Though the chefs at Vick's Restaurant specialize in classic American meat dishes such as porterhouse steaks and ribs, they aren’t afraid to look toward the sea for culinary inspiration. Alongside their signature meats, they fill an eclectic steakhouse menu with lobster tails, a variety of fish filets, and fresh shrimp, which they can skewer, coat in coconut breading, or shower over noodles. The chefs’ seaward gaze, however, doesn’t just stop at the water—it extends to faraway lands thousands of miles away. You're just as likely to find them cooking Italian pastas or grilling chicken in the hibachi style of Japan as you are to find them sizzling up tender cuts of American-style sirloin or fresh tilapia. All the while, servers tote these international dishes alongside glasses of wine and beer to guests in the airy dining room.
The folks at Juice Lab take their "farm to bottle" motto seriously. Within 24 hours of leaving the ground, branch, or bush, produce is juiced, bottled, and served to customers. The result is ultra-fresh juice that's always cold pressed to maintain the highest concentration of nutritional benefits, and to coax pyrophobic fruits into the juicer. Aside from juices, the neon-lit storefront also serves fresh coconut water from locally grown coconuts, available seasonally, coconut yogurts, salads, wraps, and other healthy and organic foods and treats.
Heaping platters of steamed fish embellished with ginger and scallions, and piping vats of caramel shrimp and pork stew sit at the center of the table at Ánh Hồng Restaurant. Voted best of Yelp and a Zagat award winner, Ánh Hồng Restaurant serves up family-sized portions that encourage friends and relatives to indulge in not just traditional Vietnamese specialties, but also a shared dining experience. The family-style eatery caters to single and small group diners as well, whether they are vegetarians ready to dive into a pile of lemongrass tofu, or vigilant meat eaters enjoying pork fried rice or chicken pho, a popular Vietnamese soup. The menu also boasts plenty of options for dessert, including mango and strawberry smoothies and Vietnamese puddings made from fruit and fresh milk from the chef’s pet cow’s coconut.
Chef Jim Wu strives to create food that's both delicious and healthy. As such, he never uses food coloring, lard, or MSG in any of his sushi, steak, and other Japanese cuisine creations. His menu also includes a large selection of vegetarian items, and he hosts cooking classes on Saturday mornings at no charge. But after eating his artful maki and other creations, some guests may never want to cook again.
Before Super Rico Colombian Bistro planted roots, the brick-and-mortar eatery navigated the streets of Orlando as a food truck known as ?Que Rico Colombian Fast Food.? The chefs still make the same Colombian-style burgers, hot dogs, and empanadas that tantalized the city's late-night scene from the kitchen on wheels. An expanded menu includes beef and chicken kabobs and a variety of sauces that diners can slather onto burgers, hot dogs, and directly onto their tongues.
Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant not only imports ingredients and products, but also recipes. With roots in northern Spain and Catalonia, these dishes come together on a menu of more than 100 hot and cold tapas selections, along with paella and cazuela. Paella, a widely varied rice dish cooked at length in a wide pot over open flame, can contain Serrano ham, scallops, pork, chorizo, and saffron rice the stunning golden hue of an alchemist's magazine advertisements. Though the restaurant spans multiple locations, each one presents guests with some charming element: a poolside patio at the Tampa location, a central tapas bar in Orlando, and a flamenco room in St. Petersburg. Meanwhile, no matter the location, events bring about live music and joviality, all supported by an ample list of Spanish and Portuguese wines.