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Categories: Top restaurant

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More in this neighborhood: Ybor City


It was a monster year for new Greek restaurants around Tampa Bay, but nearby Turkey got short shrift except for Istanblu. Opening late in the year in the space vacated by Sunday’s Fine Dining, this attractive newcomer is owned by Levent Cilek, who also owns Shrimp & Co. down the block. Lamb takes center stage, offered in the doner kebab or ground-meat Adana kebab (served traditionally with rice and grilled tomatoes), best preceded by baba ghanoush or a clearly homemade hummus, and then followed by inky Turkish coffee and a gorgeous baklava. Still in its infancy, the restaurant hopes to add live music and belly dancers soon.

This is part of Times Food Critic Laura Reiley's 25 Top Affordable Restaurants in Tampa Bay.

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Istanblu - Ybor City