Lahmacun is baked flatbread topped with minced meat, onions, tomatoes, peppers and spices served with a side of parsley and a lemon wedge that add a hint of freshness to the dish. Since most days I consume only carbs, lahmacun was a welcome addition to my Turkish diet, offering all the major food groups in one easy to eat dish. Just garnish with parsley, squeeze some lemon on it, roll it up and you are good to go, all for around $1.00. My favorite places in Istanbul to grab a quick lahmacun are Halil and Çiya in Kadıköy and Hamdi in Eminönü.

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