Monday, May 12, 2008

Mother's Day Comparison shopping

For Mother's Day we decided to try a new place. We heard that this place had the best hamburgers in Ankara. This is huge. Hamburgers in Turkey are not usually what Americans think of when we think of hamburgers. I mean they look similar, but they put Turkish meatball spices into the meat so they don't taste the same at all. (I am not a big fan of Turkish meatball spices.) We drove to Panora mall and looked around for the place I had heard about. I couldn't remember the name, but knew it was in the food court on the right and figured when I saw it I would know it. I ended up having to call the friend who told me about it, and she directed us to the Timboo cafe. (Not on the right in the food court, but on the main floor around the corner from the elevators. I had no idea where food court on the right came from, but at that point I didn't care.)

The menus were huge...and as you can see I mean in actual size.

So I ordered a cheeseburger with sauteed onions on it. It was delicious. And I mean really, really delicious. Not even a hint of Turkish meatball spice. I ate the entire thing. All.of.it! Yummy.

After we ate the owner gave Anna Grace this cookie to give to me for Mother's Day. It says "The most beautiful of mothers". He wasn't hitting on me...all the cookies said that.

After we got home the friend who had directed me to the most awesome hamburgers in town called and wanted to know how our meal was. Then she wanted to know how I knew that she knew about that restaurant. I gently reminded her that she had mentioned it the week before...thinking poor girl she doesn't remember...well she did just have a baby. She said that it wasn't possible that she had mentioned this place to me because she had just eaten there 2 days before. And then she gently reminded me that she told me about another restaurant in another mall where she had eaten really good hamburgers. It was located in the food court on the right. Oh. Hm. Ok. So I am only partially crazy!

Later that evening we had some unexpected house guests for the night. Two mothers who hadn't made it home from a girl's trip so they didn't get taken out for Mother's Day. Brian decided that he needed to take us all out to celebrate one more time. This time we decided to go to the originally-talked-about "best hamburgers in town" restaurant. We thought it would be a fun thing to try both burgers in one day to compare them.

Cheeseburger number two came with grilled onions, bbq sauce and a white cheese. Hm...what's that I smell? Kofte spice...hm. I took a bite and it did indeed have kofte spice on it. Not a lot. It wasn't too much, but it was still there. I ate less than half of this burger...not because of the kofte spice, but because I was still stuffed from lunch.

Cheeseburger #1 blew cheeseburger #2 out of the water. For sure. That's all.


Anonymous said...

So, if I make it to Turkey... You are taking me there right? I have to have the BEST burger in Turkey... right?

Just looking at the pictures makes me want burger #1, you don't even have to sell me on it... It just looks good!

OK...NOW I have to see what time the Galaxy Diner across the street starts serving lunch... I want a cheeseburger with red onions!

Thanks Nat... It is only 9:45 AM here, and I am starving for a delicious, mouth watering, eyes rolling in the back of my head, pound the table, can't speak a word, it is so **dang** GOOD... burger!

(Notice I am not Heyjoe... I used the word dang!)

Lisa said...

burger #2 "Where's the beef?"

LiteralDan said...

Well, great-- now I really want a cheeseburger. I feel spoiled that almost all of my options don't have any kofte spice in them.

You should make a little sign for place #1 that says "Better than place #2 according to An American"

Anonymous said...

I wanna eat it and Im supposed to be a vegetarian!

annie said...

Just by the looks of it, #1 looked better.
But OMG, I would have DIED of embarrassment if they handed me that giant menu. What's up with those? Ha-ha!

HeyJoe said...

I'm convinced that you can't go wrong w/a post about food.

And based on appearances, I'd cast my vote for burger #1, although you got more fries w/burger #2.

I could kill for a burger right now.

Momo Fali said...

Yum! I love a good burger, and those both look delicious!

Natalie said...

charlie girl - well maybe i might take you to have a hamburger. but i don't know. you can get good burgers all the time. i should take you to have one with kofte spice just so you know what you are not missing in america!

mike and lisa - well actually the meat was quite substantial on burger #2, but the bun was colossal so you couldn't really tell.

literaldan - well i can send you a kofte spice packet if you want to mix it with your hamburger meat to try it. i promise...you will be disappointed! good idea on the signs. we did tell the guy they were the best burgers we had tasted in turkey.

mrsmogul - sometimes i think i could be a vegetarian. if i had someone to cook all my meals for me it would be a lot easier for sure!

annie - well the nice thing about those menus is that if you do get embarrassed they are easy to hide behind! it was hard to discuss what we wanted to eat or to point out things that sounded good on the menu, because they got in the way!

heyjoe - you know me. there are always posts about food. always. sorry i made you hungry. hope nobody got in your way!

momo fali - they both looked great...but #1 was hands down the best tasting! i will definitely be getting one again!

HeyJoe said...
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Natalie said...

heyjoe - i passed your comment along to charlie girl. she promises to respond appropriately!