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Dear Culinary Backstreets,
I’m planning to visit Cappadocia this summer, and while I have my sightseeing and walking itinerary all lined up, I would love to know where I can find the best places to eat in the region. Can you help?
Cappadocia suffers from what I’d call Sultanahmet Syndrome, which means that most local restaurants dish up mainstream Turkish fare aimed at the needs of short-stay tourists on tightish budgets. That said, there are a few great places to eat that home in on local specialities, often served in attractive settings, as well as a couple of restaurants that offer the sort of New Turkish cuisine so popular in İstanbul.
The signature dish of Kayseri and by extension Cappadocia is mantı, small pasta packets, usually stuffed with meat (sometimes cheese) and served with a tomato and/or garlic sauce.
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no responses - Posted 04.06.15
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no responses - Posted 03.26.15
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1 response - Posted 02.28.15
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no responses - Posted 11.25.14
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no responses - Posted 08.29.14
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no responses - Posted 05.19.14
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no responses - Posted 03.01.13
Editor’s note: This guest post was written by Nicolas Nicolaides, an Istanbul-born Greek who moved to Athens in 1988. Nicolaides is a Ph.D. student in history at the University of Athens whose research focuses on the Karamanlılar (Greeks from Central Anatolia). Once a resort town on the outskirts of the Greek ...continue
12 responses - Posted 07.10.12
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3 responses - Posted 05.24.12
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1 response - Posted 07.01.11
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