The Turkish cuisine may no be that famous as the Italian or the French, but they do have some quite delicious dishes. Things you can most likely eat only on their local ground, things you may have never tried before, things you most certainly taste once in a lifetime. I have an important tip here, it's good to know that Turkish people don't eat pork so you won't find it in any local restaurants, so don't ask for it, you may even offend them.
Turkish Breakfast - the typical Turkish breakfast consist of bread, cheese, butter, olives, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, jam, honey, and kaymak. You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Menemen - a traditional Turkish dish which includes eggs, tomatoes, green peppers and spices such as ground black, or maybe red pepper. The meal is cooked in olive oil traditionally but can be cooked in sunflower oil as well.
Meze - one of my favorites, of course, it's typically served to accompany alcoholic drinks, consists of a selection of small dishes, very famous in the Near East, Central Asia and of course the Balkans.
Künefe - a traditional Arab desert soaked in sweet sugar-base syrup, layered with cheese or nuts. It's a very sweet and tasty dessert with thin noodle like pasty ingredient.
Baklava - a delicious sweet pasty dessert made of layers of filo filled with nuts, and honey. It's a very typical desert for the Balkans and Central Asia.
Turkish Apple Tea and coffee - oh, the coffee, the coffee is amazing! I'm a big fan of coffee and believe me, you need to try the Turkish coffee! Such rich flavour that I can't even describe. And of course the tea as well is something you must try when visiting Turkey.
Gözleme - another one traditional Turkish dish. It's a Turkish flat bread and pasty dish. It can include meat in the meal like chopped lamb, vegetables, mushrooms as well as eggs, herbs and spices. It's something I order as an appetizer or to go with the main course.
Kumpir (Baked Potato) - imagine a baked potato filled with meat, vegetables, salads, sauce, cheese. A quick snack you can have during the day when you don't have time to sit at a restaurant and eat.
Corn on the cob - can be easily found on the streets of Turkey. Baked corn, something simple and yet delicious.
Turkish Delight - also known as LOKUM based on a gel of starch and sugar, a delicious Turkish desert that can be found on every corner in Turkey. Can contain varieties consist largely of chopped dates, pistachios, and hazelnuts or walnuts bound by the gel, often flavored with rose water, mastic, lemon or orange.
A bonus tip I will give you here, when you visit Turkey and sit somewhere to have coffee order Shisha. It's very important to try the Shisha, it's best I've had in my entire life. Enjoy!