4th Street Restaurant Review - Anatolia

Hello! I hope you have all had a good first few weeks back at school! I'm already behind in homework - what else is new! 

Anyway, I'm interested in starting a series within my blog, simply titled "4th Street Restaurant Reviews." Even as a junior, I haven't crossed off one of the most important things on the IU Bucket List, which is to eat at every restaurant on 4th Street. Although I don't anticipate that I'll make it to every restaurant before I graduate, I wanted to share my thoughts with you regarding the restaurants I choose to go to!

I'm an avid traveler, which means I'm also jumping at the chance to try new food. Fourth Street is unlike any other that you'll find anywhere else in the nation - Bloomington's 4th street has the most ethnic restaurants within a block's radius, for those of you who didn't know!

As a Welcome Week Assistant, I was lucky enough to work on the Ethnic Dinner program from Union Street Center. Another Welcome Week Assistant, Allyson, and I drove to 4th Street to have lunch at Anatolia, a restaurant our team was considering to provide food for the program.

Allyson and I sat outside and were immediately showered with great service. The employees are incredibly friendly and enjoy a nice conversation with customers. We also got to talk with the owner, Sybil, and she is such a generous, friendly woman. She really enjoys when students come and experience Anatolia. By the way, the decor takes you to a whole other world. Not many restaurants can do that.

Anatolia serves Turkish cuisine. I had never had Turkish food, but I was so pleased. Anatolia's menu offers such a wide variety of entrees and appetizers, from lamb to chicken kebabs to shrimp. If you're a vegetarian, not to worry! Plenty of vegetarian options are also available. 

Anatolia's bread is also award-winning (rightly so!) and the tarator is impeccable. I've never fallen in love with food so quickly in all my life. I had never heard of tarator before having lunch at Anatolia, but it is so delicious! 

I also tried the tomato soup, and it was great! I'm not a lover of most soups, but I highly recommend the tomato soup! The chicken and lamb were also mouth-watering. The tea and coffee also get A-pluses. 

Bottom line: EVERYTHING was good. 

So, get a group of your friends together and go out for a meal. Did I mention groups of 7 or more eat FOR FREE?! Yeah, you read that correctly.

Peace and love - 


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About The Author
Gillian WilsonStudent Blogger

Hello all!

My name is Gillian Wilson and I plan to graduate in May 2015! I'm double majoring in International Studies, with concentrations in Western Europe and International Communication and Journalism, with a specialization in Global Journalism. 

I'm currently secretary of IU's Online News Association and was a Welcome Week assistant for both my sophomore and junior years. I also served on Teter Quad's Board of Programmers as a freshman. I'm very focused on my studies, but I enjoy venturing out to 4th Street restaurants and shopping on Kirkwood! 

Join me as I share my university exprience with you! I'll be studying abroad in Canterbury, England, during the spring semester, so make sure you come back to read about my adventures abroad!