Pina – in the Alley

CONTRIBUTED BY LARISSA KOERSCHNER

DSC04558If I’m ever in need of a quick, cheap and yummy meal I always stop by Pina for a chicken donör. The location is great; it’s directly across from the gate.  I just pull my van right up in front of the shop, place my order and then wait a few minutes for my lunch.

DSC04560The owner, Adem, speaks great English and is always up for helping me learn a little Turkish while he cooks my food. It’s such a neat experience watching as Adem slices the tavuk (chicken) off of the vertical rotisserie, places it onto the frying dish, adds all the spices and cooks it to perfection.

DSC04556All of the toppings are delivered fresh and then stored in this encased cooler. You can add lettuce, tomatoes, onions, ketchup,  mayonnaise  and/or salt to your döner. Adem will also ask you how spicy you like your food. I don’t like any spice, but my husband likes lots of spice. You’ll have to try a few variations to find the right amount of spice for you.

DSC04557If you have some extra time, you can sit in the restaurant to eat. We did this once and they were more than accommodating to our young children who weren’t as into the döners as we were. They even brought our son some rice and french fries, which isn’t on their menu so I’m not really sure where it came from. But it was so nice of them, and the kids really enjoyed the special attention.

DSC04559Speaking of their menu, I like that it is posted right out front with the prices on it. I’ve only ever gotten the chicken döner since it’s my favorite and I won’t try anything else now, but Adem has quite the selection. Plus, you can’t beat the price of $2 for a large döner! He will also accept TL as well.

DSC04555So the next time that you’re in the Alley, be sure to stop at Pina and pay a visit to Adem for the best chicken döner in the Alley (and possibly Adana)!

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How do you like your döner?

I like mine with everything on it except for ketchup and spice. My daughter only likes the chicken so she gets her’s plain, unrolls it and then eats the chicken out with a fork.

Payment: TL or USD

Facebook Page: Pina Lounge

Hours: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks

Phone: (0322) 332 9698

Address: İncirlik Cumhuriyet Mh., Atatürk Caddesi, 01000 Adana/Adana Province, Turkey

Google Coordinates: 36.99125, 35.43357

7 thoughts on “Pina – in the Alley

  1. Kathy says:

    He is so friendly too. The only place I get my dönors from. Best place to people watch while waiting for your lunch.

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  2. Larissa says:

    I always stop in the convenient store to the left of Pina while I wait for my food and pick up some chips and flavored water (pictured) to complete my lunch. The owner of that store is super nice too. Plus the drinks are only 75 krus – can’t beat that!

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  3. Stephanie says:

    It’s so good. BUT, we ate inside and there was a huge roach crawling near our table. We had to get out of there before we offended anyone. The donor was so good though.

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  4. Larissa says:

    I noticed that they always keep the door to the restaurant open and since it’s on the bottom floor I’m sure they receive their fair share of unwanted “visitors.”

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  5. Katherine says:

    I’ve tried lamb kabob at various places like Moonlight, Istanbul, Royal, the Kabob place across the Incirlik school and other hole in the wall restaurants, but this place still tops them all. And the price is good as well!

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