During the week, this north Andersonville restaurant appears unassuming and often hurts for customers, but once the weekend arrives, it transforms into a celebration straight out of Istanbul, complete with belly dancers and live music.
While the "bakery" portion of its title may lead you to believe you'll find a case of baked goods somewhere in the restaurant (you won't), it actually refers to the freshly baked desserts made with homemade phyllo dough. The baklava is moist and rich, and the rice pudding tastes sweet enough to complete a meal, yet comforting enough to eat for breakfast. It has eight desserts on the menu, and you can buy four for just $3—possibly the best deal at the restaurant, or even the block.
The restaurant specializes in, among other things, Turkish stuffed pie—a flaky crust surrounding a hot mixture of ingredients, such as feta cheese, mozzarella, sausage or vegetables. Made to order and served fresh from the oven, these savory delights are worth the wait. Other notable items include Turkish pizza and coffee and dolma (stuffed grape leaves).
Entrees cost around $11 and come in hefty portions that will almost certainly leave leftovers. Four daily lunch combos run less than $10 and include items like soup, salad, Turkish pizza or a chef's choice of entree. The small, sparsely decorated restaurant doesn't offer much in the way of ambiance, but the hot, filling entrees and baked-daily desserts more than make up for it.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Sarah Dahnke