A vegetarian might cringe, but there’s something delicious about meat roasting on a spit. Especially when it’s layered with vegetables and sliced off into a fresh warm pita.
This picture is of Turkey’s favorite street food, doner kebab, literally rotating roast. Generally lamb meat, you’ll see every variety and combination of meat, pita and salads walking down the street. The trick is to find the busiest place and get it with all the fixings. It’s very similar to shawarma or gyros.
We took this picture in Istanbul, but you’ll find Doner Kebab (often shortened to Kebab) all over the Middle East and Europe.
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IF YOU GO: The best Doner Kebab we had was in Turkey, although some Germans tried to tell us it was invented in Germany. You can find it all over Turkey at all hours of the day, but it’s generally eaten around lunch time. Restaurants will put their meat on the burner in the morning slow roasting it until lunch time. If you see a place that has a big hunk of meat left by 4pm, skip it and go somewhere else. Some late night places will begin roasting a kebab in the afternoon for the late night crowd, go with your gut and take a look at the meat if you’re squeamish.