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I'm heading to Turkey & Greece in a few days and I'm looking for some food recs-

I'll be in Istanbul & around the Selcuk area in Turkey; and Samos island in Greece.

Anyone have experience there? Can you recommend some restaurants? I don't care if its 5-star or a cafe or street food, as long as its tasty.

I know its last minute but any info you can give me in the next few days would be really helpful, thanks!!!

Carolyn

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Istanbul is a big city and very crowded with people and restaurants. I`ll give some specific restaurant names and some place names that have restaurants that you cant go wrong with.

Since Istanbul is the only city in the world takes place on 2 continents , each side has their own name as `Asian` side and `Europian` side.

In Europian side you got to go to `Taksim`. Taksim is the name of the part and there is that street `Istiklal Caddesi` which is very famous. This street is full of restaurants with both ethnic and modern. you`ll find `Cicek Pasaji` on this street and just get into it , it is full of restaurants and everybite you`ll have in there will be a part from heaven. On this same street the best dessert place is `Inci` which makes the profiterol Turkish style , definitely try.Also at the entrence of this street you`ll find `Sampiyon Kokorec ` and `Kizilkayalar` try small pieces of these and you`ll be thankful to god.

By the Bosphorus I think any kind of seafood places will do the same quality and same food , I dont have any name in my memory right now but ask someone on the way and they will be happy to direct you.

I wish I had more time right now but when I get back to DC and you are still in states I`d like to give you some more names. In the mean time take a look at this web site which will help you a lot.

www.istanbul.com

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The one day I spent in Istanbul on a business trip my client insisted that we go to Tugra for some Ottoman food. It was a wonderful meal, and all of the dishes were unique (nothing you would find at a DC area Turkish, or Lebanesse restaurant), but they were filled with the flavors of the region. If I were to go back to Istanbul again, this would me a must for me.

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I am going to Greece in July, I will be spending 2 days in Athens but I rented a sail boat and will be going wherever the wind takes me. I was wondering if anyone can help me with good food options anywhere in Greece as well as travel suggestions as I WILL travel for good food. Thanks in advance for any response.

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I am going to Greece in July, I will be spending 2 days in Athens but I rented a sail boat and will be going wherever the wind takes me. I was wondering if anyone can help me with good food options anywhere in Greece as well as travel suggestions as I WILL travel for good food. Thanks in advance for any response.

A lot on Athens, a little on Crete and a few links that might provide further fodder.
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Should you find yourself in the middle of nowhere Greece, somewhere between Athens and Olympia, avoid the Autogrills that pop up and head to the mom and pop gas stations.  Chances are they won't be open when you need them, such as when you have a bus full of Grade 9ers who swear they are about to explode.  But when you do find one of these gems, they will provide the best kebabs and souvlaki you'll find.  And if you are really lucky you'll find one that sells the family olive oil for absurdly cheap prices and feta made from the animals roaming around out back.  Later that night, after yet another meal of cabbage and carrot salad, carbs, meat, and fries, top the feta with the olive oil and you will be in Greek culinary heaven.

P.S.  The link Waitboy posted above doesn't work anymore but this one should.

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Its been about 3 decades since I visited Crete and a decade since Busboy was there and wrote about it.  His article brought back strong memories.  I too was encouraged by natives to visit the Island. I also toured, via a motorbike, and was thoroughly enraptured by its beauty.   A worthwhile visit, well described by Busboy, above, especially if it has maintained those charms as it evidently did between the mid 80's and 2004 when busboy wrote about it and took wonderful pictures.

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On 11/7/2017 at 10:36 PM, Ericandblueboy said:

Going to Athens for Thanksgiving.  I'm debating whether or not to take a food tour?  I don't drink coffee and don't eat sweets, especially baklava & donuts.  I have dinner plans at high end restaurants at 8 p.m. each night - so don't want to be stuffing myself late in the day...

Turkey, grease, and stuffing, right in time for Thanksgiving.

(Curious if you had the Yao Cha Guai at Tiger Fork (which comes with both the Creamed Tofu and the Congee - it's really just a yeast donut, i.e., a cruller, minus the sugar)).

If you want the opinion of someone older than you, I think there are physical limits to how much you can enjoy food - those 8 PM meals will be *so* much better if you spend the days hiking, touring, or being active with your family.  That said, I'd be fascinated as to what they eat in the mornings in Greece and Turkey - not upscale cuisine, but workaday, blue collar sustenance, and this would fit in nicely with your high-end, 8 PM dinners. Living and experiencing it would be so much more enlightening than simply reading about it (although I hope to read about your experiences).

In Greece especially, it wouldn't surprise me if they somehow worked seafood into their morning meals.

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