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Eating Out - October 29, 2010

Shop Talk

by Daryl Savage

THE MORPHING OF CAL AVE. ... A handful of businesses are changing hands in Palo Alto's California Avenue business district. The first change is Anatolian Kitchen, a new Mediterranean restaurant that opened Oct. 8 at 2323 Birch St. in the former location of Oaxacan Kitchen, which had a two-year run. Turkish-born Dino Tekdemir, who co-owns Anatolian Kitchen with his brother and chef, Sahan, is the star of the show. His exuberance for his food and his appreciation for his customers cannot go unnoticed. "I'm here all the time, from opening to closing. This is my life," said Tekdemir, who stands at the door to greet people, then visits each table. His personal touches are featured throughout the small restaurant. Pointing to an assortment of leather shoes tacked on to the wall, he said: "Those are special holiday shoes. Nearly 100 years old." Also adorning the walls are Kurdish rugs and handmade silver plates. "I used to polish these plates with a special cloth when I was a child," he said. Tekdemir's pride is further evident in the food preparation in a tiny kitchen easily viewed by diners. "Everything is homemade here, from the dolmas to the bread to the Anatolian ravioli."

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