Hi Chowhounds, especially Foodfirst. Foodfirst, I just read your fabulous posts about Istanbul from late '02 and am hoping for any updates you might have. My husband Gabe and I feel like we know you from devotedly following your advice in various cities. I think Chicago was the most recent. You have our trust.
We were married in Istanbul in early '96 and are lucky ducks to be able to return for the first time since then. We will have over 8 days to sample our old favorites and discover new ones. If you've been recently and can advise on the best small, high quality local food in the greater Istanbul area (we hope to travel all over the city this time), we'd be much obliged. The only things we don't eat are red meats (beef, lamb, goat, pig, duck, etc.). Will eat any and ALL vegetable matter and fish, shellfish, and chicken.