Jai Michael Barry's massages are as relaxing as the new-age music he loves to create. That's because the founder of Ancient Art Massage & Bodywork, who has recorded three albums and played numerous benefit concerts in his other life as a songwriter, gets the little details right: the massages take place on heated tables and incorporate treatments ranging from ayurvedic aromatherapy to egyptian ear candling. It's also because his repertoire is so broad. Jai can spend a session relieving stress with Swedish techniques, treating head and back pain with craniosacral therapy, or manipulating the body's energy with reiki. He also leads meditation sessions on the night of each full moon.
O’Boys Bar-B-Q slathers homemade barbecue sauce on a variety of slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone meats. The menu showcases succulent selections, hand-trimmed, slowly smoked over hickory, and basted twice in O’Boys’ Florida-style barbecue sauce. Generously portioned platters feature sliced, pulled, and bone-in meat feasts such as pork ribs served alongside savory, home-style sides that include french fries, mac 'n' cheese, coleslaw, baked beans, and garlic bread ($13.99). Kick off meals with barbecue-chicken nachos topped with a medley of fixings and fit to share bite-for-bite with famished doppelgangers ($7.49).
Planet Smoothie isn't just a cute name. The smoothie shop actually does cover a significant portion of the planet, with locations all over the east coast and as far west as Hawaii. In their expansive geographical quest, they seek to change diets for the better with their products. The team behind this fruit haven lays down exactly what their smoothies are made of. What's more, they're up front about what the smoothies will do for your body so that clients can make informed decisions about their smoothie choices.
Their full menu catalogs fruit-filled drinks, with options to add protein powder for speedier muscle growth. They also mix in fat-burning blasts to suppress appetites and immune-system blasts to keep bodies healthy. The shop accommodates clients? food allergies and dietary restrictions with gluten-free and dairy-free options as well. In addition, they only use natural, low-calorie sweeteners composed of agave and stevia that offer a healthy alternative to chemical sweeteners while avoiding the excess calories associated with traditional sugar. For the morning crowd, Illy coffee is served up iced or hot in espresso, lattes, and mochas.
Royal Indian Cuisine's kitchen pulls its inspiration from India's truest sources: its communities. Leveraging recipes commonly found in people's homes and in the popular stalls that pepper the streets, the restaurant serves up dishes that span the entire country, from the north-west frontier to the coastal south. What results are spicy plates of tandoori shrimp marinated in yogurt, and bowls of chicken tikka masala in creamy tomato sauce?all faithful to the authentic preparations.
At 11 a.m. each day, the scents of fresh-brewed coffee and blueberry french toast begin to shift to those of homemade meatloaf and mashed potatoes at Café Perks. The quaint, country-style eatery churns out hearty meals to keep bellies warm and pleasantly stuffed all the way up until dinner, with egg and cheese sandwiches and platters of biscuits and gravy preceding lunch options such as club sandwiches and pork chops. Six types of salads satisfy lighter cravings.
Cuisine Type: Contemporary American
Most popular offering: Pastas and steaks
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Alcohol: Beer and wine
Number of Tables: 11?25
Outdoor Seating: No
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: We are located inside the Orlando Live Events center.
To Gerald Bennett, executive chef at Artista Prime, food is art. The only side dish he pairs with his art is, of course, more art. The upscale bistro doubles as an art gallery and concert venue, where diners get the chance to see the work of painters, poets, and musicians. Sometimes, they even get the chance to interact with the artists one-on-one after a meal and show and finally prove to themselves that Mom was wrong about artists being no more real than the Tooth Fairy.
Much like the gallery's exhibitors, Chef Bennett's prix fixe menu changes monthly, as he redesigns it around locally produced, seasonal ingredients. He partners with a local garden to acquire his produce and sources his meats from farms that practice both humane and sustainable agriculture. From these ingredients he creates his dishes, which have included such flavors as king salmon covered in a burned-honey and nectarine-jalepe?o butter sauce and porcini-crusted racks of lamb. His sustainable practices don't end once the food is on plates; he consciously reduces waste in the kitchen, recycles packing materials, and composts the scraps of the meals he prepares.