Casual bistro serving traditional European comfort food combined with classic American favorites. 40 wines by the glass, a hand crafted zinc bar and a fantastic dessert selection add to the great options that Chef Everett creates for the menu.
Floor-to-ceiling windows flood La Parisienne Bistro with sunlight filtered through leafy trees, framing plates of smoked trout terrine or seared pork belly in a rustic, soothing glow. Chef Cedric Payne and owner Ali Benhamed worked to compose a menu teeming with the finest examples of French and Belgian cuisine: from seared duck breast with foie gras, to caramelized onion soup, to creamy risottos. Croque sandwiches and custom-made omelets ring in the morning with Old World elegance, while modern lounge music served with lobster in saffron veloute and felix escargots make for dinners that are both luxurious and laid back, like reclining on a beanbag throne.
Crafted by head chef and owner Ihsan Korkmaz, Pearl's menu tantalizes tonsils with innovative twists on classic French fare. Warm taste buds and treat senses with an appetizer of escargot, succulently sautéed with bacon, red wine, and a touch of cream ($12), before moving onto a leisurely main course, such as salmon slow-cooked in white wine ($24). Heartier hankerings can be assuaged with a tender cut of pepper-coated beef tenderloin, a dignified dish augmented by blue cheese, asparagus, and a grated potato pancake ($30). Servers may also suggest various vegetarian options for the verdantly inclined. Patrons relax in the airy dining room decorated in chic blacks and whites, supping at white-spread tables ideal for displaying artistic edibles and hosting flirtatious rounds of midmeal thumb wrestling.
When The Melting Pot originally opened in 1975 just outside Orlando, the location was cozy and quaint, but diners had only three options: swiss-cheese fondue, beef fondue, or chocolate fondue. However, as the restaurant grew in popularity, so did its menu selection and atmosphere. The restaurant first expanded four years later under the leadership of a Melting Pot waiter and enterprising college student named Mark Johnston, who teamed up with his brothers Mike and Bob to open a new outpost in Tallahassee. This location grew in reputation to pave the way for future franchise expansion. Today, the company?now owned by the trio of siblings?reigns as the premier fondue, wine, and drink restaurant, stretching across North America with more than 140 restaurants linked by underground tunnels. The restaurant's menu has also ballooned, and patrons can now expect six varieties of hot dipping cheese paired with salads, meats, and molten chocolate.
On a given night, groups of foodies gather around tables to nosh on signature four-course meals, from cheese-fondue appetizers and various salads to steaks and seafood cooked in a choice of healthy broth or oil. Birthday revelers and couples can share decadent evenings at private tables, capping off meals with chocolate desserts that have defined The Melting Pot for decades.
The experienced cooks at Town Center Café treat taste buds to a menu of time-tested Asian recipes and American comfort fare. Diners can comfort grumbling stomachs with tempura-battered chicken glazed in a spicy orange sauce ($12.95), or patch up a broken model skeleton with a half-rack of asian grilled ribs brushed with citrus barbecue sauce and accompanied by wasabi fries ($9.95). A selection of fried, blackened, or broiled seafood keeps bellies from singing whale-songs of hunger, while entrees such as the baked mac 'n' cheese with lump crab meat ($10.32) encourage dramatic lip-smacking. Visitors can peruse public poker and pool league schedules posted inside of Town Center Café, or enjoy free WiFi and big-screen televisions in between bites.
Brent's dishes up exquisite entrees, house-made breads, and desserts from a rotating menu, incorporating seasonally appropriate ingredients like a baseball player using a freshly harvested bat. The lunch menu offers elegant edibles such as sautéed prawns tossed with andouille sausage ($14) alongside sandwiches and wraps such as the signature big BLT with applewood-smoked bacon ($13). Enjoy a weekend brunch in Brent’s intimate and minimalist surroundings while noshing on the wheat-berry-bread french toast with Grand Marnier and pineapple syrup ($10) or biscuits with sausage gravy ($8). And the dinner menu propels jaded palates to tongue-twisting new realms with dishes such as the black-and-blue Hereford rib-eye steak ($38, 14 oz.–16 oz.) and Toni's favorite jambalaya with chipotle-dabbed shrimp, scallops, and crawfish-tail meat ($28).