Bosphorus Channels Top-notch Turkish and Mediterranean Food (Fri., 3/22/24)

Lamb shish kebab at Bosphorus. (Photo: Rick Handler)

Lamb shish kebab at Bosphorus. (Photo: Rick Handler)

Geography-wise, the Bosphorus is a narrow sea strait that winds through the center of Istanbul. Food-wise, Bosphorus Mediterranean Cuisine is a Pittsburgh restaurant serving excellent Turkish and Middle Eastern dishes. A high quality meal at midrange prices can be had just from the appetizers at Bosphorus. The falafel is crisp on the surface and delectable once you dive in. The tabuli is lively and zingy but not bitter, a symphony of grains and chopped vegetables mixed and seasoned to cool perfection. The entrees range from familiar to not-so-familiar: yes, a visitor can have lamb shish kebab—but one might also try karniyarik, which is eggplant stuffed with ground lamb, onions, tomato, etc. Vegetarian and vegan diners will find ample choices. The desserts are luscious. If you’re dining in, the ambiance is comfortable and friendly. In warm weather, there’s seating outdoors, and carryout and delivery are available year-round. The only downside? Bosphorus is closed on Mondays. But this culinary gem—located at the corner of Frick Park, where Braddock Avenue meets the mighty Forbes—is open 4 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. the rest of the week. 7600 Forbes Ave., East End. (M.V.)

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