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Tallula's Chapel Hill, NC - interesting experience

I've been to this restaurant at least 7 times now, let me start by saying we have had great food every time we have been there that I can recall. The quality of the food given the price range and the general difficulty finding Turkish cuisine in the South is pretty amazing, in my opinion. The last couple times we have had this really colorful character as a waiter/host/tour guide. He gives a really enthusiastic, skillfully worded spiel about the specials, the wine options, all sorts of topics. This can last a good 11-15 minutes. Then at any juncture where you try to order an item or ask about an item, he gives an additional lengthy but often interesting discourse. On our recent visit, such discourses were provided after a) trying to order an "iced tea", b) asking what were the wines being offered as "half price bottles " on the sign by the front, c) ordering a beer on the beer list, d) attempting to pay for the meal with a credit card.
I can't decide what to think about this. I like that the place has character and this guy really gives a uniquely personalized element to the dining experience. But it really can take a long time to get through all this and it makes it kind of hard to engage with one's dining companion. Maybe we're just spoiled from the usual routine of the American restaurant experience which does not emphasize leisurely contemplation, reflection, relaxation as it ideally could. I'm interested in any other opinions on this place and this colorful denizen on the Chapel Hill restaurant scene. Thanks!

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Tallula's
456 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Jun 07, 2010
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