood City as the most traditional last weekend. They were happy with the choice and said, "Adana kebab really good, as was lamb over eggplant purée. Surprisingly the desserts weren't up to par."

                  New Kapadokia Restaurant
                  2399 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063

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                  1. re: Melanie Wong
                    Windy RE: Melanie Wong Feb 28, 2011 10:27 PM

                    Same owners or related to the Tuba folks.

                  2. eatzalot RE: balabanian Mar 2, 2011 10:32 AM

                    Turkey produces many highly skilled and experienced cooks who go to work in other countries including US. It might be worth noting, for this and future related query topics, that for marketing reasons (i.e., Turkish cuisine is unfamiliar to many Americans), Bay Area Turkish restaurateurs or cooks often brand their restaurants "Mediterranean" or "Italian." ("Gyro King," upthread, looks like an example.) Some of them still offer Turkish specialties.

                    I'm very familiar with this situation around the South Bay where actually most "Italian" or "Mediterranean" restaurants I know of -- a large majority -- have Turkish roots. (Of eight restaurants styled "Mediterranean" in downtown Mountain View, all but one have Turkish owners, cooks, or founders. Two popular ones, Bodrum Cafe and Cafe Baklava, are explicitly Turkish with Turkish menus; the new Ephesus Mediterranean Cuisine offers many Turkish specialties though I haven't eaten there yet.)

                    Cafe Baklava
                    341 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

                    Ephesus Restaurant
                    185 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

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