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Sep 28

Meşhur Öz Suruç: The Yellow and the Green

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Meşhur Öz Suruç, photo by Paul Osterlund

To the uninitiated, the restaurant owners of a small corner of Istanbul’s Yenibosna neighborhood might come off as having an unhealthy obsession with particularly garish versions of the colors yellow and green.

As we recently explored the lower end of the Yenibosna neighborhood, one of Istanbul’s large periphery districts, we stumbled upon a small cluster of kebap shops spread out amid a run-down yet bustling strip of auto repair shops and congested rows of apartments, with each eatery’s sign decked out in identical yellow and green trim.

A closer look cleared things up: Each restaurant had the word Şanlıurfa emblazoned upon their two-tone signs. Şanlıurfa (or Urfa for short) is the southeastern province renowned for its rich history and culinary traditions, the latter of which can be sampled at great length in this corner of Istanbul. The province’s football club, Şanlıurfaspor, has a rabid following, and the team’s colors are – you guessed it – yellow and green.

Read the rest of this review at Culinary Backstreets.

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