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Sultan Kebab Auction

Sultan Kebab

Here is your chance to experience Sultan Kebab like you never have experienced it before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry. It’s The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions, presented by McGuireWoods. Along with all of the other restaurants in The Charlottesville 29, Sultan Kebab has created a signature experience available to whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of Sultan Kebab, the winning bid goes directly to the food bank, and each dollar donated is enough to provide four meals to the area’s hungry. So, a winning bid of, say, $1,000 means not just a wonderful meal for the winner and their guests, but also 4,000 more meals for the area’s hungry.

The Sultan Kebab signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auction:

Turkish Home-style Feast: From One Home to Another

Before moving to Charlottesville in 2006, Sultan Kebab owners Deniz Dikmen and Serhat Peker called Turkey home. For Dikmen, it was Izmir, in the West of Turkey. And, for Peker, it was Adana, in the South. For The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions, Dikmen and Peker are honored to prepare their favorite foods of their old home as a gift to their new home. Grateful for all that Charlottesville has done for them, they embrace the opportunity to give back to their community.

The auction winner and seven guests will enjoy a family-style Turkey feast, featuring an array of menu highlights as well as traditional home-style Turkish dishes typically enjoyed on special occasions in Izmir and Adana. To accompany the food, Dikmen and Peker will serve their favorite Turkish beers and wines.

Note: The winner will schedule the dinner with Sultan Kebab on a mutually convenient day.


Bidding for the Sultan Kebab auction ended on July 11, 2016.

Winning Bid: $1,000

Sultan Kebab

Sultan333 2nd Street SE . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 981-0090

Why Sultan Kebab?

There is only one Turkish restaurant in Charlottesville. Fortunately, it’s a good one. So good that some chefs call it the best restaurant in town. Sultan Kebab draws on the Turkish heritages of co-owners Serhat Peker and Deniz Dikmen. Peker is from Adana, and Sultan Kebab’s Adana Kebab is stellar – grilled kebabs of ground beef, spiced with red pepper and paprika. Dikmen is from Izmir, and the Izmir Kofte Kebab is likewise excellent – grilled meatballs seasoned with onion, cumin, and garlic.

With years of experience at Clifton Inn under their belt before opening Sultan Kebab in 2012, Dikmen and Peker are committed perfectionists, and won’t put anything on the menu until they have gotten it right. The house-made pita bread warrants special mention. While “pita” has come to connote any flat bread in the United States, Sultan Kebab’s pita bread is the real thing from Turkey, discs of soft, flavorful bread, made fresh by a talented woman named Nergiza Geydarova. For sandwiches, the bread is sliced, and stuffed with your choice of kebabs, Turkish sausages, or vegetables. Regardless what the menu says, we ask for all of our sandwiches to be served on it.

What to Order

It’s difficult to go wrong at Sultan Kebab, where several items appear throughout the menu in different forms, from appetizers, to sandwiches, to platters. Below is a list of our suggestions, the owners’ favorites, and appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where a local chef or personality has named a Sultan Kebab dish as one of the best in town.

Our Picks

  • Sigara Borek
  • Lentil Soup
  • Lahmacun
  • Adana Kebab Sandwich, on pita
  • Izmir Kofte Platter
  • Ali Nazik
  • Manti

Owners’ Picks

  • Hummus Casserole (Dikmen)
  • Lentil Soup (Peker)
  • Adana and Lamb Combo Platter (Dikmen)
  • Chicken Platter (Peker)
  • Vegetarian Platter (Peker)
  • Baklava (Dikmen)
  • Rice Pudding (Dikmen)

Five Finds on Friday Picks


Photo by Tom McGovern

Five Finds on Friday: Dean Maupin


On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Dean Maupin, chef-owner of C&O restaurant. Maupin’s picks:

1)  French Macarons from Albemarle Baking Company.  “They are just so well done, as is everything they bake there! They put such a huge smile on my kid’s faces when I bring some home.”

2)  Dinner at TEN.  “I wish I could eat there every day, easily some of the most well executed and tasty food around.  Remember Pei’s pop up Handsome Boy Noodles, off the charts.”

3)  Charcuterie from The Rock Barn.  “We offer a plate of it here at the C&O – braunschweiger, Daisy Della, coppa, it’s all right on the money. Their andouille, kielbasa and bacon are great as well.”

4)  Manti at Sultan Kebab. “Offered as a special from time to time, you may want to call ahead for this one, very special and full of Turkish soul, proprietors Deniz and Serhat have it on point!”

5)  Caterpillar Roll at Kabuto.  “I inhale this dish whenever I go there, very clean flavors and great service!”