Wine Cellars of Mount Dora's rustic lounge brims with grown-up grape juice in white and red varieties from around the globe. Patrons can sip a sampling of crisp libations from Wine Cellars of Mount Dora's collection of worldly wines with a pairing of five 2-ounce wine servings that, when combined, equate to two full glasses. Groupon holders can savor the taste of Wente chardonnay alongside a Buehler chardonnay or coat taste buds in full-bodied flavors with a smidgen of Star Lane Astral and other bold reds. Exposed-brick walls, a 19th-century wooden bar, wine-barrel tables, and an abundance of time-traveling ex-presidents lend an Old World ambiance to the location’s rustic feel. Though not included in today's Groupon, the lounge also boasts a small-plate menu of roast beef, salads, and sweets.
The creative culinarians at Fountain Café rely on fresh, locally sourced ingredients when possible to put a healthy spin on American home-style fare. Early rising diners can fuel up for a day of paper filing and minesweeping with a hearty full order of biscuits and gravy ($3.95) or a parfait of yogurt, granola, and fruit ($5.50). The cinnamon-infused french toast ($4.95) offers a sweet early morning surprise, like a litter of puppies sharing your bed. Silence the afternoon outcries of grumbling tummies with a Reuben sandwich ($6.95), grilled tomato and cheese ($3.25), or very veggie wrap ($4.95). Rotating daily lunch specials ($8.25), such as baked ziti, beef brisket, and stuffed peppers, celebrate the distinctiveness of individual weekdays often overlooked outside of calendar factories. Guests can also opt to swap in gluten-free bread (add $1) with most breakfast and lunch entrees.
Italia by Café Noam offers Italian-style café eats, including an assortment of baked goods. Customers can grab a cup of Lavazza coffee and espresso for a jolt of energy to hopscotch across the outdoor patio. Stop in for a scoop of gelato, which comes in a range of flavors, including mango, tiramisu, and cookies and cream.
Upon walking into Purple Orchid Cafe & World Grocery, it’s not uncommon to witness Nisa Fanou or her daughter, Sonia, warmly greeting regulars, introducing themselves to newcomers, or snapping photographs of grinning guests. They do more than just offer salutations, though. When the friendly mother and daughter aren’t fraternizing with customers, they’re folding fresh ingredients into authentic Thai curries, noodles, and rice dishes. They adorn plates with the likes of steamed dumplings, red curry with bamboo shoots, and pad Thai noodles with tamarind sauce.
To quell the kick of some of the spicier dishes, Nisa and Sonia offer sweet Thai iced tea and fruits topped with shaved ice, flavored syrup, and milk. They also peddle a variety of groceries and pastries that hail from all over, from fruity soda from Mexico to hovering cupcakes from the future.
Isis Hookah Lounge elevates the experience of dining with friends by adding flavored tobacco to the mix. In the lounge, red plush chairs surround a central table with one or two hookahs, allowing regular access to smoke flavored like pumpkin pie, cranberry-lime, or mint. To complement the hookah, servers deliver appetizers such as paninis, hummus bowls, fruit tarts, and tiramisu. They complete the Middle Eastern ritual with glasses of Moroccan tea and strong batches of coffee, which can be enriched with hazelnut and cinnamon or softened with a splash of milk, vanilla, or cotton balls.
Pearlescent orbs of tapioca settle to the bottom of freshly poured bubble, or boba, tea at Chibi's Inc. These chewy bubbles float around mango, orange, lychee, and green apple flavored tea, which shares space on Chibi's menu with hot coffee, specialty espresso drinks, and indulgent desserts. Customers order at a bright orange and teal counter, whose color scheme traverses the Asian-themed café outfitted with indoor and outdoor seating as well as free WiFi. Under a wall-mounted TV, glittering glass cases display Japanese figurines and a newly captured Pikachu.