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Ted Cox

Turkish storefront specializing in fresh-baked "Turkish pizza."

Our Review

Just steps away from the Brown Line stop at Irving Park, this bright storefront is kind of an anti-Starbucks, offering excellent coffee, brewed hot tea, and salep, a foamy Turkish hot drink traditionally made from orchid tubers. For a few bucks you can add to one of those a Turkish "samosa," freshly baked dough packets stuffed with feta or meat (all here halal) and sprinkled with black sesame seeds. But the house specialties are the street foods broadcast by the name: freshly made Turkish "pizzas." Lahmacun is a thin flatbread topped with beef and lamb and served with lemon, a little pile of parsley, and sumac-sprinkled raw onion; a meal in itself, it's a steal at $3.50. Pide is a hand-shaped oval of dough crimped on the sides and filled with a choice of ingredients—mozzarella, ground beef, feta, vegetables, sucuk (a spicy dried Turkish sausage), chicken and red peppers, or a combination. Made and baked to order, these take 15 to 20 minutes, but you could always have a starter while you're waiting. Salads, generously portioned, were fresh and appealing despite pallid winter tomatoes; even better was a warming yellow lentil soup brightened with a squeeze of lemon and served with house-baked bread.

Kate Schmidt

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