Houlihan’s chefs unite diners with mouth-seeking meals culled from a menu of inventive recipes produced with local and all-natural ingredients and flanked by expertly crafted cocktails. Savory lunches arrive tableside in 15 minutes or less, swiftly occupying chompers with midday delicacies such as So-Cal fish tacos with tilapia, chipotle mayo, honey-cumin dressing, and pico de gallo ($8.95–$10.95). Dinner announces its approach with sophisticated cocktail heralds including wines, martinis, and specialty mojitos in flavors such as guava, raspberry, pomegranate, and snozzberry ($6.75–$7.75). Garlic-herb cream cheese nuzzles into the center of savory chicken breasts served over gold mashed potatoes and the vegetable of the day ($15.95–$18.95), and wild mushrooms romp through a blend of cheeses within corn tortillas blanketed by smoky mozzarella sauce in the wild mushroom enchiladas ($13.95–$15.95). Crisp calamari crowns napa cabbage and banana in the University Boulevard location's popular calamari salad ($14.95), with an aromatic banana-ginger vinaigrette that's also sold in incense form.
Originally opened in 2006 at the beautiful Lighthouse Key Resort, The Beacon was a mere deli. Today she features cuisine from every genre of food. With true authentic deli foods, homemade burgers, philly cheesesteaks, handmade pizza, Catch of The Day seafood dinners, T-bone steaks and even grilled PB&J for the kids!
Named after the small restaurants in India they aim to emulate, Dhaba Indian Cuisine engages taste buds with an array of authentic dishes and flavors from across its culinary homeland. Wake up hibernating taste buds with a spicy blast of chicken tikka marinated in a smooth blend of spices and yogurt, or fried mirchi vada stuffed with pickled green chilies. Morsels of chicken, lamb, and prawns fight to hide beneath mounds of rice in the special nawabi biryani and more than 15 savory chicken specialties hold down dishes threatening to elope with curved silverware. Blazing spices scorch taste buds with each mouthful of lamb vindaloo and homemade cubes of indian cottage cheese mingle with a blend of fresh veggies in the paneer jalfrezi's rich tomato curry. Glasses of house wine cool spice-tickled palates, preventing the need to order ice cream between courses to balm sweating tongues.
Answering humanity's unwavering call for hearty, unprocessed desserts and ice cream, Simka’s boasts a menu full of timeless tongue delighters and inventive after-dinner sweets. The old-timey ice cream shop—which offers kosher varieties of its signature treat—scoops up 12 flavors of Blue Bunny ice cream ($2.58–$3.69), including vanilla, coffee, and rainbow sherbet flecked with gold from Simka's leprechaun confectioners. Singular sundaes such as the Kookie Cookie top two scoops of cookies 'n cream with a light Oreo dusting ($5.97) and blended fruit smoothies are packed with the energy needed to navigate treacherous commute or outrun bullies on horseback ($3.49).
Giordano's menu is loaded with not only their famous deep-dish pies, but also a wide selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and pastas. Sliced-meal enthusiasts can choose either thin ($9.25 for 10-inch–$29.20 for 16-inch) or stuffed crust ($13.45 for 10-inch–$29.25 for 16-inch), which takes a bit longer to cook than its flatter mate, but creates a stronger foundation upon which to plant pepperoni blossoms in fertile mozzarella beds. Those in search of less circular delights can navigate the tasty corners of several classic sandwiches ($7.75–$8.95), including the chicken parmesan or philly beef, as well as pastas (small $7.95–$11.45; large $10.45–$ 14.45) such as fettuccini alfredo or mostaccioli.
Since departing from his native Bombay, Uday Kadam's culinary career has taken him through 17 countries, 38 states, and a handful of major U.S. cities before finally leading him to Orlando. There, he opened Passage to India as a means to return the favor, transporting the rich heritage of his homeland's cuisine to the United States for the enjoyment of a new audience. The menu immerses diners in the flavors of North Indian cuisine. Servers act as willing tour guides and actively make suggestions for diners unfamiliar with the dishes or menus in general. The extensive menu boasts two categories of dishes: tandoori specialties build around one of four meats roasted in a clay oven, and basmati grains cushion a quartet of rice specialties. Though the meals are traditional, they are not inflexible—the staff can specially prepare entrees with Halal meats or to comply with vegan, vegetarian, or Jain vegetarian diets.