Warning: The following may not be suitable for Children under the age of 13 and anyone that does not like baba ganoush. Everybody else, welcome aboard
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There are two restaurants that I would implicitly allow to order for me. Mr. Chows in Beverly Hills and Café Agora in Buckhead.
“Big” Al Ozelci is the owner, host, waiter, cook, philosopher and apparently dabbles in used weaponry. I tried not to get into the specifics of that, nor would I want too. Let’s also not ask what’s in those big barrels in the back.
Al will always start you off with a Maza Platter that has the best baba ganoush and hummus that I have ever had. It’s homemade and has a unique smoky flavor. Whether or not that flavor derives from Marlboro, I don’t know and never want to know.
Most people order the lamb gyro which is delicious and his homemade tzatziki sauce is delicious. But his strength lies in the traditional dishes such as Iskender and his Lamb Shish Kababs with the meet on the skewers ready to go. If you want to try it, the Iskender is great, but you may need angioplasty within the hour since the butter is a big ingredient in this piece of heaven.
The décor is “different” as well. You do feel you have been imported to a gritty place in Istanbul or a bad music video.
So make a trip, listen to Al’s stories and let him order for you. You will not be disappointed. Even my picky daughter loves this place. We had it to go last night and she wouldn’t let me touch the Maza Platter (except for the eggplant)!
And for the love of god, have the Baklava afterwards too!