Several graduates had the culinary pleasure of having their parties catered by Turkuaz Cafe this past weekend. Me? I stopped in on Saturday afternoon to beat the rush and enjoyed a falafel plate accompanied by fresh and delicious homemade hummus, pita, rice and tabouleh.
Owner Ibrahim Tabanca has been whipping up Turkish and Mediterranean food at Turkuaz for well over a year now out on Highway 6W at the Rebel Paintball and Mini Golf Entertainment Complex (yes, there’s mini golf there now, too).
The menu offers something for everyone–whether you’re a carnivore, herbivore, love a strong cup of Turkish coffee or have a craving for something sweet. Seating is al fresco on a covered patio and payments are cash only, so don’t bother bringing your card. Turkuaz Cafe is open Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For more information, check out the Cafe’s Facebook page here. Special requests are always given consideration; just ask.
After receiving an email from a concerned Oxford consumer about the unexpected addition of bacon in her salad while dining in a new restaurant in Oxford, I thought I’d address the diverse eating habits here in town. As someone with several friends who have lessened–or stopped altogether–their consumption of meat, I have observed restaurants that accommodate these special diets as well as those who blatantly disregard them.
As a University-based town, people move to Oxford, Mississippi, from all parts of the country as well as overseas. While they are aware that they are coming to the South (famous for its pork-based menu items), those who are vegetarians are also arriving with an expectation that there will be at least one meat-free option on a restaurant’s menu (not including fries). In addition, with so many more people concerned about where their meat is coming from nowadays, we’re seeing even more people transitioning over to a meat-free lifestyle.
Thankfully, there are several restaurants in Oxford that have included vegetarian options/entrees on their menus. Most vegetarians have learned, from experience, to ask about every ingredient (right down to the bacon fat used to make some biscuits and fries), and many restaurant owners have addressed consumer concerns and taken steps to make their establishments more vegetarian friendly.
Below is a list of Oxford restaurants with vegetarian options (at least one); if I’ve left anyone out, please let me know by commenting here or emailing me at email@example.com. If you’re a vegetarian who likes to cook at home as well, check out the 101 Cookbooks blog. Thank you to all of the restaurant owners/operators who are sympathetic to the dietary needs of Oxford residents. To others, please consider adding an option to your menu or a note that invites vegetarians to ask their server for meat-free versions of existing menu items.
- Red House Burgers & Blues
- Tallulah’s/Catfish One
- Deli News
- Marie’s Lebanese Cuisine
- Turkuaz Cafe
- Yocona in Exile
- The Bungalow
- Ajax Diner
- Big Bad Breakfast (if you eat eggs)
- Boure (lunch menu)
- Taqueria El Milagro
- Maharaja Indian Cuisine
- Parrish-Baker Pub
- McAlister’s Deli
- Bottletree Bakery
- Honeybee Bakery
- Two Stick
- Bangkok Thai
- Frank & Marlee’s
- Nagoya Japanese
- O.E.C. Japanese Express
- Proud Larry’s
- Volta Taverna
- Phillips Grocery
- Old Venice Pizza Co.
- Downtown Grill
- Varsity Grille
- Castle Hill Resort & Restaurant
If you’ve never been out to the Rebel Paintball and Racing Complex on Highway 6 (28054 Hwy6 W going toward Batesville), you now have a reason to make the trek.
Turkuaz Cafe recently opened, serving Turkish delights such as lamb and beef shish kebabs, stuffed grape leaves, baklava and gyros.
They don’t appear to have a website, but they have a FaceBook fan page: click here for Turkuaz
I haven’t tried it myself yet, but hope to do so soon. Let me know about your experience at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE 12/17/09: Since posting this blog, I’ve had the pleasure of trying some of the items offered at Turkuaz Cafe and appreciate the care that goes into each individual dish. It’s clear that the owner takes great pride in his cooking and it shows in the way he presents his food and how he interacts with his customers. I’ll definitely be back.