When you think about German food, what comes to mind? Probably a pretzel, schnitzel, or sausage of some kind? One very popular street food and fast food item that has conquered German hearts in the past decades is the döner (pronounced sort of like dew-nah, or doo-nah).
In the 1960s, Turkish workers arrived in Germany to fill the demand for labor in a booming post-war economy. Many never left, started families and shared their traditions, one of which is döner. The döner, meaning 'turning meat', is a traditional rotisserie Turkish meat dish served with rice on a platter.
The German version of the döner was allegedly developed in Berlin by Turkish guest workers in the early 1970s by stuffing the döner meat into baked pita bread. It is typically eaten hand-held, burrito style, wrapped in aluminum foil to keep the contents warm. The pita bread is filled with roasted chicken (sometimes turkey or beef) meat, topped with your choice of lettuce, tomato, onions, cabbage, spicy chili flakes, and usually a garlic-yogurt sauce, which is to die for! This simple and quickly made sandwich is available for lunch, dinner, and after last call, making it popular with the party crowd that leaves the clubs right before the sun rises.