wazzabi is an excellent japanese steakhouse and sushi bar in winter park. they offer a full liquor bar and an outside dining deck. very good japanese food at moderate prices. one of the best japanese restaurants in the orlando area.
Chez Vincent is a must for lovers of French Food in the Orlando area. Located in Winter Park, the service here is top notch and the food is very good. I'm certainly not an expert on French food but every time I have been here has been memorable. Reservations are suggested.
Favorite Dish: I have loved everything I had here, especially the chicken dishes.
I ate in the garden courtyard, on a pleasant Orlando November evening. The inside was pleasantly decorated, with white table clothes. Drink specials: Tues - 2 for 1 Well Drinks, Wed - $3 House Wines, Thu - Ladies Night-Ladies Drink Free House Wines and Well Drinks with Purchase of Entree or Appetizer. I came on a Wednesday.
Favorite Dish: I started off with a bowl of tasty vegetable soup: $5. My main course was the Portobello & Brie Stuffed Chicken, tender sauteed chicken breast stuffed with Portobello mushrooms and brie cheese with a light cream sauce garnished with raspberry reduction. with the house blend rice: $18. Very tasty. Two glasses of White Zinfandel, Buehler, Napa: 2 x $3. Coffee: $2. Total with taxes and tip: $39.
I ate on the patio, on a pleasant Orlando evening, so did not see the inside decor. The patio has about 12 tables. A lengthy selection of authentic Turkish specialties is available in this family run restaurants. Open every day for lunch and dinner.
Favorite Dish: I started with the Red Lentil Soup (Ezo Gelin), blend of red lentil beans, turkish seasonings and fresh herbs: $5.50. My main course was the Chicken Sauté, tender cubes of chicken breast sautéed with fresh tomatoes, onions, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms and
seasoned with herbs and spices in a cream sauce, served with rice: $19.95. Very tasty with the seasonings and vegetables. Two glasses of the tasty German Riesling, Weber, Piesporter Michelsberg: 2 x $ 8. Dessert was the Kunefe, baked to order, with shredded filo dough then stuffed with turkish sweet cheese, topped with sweet syrup and pistachios: $6.00. Tasty but disappointing as it did not live up to the description. Coffee: $2.50. Total with taxes and tip : 62.20.
You will think you are in Spain: Spanish ambiance and decor, and specialities from Spain. Just like the restaurants I ate in, in Spain. The waitor was attentive, soup bowl removed when finished, wine refill when needed, dinner dishes removed when finished with dessert and coffee offered. The first restaurant in which I was able to order a paella for one. A good selection of inexpensive wines by the glass. A lengthy list of their tapas specialties.
Favorite Dish: I stated with a tasty lentil soup, the soup of the day: $4. Then Paelo Valenciana: chicken breast, Spanish chorizo, shrimp and shell fish, on saffron rice. Very tasty, but so large I was unable to finish: $23. A doggy bag was offered, but staying at a hotel, I was unable to accept. Two glasses of a good Spanish wine (I forgot to note the name):2x $7. Too full for dessert. Coffee: $1.95. With taxes and tip: $53.74
This is a little sweet Cuban deli that creates one of the best Cuban Sandwiches I've ever had, and I LOVE Cuban sandwiches! It only has some stool seats along the front window and left wall. No tables available, but most people buy and take out anyway. The owner, Andres, is warm and welcoming.
They have daily specials, and prices are all reasonable. They also cater.
9" Cuban Sandwich is $5.75
Vegetarian Platter (yellow rice, black beans, plantains, & salad) is $5.75.
Spanish baked chicken is $6.75
This Cuban Deli was named Best Latin-- 1st Place-Orlando Weekly 2010
Favorite Dish: Though I always go there for the Cuban sandwiches and black bean & rice soup, which are superb, they also offer:
-Chorizo, sweet ham, and Swiss cheese sandwiches
-Pan Con Lechon (pulled pork drizzled with a garlic mojo)
-Turkey, lettuce, tomato, & their avocado dressing
-Quesitos (sweet cheese-filled pastry) for $1
-Flan (Cuban Creme Brulee) for $2.25
-Tres Leche (three milk cake) for $2.25
To sum it up...it is great food at great prices! Definitely worth a visit!!
the 4 rivers smoke house is new texas style bar-b-que deli located on fairbanks ave. west of downtown winter park. this new bar-b-que deli recently opened with rave reviews and long lines. 4 rivers smoke house specializes in brisket, texas sausage, and st. louis style ribs. this deli style restaurant is take out only but they have picnic tables in the parking lot if you can find a seat. 4 rivers smoke house serves the best texas style bar-b-que in central florida. great food moderately priced.
