Meet me at Kizilkayalar Hamburger
3 times this past week, I’ve met friends in front of the Burger King on Istiklal Caddesi. It’s a great place to meet- everyone knows where it is- the Burger King name is pounded into the heads of nearly everyone on the planet.
But I suggest we give Turks more recognition and elect Kizilkayalar Hamburger the official meeting place in Taksim from now on (by the way, it’s just a couple stalls down from Burger King).
Before I moved here I craved their steamy hot burgers (soaked with an excellent garlic/tomato sauce) every time I went back to the U.S. Now that I’m here, they’ve become my favorite comfort food, along with both fried and stuffed mussels down the way at Sampiyon Kokorecci.