Located on stylish Park Avenue, Cafe De France's decor includes a large bar and rich, red walls. You'll find casually dressed patrons dining on fine French fare that includes Rabbit Stew, Rack of Venison and Rack of Lamb. French bread and a house salad are served with meals. There's a full bar and a very tempting dessert menu. Service is attentive and helpful. A visit to this restaurant is well worth it.
Four Rivers Smokehouse, located north of Orlando in the friendly town of Winter Park, began as a dream of one man and three friends to help support an important cause with BBQ sauce. This dream has turned into a welcoming local restaurant serving up some of the best tasting home-cooked BBQ dishes and sides. Expect to wait during peak dining hours, but it is well worth it. Choose from classic smoked sandwiches, signature stackers, classic dinners, salads, baked goods and homemade desserts. Four Rivers Smokehouse features great prices, delicious selections and a welcoming setting. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Sometimes, no matter how sophisticated your palate, you just need a pizza fix. When you're in that frame of mind, head over to this pizza spot. Chefs here make pizza crust fresh daily and the results are a taste treat. Favorites include a personal Sicilian Cheese Pizza, and a house specialty pie, with your choice of five toppings. Apart from the pizzas, you can also opt for the tasty paninis, pastas and sandwiches. This friendly place draws an eclectic crowd, everyone from college kids to professionals looking for a good meal. However make sure you get there early as the restaurant does not accept reservations and the wait can be longer.
Some like it hot, so the saying goes, and if you're one of those that do, this may be the spot for you. Its selection of traditional Thai favorites features a few spicier-than-spicy entrees such as the Lemon Fish. But even guests looking for milder fare will find much to enjoy here. For openers, have the Tom Kha Gai, a coconut milk-based soup with tangy lemon grass flavors, followed by Jumbo prawns. The décor is quite simple, it's better to concentrate your senses on the food.
This inexpensive, casual Tex-Mex restaurant serves a clientele that's looking for a good time, hot sauce and, of course, quality food. This restaurant, which offers a 3,500-entry hot sauce catalog, takes its spice seriously. Chefs concoct their signature sauce, dubbed "Slap My A** And Call Me Sally," with Capsicum, the same ingredient that gives pepper spray its sting. Serving indoors and outside, the restaurant offers a host of Mexican delicacies, including enchiladas and tacos, all at very reasonable prices.
The menu here changes monthly, but the food is always good. Casually dressed patrons sit at barstools that are pulled up to butcher-block tables atop terrazzo floors. The decor is simple but effective for casual dining. Choices include Caesar's Salad, a roasted duck sandwich, and a Chicken Tortilla Pie, among other intriguing combinations. Pastas and salads come in full or half portions for hearty or picky eaters. Dexter's offers more than 30 wines and champagnes, available by the glass or bottle. A very nice Chardonnay runs about $26 for a bottle.
Circa is located on Park Avenue in lovely Winter Park, just a little north of downtown Orlando. It has a variety of dining, drinking and entertainment options. There is a beautiful front room with a piano player and bar area that offers a nice view of the nearby street through open French doors. It has a secluded back dining room for more privacy, a stylish upstairs lounge for dancing, and a pub in back too. Enjoy a lovely lunch, dinner or stop in for a drink at Circa. Select from the American-style menu that has numerous dishes to choose from. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
533 West New England Avenue (cross-street Hannibal Square) Winter Park, FL 32789
Chez Vincent is a short trip north of Orlando in Winter Parks spectacular Hannibal Square. The stunning décor and atmosphere transport you to a charming Paris café. There is plenty of beautiful artwork and elegance that provides a romantic setting. The menu has a large selection of out of the ordinary entrees and all of the great French classics, too. You can enjoy an elaborate lunch or dinner feast either inside or outside at Chez Vincent, any day of the week. It is a very traditional French restaurant with attentive servers, a nice selection of spirits and wines to complement your meal. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Mediterranean cuisine is well-known and so is Harmoni Market. This clean and petite eatery serves tasty and sumptuous Mediterranean cuisine along with wine that compliments the mood and taste of the meal. The chef handpicks fresh ingredients everyday and uses the right quality of spices to churn out scrumptious dishes. Gorge on the delicious 'Harmoni Shrimp Cocktail' or savor the 'Grilled Lemon Chicken'. The special kids menu features interesting dishes like 'Grilled Cheese Panini' and 'Spaghetti Marinara'.
Indian food is offered at all its richness at Moghul Indian Cuisine, a popular restaurant in Winter Park. Like any other Indian restaurant, the menu is an assortment of lamb, chicken, seafood and vegetarian dishes with abundant spices. Try the Malai Kabab Dinner, Lamb Madras or Shrimp Vindaloo to get a feel of their distinctive style. Moghul Indian Cuisine is a good choice for take-away as well. Check website for details.
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