Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

It’s a Friday in lent. What’s a good Catholic going to eat? Pizza? Greens Kutabs? Fried Clams? A Bob Salad? Pancakes? Potato Vareniki? All good choices, but not right for this Friday night. I simply can’t make up my mind.

But why should I have to choose? Yes, it’s lent and self-denial is one of the tenets of the faith, but I’m always a bit naughty. No outright sin mind you, but I’m going to push the envelope a little. Tonight, it’s the “mixed appetizers” plate from Anatolian Gyro.

The mixed appetizer plate ($14.00) is my go to dish when I don’t want or can’t have meat. This is Anatolian Gyro’s version of an “everything but the kitchen sink” dish; all of their cold appetizers on one plate.

  • Humus – creamy, garlicky and just a little tart from lemon juice.
  • Eggplant Salad – char-grilled eggplant pureed with garlic, tomato and herbs. This tastes like it just came off my grill.
  • Piyaz – a white bean, red pepper and onion salad. Easily my favorite dish on the plate. Where do they get such large white beans?
  • Baba Ghanoush – grilled eggplant pureed with tahini, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice.
  • Tabule – cracked wheat, scallions and parsley with tomatoes and lemon juice. The perfect ending to the meal, even with the scallions, this clears your breath and your palette.
  • Mixed Eggplant – Fried small pieces of eggplant mixed with garlic and tomato sauce.
  • Beet Salad – beets, carrots and dill salad. Sweet beets with a great vinegary dressing. Outstanding.
  • Pan-Fried Eggplant – fried slices of eggplant. Fried. Need I say more?
  • Russian Salad – basically a take on the classic Hellman’s version with some carrots, pickles and peas for added crunch.
  • Stuffed Grape Leaves – rice and seasoning all wrapped up in neat little package.

This is a hell of a meal. Almost every conceivable food texture and color is represented here. Crunchy beets, carrots and pickles. Creamy and smooth chick peas, tahini and pureed eggplant. Snappy acidic dressings on the piyaz, beet salad and tabule. Red beets, white beans, green parsley and orange carrots. All scooped up with their incredibly light, crusty and tasty Turkish home bread topped with sesame seeds.

It may be lent, but I’m in heaven.

Anatolian Gyro, 1605 Sheepshead Bay Road,  (718) 769-4754.

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  • Anonymous

    AG earned my business, been going there for years now. Good food.

  • greenskeeper

    AG’s piyaz is the bomb!

  • http://www.flickr.com/knightmare6 Knightmare6

    Love Anatolian Gyro! Been going there for over a decade!

  • Local Broker

    I have been eating there or ordering from them for about 15 years and have never been disappointed.

    • Barkingspider7

      The only thing I was ever disappointed with from there were their soups. I love soup, but found theirs very, very oily. Other than that, never a problem.

      • Local Broker

        If the soup was oily you should blame the Russians for that too.

  • Faba

    The only place on SB I would by gyro from!

    I will tell you about absolute must go to Turkish restaurant later. You guys will find nirvana on those plates!

  • Kon

    That dolma on the plate looks great.

  • Barkingspider7

    Wow! There’s alot of eggplant on that dish. I love their hummus – it is so creamy and their grape leaves are delicious.

  • Georgia

    This is a great Turkish spot. The food is terrific and very friendly. I try to go at least once a week to eat something.

  • Anonymous

    mmmmmm chicken gyro…………

    Also their Humus is Slammin! (if i’m talking about the same place)

    • Anonymous

      Taci Beyti on Coney Island and P is Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaar Better then any turkish place i’v went to Believe that.

      However Anatolian is just as good. (well when the people making the food don’t want to kill you) lol

      • Guest

        HELL YEA I LOVE TACI’S

      • Faba

        Dude! Taci Beyti is epic to the power of Pi!

        Everyone should give this place a try, you will be very very pleased.

      • Guest

        I was told by many people that this place is the best around for Turkish food.

  • Courvasier2004

    There is a place on Ave U and around East 30th or so. It is owned by the same owners as AG and even uses the same paper menu but different color. Went there in the past and food was just as good, if not better, than @ AG.

    Back in the 90′s Sahara used to be the best Turkish place in our heck of the woods. I havent been there in years but I’ve had multiple people, including family members, who said that the quality went downhill.

    • Rygirls

      the avenue u location was sold and is now a different restaurant

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000277722058 Samanthabean LoSapio

        Seriously? Aw man… there goes dinner.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000277722058 Samanthabean LoSapio

      Lalezar!! I agree with you about the up in quality. I would always order from there instead– but I haven’t in so long!

    • Ijas2000

      yes very true Sahara restaurant hasn’t been as good as it was in the past….you guys should check out another location called Istanbul on emmons ave….its great!

    • Guest

      AG guys owned that place too, however they sold it about couple of years ago and now it is like Georgian (as if Georgia in the former USSR) food. I had it once and found it to be lousy. Have not been back there since.

  • Ijas2000

    looovveeee this place!!! anatolian restaurant is the best is sheepshead bay ……and sooo is Istanbul restaurant on emmons ave…both my favorite!

  • Guest

    I love these guys. Food is really good, always fresh, although they are pricier now then before and therefore can’t get it as often as previously, but every now and then. Love their “Russian salad” which is a version of “Olivier salad” only without meat, and I have to tell you it tastes better than many “Olivier” salads I had. Their Shepard salad is delicious with or without feta, their homemade bread is to die for and their pistachio rolls and their rice and chicken kabobs and…and…and…..
    Only if they made Mujadara, that would be the icing on the cake, but it is Lebanese dish and they are Turkish, so maybe they do not know how to make it.

  • WeirdNews

    Taci Beytis takes #1 over Anatolian nowadays but locally this place rocks!

  • Local Broker

    Just got a new menu from them today and prices have gone up 8-10% across the board. I think this is the second time they have done this in the last couple years.

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  • LB

    The restaurant is not nice to have dinner at. Somewhat good to use as a take-out. Food is OK but only certain dishes. We had an account with them and were ordering the few dishes we liked, occasionally but often enough so they knew us pretty well. Beware of order screw ups – always double and triple check. The staff is not professional and quite rude when it comes to resolving a conflict. Last time our order was screwed up for the last time – we are not going back there. We called back as soon as we opened it. They refused to replace the order and mananger lied about not being present at the moment. We took the food back to the place to make sure our credit card was credited and it turned out that manager was there all along, just didn’t want to bother himself with upset customer on the phone. He was insisting the order was what we asked for. However, they delivered something we don’t ever eat, not to mention, never ordered from them before. We got our money back but it was very unpleasant experience and completely spoiled evening. We stopped the relatioship with Anatolyan Gyro for good.