Cooking at home involves the risk of small burns, spilled liquids, and the advances of an oven in heat. Avoid stove-top suitors with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fresh Mediterranean fare at Sofra Turkish Kitchen.
Sofra Turkish Kitchen boasts a BYOB menu stuffed with an array of traditional Turkish dishes. The karniyarik conceals a core of marinated ground beef inside a baked eggplant on a pillowy bed of rice pilaf ($14.95), whereas oven-baked red snapper flaunts its scaled flavors by stewing in a blend of its own seasonings ($19.95). Vegetarian Turkish Delight ($13.95) stars sautéed broccoli and portobellos that leap over a stage of garlic hummus studded with almonds, raisins, and bouquets tossed from neighboring dishes. Chefs spear lamb chops, marinated chicken cubes, and beef tenderloin for trial by char-grill on 10 unique kebabs ($14.95−$20.95) and stuff chicken breasts with spinach, cheese, and onions for the house specialty tavuk sarma ($14.95).
Geometric rugs decorate the exotic interior's floors and walls, as brass platters and burgundy pillows reflect the amber and ruby tones of wine bottles brought from home. Belly-dancing shows pair well-spiced meals with lively entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights with traditional techniques used to improve digestion.
Sofra Turkish Kitchen
Spicy aromas waft from platters of freshly baked bread as guests recline on burgundy cushions atop thick layers of blue-, white-, and green-patterned rugs and watch belly dancers sway during weekend shows. Newly blended hummus rests next to char-grilled beef shish kebabs on low tables, alongside roasted lamb shank with raisins, and bottles of wine toted inside from at-home collections or confiscated from clandestine spin-the-bottle rings.:m]
3134 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657