My friend and I went to see Serena Ryder last night at the Rebecca Cohn and it was excellent. Before the concert, we went for supper to the Cafe Istanbul. It was only about two blocks away from the concert area so we just parked there and walked. The food was excellent!! It's not a very big place and it was packed! We hadn't made reservations so we were worried when we went in that we wouldn't get a seat. But some people had just left and there was a table for two so they sat us right down. It was loud and noisy, but not in an annoying way, we really liked the atmosphere. We had to leave for the concert, but if we had been able to stay, they have belly dancers there at 7:30 pm on Saturday nights. They also have live music there on Friday nights. We think we will go back down there sometime to see the belly dancers. They bring a basket of pita bread to the table to start with. We each had a glass of red wine, then I had the Cheese Borek which is Deep fried phyllo pastry triangles filled with feta cheese (I'd actually asked for the chicken borek but I don't think he heard me, but I was quite happy with these and would order them again). They came with a salad underneath and a salsa and dipping sauce. They were crispy and airy at the same time and I loved them. Then I ordered the Halloumi wrap which was a pita wrap with grilled Turkish goat cheese with tomatoes and onions on it. It was delicious and so filling and it came with a Turkish salad. The Turkish salad was made with thin slices of cucumber, tomato, red onion, green pepper, and lettuce. It was so fresh tasting. We didn't have time or room for dessert though. My friend had the falafel and said it was the best she had ever had and she gets it everywhere we go! She also had the Beyti kebab which is grilled slices of lamb tenderloin and it came with Turkish rice and salad. She loved her meal as well and we would definitely recommend this spot, and we do hope to return there someday. The waiter/owner, I think, was very nice and friendly. They really seem to appreciate the business and make a person want to come back. We live approximately an hour away and are already planning to return.
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