One of my favorite spots to sit and have a cup of coffee or a delicious sandwich. Palmano's is a true success story. Owned by Richie and Teresa Palmano, it started as a small coffee roaster that was hard to find, but once you did, you entered an amazing courtyard with just a few tables. It was a fantastic secret. Such a wonderful place to enjoy some fresh air, read the paper and people watch. When the neighboring business closed, they snapped up that spot as well and became and even more amazing wine bar with sidewalk seating and a few indoor seats. The menu isn't huge, usually a few sandwiches and several wines and coffee drinks. Beer is also available. Everything they do have is excellent though. The atmosphere here is what keeps people coming back. Friendly staff who always stop by to say hello and regulars who actually greet you and nod hello...who could ask for anything more.
Favorite Dish: We usually stop here in the morning and my favorite is an italian egg wrap with eggs, sausage and roasted red peppers. Delicious! And of course I get a nice freshly roasted coffee.
the ravenous pig is a new gastro pub located on orlando ave in winter park. they offer a varied menu of meat and seafood dishes. the ravenous pig brews their own micro beers and has a full bar and an extensive wine list. very good food moderately priced. it is currently on the florida trend list of the twenty best restaurants in the state of florida. try their lamb burger.
brio tuscan grill is located in the winter park village shopping center on orlando ave. just west of down town. brio is a very good chain restaurant with a good selection of italian dishes moderately priced. the winter park village is very nice shopping and entertainment venue on the west side of the town of winter park.
P.F. Chang's is an upscale Chinese chain restaurant that is very good if in the mood for Asian cuisine. It has the same menu at each of their restaurants with a wide variety to choose from. It is always dependable and has a nice ambience and decor.
Favorite Dish: For lunch they have reasonably priced "Lunch Bowls" that includes a choice of Pepper Steak, Almond & Cashew Chicken, Beef with Broccoli, Buddha Feast, Moo Goo Gai Pan, or Citrus Soy Salmon. It is served with rice and a cup of Egg Drop or Hot & Sour Soup. This is $7.5-9.5 depending on which of the above you choose.
I orderde the Almond & Cashew Chicken Lunch Bowl and was quite pleased with it. My sister ordered a bowl of Wonton Soup and Crab Wonton appetizer. The Wonton Soup came in a humongous bowl that would have served at least 8 people. We were not informed that it was going to be so big and was silly for just one person, so plan on sharing if you order this.
The Crab Wontons are always delicious and my favorite choice at P.F. Chang's.
Park Plaza Gardens is right in the heart of the lovely downtown part of Winter Park on Park Avenue. It has inside dining or sidewalk dining under umbrellas. It has a lovely ambience and feels very upscale. Service is quick and friendly and offers a wide variety on the menu.
Complete lunch & dinner menu is on their website below, as well as explicit directions to the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Three of us dined at this restaurant for lunch and here are the opinions of our individual choices:
Smoked Turkey Cobb Salad with Romain lettuce, applewood bacon, tomato, garbonzo beans, bleu cheese, cucumber, egg & ranch dressing for $13: My sister said this was very nice, but not the best Cobb Salad she has ever had.
NY Strip Open-faced Sandwich & fried for $19: My nephew ordered this medium rare, but it was served to him overdone. They nicely took it back and then brought it back VERY rare, but he loved the french fries and it was a large steak.
Traditional Cuban Sandwich (Panini Style) for $10: I ordered this and it was a nice sized sandwich and tasty, but I happen to be very opinionated when it comes to Cuban sandwiches and this was not as good as I've had in true Cuban restaurants. Not bad at all, but if I returned to this restaurant I'd order something else.
houston's is a national chain restaurant located on orlando ave. (US17-92) about a mile west of downtown winter park. good american fare moderately priced. what makes this houston's unique is that it is located on lake killarney and tables at the rear of the restaurant offer a beautiful view of the lake. the restaurant has a boat dock and many residents of lake killarney visit the restaurant by boat. houston's has a lively bar and is a popular after work meeting place.
located at the intersection of orlando ave. (US17-92) and lee road is fleming's steakhouse and wine bar. this upscale steakhouse is known for it's steaks and seafood. good food and service. fleming's is one of three good steakhouses in winter park. reservations recommended.
ruth's chris steakhouse is located in the winter park village shopping center west of downtown winter park. ruth's chris is a national chain and their food quality and service is very consistant. in my opinion not the best steakhouse in the orlando area but still a very good choice when in the winter park. reservations recommended.