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Persian and Turkish finds north of Bloor
A LA TURK (#26)
This North York Turkish spot’s specialty is wood-fired pide (Turkish pizza) and charcoal-grilled kebabs. Instead of a complimentary bread basket, you are treated to “balloon bread,” so named because of the steam that fills a hollow puff topped with sesame seeds. At $35, the mixed kebab is the priciest menu item, but there’s no filler here. And don’t forget to grab a baklava ice cream sammie for dessert –– if you have the room. 3443 Yonge St.
KHORAK SUPERMARKET (#43)
A community hub and one of the best places for casual Iranian food in the city, Khorak Supermarket opened 30 years ago and has grown with the local Persian community near Yonge and Steeles. After picking up groceries, hungry shoppers return to the hot table for a meal of kebabs, saffron rice, lamb shanks and stews before hitting the bakery for oven-fresh bread, homemade baklava and other Persian sweets. 6125 Yonge St.
North York’s A La Turk