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Restaurant Review: Ankara Cafe

By Duangjai Samranvedhya
Staff Reporter

472 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

437-0404, (800) 696-3069

Fax 437-1803

My workload and sleeping disorder have helped me realize the value of takeout menus. Takeout food helps me get through the week when time is limited; work keeps coming, and I have virtually no time to cook everyday, as usual. I have yet to make takeout food my diet for the rest of the semester, but when I think about ordering takeout food, especially the deli style, Ankara (formerly Angora) Cafe is my number one choice.

My neighbor at Next House got me hooked on Ankara my freshmen year. He had an appetite for the calzone (and everything else). Their small calzones cost $3.95$5.35, a perfect size for a hungry soul, but big enough for two petit girls to share. Since I've never finished my small calzone at one time yet, I have not ordered the large calzone, $7.95$10.00. I think it should be able to feast a number of people.

The price of pizza and calzones goes up as you add more toppings, and you can choose from meat and veggies. The pizza comes in three sizes: personal, $3.95$5.35, medium (12"), $6.6911.85, and large (16"), $8.69$14.69. Unlike the standard toppings found on Domino's menu, toppings at Ankara include prosciutto, white tuna, anchovies, artichoke, jalapeno, eggplant, feta cheese, roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes, avocado, and more.

Ankara offers a variety of salads, soups, quiches, lasagnas, tuna melts, pita roll-ups, sandwiches, triple deckers (named after most of the colleges in Boston, including MIT, Harvard, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Boston College), and the best of all, frozen yogurt. The salads and sandwiches cost $4.00$5.50 on average. I don't think I will ever get to try everything on their menu since I already have my special love - the B.L.T.

Let's just say that they make a B.L.T. the way I like it. I order my B.L.T. on simple white breads with some Romaine lettuce, thinly sliced onions, fresh tomato, and a generous number of crispy bacon strips. It's triple-decked, packed with the freshest ingredients. The B.L.T. tastes so good as is with all those crispy bacon strips, so imagine how good it tastes with the condiments - I am addicted.

Another great choice is the grilled chicken caesar roll-up. Expect bigger sized roll-ups than the ones we usually get from the food trucks. Everything from Ankara can make you full. For the veggies, the avocado and brie roll-ups look good too. Beware, though, that avocado has both lots of vitamins and fat.

As I always say, the restaurants with great desserts are like the speakers with great punch lines. Ankara has frozen yogurt, $2.58, with over forty flavors to choose from. If I were you, I would order the yogurt when I order my sandwich. Ankara offers free delivery for the minimum order of $7. Note that when you order two flavors, $2.86, let's say M&M and Oreo, you will get M&M and Oreo all mixed up into one flavor, not half of M&M on one side and half of Oreo on the other side. If you don't like frozen yogurt, Ankara has frozen yogurt shakes for $3.14.

I am sure that Ankara cafe menus are already in MIT dormitories. The delivery hours are noon to midnight. They say on the menu to mention coupons when ordering. There's an extra charge of $1.00 for Visa and Mastercard orders. You can also get to Ankara by SafeRide - it's within a block of IHOP at Fenway. It is a very small deli, down-to-earth, and somewhat crowded.

One important tip for ordering from Ankara is that you should order at least forty-five minutes to an hour in advance of when you plan to eat. They have limited staff and deliver to almost every nearby college in Boston. I have talked with my friends, and the slow delivery is a well-known problem. Enjoy anyway.