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Certificate of Excellence2017 - 2019 Winner
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APPETIZERS
Shephard Salad
Traditional Turkish salad prepared with tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, onions and parsley with lemon-oil dressing
Reg. USD 4.49
Lg. USD 7.99
With feta cheese, add USD 0.99
House Salad
All fresh romaine lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, onions and marinated red cabbage served with lemon-oil dressing
Reg. USD 4.49
Lg. USD 7.99
Green Beans
A delicately flavored olive oil stew of green beans, carrots, tomatoes, onions with touch of garlic and fresh herbs
USD 4.39
Ezme Salad
A pungent mixture of tomatoes, green onion, bell pepper and parsley chopped finely until juices flow, seasoned with walnuts, hot spices, garlic, olive oil and fresh lemon juice
USD 4.49
Humus
A classic Middle Eastern blend of chickpeas, tahini and a hint of garlic drizzled with olive oil and dusted paprika
USD 4.39
Tabuli
A tingling salad which combines of all fresh parsley, mint, dill, tomato, green onion blended with bulgur, seasoned in lemon-oil dressing
USD 4.49
Eggplant Salad
A roasted puree of eggplant, sharpened by lemon and garlic, and garnished with fresh parsley and red bell pepper
USD 4.49
Eggplant with tomatoe Sauce
Pan fried eggplant cubes arranged with home-made reduced tomato sauce and fresh parsley
USD 4.99
Leeks
A simple dish of tender textured leeks with carrots and onion, simmered in olive oil
USD 4.49
Dolma
These stuffed vine leaves contain a particularly delicious filling of rice, pine kernels, aromatic, sweet spice and fresh dill
USD 4.99
SOUP
Red Lentel Soup
USD 4.29
TURKISH PIZZA
Lahmacun
A traditional Anatolian specialty, hand chopped lamb meat, tomatoes, parsley, green pepper, garlic mix spread over hand rolled dough, baked in a brick oven
USD 4.89
Vegetarian Lahmacun
A traditional Anatolian specialty, hand chopped tomatoes, parsley, green pepper, garlic mix spread over hand rolled dough, baked in a brick oven
USD 4.59
Lahmacun Platter
Two lahmacuns rolled with charbroiled eggplant dip and served with salad
USD 10.99
Vegetarian Lahmacun Platter
Two vegetarian lahmacuns rolled with charbroiled eggplant dip and served with salad
USD 10.49
Cheese Pide
A thick dough crust stuffed with mozzarella
USD 9.99
Sucuk Pide
Cheese pide with Turkish sausage
USD 10.99
Pastrami Pide
Cheese pide with slices of cured beef
USD 10.99
Egg Pide
Cheese pide with eggs
USD 10.59
Mixed Pide
A thick dough crust stuffed with combination of cheese, eggs, Turkish sausage and pastirma
USD 12.59
Meat Pide
A thick dough crust stuffed with ground lamb and garden vegetables
USD 14.99
KEBABS
Doner Kebab
This great classic of Turkish cuisine features thin slabs of lamb and beef combination marinated with our own secret blend of seasoning. Slowly grilled on a vertical skewer and thinly sliced
USD 11.89
Lamb Shish Kebab
A skewer for devotees of lamb: lean, tender pieces of lamb. Char-grilled to perfection
USD 13.89
Chicken Shish Kebab
Lean, skinless chunk of chicken breast, marinated in a tenderizing, flavorful mixture of oil, garlic and blend of seasoning then threaded onto skewer and char-grilled
USD 11.49
Adana Kebab
Finely chopped lamb flavored with red bell pepper. Slightly seasoned with hot spices and grilled on skewers.
USD 12.49
Chicken (Adana) Kebab
Finely chopped chicken breast flavored with red bell pepper and parsley. Slightly seasoned with hot spices and grilled on skewers.
USD 11.49
Kofte Kebab
Finely minced lamb blended with heady seasoning, onions, parsley and garlic. Here the mixture is formed into patty shapes
USD 11.99
Iskender Kebab
This most popular and flattering dish of Turkish cuisine is made with tender slices of Doner Kebab layered on bed of diced butter-roasted pide bread surrounded with yogurt and topped with our own sauce
USD 12.99
Ali Nazik
A roasted puree of eggplant served with garlic-yogurt sauce, topped with hand chopped and stir fried seasoned lamb
USD 13.99
Ratatouille (Etsiz Turlu)
A colorful olive oil stew of eggplant, green beans, zucchini, potatoes, carrots and green pepper intermingled with tomatoes, onion, garlic and crushed mint
USD 10.99
Vegetable Kebab
A bright medley of vegetables, including baby eggplant, mushroom, tomatoes, green pepper and onion, marinated in olive oil, oregano and garlic then grilled on skewer
USD 11.49
SANDWICHES
Doner (Gyro) Sandwich
This great classic of Turkish cuisine features thin slabs of lamb and beef combination marinated with our own secret blend of seasoning. Slowly grilled on a vertical skewer and thinly sliced
USD 7.89
Adana Sandwich
Hand chopped lamb seasoned spicy red peppers and charbroiled on skewers
USD 7.89
Adana Chicken Sandwich
Hand chopped chicken breast seasoned spicy red peppers
USD 7.49
Lumb Sandwich
Grilled tender cubes of lamb
USD 7.89
Chicken Sandwich
Specially marinated chunk of top choice chicken breast
USD 7.49
Beef Sandwich
Marinated chunk of top choice beef filet
USD 7.89
Kofte Sandwich
Ground lamb tossed with onion, parsley, garlic and charbroiled
USD 7.49
DESSERTS
Baklava
A delicious sweet and buttery pastry with walnut
USD 1.69
Sekerpare
A baked mixture of enriched Turkish delights
USD 1.69
Kadayif
Shredded wheat stuffed with walnuts
USD 2.49
Firin Sutlac
Baked rice pudding
USD 3.79
About
We are the first and most authentic Turkish restaurant in Houston. Our charming little restaurant at the heart of rice Village has been part of the community for over 15 years. All these years we have stayed true to our belief that a good food must be made from the heart with passion. Every day starting at dawn our kitchen starts to prepare every single item on the menu from scratch with authentic spices and ingredients, whether it's our famous brick oven bread or our award winning rice puddings. The key to our success has always been our commitment to integrity of our recipes to maintain our constant high quality standards.
PRICE RANGE
$7 - $22
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Delivery
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Reviewed March 7, 2020

