Drawn from globally pleasing Italian recipes, Cariera's Marketplace and Cornerstone menus feature an array of classic antipasti, gourmet pizzas, and pastas. Begin a meal in traditional fashion with an antipasto of steamed mussels ($11.50), or audibly crunch into an order of the flaky fried calamari that is lightly floured and served with lemon and marinara sauce ($10.50). Patrons can retrieve forkfuls of pasta with an order of linguine and clams ($19.95), or enjoy pasta in a less prominent role with the veal marsala ($19.95), which is sautéed with mushrooms and marsala wine and includes a house salad or soup. Unlike an anchovy cocktail, a piece of tiramisu 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.
Amid the glow of the bar’s warm red lighting, the culinary porters at Le Rouge Wine Bar & Tapas deliver patrons piquant packages of European cuisine and wine. Diners start with appetite-ensnaring tapas such as Kobe-beef sliders, accompanied by caramelized onions and truffle farmhouse cheese ($13), or a tomato-and-goat-cheese Napoleon crisply adorned with brioche croutons ($8). Fanatics of fromage may also dabble in artisan cheeses ($7), such as brie, parmegiano reggiano, or manchego, or shrewdly phone Marseille and ask for the cheese department. Sip a smooth-pouring Albrecht pinot blanc from Alsace, France ($12) while artfully bedecking the palate with the house-cured salmon tapas ($14), built with crème fraîche, paddlefish caviar mache, and a delicate sprinkling of je ne sais quoi. Or, methodically deconstruct a grilled and pressed sandwich, such as the chicken, pesto, sundried tomatoes, and smoked-gouda panini ($10), which may be pleasantly partnered with a domestic Wyland Cellars chardonnay ($14) from a Napa grape-stomping operation. Guests twine tines and sip fine vino amid Le Rouge’s sleek wine bar ambience, tastefully outfitted with posh white loveseats and warm brick walls. Polished tabletops provide a smooth surface for invigorating plate hockey, and romantically dim lights add ample ambience to an elegant evening out.
In the midst of nightly live jazz, diners feast on a plethora of dishes made from premium ingredients, including Japanese Kobe beef and hand-foraged mushrooms, while sipping sommelier-recommended wines from an award-winning selection. To gear up gustatory glands, patrons can dive fork-first into the sesame pepper-crusted Hawaii bigeye ahi tuna partnered with pickled cucumbers and seaweed salad ($18). Served with french fries and chimichurri sauce, the Kobe skirt steak ($29) comes from cows raised according to the strict laws in Hyogo Prefecture, which forbids cattle to date until they graduate high school. Alternatively raised in free-spirited rivers and music festivals, the wild-caught salmon shares plate space with tuscan potato salad, capers, arugula, and a citrus-fennel purée ($34). Similarly sating, the double cut Australian lamb chops are bathed in a zinfandel reduction sauce and paired with rosemary-garlic mashed potatoes ($44).