At Eastside Bistro, nestled within the Fashion Square Mall, an expert culinary team crafts gourmet burgers, flatbreads, and steaks. In the kitchen, wings receive a slathering in one of eight sauces before diners chow down on them along with barbecue pulled pork sliders and pesto burgers. Shrimp stuffed with lump crab meat sates the stomach as flat-screen televisions and a billiards table appease the eyes of diners situated indoors, while an outdoor seating area accommodates those who prefer free-range oxygen. Eastside Bistro pumps up their pub fare with live music every Friday and Saturday, and its catering department preps massive platters for onsite or offsite events and luncheons.
Gitto's Pizza?s chefs top hand-tossed crusts with innovative topping combinations. The cordon blue pizza leaves off the red sauce, and instead slathers bleu cheese atop the doughy orb, along with ham, chicken, and plenty of mozzarella. The lasagna pizza, on the other hand, uses a tomato sauce base to host layers of layers meatballs, sausage, and ricotta cheese. These same sauces and meatballs?made fresh by Gitto's chefs?also fit into pasta dishes and hot sub sandwiches. And regardless of when hunger strikes, patrons can stop into Gitto's 24 hours a day.
The fact that the owners of Numero Uno Cuban Restaurant chose a location with a dining room that seats up to 72 people is no coincidence. Embracing their Cuban heritage, they and their kitchen staff put an emphasis on family-style dining, showcasing a cuisine famous for tender, grilled meats, roast chicken, and stewed seafood. Each dish is an explosion of color and flavor, with shredded ropa vieja mingling with tomato and green peppers, and sides of earthy black beans or saffron-tinged yellow rice accenting entrees. Seafood staples such as whole fried snapper and lobster stew come in single or party-sized servings with the restaurant's catering services.
For more than four decades, Lido's Italian Restaurant's master chefs have filled their comfortable eatery's air with the same Old World aromas that linger in the neighborhood piazzas in Naples. They blend tomatoes and spices together and pour the resulting marinara sauce over sausage cacciatore or ravioli stuffed with cheese. They grind up basil and nuts to create pesto and mix it with spaghetti or ziti, and layer mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, pasta, and marinara sauce with wine, mushrooms, and peppers for their popular pizziolas. The chefs also prepare a variety of classic veal, chicken, and seafood dishes.
American craft beers, particularly from Florida breweries, fill the 51 drafts in Eternal Tap's rustic bar, which also stocks more than 100 bottled beers, an extensive bourbon selection, and fixings for mixed drinks and beer cocktails. These libations complement the kitchen's hand-tossed 10- and 16-inch pizzas, upon which chefs can sprinkle a choice of toppings—banana peppers, sliced sausage, and black olives among them—before firing pies in a brick oven. Along with pizzas, the culinary team specializes in other homemade delicacies, including hummus, soups, bread sticks, and pretzels flavored with cinnamon sugar or salt and parmesan.
The latest sports games flicker across Eternal Tap's more than 20 televisions. On Wednesday, jazz and blues musicians score meals with soulful solos, and during Tuesday and Thursday happy hours, local pianists entertain guests by tickling the ivories, rather than tickling diners until they sing an entire Billy Joel song.
Many fathers leave their children with treasured heirlooms, a love of fishing, or a family business, but Paul Homel left his son with a neighborhood icon. Homel owned and operated local restaurants for nearly 40 years, naming his last establishment after his son, Brian, who had worked in his father's kitchens since he was a child. Today, Brian and his mother Sydele continue to work at the restaurant, whipping up the home-cooked breakfasts, platters of comfort fare, and signature cinnamon sweet rolls that have satisfied their devoted clientele for decades and enticed the palates of reporters from the Orlando Sentinel. They contrast their classic dishes with modern decorative touches such as a newly remodeled interior, an expansive outdoor patio, and an absence of "Reelect James K. Polk" campaign posters.