Boca Raton, FL - July 14th, 2013
We have been enjoying Lisa's Turkish cuisine since she first opened on Chestnut Street approximately 5 or more years ago. We were initially disappointed to find they had closed only to soon discover that they had moved one street over to 28 Oak St....What a loss that would have been....Why???..Lisa serves the best meze's on the planet & no doubt one of the best grilled Bronzini's ( $23.95)ever: large, meaty & flavorful & exquisitely fresh thru her fish market connections with her brother-in-law. Lisa seems to be the "chief cook & bottlewasher" while her sister Selma greets U at the front door immediately making U feel like family. The menu is large & of course offers the usual, but exceptionally marinated, flavourful lamb dishes, which I believe should be ordered medium rare to preserve the moist tenderness...a bit "dry" on this visit,but "on the money" previously.What do I recommend aside from the fish & lamb? : On your first visit order the mixed appetizers: the hummus is the "creamiest" , the babaganoush is the "smokiest",the ezme is slightlly intense with its mixture of spices ,minced tomatoes ,peppers,onions walnuts, etc. The lebni is made with thick, but creamy yogurt,spinach, garlic & dill....The dolmas were clearly the best I've ever tasted. & so on & so on.If meze's are not your your thing, U will enjoy the Shepards salad which can be shared with 2 or 3 people. Our wonderful waiter,Nazim, recommended the "best" Turkish dessert ever, an Antioch specialty, called Kunefe( $9.95) which can be shared with 4 people..It's made with mozzeralla or some other stringy cheese , sugar.? honey , butter, and shredded phyllo, sort of baked like a pie...We cut it into 4 quadrants and had a ball. I had my usual demitasse of thick turkish coffee...I still prefer an italian espresso. U will have to bring your own Raki,or other ETOH since Ridgewood is a dry town. And there is a nearby wine/ liquor store. Also eat early on the weekends...Lisa's gets very busy on on a Sat. evening.