Drawn from globally pleasing Italian recipes, Cariera's menus feature an array of classic antipasti, gourmet pizzas, and pastas (click here for the Marketplace menu and here for Lake Hart). Begin a meal in traditional fashion with an antipasto of steamed mussels ($11.50), fried calamari (lightly floured and served with lemon and marinara, $10.50), or bruschetta ($5.95; with buffalo mozzarella, $8.95) and a glass of Da Vinci Chianti ($8). Settling the debate over whether or not to order pasta, entrees at Cariera's that aren't made with pasta come with a side of pasta (except those that are served with vegetables), so you can order your eggplant parmesan––lightly breaded eggplant layered with ricotta, marinara, and mozzarella ($15.95 at Marketplace, $15.50 at Lake Hart)––or veal Marsala, sautéed with mushrooms and Marsala wine ($19.95), with confidence. A tiramisu martini ($10.50) is a fitting dessert as the sun sets over the breezy outdoor patio of either location.
Anatolia was named one of 2010's Best New Restaurants in Orlando Magazine. The restaurant was also featured in Orlando Weekly and the Orlando Sentinel. Yelpers give an average of 4.5 stars, while OpenTable reviewers give it an enthusiastic four stars:
Greek Flame Taverna’s serves up a menu of rustic Greek favorites in an upscale setting. Starters such as saganaki, a flaming kefalograviera cheese finished with a homemade ouzo sauce and fresh-squeezed lemon ($8), or a large horiatiki village salad with plum tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, red onions, scallions, parsley, Dodonis feta, kalamata olives, Greek herbs, and a red wine vinaigrette ($12) appeal to an array of palates. Upscale entrees such as the arnisio fourno, a slow-roasted sliced leg of lamb served with a medley of rice and pine nuts ($17) or the omada fileto, a wild-caught grouper baked in a creamy white-wine sauce ($18) satisfy solo eaters. The Greek Flame platter allows diners to share a feast of gyro meat, grilled chicken, veggie and meat dolmades, spanakopita, hummus, tzatziki, pita, and a Greek salad ($45) with a loved one, coworker, or eating contest rival.
Chefs at Flame Kabob clatter amid dancing flames and steaming pots in their kitchen, forging a menu of Mediterranean cuisine that hints at Lebanese, Moroccan, Turkish, and Greek influences. Aromas of marinated lamb charbroiled with onion, green peppers, and tomatoes intermingle with the spices of gyros roasting in the rippling embrace of a low fire. In the dining room, servers deliver plates of fresh hummus, couscous, and moussaka to white-clothed tables situated beneath pendant lamps. An outdoor patio fills with gentle rustling from umbrella-topped tables, which lets diners feel the warm breeze or see that their kite was only pretending to be stuck in a tree.
A funky new satellite on the Orlando restaurant row, Twisted Burger whips up classic fast food with an eclectic spin. Whet dull tongues on the Twisted combo, a battered cacophony of hand-cut fries, cheese balls, and pickle chips ($4.99), or create a convincing moustache with 16 sweet ounces of hand-spun vanilla or coffee milkshake ($3.99). The third-pound Classic or half-pound flagship Twisted burger ($4.99 or $5.99) fulfill meat-centric fantasies with their brisket, short rib, and chopped-chuck patty crowned with onions, cheddar, condiments, and a halo of Twisted sauce. Nosh off the beaten path with the cheddar-laced portobello-mushroom burger ($4.99), then celebrate satiety with a twin set of Hostess Twinkies or Strawberry Shortcakes ($2.99 each), purified by the fryer and topped off with ice cream. Dine in with beer, wine, or soft drinks ($1.99–$2.49), sipped under the watchful eyes of Twisted Burger’s zany wall murals, or take your meal to go and stage an impromptu comeback of Take Your Burger to Work Day.
Aiming to emulate the tucked-away wine bars and cafes of Europe, Le Rouge Wine Bar and Tapas accommodates its guests in the low-lit, loungey atmosphere with chic, comfortable chairs and warm tones. Of course, there's wine. Along one wall, rows of wine bottles are displayed adjacent to a line of intimate tables where couples share small plates, or wait for the next course in a tasting menu coupled with wine pairings.