First Taste: Turkish Cuisine Westchester in White Plains

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The owners of Turkish Meze in Mamroneck have opened a less-fancy but just-as-delicious new takeout place in White Plains. I stopped in the other day for lunch. I can never resist falafel:

They were light and fluffy inside and crispy and crunchy outside. Great. And the tahini sauce was smooth — not grainy like some.

Here’s a little look around. It hasn’t changed much since it was the chili spot. Long counter:

A few tables in back:

Kitchen up front:



Spit roasting for gyros:

I also tasted the lentil soup, which was pureed instead of chunky. It was very nicely balanced and great on a cold day:

I took a chicken gyro and the lamb meatballs back to the office for colleagues and had a bite or two of each. The chicken schwarma inside the gyro was a little dry, but spiced nicely. The lamb was moist and heady with cumin — very, very delicious.

My favorite dish of the meal was the hummus. They were making it right in front of me as I waited for the takeout order… how could I not order it? It was smooth, fresh and lip-smackingly good. One of the best around, for sure.

They handed me a free order of baklava as I left. It was drenched — and I mean drenched — in honey.

Fabulous.

And the meal was a bargain, too.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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