Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, to Café Agora, a Turkish restaurant that serves Turkic, Arabic, Persian, and Greek food. Agora means “gathering place” or “assembly” and was the center of life in a city.

Since we’re headed to Istanbul this fall, we decided to give Turkish food a try. We discovered dishes that we enjoyed, and others, not so much.
The Agora Mixed Grill consisted of several kabobs: chicken, lamb, adana (minced lamb), Kofta (ground beef), and beef/lamb gyros. All the meats were tender and juicy, and very tasty. My favorite was the lamb kabob. My least favorites were the gyro meats.

Agora Mixed Grill

The salad was fresh and light. Every single forkful zinged with flavor.
Agora Mixed Grill ~ under the bread
Dora here. I’d read great things about their Maza Platter appetizer. Hummus, Ezme (tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, onion, and walnuts), Eggplant Salad, Babaganush (another eggplant concoction), Piyaz (red beans, tomatoes, onion), Potato Salad, Fried Eggplant, Haydari (yogurt, walnuts, dill), Tabuli (parsley, tomato, cucumber), and Carrot Salad (made with yogurt). Phew! Is that it? 🙂

Maza Platter appetizer – small
Can you believe that’s a small plate?? It’s a whole meal! My faves were Ezme, Hummus, Haydari, Potato Salad, and Carrot Salad. They could’ve left off the three eggplant dishes, but that’s just my personal preference. And they didn’t blink when we asked for a second basket of that awesome bread. Delish! If you’re looking for a sample of flavors, this is the dish to order.

It’s always nice when a complimentary treat comes out with the bill.

Complimentary Rice Pudding
We rate this restaurant 5 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving outstanding food. 

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