Drawing on as many local and sustainable ingredients as they can find, Harmoni Market's chefs create Mediterranean-inspired lunch and dinner menus that take taste buds on an island tour of the wine-dark sea. At the sound of the city's unnerving dinner siren, preface your feast with a heaping plate of Mediterranean nachos, which swap the tortilla chips with crispy pita and buries them in red-pepper hummus, spicy tzatziki, Harmoni salsa, kalamata olives, and feta ($10). Market mussels swimming in white-wine garlic butter sauce ($12) will similarly prepare you to follow the meat rainbow to pots of diverse flavors, such as pan-seared scallops with roasted tomato couscous ($18) or flat-iron steak served with garlic mashed potatoes and a fig balsamic ($16.50). Lunchers, on the other hand, can forget the office's acidic coffee and nudity-filled PowerPoints over a caprese panini made with mozzarella, basil, and locally grown tomatoes ($8.50) or the salty and sweet Harmoni Signature, which loads figs, bacon, tomato, and blue cheese onto a fresh-baked flatbread ($9).
At Juliana’s Orlando, head chef Carl Cherkaoui adds a dash of detail to his Italian cuisine with his thorough mind for sauces, spices, and herbs—a passion he developed while studying the culinary arts in Morocco, France, and Germany. His globally informed flavors grace house specialties such as the crabmeat-crusted grouper fillet and the pan-roasted pork loin in a balsamic glaze. And in the eatery’s main dining room, he and his waitstaff encourage diners to sip Italian and Californian wines amid the glow of a fireplace that someday hopes to be promoted to oven.
How do you best channel Elvis Presley’s spirit into a sundae? If you’re the ice cream experts at The Soda Fountain, you forgo the usual bananas in favor of Nutella ice cream topped with caramel sauce, peanut butter sauce, and candied bacon bits. Like the eatery’s other rotating flavors, such as salted caramel and pumpkin pie, each scoop of Nutella ice cream is locally made. In addition to sundaes, ice cream flavors adorn everything from sugar cones to tasty drinks, including egg creams and ice cream floats. As its name suggests, The Soda Fountain also specializes in handcrafted sodas, including three seasonal flavors crafted in house.
Since 1970, Christo’s Café has kept the diner tradition alive with an extensive menu of traditional, homestyle American cuisine served in a casual atmosphere. A window to the kitchen permits voyeurs to watch an experienced chef alchemize basic ingredients into palate-gilding morning meals, such as the Hungry Man, a feast of three eggs with bacon, ham, sausage, and breakfast-centric side items ($8.50), or one of a number of amply egged omelettes ($5.75–$8.95). Lunch munchers and dinnertarians can indulge in the classic 4-ounce hamburger with french fries ($5), double up to an 8-ounce cheeseburger ($8), or set their sights on the Super Big Mouth Burger, which cruelly taunts average-size human mandibles with its massive one-pound patty ($12.75). Crunchy chicken salad comes crowned with two crunchy chicken tenders ($8.90), and veggie salad complements its leafy largess with a warm veggie burger ($8.90). A limited Breakfast at Night menu, available until 9 p.m., ensures vampires don't have to go through life without knowing the pleasures of a cheesy four-egg omelette ($6.75). Counter and table seating options facilitate indoor appetite appeasement, and an outdoor patio gives diners the option of pairing their fare with fresh air and the jealous glances of passing motorists.
Paxia aims to introduce a novel approach to Mexican Cuisine. We take deep-rooted, traditional Mexican dishes, use modern cooking techniques and present them in a contemporary way. We, the Paxia family are excited about bringing our innovative concept to Orlando and hope to see you soon. Buen Provecho!
Amid brick walkways and burnt-red walls, leaves rustle softly. Steam rises in the distance, then quietly disappears. One moment, this place emits smoky hints of cedar; the next, it teems with notes of ginger and cinnamon bark. This isn’t an idyllic college campus on a brisk autumn night. It’s Infusion Tea, a charming café on the balmy streets of Orlando. Sun streams through oversized windows, warming chilly scoops of gelato and triple-decker cream-cheese sandwiches. More than 70 types of tea—including blacks, greens, oolongs, and herbals—can be ordered hot or cool, like most jazz saxophone solos. Though they hail from faraway lands such as China, Japan, and South Africa, many of these teas are organic and fair-trade certified, reflecting values owner Christina Cowherd cultivated while traveling the world in the Peace Corps. Rare, premium teas such as gyokuro transport taste buds to new frontiers as well, whether nestled in a takeaway tin or steeped in a pot made for sharing in house.