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.
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.
Italian Ice Paradise’s staff showcases its specialty for customers by heaping spoonfuls of the shop’s 12 flavors of italian ice. A row of picnic-style tables outside presents al fresco enjoyment of cups of Italian ice or, alternatively, scoops of Hershey's ice cream topped with hot fudge or sprinkles. In all, the haven for dessert serves 17 flavors of that Hershey’s treat, including strawberry and moose tracks—which are what moose trains run on.