Dining out spares people from using up the last of their paper plates or incinerating the last of their paper ovens. Reduce your disposable-cookware footprint with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Turkish cuisine and drinks after 4 p.m. at Efes Turkish Cuisine in Sanford.
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).
Efes’s matches a beer list stocked with Turkish, French, and German potions ($5) with an equally cosmopolitan wine list divided into “cool whites” and “interesting reds” ($6.50–$7.75/glass) in a reference to the official motto of Turkey, which translates as “Cool and interesting.” A large screened porch dazzles diners with sunsets reflected in the lake, and Saturday evenings treat guests to the sultry shimmies of belly dancers so as to fairly represent the stomach’s artistic powers alongside its doner-downing abilities.