Ferdo's is just about the only thing close to Turkish cuisine in Fort Lauderdale; they used to own the more upscale Taza Mediterranean over on SE17th but nobody ever went there. Ferdo's is a bit weathered and apparently is popular with the older crowd, as there were more walkers in this dining room than any other in recent memory. It was also fairly crowded at 3pm; lunch for me but dinner for them.
Ferdo's attempts a traditional decor, with pictures of the old country and various tapestries.
Service is clunky as there's only 1 server for the dining room. They have a full menu and also a lunch menu, which is 1/2 of the dinner portion with a salad and a soft drink. I went for the Shish Kebab, because that's what you order at a place that calls themeselves "The Home of the Kabob". They use the Americanized spelling, which is the first sign of suspicion.
The tea came with almost no ice and a little sliver of lemon; another place so focused on pinching pennies that they ruin the experience. I asked for ice and extra lemon.
I urge everyone to help put a stop to this moronic practice of giving unsqueezable slices of lemon instead of a wedge. Lemons for iced tea ARE NOT A GARNISH. Get a clue people.
But I digress. A big issue here is that the hummus comes out with the entree, so I have a basket of warm pita sitting on the table with no hummus for 10-15 minutes. It would be a lot better if the hummus came out with the bread. I don't really care for plain pita bread.
The Kebab platter comes out with everything on one plate.
The salad is uninspiring with some sort of oil and vinegar dressing. The big thing with this Kebab is that there was no shish; it's not served on a skewer, nor does it appear to be cooked on a skewer as there was no hole in the food. They appear to just assemble it. Not enough vegetables and not enough marinade for the meat; I needed the garlicky sauce with the meat to kick it up. Good, tender meat that was properly medium rare, but nothing that satisfied my craving for Turkish food.
The festive music was ruined by some idiot who was conducting business on his cell phone in the dining room. To all of you inconsiderate bastards out there; people don't want to listen to you talking on your cell phone while they're out dining in a restaurant.
Not a bad lunch for $12.50 with tip, but if you're craving authentic cuisine you'll be disappointed.