This fluorescent-lit, drafty dining room isn’t the first place you’d think of when searching for authentic Turkish food in Toronto — but it should be. Turkish families and neighbourhood residents vie for tables in this not-just-take-out hole-in-the-wall restaurant near Kipling Station. The family-owners are friendly and talented in the open kitchen. Don’t miss the wood-oven menu items, especially lamb or beef cooked in a traditional clay pot. Pide and lahmacun are reasonably good, as are the various doner and shish kebabs. Take a risk and order cacik (yogurt dip), eggplant salad, and beyti sarma. Iskembe paca soup (made with unmentionable but delicious beef parts) is perfect on a cold day. Everything is worth the wait. Tea, served in glass cups, symbolizes Kebab 49’s warm hospitality to all who visit.