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Any suggestions for finest Turkish restaurants? Thanks!

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  1. Hi Victor,

    I'm leaving for Istanbul this evening. A Turkish friend in my office put together this list of dining suggestions for me. He grew up in the suburbs of the city, so no small local favorites, but popular well known places amongst Turks.

    SULTAN AHMET---------------------------

    Kebap:
    http://www.gastroville.com/archives/t...
    Beyti and Iskender are my favorite kebaps.

    -HAMDI
    Tahmis Caddesi, Kalcin Sokak No:17 EMINONU
    http://www.hamdirestorant.com.tr/hamd...

    More Traditional Food (they have kebaps as well
    )
    -KONYALI: (0212-513-9696)
    Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet, Eminonu
    http://www.frommers.com/destinations/...

    Famous/historical meatball place (stay away from its imitations):
    -TARIHI MESHUR SULTANAHMET KOFTECISI
    http://www.frommers.com/destinations/...


    BOSPHORUS-----------------------------------------

    Balik (Fish) on the Bosphorus:
    - ISKELE
    Take a cab to Bebek (small town on bhosposrus) and ask for Iskele
    restaurant
    While in Bebek go to historical BEBEK BADEM EZMESI to buy some
    marzipan (Made of sugar, egg whites and almonds
    )
    or another good sea food rest on Bhosporus
    -BALIKCI SABAHATTIN
    Seyit Hasan Koyu Sokak 50, CANKURTARAN

    Sunday Brunch on the Bosphorus:
    -CIRAGAN PALACE (Hotel)
    http://www.ciraganpalace.com.tr/resta...

    Night Club on the Bosphorus:
    -REINA
    http://www.worldsbestbars.com/city/is...

    BEYOUGLU--------------------------------------

    Traditional Cuisine around Beyouglu
    -HACI ABDULLAH -meals made with olive oil, sea food, ottoman
    classics....
    http://www.haciabdullah.com.tr/

    Cheep food:
    -KIZILKAYALAR on Taksim Square -hamburger and banana drink
    http://tirania.org/blog/pic.php?name=...
    20Hamburguer

    Dessert:
    -INCI (protiferol
    )on Istiklal Caddesi (main avenue in Beyouglu)

    - SARAY MUHALLEBICISI (traditional desserts like ekmek kadayifi, ayva
    tatlisi...)
    http://istanbul.metblogs.com/archives...

    Other Food You Should Try:
    - Kokarec (cart like food. eat it at Sampiyon in Beyoglu
    )- Simit (Best for breakfast..buy when it is fresh..early
    morning!..street vendors sell it)
    - Doner (on every corner)
    - Fried Seafood (you might see these stores around touristic places)
    - Gozleme (same thing with Italian Pediana -try to find it in Bodrum)
    - Durum (small sis kebap in a wrap -very good late night snack)

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    1. re: Scott V

      Many thanks ! If someone dines well (high end, luxurious restaurant) in Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya or elsewhere in Cappodoccia and/or Mediterran Turkey, please give me your critique(s).