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Turkish Restaurants in LA?

abbyca Jan 30, 2006 06:34 PM

Can anyone give me any good recommendations for Turkish restaurants in LA County?


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    NAspy Jan 30, 2006 06:58 PM

    The only one I know of is a place called Sofia that is in the food court at the Westside Pavilion -- a family owned place amid the franchises and corporate purveyors. I like it -- I've only had the chicken kebab plate, though.

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      FoodObsessive Jan 30, 2006 07:31 PM

      Shafaa in Hawthorne, on Hawthorne Boulevard just south of 120th - excellent place that goes beyond the standard kebabs. If you have a family or large party, call chef Orhan Uz in advance and he'll put together a sampling dinner. Currently open during remodeling. The service is sometimes slow, but the food is always good. No alcohol, but you can bring your own.

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        abbyca Jan 31, 2006 02:11 AM

        Thanks for the Shafaa suggestion. Do you by any chance know how much per person a sampling dinner would cost?


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          FoodObsessive Feb 1, 2006 10:44 PM

          I'd estimate the cost of the tasting dinners at between fifteen and twenty dollars a person with non-alcoholic beverage.

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          echoparkdirt Dec 3, 2006 04:10 AM

          Just went, not impressed. Pretty bad food -- dry rice, mediocre meats, terrible service.

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          Das Ubergeek Jan 30, 2006 08:59 PM

          Serra's, in Studio City on Ventura near Whitsett where the Queen Mary female-impersonator club used to be.

          Not to start a political discussion, but Turkish restaurants tend not to advertise themselves as Turkish due to the huge Armenian population in LA, especially in the Valley. Most Turkish places identify themselves as "Middle Eastern", "Mediterranean" or even "Lebanese". If you see "cacik" on the menu, spelled that way, it's owned by Turkish people.

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            Oro3030 Jan 30, 2006 09:03 PM

            That's a good point about their reticence to advertise themeselves. I never thought about that.

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              Dogbite Williams Jan 31, 2006 11:52 PM

              I would appreciate your opinion of Serra's, Das Ubergeek.

              1. re: Dogbite Williams
                Das Ubergeek Feb 1, 2006 09:59 AM

                I've actually never been -- I just see that it says "Serra's Gourmet Turkish Cuisine"... I really should go at some point when the finances are a bit better.

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