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Oyster Locals – Anatolia – Turkish/Lebanese/Mediterranean Cuisine in Dr Phillips Area

check out the article I wrote on about Anatolia


Anatolia recently opened in the Dr Phillips Marketplace Plaza on Restaurant Row, just a short drive from The Ritz Carlton on International Drive and has been generating quite some buzz in becoming the next Best Middle Eastern restaurant in the Orlando Sentinel’s Foodie Awards.

The restaurant is perfect for families on vacation in Orlando looking to try out a exotic meal from Turkey. The menu is extensive and the dishes are filling, you could even share some of your dish with a friend. The atmosphere is cozy yet classy, with a soundtrack of the latest popular Turkish music playing in the background while you eat.


For starters, I would recommend the Lavas, or “balloon bread”, its a thin Turkish bread made from flour, water, and salt thats puffed up with air like a balloon. The Lavas is fun to eat especially dipped in the cacik, a yogurt made with finely chopped cucumbers, herbs, and a hint of garlic.

For the entree, you can choose from one of the many kebab dishes on the menu, all served with rice, mixed vegetable or red potato. The Karisik Kebab is a mixed grill platter, enough for two people, with  Tavuk Adana (chicken) kebab, Lamb shish kebab, Chicken Kebab, Doner Kebab, and Lamb chops with a serving of Kafte Kebab, all quite delicious and very satisfying.

For dessert, you can choose from the traditional Baklava, a layered fillo pastry filled with pistachio and drizzled with home made syrup to the Kunefe, a large shredded dough layered with a mild cheese and syrup enough to feed a family of four.

Overall, for some great Turkish food in the Universal Studios area or if you are staying at The Peabody Hotel for a convention, you can drop on by Anatolia for a great evening of exotic foods.

Lavas, the balloon bread

Yogurt dip

Calamari appetizer at Anatolia restaurant

Chicken Kebabs

The Mixed Grill at Anatolia, the ultimate feast

Kunefe, a sweet cheesy dessert

Baklava, the traditional dessert

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  1. I remember this place. We dine here with my family during our travel last year and the place is a winner. I especially love the Chicken Kebabs. Wow I ate a lot during that time. If we are fortunate enough to go back to Florida I will surely for to that restaurant again.