I know it’s not too shocking when I tell you I LOVE to eat and it sure is wonderful that we have so many choices in Syracuse. One of the best things to happen to us is the explosion of wonderful restaurants from all over: Indian, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Mexican, South American to add to our amazing long time Italian, Greek, Irish and French restaurants and All-American Diners. You can pretty much eat your way around the world and never leave town. BUT our town is missing one of the all time great ethnic foods: Turkish!
There’s something about where Turkey is located, the bridge between Europe and Asia, that makes Turkish cusine a fusion of many delicasies. Turkish food has a variety of nuts (pistachios, chestunts, almonds, hazelnuts, wlanuts), fruits (plums, approcots, apples, pears, grapes, figs), meats (lamb, beef, chicken, fish) added to eggplant, spinach, peppers, onions, garlic, lentils, beans, and tomatoes. Yes, it’s got just about everything! Add to that spices and oils from the East and West …. plus lots of yogurt (what we now call Greek Yogurt may have originated in Turkey, “yogurt” is a Turkish word and it’s basic to many dishes. In fact, the owner/founder of Chobani Greek Yogurt is Turkish-American Hamdi Ulukaya). Turkish food has a diverse selection of pastries, soups, and bread. And please do not forget Turkish Coffee!!
I’ve been to Turkish Restaurants when I travel out of town and I have enjoyed Turkish food at the Taste of Syracuse. If you know of a Turkish Restaurant around here, please let me know!!