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Iskender kebab anywhere in DC metro area?

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ViolentScarlet Apr 4, 2011 01:17 PM

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.
Many thanks!

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Cafe 8
424 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Atilla's
2705 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

Balkan Grill
5902 N Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303

  1. agarnett100 Apr 4, 2011 01:21 PM

    "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?

    1. alkapal Apr 5, 2011 02:32 AM

      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.

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        Indy 67 Apr 5, 2011 03:11 AM

        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.

        1. Bob W Apr 5, 2011 04:53 AM

          Check out Temel in Fairfax.

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            susco Apr 5, 2011 03:03 PM

            How about Cafe Divan in Georgetown?

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            Cafe Divan
            1834 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

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              alkapal Apr 6, 2011 03:43 AM

              mentioned above.

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                brianV Apr 7, 2011 05:51 AM

                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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                Cafe Divan
                1834 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

              2. alkapal Apr 7, 2011 09:48 AM

                has anyone been to this place in herndon (?) called turcuisine?

                1. monkeyrotica Jun 7, 2011 06:52 AM

                  The iskender and doner kebabs at Balkan Grill are excellent. Not much room for dining in (four stools) so it's mostly carryout. The cevapcici are also excellent as is the Bosnia Burger, which is enough for two. Highly recommended.

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                  Balkan Grill
                  5902 N Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303

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