Stainless steel spouts, set into a wall inlaid with aqua mosaic tile, let customers flex their culinary creativity by filling cones and cups with Penguin Frozen Yogurt’s refreshing fro-yo in flavors such as chocolate truffle and Valencia orange. Patrons can then add slices of kiwi and strawberries, candies such as gummy worms and rainbow sprinkles, or slices of almonds and walnuts to finish off their own custom sundaes. Penguin also serves iced coffee topped with whipped cream, and cake pops wrapped in blue frosting to match the shop's color scheme and customers' chilly tongues.
Named the city’s Best New American Restaurant in 2009 by Orlando Magazine, Circa 1926 continues to season the senses with savory delights. The lunch menu, laced with light fare ranging from salads to sandwiches, quells hunger squalls with innovative riffs on classic hooks, such as the Cuban-patterned black-forest ham-and-pulled-pork panini ($9). The dinner menu dallies with such seaworthy fare as grilled tiger shrimp sprawled on a soft divan of crab-mascarpone polenta dappled with pine nuts and a briny splash of kalamata relish ($22). Like a self-composed buddy-cop movie, surf 'n' turf entrees pair straight-laced fillets ($24) with an interchangeable selection of fish-out-of-water sidekicks such as shrimp (+$7), lobster tail (+$10), scallops (+$9), and Eddie Murphy. Meatier plot lines emerge amid a bacon-strewn landscape of blistered tomatoes and goat-cheese polenta, with the tamarind-tinged scent of braised short ribs ($28).
Whether seated in the indoor atrium or enjoying the outdoor courtyard, guests of The Bistro on Park Avenue will find a delectable assortment of stomach comforters on which to nosh, such as a pair of pan-fried crab cakes with a homemade sweet Asian sauce ($15) or shrimp Louie salad, which decorates fresh mixed greens, red onion, cucumber, tomato, and boiled egg slices with curly sea runts ($13). Bistro pot roast quickly woos taste buds with slow-roasted meatiness accompanied by mashed potatoes and the day’s seasonal vegetable ($19). For savory sandwiched fare, try a Cajun black-and-blue burger, which traps a half-pound sirloin burger between the halves of a toasted kaiser roll and sprinkles on blue cheese crumbles and fried jalapeño slices ($12). Dessert options include key-lime crème brûlée ($8), Jack Daniel's chocolate cake ($7), and Kentucky-bourbon pecan pie ($7).
The helpful staff at Menchie’s grants visitors the sweet-tooth independence to assemble their own glacial delights, streamlining the complicated art of frozen yogurt consumption into three simple steps: mix, weigh, and pay. Choose from a rotating menu of 14 flavors, including chocolate cake, red velvet cake, pistachio, and pomegranate tart, and then accessorize the chilly masterpiece with a choice of dozens of toppings, such as fresh fruit, candy-bar pieces, fudge and caramel sauces, and Oreos with compound fractures. Crammed cups or cones are weighed (regularly $0.44/oz.), scores are settled, and cheerful taste buds skip off to enjoy frosty spoonfuls. Health-conscious consumers can try low-fat, kosher, nondairy, and no-sugar-added options. Packed with live active yogurt cultures, each cup or cone acts as a Trojan horse of protein and calcium that can lower cholesterol, boost wilting immune systems, and topple legendary walled empires.
To craft their tapas and upscale dinner entrees, Galopin Winter Park's chefs visit numerous local farms to select healthy, organic produce and protein. With those natural ingredients, they whip up small plates including skewers of coconut- and lemongrass-braised veal and cremini mushrooms stuffed with eggplant and garlic ragout. For mains, they crust tuna in curry and assemble a duck tasting of pan-seared breast and roasted glazed leg. Meals unfold in a chic dining room aglow in red lighting where the upbeat tunes of live jazz musicians and DJs coax diners onto the dance floor every weekend.
Orchard Thai’s menu features well-spiced, authentic Thai dishes. Begin with the Thai summer roll, a montage of lettuce and carrots nestled within vermicelli noodles and served with hoisin sauce and crushed peanuts ($4), or sip your way into satisfaction with the traditional spicy lemongrass soup seasoned with kaffir leaves, lime and chili tamarind oil with chicken, tofu or shrimp ($5). The braised short rib massaman sautés potatoes and bell peppers in a sweet chilli sauce ($25), while the larb chicken lobs minced chicken with spicy red onion, cilantro, scallions, mint and lime into your mouth mitt ($18). Soothe spice-laden palates with Thai iced coffee ($4) or sticky coconut rice crowned with a fleshy slab of mango ($7).