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.

6 Comments so far

  1. Mert Ulas (unregistered) on February 26th, 2006 @ 9:01 pm

    Oh you have a good taste, that is one of things I miss a lot while I am in US…

  2. Sven Holmström (unregistered) on February 26th, 2006 @ 11:24 pm

    I met up with someone “outside of Burger King as late as this Saturday. And that was not me choosing. I think I yet have to try those hamburgers, I will at next opportunity.

    My staple fastfood is a small kebabci in Sariyer. They know me and even overcharge me (sometimes they forget though) with almost 100%. They aren’t even that good, but I often value my habits more than the actual content.

  3. dk (unregistered) on February 27th, 2006 @ 8:51 am

    Bambi Rulez.
    Haha. Try Bambi’s Kaşarlı Dürüm and Atom. The best match. You’ll never be the same.

  4. Flavio (unregistered) on February 27th, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

    DK, Bambi’s kasarli durum is the best of the best.
    Interesting are also the other meeting points, full of expectation / waiting expressions with cell phones in hand: Galatasaray school and in smaller scale Tansas supermarket in Besiktas…

  5. pagan (unregistered) on February 27th, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

    ironically, kizilkayalar hamburger has an alternative name: igrenc.

  6. e (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 9:06 pm

    thought igrenc was only known amongst our circle of friends… There is also another name for it: BOK.

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