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A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I decided to give our date night a Turkish twist by giving Talulla's a try. We made reservations through Open Table, booked our babysitter, and we were set.
When we arrived at 8pm, the place was packed--I am so happy we made a reservation. We were seated within a few minutes at a cozy table along the rug covered walls (think gorgeous, deep colored turkish rugs, not Graceland shag). While we did have to wait a bit for menus, we were served drinks and bread with a red pepper dipping sauce almost immediately. But, let's talk a little more about the ambience. Wood floors, dim lighting, rug covered walls, and what seemingly used to be storefront display windows have been turned into cozy "private" booths for parties of 4--maybe more, and I'm guessing less on a night that isn't so busy. These booths are replete with curtains and deep colored pillows along the seating area. I admit it, I was a little jealous of the people dining there. Don't get me wrong, our table was good, but those looked like fun--like you might kick back and stay awhile.
Back to service. The service was good--but this isn't a place to plan for a quick dinner. Things moved rather slowly, but, after all, the place was packed. Throughout the evening, we had more than one server pitching in.
Now, the food. Going back to the bread and dipping sauce. Wow! we ordered more. I could have made a meal off of just the bread and dipping sauce, but we were, after all, there to give Turkish food a whirl. I had the Talulla's salad--arugula, spinach, cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes, dill, pistachios, feta and more, all topped off with pomegranate dressing. Delicious. Give me that salad and the bread, and I'm good. For my entree, I had the Talulla's Guvec, a dish of seasonal vegetables in a tomato, herb and wine--I had shrimp added to mine. Fabulous! A little spicy--but delicious spicy. the Man from Montreal was thoroughly pleased with his meal as well. In fact, we were so full that dessert just was not an option.
You might be thinking, "but I don't want to have to deal with parking on Franklin." Thanks to the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, there is free valet parking! So convenient!
Overall, we had a great meal in a warm and comfortable atmosphere with a bit of Turkish flair. I would put it on my list of regular restaurants to visit, and a Chapel Hill must-do! Now, I just need to sit in one of those booths and stay late enough for Friday night live jazz (starts at 10.30).
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456 W. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514