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Turquoise Restaurant Plans to Open Before the End of January [Updated]


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Turquoise Restaurant
Turquoise Restaurant
Brian Stetson
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Yesterday, Eater confirmed that Turkish restaurant Turquoise will take over the former Firehouse Subs space. Today, we have a preview of the menu. Owner Recep Dinli says the new King Street eatery will open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and will have a garden in the back for nargile (a Turkish water pipe).

Dinli listed a few items patrons will be able to find on the menu:

Breakfast: a traditional Turkish breakfast of homemade börek, omelets, homemade jams, honey, cheese, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, salami, and fresh homemade pide, with Turkish tea and coffee.

Lunch/Dinner: Lentil soup, vegetable soup, daily salad offerings, vegetarian selections, such as eggplant, cabbage, and pepper dolmas or okra, chickpea, and beans with bulgur and rice pilaf, mezze plates with hummus, ezme (tomato and pepper salad), shakshuka*, artichokes with olive oil, leeks with olive oil, imam bayildi (traditional Turkish eggplant dish) and more pida.

For the meat eaters, there will be lamb, beef, and chicken kebabs, beef and chicken doner kebab (gyros), kofte (lamb meatballs), chicken and mushroom curry with cream sauce, and beef, chicken, and vegetarian pida.

There will also be Turkish baklava, rice pudding, and more.

Look for Turquoise to open before the end of January at 357 King St.

[*Update: A previous version of this article referenced shakshuka as the popular egg dish in a tomato sauce, however, a Turkish shakshuka is a ragout of fried eggplant and vegetables in tomato sauce.]