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Top 5 Turkish restaurants in Chicago

In the pantheon of cuisines that usually get thrown out as options when deciding where to go for dinner, Turkish food is usually not one of them. Mexican? Thai? Italian? Yes, we all have take out menus stuffed into that "misc./tool" drawer in our kitchens. But I'm guessing there aren't many of you craving a thin and crispy lachmajun or a juicy doner kebab like I do frequently. Turkish food joins the ranks of the under-represented in Chicago, right alongside Iranian (Persian), Indonesian and Malay. But I think these five offer something unique, and in most cases, they're either baking their own bread or phyllo (or both), and you can bet the kebabs are made to-order.

1. Turkish Cuisine & Bakery
Everything is made on-site, including the paper-thin phyllo dough and fresh bread. 5605 N. Clark St., 773-878-8930.

2. Cafe Orchid
Eggplant dishes are the star here, and the owners are so friendly, you feel like you're dining at their home. 1746 W. Addison St., 773-327-3808.

3. Turquoise
This Roscoe Village restaurant has a Turkish arsenal including hot and cold starters, plus a wider range of entrees than most; there's also a four-course prix-fixe option as well. 2147 W. Roscoe St., 773-549-3523.

4. A La Turka
Comfy couches and pillows everywhere and live dancing on the weekends, this is probably the best decorated of the top 5, making you really feel like you're in Istanbul. 3134 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-935-6101.

5. Efes Cafe
Not exactly 100% Turkish - they are more "Mediterranean" in theme - but they do have some nice Turkish touches like the mucver (zucchini pancake with homemade yogurt) 2833 N. Broadway St., 773-880-0063.

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by dayzella

I looked on LTH forum forum for you - they say that Demir owns Cousins now and has taken over what used to be Red Corner at the intersection of Lincoln and Addison and renamed it Demir Fast Food.
He used to work for A La Turka, so maybe you'd enjoy their food?
A La Turka
3134 N. Lincoln, Chicago
Tel: (773) 935-6447
Personally, I like Turkish Cuisine in Andersonville.
Turkish Cuisine
5605 N. Clark St.
773-878-8930

Yes!

by dayzella

Andersonville has lots of Middle Eastern food - Taste of Lebananon (a quick snack house) is across the street, Andie's and Reza's are up farther on Clark, Turkish Cuisine and Bakery is across the street from the Jewel near Catalpa.
Middle Eastern Bakery and Grocery will have many of the products you are looking for.
Middle East Bakery and Grocery
1512 W Foster
You could also try Pars Persian Store a little bit farther up the street near Berwyn and Clark. They don't have as many groceries - more spices and teas - but they have a huge amount of stuff in general.
What are you going to make?

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FAQ

Generic White Male
What is this Turkish dish called?

When I was in Turkey, I ate these type of pancakes that looked like Nordic pancakes but tasted differently, they were also with meat and I think goat cheese, is there any specific name to that dish?

I believe you are talking about gozleme?

BRY1970
Turkish Restaurants in Chicago?

Went to my first Turkish Restaurant in Chicago and loved it Turkish Bakery, looking for more Turkish Restaurants in the Chicagoland area to try. Also possible website to check out menu, thanks.

A LA TURKA Turkish Kitchen
(773) 935-6101

N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

They have belly dancers there!!!!!!!!

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