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Less than 2 tables: A Turkish delight

Posted by Chip / May 29, 2006

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A baked potato stand, I’m told, can be found on every corner in Turkey. Apparently, it’s the latest, greatest thing in cheap eats, or as the friendly woman behind the counter told me, “it’s like poutine in Quebec.”

Patate au four (Baked Potato) , is a simple and quaint eatery located at the corner of rue Laval and avenue des Pins in the Plateau. The menu is also simple, asking you to choose between several toppings with which to smother your rather large potato. And we’re not talking sour cream and chives here, but rather Russian salad – a mixture of peas and carrots – or delicious homemade tabouli, chicken or sausage, and cheese, to name a few. It is recommended to complement any topping with a dash of hot sauce for that added kick. The potatoes are baked and kept roasting in a special cast iron kiln, appropriately labeled ‘potato oven’. I’m not sure about the technical processes involved, but I’m pretty sure that the design guarantees deliciousness.

If you take your friend who’s feeling like starch isn’t their thing. There are other choices than this restaurant’s specialty. Try the meat pie, which is more like a pita filled with ground beef and salad, folded in two. Also available are the likes of grilled cheese sandwiches and lentil soup. It’s also one of the few places I’ve found that provides authentic Turkish Delight to satisfy one’s post meal sweet tooth.

For under $10, you’ll eat a healthy, filling, tasty meal, with a drink and delightful baklava for desert. When the weather is nice, say like today, there is a little terrace doubling the seating capacity. Now, if only I can convince them to add cheese curds and a little gravy to the menu…it would be like cultures colliding.

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Hannah / May 29, 2006 at 11:11 pm
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If you haven't eaten here, you must. Delicious and filling. And for a city drowning in bad cappuccinos (and some good ones too), it's nice to have access to an authentic Turkish Coffee so close to home.
mathamore / December 3, 2007 at 09:54 am
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very very tres bon.....d immense patate cuitent dans un espece de four a étage qui garde aussi les pommes de terre avant de les ouvrir et garnir de beurre, et fromage, ensuite vous choisisez votre garniture et déguster. creme sur, olive, extra fromage,poulet,salade haricot-carotte en mayo, mayo , dijon, bacon,etc... je les recommandes
mathamore / December 3, 2007 at 09:54 am
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very very tres bon.....d immense patate cuitent dans un espece de four a étage qui garde aussi les pommes de terre avant de les ouvrir et garnir de beurre, et fromage, ensuite vous choisisez votre garniture et déguster. creme sur, olive, extra fromage,poulet,salade haricot-carotte en mayo, mayo , dijon, bacon,etc... je les recommandes

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