3016 Linden Street
We entered a cozy environment, every table filled with friends and family sharing appetizers and appetizing-looking entrees. The hardworking, friendly servers greeted us and I was optimistic to have a satisfying experience. The Lehigh Valley is blessed with a wide variety of restaurants serving variations of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine. Anatolian Kitchen, describing themselves as serving Turkish/Mediterranean fare, is another to add to the list, and an asset to Bethlehem's restaurant selection, just a few miles outside of Main Street shopping/dining district.
Our accompanying friends have recently become regulars, and recommended we start with Karisik Meze Tabagi, a mix of all their appetizers (small, $9, large, $16). Perfect for sharing, flavor and variety, it includes a variety of spreads, such as hummus, baba ganoush, an eggplant salad, stuffed grape leaves, and more, served with fresh warm bread.
We chose a variety of their classic entrees, including lamb kebabs ($13,95), chicken kababs ($11.95), manti (traditional Turkish dumplings, $10.95), & kibbee. We enjoyed sharing the generous, delicious and continually flavorable portions.
Our meal was completed with turkish coffee served in a classy, special cup. We chose three classic desserts, including baklava and kunefe (also spelled kanafeh, a pastry that includes a sweet cheese.) Most noteworthy is the baklava. The first bite caused me to pause and say "Wow. I think this is the best baklava I have ever eaten." This sounded dramatic, I needed to confirm with the second bite, and it proved to be just as extraordinary as it melted in my mouth. The others tried and each of us had similar reactions. It's true. There is something special about the baklava--don't miss it.
Anatolian Kitchen is the kind of place you can easily revisit and want to bring your friends and family. It's casual but classy, warm, comfortable and the food is extremely satisfying.