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Anatolia Turkish & Mediterranean Grill
Leg of Lamb
Type of business:

Mehmet & Umut Kokangul

Business Address:

313B Central Ave NW
Albuquerque NM 87102
(505) 242-6718

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Why did you choose Albuquerque?
Albuquerque is appealing because of the easy, more laid-back lifestyle and culture here.
Why did you choose Downtown?
We chose Downtown because of the opportunity of decent real estate space. The new location is the best so far.
What successes in the past year are you most proud of accomplishing?
We are proud of our new location. It is quite spacious and fresh. Our new space is large enough to hold events, meetings and conferences. Also, Urban Spoon chose us as one of the Top 100 restaurants in the US.
What is different about the menu at your new location?
We now have lamb as an option on the new menu. And we have the "surprise me" entrée where we make an entrée for you that is not on the menu. The “bak-love-ah” is still the best! We now have gluten-free items, as well.
What else is new since your move?
The atmosphere at the new location is fresh with new decor. The blue walls are calming, and our new tables and more seating enables people to stay longer and enjoy themselves and their conversation.
When and where did you learn to cook?
Cooking is Turkish culture. I began cooking at 12 years old, watching and helping my mother. We had weekly barbecues.
What is your favorite dish to make and why?
Adana Kebab. It's our hometown specialty. It has the same seasoning as spicy ground beef. Our hometown is Adana, Turkey.
What is the most difficult dish to make and why?
Every dish is difficult because we make it fresh and prepare it daily.
What is your best-selling dish?
Lamb, Spicy Ground Lamb and Leg of Lamb are our best sellers.
What type of dishes are lighter fare?
All our dishes are made to be healthy and delicious for our customers. You can take any entree and request it as a salad if you wish.
What vegetarian options do you offer?
We have daily vegetarian specials for $7.99. Our Green Bean Tava is green beans, garlic, green chile, onion, tomatoes, spices and Turkish paste. We also have hummus, falafel, babaganouche, rice, salad, dolmas and pita. Many appetizers on our menu are vegetarian. The spinach and tomatoes are grown in our garden.
Tell me about your bellydancing events.
Every Saturday night from 8pm to close, we have the Turkish Desert Darlings Cabaret. It turns into a dance party where customers can join in and do some dancing, too! Free admission.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
We have specials every day on Facebook. Like us—at—to see what those specials are daily. We also do catering for parties and events. We have free parking at corner of Central Avenue and Third Street on the south side of the Park It Place parking lot.

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