6815 Lonetree Blvd
Rocklin, CA 916-772-3020
An otherwise bland strip-mall location is enlivened with ornate objets d’art like hanging glass-mosaic light fixtures and exotically curvy coffeepots, but the real focus is the authentically Turkish fare. A long menu of specialties ranges from the expected (lamb kebabs) to the surprising, such as manti (ravioli-like dumplings) and fried zuchini pancake. Don’t miss the appetizer platters, large plates loaded with an array of cold spreads and vegetable dips, arranged like the spokes of a wheel: smoky eggplant purée, creamy walnut-studded yogurt, hummus and more, all with a puffy, fresh flatbread for dipping. Other hits include pides (boat-shaped meat or vegetable pies) and the grilled meats and fish dishes.