Balıkesir fascinates its visitors with a wide range of food products with its meat, milk, fruits, vegetables and seafood. If you are hungry while wandering around the city streets to see the historical and touristic beauties of Balıkesir, it is time to take a delicious break.
The taste of Balıkesir meat, which is one of the brand cities of Turkey in animal husbandry, is known even in the Ottoman palace cuisine, carefully selected Balıkesir meat was preferred. This tradition continues in the same way today and shows itself in the famous Balıkesir meatballs.
If you are looking for a special suggestion for Balıkesir meatballs, which you can taste in meatball shops that will appear almost everywhere in Balıkesir, you can visit one of the shops next to the Yeşilli Mosque in the center.
If you say "When you come to Balıkesir, eat toast", Ayvalık toast is just for you. With its distinctive semicircular long bread, filled with almost all kinds of ingredients that a toast lover would look for, Ayvalık toast is one of the indispensable ones for taste lovers.
It is possible to find this beauty, whose reputation has spread all over Turkey, in almost every cafeteria in Balikesir, especially in the coastal regions where holidaymakers are concentrated.
Another famous toast of Balıkesir, which is a brand when it comes to toast in Turkey, is Susurluk toast. Susurluk toast, one of the most important on-road delicacies, especially for those traveling between Balıkesir and Bursa, is made with its own special square bread and a special low-salt Mihaliç cheese, not cheddar.
An indispensable part of this legend toast is of course the foamy Susurluk ayran.
Balıkesir is a city famous for its dairy products. Whatever you eat in Balıkesir, you should definitely choose Balıkesir buttermilk instead of sugary and carbonated, unhealthy drinks. Those who come from other cities and want to drink ayran in Balıkesir may not see the brands they are used to. In Balıkesir, in restaurants and cafes, you will usually see buttermilk produced in Balıkesir and you will be very pleased with it when you try it.
Although tirit is a local dish made in many regions with different types, Balıkesir tiridi is quite another. It is served by adding sauce broth, pieces of meat, tomato paste, parsley on a special tritiated pita cut in cubes. In some places, you can also taste it with eggs.
Tirit, which is indispensable among wedding meals, is also found in many restaurants that serve home-cooked meals in Balıkesir.
Another famous wedding meal is keşkek. It is not possible to come to Balıkesir and return without tasting local dishes. When the wheat grains, which are boiled and cooked long in the same pot with bone meats, are thoroughly crushed and turned into mush, the bones are removed and the rest remains.
Keskek, which is served with hot butter, tomato paste and parsley on it, can be eaten with pleasure in almost any restaurant that makes home-cooked dishes such as tirit.
Whatever you eat in Balıkesir, my höşmerim will be a great choice at the end of the meal. Höşmerim, the traditional dessert of Balıkesir, is no longer a local flavor and has started to spread rapidly throughout the country, but it is still the best to taste every taste in its place.
You can buy my höşmer, made with cheese, milk, semolina, sugar and eggs, from almost every restaurant, as well as from many höşmerims around the city, you can buy it as a gift for your loved ones.