Simit is a traditional bread eaten throughout the Balkans and Mediterranean for breakfast and as well as all day snack. Often called a “Turkish Simit,” Simit are actually softer and lighter on the inside and crunchier on the outside.
Enjoying a warm, freshly baked Simit from the Simitçi (street simit vendors) of Istanbul is an unmatched pleasure. We believe the love of healthy, crispy and delicious Simit is deserved to be shared with today's global citizens, who are looking to touch roots with healthy, natural, locally prepared foods. At our cafés we serve our Simit on their own, with dips, along salads or made into sandwiches.
Simit, the sesame covered circular bread sold all around Turkish cities, may look just like another local street food to the untrained eye. However, this crispy delicacy has much deeper cultural implications in the country.
Although how simit originated remains obscure, it’s well documented that by the early 17th century simit was already ubiquitous in Istanbul and its production standards were regulated by law. The ingredients may slightly vary according to the locality, but It’s usually prepared by mixing dough with water, salt, pekmez (a molasses-like syrup), then covering it with sesame seeds or the other seeds and baking it for about half an hour.
A symbol of an affordable, modest and nutritious Turkish breakfast, and all day snack it is often consumed just with tea or a piece of cheese or jam if one has the time for a prolonged meal.
Large simit shops in Turkey have become popular during the last decade, but simit is essentially a variety of street food. That is exactly the reason why a street vendor selling simit from a tiny red cart in front of two adjoining simit shops with flashy signs is not an unusual sight for Turkish people.
During the morning rush hour, many commuters will simply pick up a simit and quickly eat it up on the way to work, or at their office if they have the patience. Birds get their share of this source of subsistance too: Feeding hungry seagulls while on the ferries shuttling between two sides of the Bosphorus is a popular activity among Turkish passengers. One just has to cast a piece towards the water and a flyer-by is sure to swoop before it hits the surface.
At Simit and Smith guest can also get a taste of our newly developed products made in a homely and loving environment with love of hand. These products include Acma, pastries like Borek and Gozleme, also authentic Turkish Lahmacun made with flavored meat in combination with meat and fish kebabs. Also we serve various cookies and Baklava to sweeten the mood.
We are here for those who call the US their home away from home, who have seen Simit on their travels, who are adventurous and want to try a new product, or who are looking for a healthy alternative to traditional bread items.