At 11 a.m. each day, the scents of fresh-brewed coffee and blueberry french toast begin to shift to those of homemade meatloaf and mashed potatoes at Café Perks. The quaint, country-style eatery churns out hearty meals to keep bellies warm and pleasantly stuffed all the way up until dinner, with egg and cheese sandwiches and platters of biscuits and gravy preceding lunch options such as club sandwiches and pork chops. Six types of salads satisfy lighter cravings.
Stone's Throw Bistro's menu features fresh, seasonal cuisine complimented by a warm atmosphere and fine wine and beer pairings. Starters range from light spinach salads with goat cheese, balsamic watermelon, bacon, and an onion drizzle ($7), to decadent dishes like seared beef tips ($10), or shrimp and horseradish-cheddar grits with bacon hollandaise ($10). Entrees exhibit an equal fondness for elegance, inventiveness, and down-home comfort, from belly-warming seafood pasta with chorizo, smoked poblano, chipotle, and garlic butter ($19), to pork tenderloin with smoked corn, tomato and chipotle potato salad, and citrus cilantro butter ($18). Filet mignon ($23), NY strip steak ($22), and sirloin ($19) are prepared to order with your choice of sauce, side, and cool sunglasses. Each night, the chef whips up an Italian dinner special using fresh ingredients from the market (price varies). The friendly servers at Stone's Throw undergo rigorous taste-bud Pilates training, and will happily share their expertise to help you make core menu and drink pairing decisions.
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).
Burger Bar's menu entices empty stomachs to fill themselves with flame-broiled burgers, chicken dishes, and salads bearing cocktail-inspired names. Park your hard-working body and sip a Mojito burger with pepper-jack cheese, guacamole, and caramelized red onions ($5.99), or heighten your international allure by ordering a Dirty Martini burger, with blackened beef, crumbled blue cheese, red onions, and black olives ($5.99). Guests can build their own burger ($5.99) before loosing their famished teeth upon the grilled chicken, sliced apple, provolone, and caramelized onion that comprise the Appletini chicken ($5.99). After a long, exhausting session of biting, chewing, and swallowing things, finish off your meal by gargling the ABCs through mouthfuls of domestic ($3.99) or imported ($4.99) beer.
Café Rouge sprinkles worldly charm all over its selection of salads, sandwiches, and house-made entrees. Culinary concoctions, such as a warm poached egg and crispy bacon salad ($9) and olive-oil-baked garlic and chili shrimp ($10), prepare flavor savorers for main dishes, including crispy salmon on sautéed asparagus with lemon and tarragon mayonnaise ($17), and shrimp and scallops over honey Sriracha fettuccine ($17). Just like the young substitute French teacher, Café Rouge is upscale and European, but at the same time, laid-back and soothing.
Scruffy Duffers slings delicious draughts and delectable dishes in a laid-back atmosphere festooned with unique souvenirs and wall-mounted TVs constantly tuned to myriad sporting bouts. Reward loyal bellies with a flavorful flight of freshly prepared chicken wings coated in your choice of Scruffy's homemade sauces ($7.99–$32.99). The cheesesteak topped with mushrooms, onions, and green peppers tips a ball cap to its Philly roots ($7.49), while a pair of mini beef sliders and french fries elicits precious "awws" from sentimental taste buds ($5.50). A tasty selection of gullet-pleasing wines ($4) and beers ($2.75–$3.25) quench sporty thirsts. Drinkers can luxuriate around the outdoor bar, or utilize Scruffy Duffers' free WiFi to search for photos of the legendary beard that inspired the restaurant's name.