Turkish restaurant “Istanbul” to open in former May’s Counter

Turkey will soon join Tucson’s diverse list of nations with culinary representation.

Turkish eating place Istanbul will open in mid-August at the 3,283-square-foot space, which previously held May’s Counter Chicken & Waffles at 2945 E. Speedway Blvd.

Chef-proprietor Kamran Esar will run the restaurant with his family, including his father, who has forty-five years of butchery experience.

“He became considered one of my biggest supporters,” Star stated.

Esar previously cooked at Opa Greek Cuisine & Fun and Opa Time at American Eat Co.

Istanbul’s menu will feature doner (and derivatives along with gyros), kebabs, Turkmen rice, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, and different Turkish and Mediterranean options.

Since dishes are made fresh to order, the restaurant may effortlessly accommodate order adjustments, Esar said. A huge variety of vegetable dishes are also available.

Additionally, the menu will feature specials, including lamb shank, manti, lamb chops, okra, and more.

Istanbul may even feature sparkling residence-made cakes along with baklava and jalebi.

While the restaurant space might be renovated, the large bar will remain a focal point. Esar said the drink menu will include the most popular American and Middle Eastern beers and spirits.

Tentative running hours are 11 a.m.–nine p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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Fish and raki beneath the Galata Bridge

The Galata Bridge is a hub of chaos and pastime. Above the bridge, buses, cars, and the tramway trundle back and forth between Karakoy and Eminonu. At any time of day or night, fishers line the bridge, casting their traces and trying their luck inside the bloodless waters of the Golden Horn. Seagulls jump, ferries roar, and the mosque calls. Walk underneath the bridge, and some other assault grabs your senses.

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