Cafe Ostro in Dalton, Georgia, is Best of Georgia's top Mediterranean restaurant

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / AK Demirhat adds a sauce to a dish at Cafe Ostro in Dalton on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.

Cafe Ostro in Dalton, Georgia, has been voted Best Mediterranean Restaurant in Georgia for 2021 by the Georgia Business Journal.

Restaurant co-owner and manager A.K. Demirhat, who also acts as the cafe's chef, said it "made his day" when he found out the restaurant had won the award. He didn't even know the cafe was nominated before receiving a letter a few months ago notifying him that Cafe Ostro would be featured in the magazine's Best of Georgia issue.

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"I did not know that we had been nominated," Demirhat told the Times Free Press during a phone call. "It was the best surprise. It is an honor because we were nominated by a customer. That's how they do it."

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