Lunch today at Ephesus in Massapequa Park, the modest Turkish eatery that has emerged as one of the most consistent sources for Mediterranean fare on Long Island. (Check out our Top Ten Mediterranean restaurants of the year here.)
Lunch, it turns out, is even more of a value than dinner. The full menu is available, but so is a three-course fixed price for $10.95. From among the appetizers I chose the shepherd salad, a simple but delicious mélange of chopped cucumbers, green peppers, red onions and tomatoes. Versions of this salad ring the Mediterranean, but on these shores they all too often feature that ubiquitous Long Island vegetable: the pink tomato. At Ephesus, the tomatoes are red.
My companion got the stuffed cabbage, delicious and tender enough to eat without a knife. For my main, I got the spicy Adana kebab, which came with bulgur (billed as yellow rice) and a fresh little green salad. For dessert: sweet diamonds of house-made baklava.
514 Park Blvd. Massapequa Park, NY 516-543-4258, ephesusmedcuisine.com.