Have you ever traveled to your favorite vacation spot and discovered hidden gem cuisines that surprised your taste buds? Ocean City Maryland is home to such a miraculous discovery — and it’s called OC Kebab House. Located at 215 S. Baltimore Avenue, you’ll step into a world of well-seasoned dishes, bursting with Turkish flavor. With a casual, friendly atmosphere, you’ll indulge your senses without breaking your wallet, with a price range per meal from $11.00–$30.00.
My husband and I have vacationed in OC Maryland for about six years now, and we have no intentions to stop. It’s a place where your concerns get carried away by the soothing sounds of deep-blue ocean waves crashing, sweet shore-line breezes, and friendly hospitality of the simplest gestures from the locals. OC Kebab House is surrounded by all this relaxing bliss and its very establishment completes the ultimate beach gateway near downtown OC Maryland–just a block away from the beach and spirited boardwalk.
What To Expect
Once you enter its doors, you are greeted with the delights of the Mediterranean–its music, tapestries on the wall, tables blanketed with black runner place mats, crimson-red folded napkins, welcoming waitresses and the smells, that capture your attention, leaving you wanting to try every dish available.
Food Tip #1: Come hungry! I suggest eating light during the day and saving room for an amazing dining experience later on. Though the portions are reasonably sized, the meal will fill you just right. Expect an array of herbs and seasons consisting of parsley, cumin, black pepper, paprika, mint, oregano, red pepper, allspice, thyme, dill, mint, garlic, just to name a few. Also note, not all dishes are spicy.
What To Order
If you love chick peas, I highly recommend for your appetizer, ordering Falafel. This deep- fried chickpeas and vegetables dish is blended with Middle Eastern spices, and has just enough crunch on the outside. You are served six round pieces of mouthwatering goodness.
For the entree, my husband and I absolutely love feasting on either their chicken, beef of lamb Shish Kebabs. These dishes are charcoal broiled cubes that are marinated in special seasonings like some mentioned above, served with rice pilaf sautéed in butter, and shredded red cabbage, carrots and lettuce. There is a lone jalapeno resting on the vegetables (the only spicy element to this dish). Removing it will not hinder the taste of the Shish Kebabs. If your dining companion is brave enough to venture into this realm, by all means, pass it along to him/her.
Food Tip #2: I invite you to order a side of tzatziki sauce and pour as much as you want over your appetizer and entree. This cooled, creamy cucumber sauce, is the perfect blend to reawaken the kebabs and pilaf together. Also, while you’re waiting for your order, you can occupy yourself with dipping your pita bread in a fresh, light olive oil, oregano and black pepper mixture.
To top the meal, I like to add a little beach flare to my Turkish dinner and enjoy a satisfying Pina Colada. Your drink made at the bar, is perfectly blended with pineapple juice, coconut cream, milk, sweet rum and crushed ice. Sit back and enjoy the best of both worlds…the perfect beach escape while discovering the taste of Turkish cuisine.