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Sep 03

An App Now on our Menu!

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We are proud to announce that the Istanbul Eats iPhone application is finally here!

For almost a year we’ve been sorting through comments and suggestions from our readers to help us develop the ultimate iphone application for Istanbul Eats. We know Istanbul is a tough city to navigate, so our app’s mapping system will steer you into your destination lunch with GPS. With the nearby feature you’ll find the kebab, manti or baklava nearest you all over the city. You can search through more than 100 carefully selected restaurant reviews according to your interest, be it a specific neighborhood, restaurant type or special feature like places with views, places to splurge on, vegetarian-friendly restaurants and much more.

You also might notice the new name we’re using on this application, Culinary Backstreets.  As some of our regular readers may already know, we’ve recently launched, a website where we’ve partnered up with some of the most knowledgeable and passionate food writers and bloggers across the globe. Dispatching from Istanbul, Athens, Shanghai, Barcelona and (coming soon) Mexico City, Culinary Backstreets is a community of readers and writers who follow their stomachs to the next destination, as well as a hotline for the hungry traveler, bedside reading for the foodie voyeur, and a heavily bookmarked index for those who live among the culinary backstreets featured in our pages. In case you haven’t already done so, please be sure to visit this new site and let us know what you think.

Culinary Backstreets
In case you didn’t know, Istanbul Eats now lives over at Culinary Backstreets. Same great culinary walks, same great culinary writing. You’ll be redirected there in a few seconds!

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Introducing Culinary Backstreets
no responses - Posted 07.27.12
As some of our readers might already know, we recently launched a new venture: The idea behind this new site is simple. When it comes to exploring a city’s authentic dining scene, while the stomach should ideally serve as the best compass, the truth of the matter is that ...continue
Döner on the Side of Caution
2 responses - Posted 05.17.12
We've previously sung the praises of Kasap Osman, a standby döner spot in the increasingly touristed Sirkeci neighborhood, but we've been getting unsettling reports from reliable sources that things might be slipping over there. We'll go to Osman's to check things out ourselves, but for now we suggest diners approach ...continue
And the Winner Is….
4 responses - Posted 05.03.12
We are very proud to announce that we have been voted "Best Culinary Travel Blog" in Saveur Magazine's third annual Best Food Blog Awards competition. The competition was stiff and we were honored just to be included among that group of six finalists. A victory by any one of us ...continue
Vahap Usta: The Man Who Would Be (Kokoreç) King, Pt. I
1 response - Posted 05.01.12
Vahap Usta pulled a pair of reading glasses from the inside pocket of a snug dinner jacket and sifted through a stack of newspaper clippings. Here was a full spread from a major daily paper proclaiming him the “King of Kokoreç” and another with him in his signature tuxedo and ...continue
Beyoğlu Burger Wars: Counter Offensive
8 responses - Posted 04.23.12
Six months ago we were very concerned to see one of our favorite burger joints, Mano Burger, closed down. The workers gutting the place told us there was financial trouble. Someone else said they’d opened up shop on the Asian side, in Bostancı. For six months, Mano seemed to go ...continue
Hamsi for Hipsters!
no responses - Posted 04.18.12
Turns out New Yorkers are only now discovering what Turks have known for eons: that the humble anchovy is absolutely delicious (particularly when lightly coated in flour or cornmeal and fried). As an article in today's New York Times explains, anchovies -- known as "hamsi" in Turkish -- are being ...continue
A Report from Istanbul’s “True” Georgian Tavern
1 response - Posted 03.20.12
(Editor's Note: Unfortunately, Cafe Euro is longer in business. Luckily, we've found another authentic Georgian restaurant in Istanbul, Café Niko, reviewed here.) Last year we ran a guest post by Delicious Istanbul author Olga Tikhonova about Cafe Euro, a rollicking Georgian spot near a bus terminal in Aksaray. But we were happy to ...continue
Join the 1st Kebab Krawl!
1 response - Posted 02.05.12
We're happy to announce that our inaugural Kebab Krawl, a guided group dinner in Istanbul's "Little Urfa" neighborhood, will roll out on Feb. 25. For more information on the Krawl, click here. For reservations, contact us at continue
Get Ready for the Kebab Krawl!
6 responses - Posted 01.23.12
It’s nighttime in Istanbul’s “Little Urfa.” Follow the wail of the Kurdish Frank Sinatra, İbrahim Tatlıses, blasting from a souped-up vintage Fiat. Puzzle over handwritten Arabic signs in the barbershop windows. Sample the essence of Southeast Turkey in the spice shops selling the region’s fiery peppers. And, most of all, ...continue
Best Bites 2011
no responses - Posted 12.12.11
In the run up to the New Year, we are looking back at our notes from this year and compiling a list of 2011’s best Istanbul bites.  These “best bites” are not necessarily just about the quality of the food – though it usually seems to factor in – but ...continue

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