Istanbul Grill

Turkish delights…wasn’t that in some book?

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To kick off our month of “hole-in the wall eats” we decided to make our first stop in Arlington at Istanbul Grill. The family owned restaurant located in South Arlington is home to a Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine.

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To start off, we had zucchini pancakes. They came with a side of pita bread and tzatziki sauce. For me, the pancakes could have been dosed up with a little Lawry’s or something because mama needed a little flavor in her life and most importantly in her mouth! Christa enjoyed it on the other hand. She actually dubbed it as her favorite part of the entire meal, but ya know….to each his own.

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For the second course, I had the gyro and Christa chose the Moussaka. Both dishes were to die for! The gyro I had came with a side of rice, a bed of lettuce and some red cabbage. Now this meal was delicious and the lamb was so tender and flavorful!

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I will let Christa talk about her dish, so she can give you a full insight.

“When I ordered the Moussaka I automatically thought of that scene from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” when Toula brings it school and gets made fun of. I giggled a little bit, but I had to get it. If you have never had Moussaka it is pretty much a Greek style lasagna, but a lot better. It is layered with eggplant, potatoes, cheese, and beef smothered in a tomato sauce. I am not a big fan of lasagna, but this was pretty freakin awesome.”
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Also of note is that this restaurant is BYOB sooo heeeey turn up!! We sat next to a group of older ladies who brought a couple of bottles to get their party on! They kept toasting and giggling during their dinner it was too cute. Hopefully someone came and got them afterwards because they looked like they were getting ready to shut the place down lol. Instanbul Grill is definitely on our list of favorite’s and it gave us hope after the “Fail at Fadi’s”.

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