Early on, tables fill with moms, dads, grandparents, and kids, later with groups of students. Tasty white bean salad precedes your kebab plate as does a basket of warm, housemade pide bread. Kadinbudu (ladies thighs) are spicy Turkish lamb meatballs dipped in egg and fried; they come five to a plate, topped with tomato sauce, short-grain rice, and a couple of long, slightly charred, moderately-hot green peppers. Cheeriest wait staff in town.
305 Washington St., Brookline Village, 617-277-4466, www.brooklinefamilyrestaurant.com