Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Eating at Alaturco

 We were out running errands late Tuesday afternoon and the Handsome Husband suggested we stop somewhere for dinner. We agreed to try a new-ish restaurant at the north end of Ballston Spa.

Alaturco Mediterranean Grill opened for business last August. On this evening, the restaurant was fairly quiet, as might be expected during this week of public schools' spring break, when so many families have sensibly vamoosed to somewhere warmer and sunnier. Plus, it was a Tuesday, and a cold, gray one, at that.
 Inside, the restaurant decor is cheerful and evocative of Turkey. It is a casual space, with about thirteen tables and a lively take-out business. Everything looked very clean and well-tended. Our waitress, who was actually from Turkey, was friendly and helpful.
The HH ordered doner (gyro) kebab, above, with a dark Efes, a Turkish beer. I chose lamb shish kebab, shown in the first photo, and a Goose Island IPA. We both liked our meals and agreed that we would happily go there again. We shared an order of baklava for dessert and thought it was delicious.

During dinner, we struck up a brief conversation with two ladies sitting near us, for whom this visit was also their first.
"But it won't be our last!" one of them laughed. They had ordered Iskender and Hunkar Begendi and each had enjoyed their dinner choices.

Alaturco is located at 2007 Doubleday Avenue (Route 50) in Ballston Spa., next to a Dunkin Donuts. It offers a reasonable assortment of bottled beer and wines, along with Turkish coffee and teas. Alaturco serves brunch on weekends until 2:00 PM. Take-out and free area delivery are also available. They have a website and a Facebook page.

With summer coming up, SPAC patrons take note: an Alaturco take-out dinner would make an awesome summer lawn picnic and it is only about four miles south of Spa State Park. Check them out when you are in the area.