There's nothing fancy about the atmosphere at Shin Jung but the restaurant is clean and features simple decor that doesn't distract from the basic business of dining. Entrees include such items as Hawe Nang Myun - a dish of cold noodles and hot spices and Al By Tang - a beef-rib soup. A selection of barbecued items, in Korean style, of course, includes cow tongue and tripe.
Crooked Bayou offers spicy Creole fare served in a barroom setting dominated by a mural of Mardi Gras celebrations. Thick sandwiches in half and full portions are a favorite and among the best are the Cuban sandwich, and the Philadelphia Cheese Steak. If you're in the mood for soup, sample the Seafood Gumbo-packed with oysters, shrimp and fish.
At Paradise Island Cafe you can relax, even if you're only on a lunchtime break during a busy workday. This pleasant little restaurant is snappily decorated to resemble an island market. The Jamaican fare is quite tasty, focusing on such island flavors as Jerk Chicken or Braised Oxtails. Shrimp Scampi, Brown Stew Chicken and Traditional Jerk chicken are among the rest of the tasty preparations.
There's just a tiny dining room here at Metro Espresso Pizza Cafe so if the crowd is lined up, you can order something to take out. A downtown favorite with the take-out lunch crowd, this restaurant offers individual pizza slices, meatball sandwiches or calzones. The crowds gather quickly here at lunchtime, so if you're in the mood for a take-out, it's best to call in your order ahead of time.
Visitors to Ichiban dine on sushi and other Japanese fare in a casual but classy atmosphere outfitted in paper lanterns and decorative, framed kimonos. For foodies who love to experiment, Spicy Octopus Rolls are something to try out. The menu mostly spans preparations with chicken, steak and beef. The Hibachi Shrimp and Salmon Steak are especially worth sampling. Your meal will be incomplete without the Tempura Key Lime Pie, Ichiban Martini or the tempting Tempura Cheesecake.
155 South Charles Richard Beall Boulevard DeBary, FL 32713
Located north of Orlando in the friendly town of Debary, Zorba's Greek Restaurant and Pizzeria is worth the drive. This restaurant is a nice choice for those who want either Greek or Italian cuisine. Zorba's is spacious, welcoming and includes decorations and little touches from the Mediterranean region. Customers choose from a variety of items divided into two menus: the main menu features grinders, pizza, calzones, pita sandwiches, fish, chicken, beef and pasta, and the Greek menu is filled with freshly prepared items that range from mezethakia (Greek appetizers) to glyka (desserts). Greek beers, wines and coffees are also on offer. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
7025 County Road 46A Suite 1011 Lake Mary, FL 32746
Finesse is located north of Orlando in the friendly town of Lake Mary. This family-owned and operated restaurant stands out from all the typical chain restaurants in the area. The modern décor in this eclectic bistro features massive black and white food-related photos on the wall and food terms with their definitions. The atmosphere is elegant yet casual and the service is attentive, especially if you elect to sit at the chef's table, which features a special menu and a very personalized dining experience. The drink menu includes artisan beers, hand-selected wines and various specialty drinks. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Located north of Orlando, in the neighboring town of Sanford, Just Pizza offers customers in Central Florida a chance to experience what travelers from New York already know - an amazing variety of pizzas and a lot more. One of only a few restaurant locations of Just Pizza found outside of the western region of New York, this is one of the only places where you can get authentic chicken Buffalo wings and fingers, as made in Buffalo, NY. The pizza selection includes more than 75 varieties of pizza, and the menu contains many other choices, such as hot and cold sandwiches, tacos, salads, ribs, fish, shrimp, sides and desserts. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
New Peking Buffet is located northeast of downtown Orlando in the friendly town of Casselberry. The restaurant's building resembles a barn from the outside, but step inside and you will see Chinese decor throughout and plenty of food options in a very clean buffet-style setting. Customers can choose from a large variety of Chinese, Japanese and American dishes including all-you-can-eat crab legs and sushi. The hot and cold food is spread throughout nine large buffet tables and there is a hibachi grill where you can personalize your own special order as well. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
The Athenian Garden Greek restaurant is located north of Orlando in the Park Place at Heathrow in Lake Mary, and well worth the short trip from the city. You can enjoy an elegant dining experience in an upscale environment for either lunch or dinner. The menu consists of numerous traditional, home-cooked Greek dishes starting with appetizers like Saganaki and ending with sweet treats for dessert, such as Baklava. Servers are attentive and helpful for those needing assistance with menu items, and the owners are very welcoming as well. Weekend entertainment includes genuine belly dancers. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
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