With understated decor inside and out that belies the tastiness inside, Zapata Burger is tucked away among Kadıköy’s cafes and bars and features a large selection of burgers and hot dogs delicious enough to keep customers wanting more.
Zapata Burger’s menu boasts of more than a hundred combinations of burgers, hot dogs, fries, and drinks. The mushroom burger and beğendi burger, or burger with eggplant puree, are highly recommended. The former is savory and a little spicy with added mushroom texture, creamy sauce, and roasted red peppers; the latter, with eggplant and pastırma, add a pop of Turkish flavor to the classic burger. For those craving a hot dog, the local favorite is the bacon and cheddar version, with bacon, guacamole, and caramelized onion piled on top of the juicy sausage.
The burgers are available in two sizes, either 140 grams or 280 grams, of Zapata’s special meatball-style patty. The meat is cooked to the customer’s liking, and one can mix and match sauces that include tartar, roasted pepper, pomegranate, spicy tomato, roasted eggplant, and honey mustard. A generous serving of freshly-cut fries, sprinkled with cheddar, parmesan, white cheese, and/or a layer of bacon on top, makes for an extremely satisfying side dish. The buttery, soft bun is an unexpected highlight of the meal, with the dough reminiscent of a soft poğaça, the traditional Turkish morning pastry.
Zapata Burger makes for an ideal pit stop before or after a night of dancing or bar hopping in the lively Kadıköy district with its simple yet satisfying offerings. Though it may be difficult to choose the perfect combination of burger or hot dog, fries, and drink, it is nearly impossible to resist coming back for another helping of the restaurant’s hearty dishes.
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