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Feb 25, 2014 05:12 PM

Authentic Turkish Cuisine

I am interested in finding some place in the Philly/Metro area that serves authentic Doner Kebabs. Preferably in the street-food atmosphere but would not mind eating it in a restaurant. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. I have never been here, so I can't vouch for authenticity...

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      I've been there, back when it was called the Kebab House, and liked it a lot. I'm pretty sure the ownership is the same now, they just changed the name. I don't know if I'd know an authentic doner kebab from an inauthentic one, but IIRC we tried 3 different kebabs and they were all good.

      1. re: Buckethead

        I have been to Leziz and the Kebab House on Sansom and prefer the former, although the Kebab House is decent. The food's generally better prepared at Leziz and you don't feel as if you are dining in your basement.

        1. re: bluehensfan

          Sansom kabob is Afghan. While there are some culinary overlaps, I don't think they do döner kebab.

          1. re: lowereastrittenhouse

            Here is a link to a previous discussion on doner kebab in Philadelphia. Several of the places (divan for example) have closed.


            Here is also a piece on the inventor of the donor. He passed away last year. It appears to have started in Germany and spread across Europe and back to Turkey.


    2. I think Brauhaus Schmitz does a doner kebab. I havent had it but I have seen it, and it looks like a real doner kebab in the German street food sense.

      Leziz is pretty good, havent tried the doner there, definitely a sit down restaurant atmosphere not street food or euro fast food.

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      1. re: barryg

        Brauhaus Schmitz, I think, only does them as a lunch/soccer game special. They do look pretty good and a lot like what I've eaten in Germany, though (which is really about as authentic as a doner gets)

        1. re: caganer

          Alyan's (a greek place) even has lamb kebabs. Is doner kebab is essentially the same as gyro meat?

          1. re: bluehensfan

            it differs, honestly.
            In Germany it's usually slices of real meat stacked on a spit like the shawarma at Alyan's or the tacos al pastor from lots of Mexican places. In England it's often just like Greek restaurant gyro meat - chopped and formed in a factory.

      2. I'm not sure if this fits the bill but might as well take a look-

        It's in the NE on Grant Ave just off Bustleton Ave.

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        1. re: janmcbaker

          I love this restaurant, but it features Bukharan and Uzbeki food, not Turkish. Very different cuisine.