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Dönerteller, City Kebap, Theaterplatz, Weimar, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins (Food) Friday: Dönerteller (Döner plate)

It doesn’t matter where I am: the craving for Döner never ceases, even if I’m on the other side of the big eastern pond. I’ve got thinly shaved slices of Döner meat drizzled with garlic- and chili-sauce, served with fries, mixed salad, and Sauerkraut, accompanied by a cool yogurt Ayran, and finished with a “türkisches Tee” (Turkish tea, not shown). I devoured this beautiful meal at City Kebap at the southwestern corner of Theaterplatz (on Dingelstedt Strasse) in Weimar.

Thanks to Weimar Tourism, Thüringen Tourismus, Germany National Tourism Board for access to places and activities in the city; and to Dorint Hotel am Goethepark for a comfortable and welcoming stay. I made the photo above on 30 April 2015 with the Canon EOS6D, EF 24-105 f/4L zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/125s, f/4.5, ISO4000, 28mm focal-length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7nU.

Meral's Imbiss, Mainufer, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, fotoeins.com

A “Main” taste of Istanbul in Frankfurt

“This is like being in Istanbul,” my friend says, in between bites of his sandwich.

Ömer, his fiancée, and I are sitting on the south bank of the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany. We’re soaking the late-summer sun. The grassy meadows are full of people: some in animated conversation; some surrounded by a big spread of food, beer, and wine; others kicking the soccer ball back and forth with their children.

There’s a whole lot of happiness here, but there’s a long line of people, waiting to purchase food and drink at the boat parked by the riverbank.

We just left that very same line after waiting for an hour. What we’re eating now made the wait worthwhile.

Over the ten-plus years I’ve known Ömer, he’s never been wrong about food in Germany.

Meral's Imbiss, Mainufer, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, fotoeins.com

Speisekarte | Food menu

Meral's Imbiss, Mainufer, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, fotoeins.com

Hamsi (Sardellen) fried-fish sandwich, “Ominade”

We each have a fried-fish sandwich: lightly fried fish in thin crispy batter, crunchy lettuce, slices of juicy tomato, stuffed in fresh soft Turkish bread. There’s a choice of Sardellen (anchovies), Makrelen (mackerel), or Doradenfilet (gilthead seabream). Ominade, freshly-squeezed lemonade according to Oma’s (Grandmother’s) recipe, is the right amount of sweet-tart, providing cool refreshment for our afternoon snack.

“The guy, the family who runs that boat, they’ve got this right, and I’ve gotta admit this feels like we’re on the Bosporus.”

High praise from Ömer: born in Istanbul, raised in Köln, and who’s gone back to know Istanbul very well in adulthood.

We’re silent over the next few minutes, chewing slowly and contemplating Istanbul. I’m realizing the obvious. If the food is any indication, I’m missing out; I’ve not yet visited Istanbul.

But right now, I’m eyeing that long line: I want another fried-fish sandwich and lemonade. But I don’t want to move; this is summer-like weather on an early-autumn afternoon on the bank of the river Main.


If you’re visiting Frankfurt am Main, make your way to the Main river to the boat called Meral’s Imbissboot (Meral’s Snack Boat). Naturally, they serve Döner, but their fried fish is too good not to try. Subject to weather conditions, the boat is open for service every day from noon to 11pm, between March and October.

Public transport: nearest U-Bahn station Willy-Brandt-Platz or Schweizer Platz.

I made the photos above on 3 October (German Reunification Day) 2011. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-4n5.

RheinZeit, Cologne, Koeln, Germany, fotoeins.com

Good eats in Germany

Above/featured: Foreground: Vienna-style veal schnitzel with fries, lemon slices, capers, sardines. Background: Flammkuche with feta, green chiles, olives, onion. RheinZeit in Köln (2011).

“Leckeres Essen in Deutschland”

I began this 2011, and the collection of photos has grown to something more. I think food throughout Germany can be colourful and delicious, and can offer variety outside of the traditional “meat and starch” fare.

CAUTION: The photos you are about to see may cause unstoppable drooling. If you get the case of the noms, I claim full responsibility.

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Döner kebap & currywurst

They’re always on my mind …

* (One of the) Best Döner in Köln : Oruç Kebap, Kyffhäuserstrasse at Heinsbergstrasse (between U Barbarossaplatz and U Dasselstrasse/Bf Süd)

Doener kebab, Koeln

* (One of the) Best Döner in Berlin : Rosenthaler Grill & Schlemmerbuffet, Rosenthaler Platz in Prenzlauer Berg (U-Bahn Rosenthaler Platz); open 24 hours …

* (One of the) Best Falafel in Berlin : Habibi. There are 2 locations, but the one I like is at Winterfeldtplatz in Schöneberg (U-Bahn Nollendorfplatz)

* (One of the) Best Currywurst in Berlin : that’s like a choice between Canon & Nikon, Mac vs PC, … Curry 36 vs Konnopke’s Imbiss vs …

* (One of the) Best Currywurst in Hamburg : how about the following from Edelcurry (S-Bahn Stadthausbrücke)

Currywurst Edelcurry Hamburg

Of course, your kilometrage may vary with time and specific visit. Guten Appetit!

I made the two photos above in Köln on 29 Sep 2011 and in Hamburg on 1 Oct 2011, respectively. Published initially on Posterous, this post has moved and now appears on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com); edited 7 Nov 2011.

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