Eat Adana Kebap
One might argue that “Adana Kebap” is the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine and that’s debatable, but there is no doubt that it is the most significant food in Adana.
When most Americans think Kebab, they picture meat and veggies grilled on skewers like this
There’s nothing wrong with the American style of Kebab, but when Turks hear Kebap, they think Adana. Adana Kebap. The Adana Kebap is an institution in Turkey. It’s Adana’s pride and joy. Adana Kebap is prepared by packing ground lamb meat and spices (especially ground red pepper) around a shish resembling a sword and cooking it over open coals. It’s served on top of flat bread and usually surrounded by some grilled veggies (see picture.) It’s also accompanied by thinly sliced onions and parsley with paprika. When finished, the Kebap is like a foot long belt of meat. The Kebap is cut into pieces and rolled in the bread with some onions. It’s a wonderful eating experience. I have compared it to meatloaf in the past, but I no longer think it’s a helpful analogy. It’s honestly unlike anything I have ever eaten in Minnesota.
You can get Adana Kebap at any restaurant with a grill. Ordering is easy. All you have to do is say “Adana” when the waiter asks what you want. He’ll know what you mean. For more tips for ordering food at a kebap restaurant see my article on that subject.
There are many wonderful places to eat Kebap in Adana, and everyone has an opinion about which is best. The bottom line is that if you visit Adana, you have to eat Adana Kebap. If you visit Adana, find a Turkish friend and ask them to take you to their favorite place. If you can’t find anyone, leave me a comment. I’ll take you.
Here’s another good article about an American lady experiencing Adana Kebap for the first time on a first grade field trip.
/this article is a repost of an article I wrote back on Feb 12, 2007, if it looks familiar to you, you’ve been around for a long time./