3114 W Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, FL 33629
Features: Children's menu
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: South Tampa
This restaurant spent 12 years in a small storefront not far from MacDill Air Force Base. Many of the regulars, in fact, are military folks who have been stationed in the Middle East and developed a passion for kebabs, baba ghanouj and tabbouleh. There were enough regulars that the 1,700-square-foot space, with its tiny kitchen and lack of designated parking, wasn't getting the job done. So the restaurant moved to a space that was most recently Graffiti Junktion. Turkish food, which is every bit as Mediterranean as it is Middle Eastern, is attractive to look at, largely healthy and accessible, with lots of fresh greenery and simply grilled meats. In short, your kids are going to like it, there's plenty for vegetarians and even carbo-phobes, and it will assuage the jones of anyone who has spent time in the hummus zone, which extends for thousands of miles. Oh, and a full bar and plenty of shareables make it suitable for date night or friends night. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thur., until 10:30 p.m. Fri., noon-10:30 p.m. Sat., noon-9:30 p.m. Sun.
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