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A la Turka: "Lakeview-fun Turkish restaurant" Top 5 Page for this destination Sofra (formerly A la Turka) Tip by Dabs

Sofra (formerly A la Turka), Chicago: 7 reviews and 11 photos

  Ed showing off his belly dancing skills (Aug 2009)
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  • Ed showing off his belly dancing skills (Aug 2009) - Chicago
      Ed showing off his belly dancing skills (Aug 2009)
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  • Ken, did you happen to notice the belly dancer? - Chicago
      Ken, did you happen to notice the belly dancer?
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  • More belly dancing - Chicago
      More belly dancing
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  • Pide (August 2009) - Chicago
      Pide (August 2009)
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  • Iskender kabob (August 2009) - Chicago
      Iskender kabob (August 2009)
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Last visit April, 2012

Sofra, formerly A la Turka, is a Turkish restaurant in Lakeview, on a couple of occasions we've coordinated it with seeing a comedy improv show either before or after, Comedy Sportz is about a mile away.

Sofra has a nicer atmosphere than my other favorite Turkish restaurant, Turkish Cuisine and Bakery, beautifully decorated with several small tables for 2 or 4 people where you can sit on cushions on the floor. If you want the cushioned space it's a good idea to call ahead and ask for it.

Try to schedule your meal for when the belly dancer(s) perform if you go on the weekend, Friday at 8:30pm, Saturday at 9pm. It's a real treat to watch and maybe someone from your group will be brave enough to get up and dance like my 14 year old nephew who surprised us all.

I think the ownership has changed since the name change, there were a lot of empty tables on our visit in April 2012 and that was something you'd never see on a Saturday night when it was A la Turka. Gone are the raffles, gone is the liquor license so now the restaurant is BYOB.

Favorite Dish: Iskender kabobs are my favorite Turkish dish, layers of beef and lamb (gyro) meat, on top of diced pita bread covered with tomato sauce and yogurt-delicious!

We tried the falafel and the burek as appetizers, both were pretty good.

Address: 3134 N. Lincoln
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Lincoln just south of Belmont, metered street parking is available
Phone: 773-935-6101
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 3
Theme: Middle Eastern

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 2, 2012
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