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Istanbul Grill & Deli

5613 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 | Kirby-West U | 713-526-2800

Location Description:

Istanbul Grill is an outpost of Turkey nestled between monuments of yuppiedom in the Rice Village. Inside the tiny six-table restaurant, the TV glows with scenes from a Turkish broadcast, while outside young Turks happily demolish platters of food or sit quietly sipping Turkish coffee. Swooning is a natural reaction to imam bayildi, a luscious dish of roasted and stuffed eggplant. A favorite entrée is iskender kebab, alternating layers of lamb and beef on a skewer, but the Istanbul Grill allows you to sample a wide variety of good kebabs.

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  • Cuisine(s): Middle Eastern
  • Hours: Sun, Tue-Sat 11am-10pm
  • Price: $$, $$$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Reservations: Accepted, Recommended
  • Parking: Lot Available
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Catering, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Order Online, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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