Turkey flourishes as one of the oldest empire for over 500 years. It boasts of various cuisines from Asia to Europe and not forgetting its unique ethnic groups. It is time we investigate the whereabouts of the national cuisines of the Ottoman Empire. At the palaces, chefs were keen on keeping the sultans happy and well fed. They became creative in their own culinary skills beyond the common kebabs and mezes. They had all the necessary ingredients that came from faraway places. Thanks to the trade routes that passed their city. History seems to repeat itself in the minds of the chefs and restaurant owners, as they try to seek old recipes from libraries to bring the taste of the ancient times on their tables.

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Here is the list of the famous eateries to try in Turkey to pamper their taste buds

Turkey Restaurants

Lokanta is the basic form of all the Turkish restaurants. This restaurants feature simple to a home and charming food experience. They mostly sell readymade food; laid out in dishes kept warm on hot ash or in a bain-marie. They sometimes have a menu which include a soup, eggplant dish, chickpea stew, maybe some beans and few meat dishes .They trust your eyes to choose what you see and like and they are like buffet type. Their vegetables are seasonal if you find them give yourself a good serve with delicious garlic yoghurt. They serve a lot of vegetable dishes and a few meat dishes and most importantly not miss rice and pilaf and their deserts are dough based with rice pudding

Roadway eateries

The Roadway eateries in the Turkey are called Kebabc which are low key and cheap eateries which are found open 24 hours in many cases. They serve grilled or roasted meat, soup, simple salads, cool drinks and ayran. The dishes are well cooked, hot and very appetizing dishes; very common during lunch hours. They have adopted some Asian culture from the way they have placed the seats outside, overlooking the sea and inside a fusion of two cultures, Arab and Turkey dishes which is worth a try.

Turkish Pizzas

The Turkish version of Pizzas are called as a Pideci which are considered to be as a slice of heaven and worth tasty. Choose your pizzas made of meat and various meat toppings with an ayran and cola and enjoy the delicious dish.

Tatlici- A specialist dessert place

In Turkey, it’s normal after a main meal in the restaurant to go on to the Tatlici- A specialist in the dessert dishes. Here in the Tatlici, you can find European style of cakes, ice creams and many other local special dishes such as baklava, helva and lokum.


Borekci – cupboard sized kiosk

A Borekci is a cupboard sized kiosk or a tiny window in the wall with a few benches and stools. The only stuff that can be available here is the ayran, small selection of the cold drinks and a different kind of local dishes. These places are the most famous for a quick breakfast in Turkey and almost all the dishes would be completed by the afternoon.

Apart from the above mentioned eateries, they are also some very famous private restaurants and hotels in the Turkey that offers some delicious turkey dishes. Anyone planning on visiting this magical European nation to sample some of the best of turkey dishes at their own restaurants they have to apply for their Turkey visas at their nearest Turkish embassies.