Fast-food in foreign countries in Ready to Eat Posted June 1, 2007 In Istanbul we have the usual McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Bird. Some people really love them. Voldemort's (aka Starbucks) is all over now; the main pedistrian street in Beyoğlu has THREE of them. Close behind is Gloria Jean's -- it's hard to tell who's really ahead but where there's a Starbucks there's a Gloria Jean's close by. (More expensive..they seel 50 gr of whole beans for 5.25 YTL, about 4 dollars - that's about 40 dollars a pound!)There are also some Turkish chains - one that is really uniquely Turkish is Simit Sarayı (and several imitations). Simit is a chewy sesame-coated bread ring sold all over the city. Simit Sarayı (Simit Palace) opened several years ago and in addition to regular simits, they sell (not-ring-shaped) simits stuffed with kashar cheese, olive paste, sucuk and kavurma, as well as a host of sweet pastries, some good some inedible.Another more and more common one is "Ayvalık Tostçu," which sells variations on grilled sandwiches. The typical ones here are kashar, kashar and turkey ham, kashar and sucuk, and kavurma; Ayvalık tost has strips (weird) of "sosis" which is basically hot dogs, cheese, "American Salad" (it used to be "Russian Salad" until they decided they wouldn't eat anything communist - it's mayonnaise with vegetables in it) or just mayonnaise and ketchup. There are more variations too.The malls have other western chains as well but my brain automatically goes into auto-delete mode after I go into a mall and I honestly can't remember anything except the colors and noisy "food court."