There’s a new eatery near College Park and it isn’t an Italian restaurant or a pizza joint. (Seriously, how many pizza places does one neighborhood need?)
Owner Zeynel Gulsoy, who also worked as a cook at Bosphorous in Winter Park and co-owned Istanbul in Lake Mary, opened Zeytin in December.
Zeytin, which means “olive” in Turkish, specializes in – you guessed it — Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisine like hummus, lamb kebabs, mousakka, pide (a Turkish flatbread) and lavas. Zeytin serves halal meat.
Vegetarian dishes include okra sauté and vegetable casserole made with green beans, eggplant, bell peppers, onions and garlic over rice. Most dinner entrees start at $16.95.
Zeytin also serves beer and wine.
Gulsoy, who grew up in Turkey, spent seven months renovating the space, which was the former site of Woody’s American and Italian Grill. The dining room is decorated with items from Turkey, including hand-crafted booths with Turkish fabrics. The restaurant seats about 50 people.
If you go to Zeytin, don’t leave without ordering a cup of Turkish coffee and getting your fortune read. In Turkey and in other Balkan countries it’s tradition to have your fortune told by the leftover coffee grounds in your cup. My waitress on a recent Wednesday night was spot on with the fortune.
Zeytin is open for dinner from 4 p.m. to midnight Tuesday – Sunday. The restaurant is closed Mondays.