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May 29
Friday

Çukurcuma Köftecisi: A Mom and Pop Meatball Shop

Filed under Reviews (Eats)

Three generations of kofte makers

Sitting down for lunch at Çukurcuma Köftecisi is something like being a part of the live studio audience of a TV sitcom – with meatballs.

Plotline: Three generations of an unusually tall family run a busy local restaurant with what seems like very little service industry experience but great intentions and strong will. Hilarity ensues. Continue…


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7 responses - Posted 05.25.09
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3 responses - Posted 05.25.09
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2 responses - Posted 05.22.09
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12 responses - Posted 05.15.09
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Breaking News: Körfez to Close
no responses - Posted 05.13.09
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no responses - Posted 05.12.09
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9 responses - Posted 05.11.09
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10 responses - Posted 05.08.09
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9 responses - Posted 05.06.09
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8 responses - Posted 05.01.09
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