Istanbul Grill

Try This: Hunkar Begendi
401 Throckmorton St. |

Pictured Right: Ezme

Downtown lucked out by scoring a second location of this Arlington Mediterranean restaurant from owner Sam Sensel. Located on the bottom floor of the new Cassidy building in Sundance Square Plaza, the classy, upscale Fort Worth branch has everything the Arlington original has, including outstanding — and affordable — lunch specials that feature an app and entree for $12.95. 

Options include zucchini-feta pancakes, fried borek cheese pastries, gyros, housemade hummus and baba ghanoush. It gets better at dinner, when the menu expands to include less-common dishes such as hunkar begendi, lamb meat slow-simmered in a tomato sauce and served atop a blanket of pureed roasted eggplant.