I really love Turkish food. Shady this place is awful. The plastic table cloths and truly terrible lighting. The food is tasteful and not very good quality. Staff are pleasant enough. I will never go back.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 2, 2020 via mobile

We enjoyed dinner here on a recent visit to the area. We had a really nice experience: pleasant and attentive service, good food, nice Turkish wine. Pleasant conversation. The dolmas were very good to start, as was the lentil soup. We had the mixed grill...More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 15, 2020 via mobile

The service was great, and I enjoyed their flat bread and hummus, but the dolmas had too much cinnamon for my liking and the stuffed mushrooms just were not very good. They were a bit under cooked and had large pieces of a fresh herb...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 18, 2020 via mobile

Great experience! Lunch on a Saturday! Our server was very welcoming and helpful. Everything we ordered was perfect. You have to try the Turkish coffee, Iskender Kebab and any of their baklavas. We will be back.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 13, 2020 via mobile

In Rice Village on the Morningside restaurant row. Casual setting with good indoor and outdoor seating. All the classic Turkish dishes very well made, some with a unique twist. My vegetarian lahmacun platter arrived with two Turkish flat beards rolled up with an eggplant mix...More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 25, 2019 via mobile

The place is small, deservedly popular, and has limited parking, so be forewarned. Probably better to try the lot across the street. But the food is worth the inconvenience. An excellent selection of Turkish dishes, all well prepared. Friendly service.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

Fantastic place. Authentic food Great menu We had Tabouli for appetizer share lentil soup and a mixed grill plate that had lamb beef and chicken fixed several ways. Rice with cabonzo beans. Every thing off the charts. Decor average service great Prices average Will go...More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 1, 2019

Istanbul Grill was wonderful in the past, but it is no more, it is the Mexican Istanbul Grill now. Not one Turkish person works there, not even a cook. And the food and service declined. Everyone is Mexican. The lentil soup had no flavor, only...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 17, 2019

Wonderful experience both with food and the staff. The food was very good and the staff was exceedingly friendly and took the time to explain the menu and adjust our order to our likes.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 31, 2019 via mobile

The good here is OK but not great... The flavor is average... I guess since there are only a few in the area it would be your only choice... Kind of expensive would rather go to Cafe Lilly

Date of visit: August 2019
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