College of Charleston students have lately been abuzz about MOD Pizza, the Seattle-based customizable fast pizza chain that recently opened at Calhoun and King streets (Think Subway, but with tomato sauce and anchovies.) But just down the block, Turquoise Restaurant is offering a uniquely Turkish spin on baked dough topped with minced beef, vegetables and herbs.
The new restaurant from the family behind Kissmet, a gifts-and-housewares store, specializes in lahmacun, an ancient flatbread that’s become newly popular in the Middle East. Other planned menu items include kebabs and a selection of salads, such as hummus, babaganoush and yogurt dip. For dessert, Turquoise is serving baklava and rice pudding; kunefe, the syrup-soaked cheese pastry, is reportedly still to come.
Turquoise Restaurant, 357 King St., is open daily. For more information, call 843-764-9444.