Kebabs for Uptown

Pera Kebab gives Uptown Dallas new Turkish twist

Pera Kebab gives Uptown Dallas new Turkish twist

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Pera Kebab joins a family of locally owned Turkish restaurants. Photo courtesy of Pera

The Pera Turkish restaurant empire expands again with a new outlet called Pera Kebab, set to open in Uptown Dallas this month.

This would be the newest addition in a family of highly rated restaurants that includes Pera Turkish Kitchen and Pera Wine and Tapas, which opened in a former Taco Bueno at Belt Line and Preston roads in May.

Pera Turkish Kitchen was opened in North Dallas in 2012 by half-brothers Habip Kargin and Serdar Sensel. Their family also owns Istanbul Grill, which has been open in Arlington since 2009.

A spokesman confirmed that the brothers would be opening Pera Kebab at 2633 McKinney Ave., in the old Sharaku Sake Lounge space next to Yutaka. Sharaku closed in May.

"It'll be like a wine bar and bistro," he said, adding that the opening date would be "very soon."

Although Dallas-Fort Worth has many Middle Eastern options, their restaurants are among the growing number of places specializing in Turkish cuisine, joining old-timers such as Cafe Istanbul and newcomers such as Zeytin Mediterranean Grill.

Pera's menu includes unique Turkish dishes such as the salad called piyaz, with white beans, red pepper, onion, tomato, parsley, vinegar and olive oil; haydari, a yogurt dip of Turkish origin with walnuts, garlic and dill; and "cigarette" borek, which are phyllo rolls stuffed with feta and deep fried.