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    Post #1 - November 8th, 2012, 1:38 pm
    Post #1 - November 8th, 2012, 1:38 pm Post #1 - November 8th, 2012, 1:38 pm
    I'm wondering if anyone here has encountered the "Turkish bagel" known as Simit anywhere in Chicago.

    I was traveling in Turkey a few years ago, and everywhere you go, vendors are selling these sesame seed covered bread rings - in carts, on long sticks, in bakeries, virtually everywhere all over the country and especially in Istanbul.

    Besides being deliicous, I was hoping to find some to take to a family gathering at Thansgiving, to surprise by brothers who traveled with me. But I have never seen them in Chicago. Anywhere.


    Has anyone?

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  • Post #2 - November 8th, 2012, 1:46 pm
    Post #2 - November 8th, 2012, 1:46 pm Post #2 - November 8th, 2012, 1:46 pm
    Hi,

    I did a search to find a mention of simit in the Chicago area here: viewtopic.php?p=51202#p51202

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #3 - November 8th, 2012, 1:54 pm
    Post #3 - November 8th, 2012, 1:54 pm Post #3 - November 8th, 2012, 1:54 pm
    You got my hopes up...

    But I called and they said they dont have simit. :(
  • Post #4 - November 8th, 2012, 4:01 pm
    Post #4 - November 8th, 2012, 4:01 pm Post #4 - November 8th, 2012, 4:01 pm
    threegoofs wrote:I'm wondering if anyone here has encountered the "Turkish bagel" known as Simit anywhere in Chicago.

    Try Istanbul Market in Mount Prospect (Elmhurst and Oakton) [Yelp Link]
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  • Post #5 - November 8th, 2012, 4:34 pm
    Post #5 - November 8th, 2012, 4:34 pm Post #5 - November 8th, 2012, 4:34 pm
    Arab pita bakeries have very similar products. Try Sanabel or Al Khayam on Kedzie.
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  • Post #6 - June 3rd, 2013, 8:41 am
    Post #6 - June 3rd, 2013, 8:41 am Post #6 - June 3rd, 2013, 8:41 am
    I was at Feyrous Pastries (4510 N Kedzie) yesterday in Albany Park (not far from the Kedzie Brown stop) and they said they bake what sounded like Simit fresh there every day. They said you can call and order ahead too. I'm not sure if it's 100% Simit, but what they said sounded just like it (round, baked dough with sesame).

    I miss this stuff from Turkey for sure. Great street food
  • Post #7 - January 31st, 2018, 7:52 pm
    Post #7 - January 31st, 2018, 7:52 pm Post #7 - January 31st, 2018, 7:52 pm
    I am bumping this thread. I visited the cobbler near Broadway and Belmont and, passing some time, I tarried in Anatolian Express. It was rather distinctly lackluster, but the tea was good. I noted that they had simit on the menu, and also claimed to bake it fresh, but they indicated that it was not available and did not know when it would be available. A good many things on the menu were not available, so much so that it seems what is not available outnumbers the things that are.

    I am hunting for good simit as well. I've known certain Iraqi bakeries to make the stuff, which goes by سميط‎ in Arabic (samītˤ, more like 'simeat' in Iraqi vernacular), but note that there are certain items that look very similar but are doughy and sweet, like chureck.
  • Post #8 - February 2nd, 2018, 8:30 am
    Post #8 - February 2nd, 2018, 8:30 am Post #8 - February 2nd, 2018, 8:30 am
    Fresh Farms in Niles, which at its core is a Greek, often has, well whatever they call simit in Greek, but it's about the same thing (eg. doner--gyro). Like most of the bakery stuff there, especially the breads, the Greek bagels are quite good.
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  • Post #9 - February 2nd, 2018, 9:26 am
    Post #9 - February 2nd, 2018, 9:26 am Post #9 - February 2nd, 2018, 9:26 am
    Whenever I see it, I pick up the Arab bread called ka'ak. It's not the same as simit, but it scratches the itch. I've see it at occasionally at Sahar Market and Sanabel, and frequently at the bakeries in Bridgeview.
  • Post #10 - February 7th, 2018, 11:57 am
    Post #10 - February 7th, 2018, 11:57 am Post #10 - February 7th, 2018, 11:57 am
    Pera Turkish Kitchen bakes and serves simit for weekend brunch, so they tell me, from 9-2 on weekends. It is not otherwise available there. But when is it hot and fresh? I asked them if they will oblige me with tea refills if I come (I guzzle Black Sea tea when available) and was given the rather strange response, "Why not?"
  • Post #11 - July 9th, 2019, 5:54 am
    Post #11 - July 9th, 2019, 5:54 am Post #11 - July 9th, 2019, 5:54 am
    Good simit can be had at the Istanbul Market and Cafe at 2324 Elmhurst Rd, Mt Prospect IL 60056. When I stopped inside, there were a number of men eating in little dining area in the back of the grocery store. Everything looked fresh and proper; the workers in the kitchen/bakery looked to be Kyrgyz women.

    Reheated frozen simit (I think) can now be had at Turkitch in Lake View. I went there and was not terribly impressed. The simit, even if it might have been originally good, was tough by the time it got to me.

    Supposedly, My Dough Dough bakery at 2342 N. Clark has freshly baked simit. They keep odd hours, so I will have to investigate further.
  • Post #12 - July 9th, 2019, 8:19 am
    Post #12 - July 9th, 2019, 8:19 am Post #12 - July 9th, 2019, 8:19 am
    Try buying the simit from Turkitch frozen and reheating at home. I've had good results with that approach. Thanks for putting my dough dough on the radar, I'll check it out soon.
  • Post #13 - July 10th, 2019, 1:43 pm
    Post #13 - July 10th, 2019, 1:43 pm Post #13 - July 10th, 2019, 1:43 pm
    My Dough Dough is apparently now called Cafe Corbel, a sort of French-inspired coffee shop and bakery, but still with simit. The Google listing of the former is out of date. The hours are not as odd as I believed.

    The simit is baked in house and is very good, with abundant sesame and just slightly sweet. The texture is both crisp and soft/fluffy.

    Sadly, no Turkish-style tea (for now). When I asked, I was told, "We don't have that yet."
  • Post #14 - July 12th, 2019, 7:15 am
    Post #14 - July 12th, 2019, 7:15 am Post #14 - July 12th, 2019, 7:15 am
    As VI mentioned Fresh Farms Niles seemingly has a Greek version.

    FreshFarmsSesameBread1.jpg Fresh Farms Niles

    FreshFarmsSesameBread2.jpg Fresh Farms Niles


    Fresh Farms
    5740 W Touhy Ave
    Niles, IL 60714
    847-779-7343
    One minute to Wapner.
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