Steeping each of its locations in colonial Boston-style interior design, Boston Coffeehouse serves a modern slew of specialty drinks, deli-fresh fare, and all-day breakfast items. For starters, munch on mango salsa salad, a leafy medley of mango salsa, dried cranberries, almonds, onions, and cucumbers slathered with mandarin ginger dressing ($5.89). Tender rotisserie chicken—served with baby arugula greens, red onions, and sun-dried tomato mayo on a pretzel bun—mollycoddles midday masticators ($6.50), and a french toast breakfast panini eases groggy taste buds awake after a long night or an afternoon nap with fresh egg, cheese, and ham sandwiched between slices of french toast ($3.50). Pair your choice of various Danish pastries, muffins, or croissants ($1.75) with a 12-ounce espresso ($1) or a specialty drink such as the Yankeedoodle, a mocha-based coffee concoction that features caramel, hazelnut, and macaroni feathers ($2.75/12-ounce), or the Nutty Irish Lady, which starts with espresso and expands into a whipped cream-topped comfort drink with flavors of cherry, Irish crème, and hazelnut ($2.75/12-ounce).
Historic Victorian home with 3 rooms in the main house and 5 separate cottages, each decorated in a different theme. Nice, comfortable Victorian decor with modern conveniences. Just down the road from Blue Spring State Park and close to many other Central Florida sights and activities.
Aromas laced with hints of creole cuisine ricochet off expanses of polished tones and drift across Monroe's Restaurant's panoramic view of Lake Monroe. Appetizers lure taste buds with a choice of morsels, including fried green tomatoes and salmon croquette, and duos can submerge spoons in piquant soups to unearth shipwrecked watercress. Cooks load entree plates with options including the sirloin steak buried in grilled red onions and chimichurri sauce. The house specialty platter presents a culinary puzzle as challenging as the Hamburglar's hedge maze by allowing diners to pair fish, chicken, or cornish hen with toppings including seared leeks, parsnips, and roasted lemon. The kitchen's epicureans also construct unique sandwiches and accent meals with á la carte sides such as roasted pumpkin with rosemary and walnuts. Displaying sweet treats tableside, the in-house pastry chef meanders around the picturesque restaurant searching for full stomachs in need of whipped-cream belts.
Overlooking Lake Monroe, Efes Turkish Cuisine delivers a menu of Mediterranean flavors to the shores of Sanford with a combination of generous portions and attentive service that won praise from the Orlando Sentinel. Hearty, authentic dishes include the karisik izgara for two, featuring chicken and lamb prepared in the doner, adana, and sis styles garnished, like a bribe left for the Easter Bunny, with a mosaic of red onions, cabbage, and carrots ($31.95). Manti packs homemade dough with seasoned lamb dolloped with garlic yogurt ($17.95), and the karisik mezze assembles a platter brimming with Mediterranean-styled fried eggplant with tomato sauce, tabbouleh, hummus, whipped caviar, haydari yogurt dip, stuffed grape leaves, and baba gannouj ($24.95). Transition smoothly from savory to sweet flavors with desserts such as the kunefe, a dish of shredded pastry filled with soft cheese ($4.95–$6.95).
Riverwalk Pizzeria, located next to the Sanford Marina, touts a multifaceted menu of pizzas, calzones, and traditional Italian-inspired specialties. Demanding diners can customize hand-tossed pizzas (starting at $7.29) with a variety of pie-packers such as bacon, eggplant, pepperoni, pineapple, and broccoli arranged to resemble the mysterious right ear of the Mona Lisa ($1–$2 each). Opt for a prearranged marriage of flavors with the River Spice pie, decorated with hot sauce, mozzarella, red onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, and chorizo ($10.49–$20.49), or the Bianco, a delicate three-tiered tango between mozzarella, ricotta, and fresh garlic ($8.99–$16.99).