something local

Affan Kahvesi – Antakya

Hidden and lost. Forgotten. Peaceful and relaxing. Old floor tiles tell so much. Tranquility covers the place. All over again. We passed a lot of our time here, either chatting with the lovely owner Züveyr Abi or his sincere and cheerful son Onur,  or sipping coffee, or doing nothing, well,…

Çayırcı – Antakya

Antakya is a heaven of tastes and if you are a local and have a food hunch like me, it even tastes better! Çayırcı Bakla and hummus is one of the many to taste. You have to go there in the morning and forget about the lunch you are planning,…

Şişçi Ramazan’ın Yeri – Antalya

One of the best, yet local tastes of Antalya. Famous for its şiş köfte and piyaz. The şiş köfte is made from lamb and goat meat, giving you a smooth texture as well as a distinct flavor of goat. Since I love them both, it is a feast for me….

Abdo Döner – Antakya

At Abdo,the dürüm’s taste is zingy, meaty, peppery and the lavaş is crunchy… It is different then any other you had, making you addicted. The dürüm – wrap – is prepared different then the other cities. First the lavaş is dipped in to the oil in the tray, under the…

Kaburgacı Selim Amca – Diyarbakır

Quiet streets. Lunch time. Barely. Early lunch, late breakfast hour lets say. Avery modest, very local spot. It all started with the pomegranate sprinkled ezme, then came haşlama içliköfte. Piping hot, one bite to tuck in, the taste of the meat, the spices, pistachio and of course cracked wheat, bulgur….

Lades Lokantası – Istanbul

It is calm inside, free from the enormous Beyoğlu clatter. Walk through the dining saloon, on your right you get to blink to the desserts, and before you reach to the kitchen cold olive oil dishes are ready to steal your tummy, all plated looking very  appealing. On the hot…

Şahin Lokantası – Istanbul

Walking down the Orhan Adli Apaydın Sokak, if you see a crowd of suits and white collars, people gathered, waiting hungrily or smoking happily then you are in front of Şahin Lokantası. Serving since 1967, Ismail Şahin, known as Şahin Usta or Baba, holding his business together, cooking, talking to…

Yusuf Usta’nın Yeri – Istanbul

This place became one of our safest places. It is like an escape from that fancy, so called kebab restaurants that try to make us forget the real taste of food.  Yusuf Usta himself is in charge of the food, the service, customer relations, well, everything. Aligned on the long…

Dedecan Ocakbaşı – Şanlıurfa

Şanlıurfa is famous with her liver kebabs. All around the city you see a lot of on-the-street-kebab corners. Open 24 hours, so there is always smoke in the city. Dedecan Ocakbaşı is a restaurant and a big one where all the locals eat and always full. There is a big…