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Feb 14
Monday

Durak Lokantası: Goodbye Ikea Köfte

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We agree wholeheartedly with the advice of EatingAsia: “If you’re parking yourself here [in Istanbul] for more than a few days, find ‘your’ esnaf lokantası.” To this we would like to add, “But if you live in Istanbul, find ‘your’ esnaf lokantası in every neighborhood of the city.”

Take the example of the Bayrampaşa district, not the sort of place you want to be in around lunchtime without a reliable tip. In this neighborhood, the streets are wide, most of the buildings look like public ministries and the roar of the E5 highway is ever-present – in short, this is not an ideal area for casual culinary exploration on foot. But Bayrampaşa has industry (and one of Istanbul’s two Ikea’s) and where there are workers, there is sure to be a good esnaf lokantası. Continue…


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2 responses - Posted 02.04.11
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3 responses - Posted 01.24.11
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8 responses - Posted 01.21.11
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8 responses - Posted 01.10.11
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11 responses - Posted 01.07.11
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1 response - Posted 12.25.10
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2 responses - Posted 12.17.10
(Editor's Note: This post is part of our occasional "Since You Asked..." advice column. We welcome our readers' questions, so feel free to send any you might have to istanbuleats@gmail.com) Hi! I'll have an 8-hour layover in Istanbul in a couple of weeks. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for ...continue
Fatih Karadeniz Pidecisi: Crunch Time
2 responses - Posted 11.19.10
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9 responses - Posted 11.15.10
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7 responses - Posted 11.12.10
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