Iskender kebab anywhere in DC metro area?
I went to Turkey last month and fell in love with iskender kebab, and have been jonesing for it the past couple weeks. Where in the area, if anywhere, makes a decent iskender that's not too pricey? The only places I've read that definitely have it are Atilla's in Arlington and Cafe 8 in Cap Hill. I know Atilla's says they only have it on Friday/Saturday - does anyone know whether they'd have it Friday during lunch or just dinner?
Anywhere else, preferably not too fancy or expensive, and open for lunch?
On a related note, how is the doner at Halal Kabab House or Balkan Grill in Alexandria? I've also been searching for decent doner and Kazan's and Nizam both seem a bit expensive/far from what I can tell, and Atilla's only has it on the weekend.
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"Atilla's says they only have it on Friday/Saturday - does anyone know whether they'd have it Friday during lunch or just dinner?"
Why not just call them and find out?
i was pleased with my visit to cafe 8 on 8th st. s.e. -- but it was probably two years ago. they have iskender kebab platter for $15.50. http://www.cafe8dc.com/Menu.html
there's a turkish place on wisconsin avenue in upper g-town that i've wanted to try, too: cafe divan. iskender kebab is on their menu.
After our trip to Turkey several years ago, we talked about Iskander Kebabs with the owners of Kazan where we eat regularly. Their donner kebab seemed to be identical to the Iskander kebab we had eaten all over Turkey so we asked about their name difference. We were told that "Iskander" is a copyrighted name by a Turkish restaurant so they simply call their dish donner kebab.
This may complicate your search since donner kebab may well exactly what you're looking for at considerably more restaurants.
Incidentally, there has been strong suspicion that Nizam had closed. I was in that shopping center last week and can confirm the suspicion. That restaurant's sign consists of two parts. The section of the sign with the word "Nizam" is turned around so that ony a blank rectangle of white is showing, although the word restaurant still is on display.
Cafe Divan is not bad, and they call it Iskender as I recall. Won't be as good as in Turkey but credible.
"Iskender" is not copyrighted in Turkey; it's from the name of the original restaurant in Bursa that invented the dish, or at least claimed to invent it. I ate there in the mid-60s; very small place, cooked the doner using charcoal, and had servers circling the table with pans of bubbling butter. Amazing
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