Continuing a Turkish tradition on Main Street

Could a doner kebob taste better than a cheesesteak?  Burcin Sahim, co-owner of Meze Cafe in Manayunk, says some Philadelphians think so. The turkish dish is often served up at Meze Cafe, along with other Middle Eastern plates, such as falafel. 

Sahim came to America 14 years ago, right after he finished high school in Turkey. He stayed with his grandmother and aunt who were always cooking up a storm at home. He says his mission at Meze Cafe is to cook his food as if it was made from Turkey; many of the spices used on his dishes are ordered straight from Turkey. 

Alexander Tagiev, Tom Hogg and Sara VanTrieste are students at the Philadelphia Univeristy of the Arts.  This piece was produced as part of the collaboration between UArts and WHYY/NewsWorks.

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