When friends and family come to Fethiye on holiday, routine goes through the window. Last week, Turkish Food Focus wasn’t very focused at all, in that it didn’t even happen. Let’s put that right this week by concentrating on another of the Turkish street food staples; tost.
Wherever you go in Turkey, you’re going to see signs dotted around the area advertising tost. It’s a classic Turkish snack, it’s cheap, simple and, you’d think, the same just about everywhere you go. True, the fillings don’t vary much. Expect cheese, sucuk and sometimes tomato. Expect a pressed half bread with any variations of those fillings.
But some tost is better than others and, fortunately for us, Fethiye has its very own tost institution. These guys are the ustas of tost: İksirci Tezcan.
For as long as we can remember, these purveyors of fine tost have been trading under the shade of the trees on the corner of Fethiye harbour, serving workers, school children, passers by and tourists. And for as long as we can remember, apart from a recent face lift to bring it in line with the other buildings around Uğur Mumcu Park, nothing much has changed. You come here to eat one thing only: tost!
The chairs and tables had a fun paint job during the face lift process but they’ve always been the same, too. Tall people might struggle a bit as the chairs are tiny – but that doesn’t seem to bother the folks that flock here day in, day out. We’ve never seen this place empty and you’ll struggle for a table around lunchtime. As you can see from these photos, our eating times have been a bit unconventional of late and we managed to get to İksirci Tezcan at a rare quiet spell.
The menu board, along with prices, is nailed to the surrounding walls, but you won’t need to peruse it for long. You can either have a yarım tost (half bread which you can see in the above photo) or a çeyrek tost (that’s the tost in the photo, cut in half – çeyrek means quarter). We always go for a karışık yarım tost which is cheese and sucuk. It’s delivered to you within a matter of minutes along with a bowl of turşu (pickled chillies and gherkins).
And what about a thirst quencher? There’s water, the usual fizzy drinks, ayran or this…
How about this for a perfect thirst quencher on a hot, sunny day in Fethiye? Freshly squeezed mixed fruit juice. There’s definitely orange and pomegranate in there – but there are also lots of other fruit baskets on the counter. Which of these fruits go into this concoction, we’re not entirely sure, but it’s perfectly refreshing after you’ve finished your tost.
And the next great thing about İksirci Tezcan…if you’re in Turkey on a budget, this is the place for you. 3 TL gets you a yarım tost. This mixed fruit juice is the most expensive drink on the menu – that’s 3 TL, too. 6 TL (around £2.20) to sit on Fethiye harbour, fill yourself up and quench your thirst with a vitamin boost has got to be a bargain for anyone.
İksirci Tezcan is on Fethiye harbour at the side of the Fethiye Culture Centre (the big blue building). You can view it here on our map of Fethiye.