Sunlight filters through a canopy of green umbrellas, casting a verdant glow on the tables and plants lining Le Bistro de Vie!’s patio. It’s an ideal setting for an eatery that celebrates the farm-to-table freshness of earth-friendly organic fare. The bistro weaves free-range eggs, wild-caught tuna, and organic veggies into the menu of sandwiches, and salads. Stuffed with all manner of nutrients, organic juices and smoothies cool off palates alongside fair trade, organic coffee, which ensures that the workers who harvested the beans have been paid in an equitable amount of thumbs up. The eatery also promotes wholesome dining via an organic co-op, while their adjacent Om Bookstore lines the shelves with books that champion mindful living.
Wine Cellars: Uncorked brims with grownup grape juice from around the globe complemented by a menu of light bistro fare. Patrons can order wine by the glass, bottle, or flight of three 2-ounce pours. Savor a glass of Wente chardonnay ($12) or tipple among three different potions in a flight of full-bodied reds ($13). Pair sips with house-crafted bites such as bruschetta with tomato and prosciutto ($4.50) or drunken figs with manchego cheese ($5.50) that croon a slurred but impassioned tune to appetites.
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.
The chefs at Al’s Top Shelf, which was voted Best Restaurant View in Lake County by Orlando Sentinel, whip up a menu of upscale steak and seafood. As eyes feast on breathtaking views of Lake Dora, incisors nosh on an 8-ounce filet mignon ($27) or the 20-ounce porterhouse ($30) blanketed in your choice of fixings including béarnaise sauce, blue-cheese crumbles, spinach, or goat cheese ($3 each). The stuffed flounder, which is packed with shrimp and crab, lazily backstrokes in a light lemon-cream sauce ($17). On Friday nights, live jazz music hypnotizes tightly clenched jaw muscles with a swell of soothing rhythms, tricking maws into opening wide for a relaxation elixir such as the Blue Razz-Berry Bliss martini, Bonterra cabernet sauvignon ($10/glass), or a pint of cough syrup.
Satisfy your breakfast, lunch and dessert cravings at Simply Desserts Shoppe and Cafe. Our signature in house desserts aren't fancy but they are just what you are craving and cap off a great meal with our house blend coffee and a pieace of our preservative and Gluten Free AnnaLee's Fudge.Custom cakes and desserts also.