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Cheap Eats: Bosphorus

Cheap Turkish treats.


"Combo Appetizer"

Jeffrey M. // Yelp.com

The decor is modern, but the melt-in-your-mouth shish kebabs date back to the Ottoman Empire. Head chef and co-owner Caner Yalcintuna is one of two Turkish brothers who run the newly opened Bosphorus, offering healthy portions of authentic dishes hailing from their homeland.

The meze, or tiny dishes, are sure to delight your palate. Dolma ($6), grape leaves stuffed with rice, pine nuts, currants, and herbs, are house-made to perfection daily. The sigara borek ($6.75), phyllo dough stuffed with Feta and parsley, will warm you up on cold Arabian nights. For a larger dish, try the Mediterranean favorite icli kofte ($8.50) made of ground beef, walnut, onion, and spices all stuffed into cracked wheat shells.

Wrap it up: Try the Adana kebab wrap ($8.50), filled to the brim with a mix of spicy beef and lamb, or the Bosphorus falafel wrap ($8.75), stuffed with falafel, hummus, eggplant, tomatoes, and tahini sauce, for great lunch options.

Sweet tooth: Don’t forget dessert and made-to-order Turkish coffee ($2.50). It isn’t served to go, so just sit back and relax with your extra-strong coffee, and nibble on a popular kunefe ($6), a baked kadayif (phyllo dough pastry) with sweet cheese served with syrup and pistachios.

Coming soon: A traditional Turkish breakfast menu and an American tradition: happy hour, but featuring Turkish spirits, wine, and beer.

Bosphorus, 1512 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 944-5484, bosphoruswalnutcreek.com. Lunch and dinner daily.

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