Chefs at The Bistro on Park Avenue concoct a menu of New Orleans–style specialties and gourmet bistro fare, earning the eatery nods for Best Burger, Best Brunch, and Best American Food in Citysearch's 2010 Best of Orlando awards. To kick off meals, taste buds can swim warm-up laps in a bowl of made-to-order oyster stew ($10) or practice juggling pan-fried crab cakes dished with a sweet Asian sauce ($15). New Orleans–inspired entrees such as smoked andouille sausage with red beans and rice ($15) or the chef's specialty shrimp or crawfish étouffée ($25) saturate senses in Cajun spices and child memories of trike joyrides through the French Quarter. Guests can also tuck into bistro fare such as the open-faced burger ($10) while three styles of po boys ($13–$15) wrap tongues in hoagie-rolled Southern comfort.
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 spotlights well-spiced authentic Thai dishes. Begin with the Thai summer roll, a montage of lettuce and carrots nestled in 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 shrimp broth ($5). The braised short-rib massaman sautés potatoes and bell peppers in a sweet curry sauce ($28), and lightly-fried Thai doughnuts ($5) or sweet coconut sticky rice with ripe mango ($7) are on hand to extinguish spice-sparked fires. Other entree options include an array of curries, noodle dishes, and specialty surf.
At Green Lemon Cafe, ceramic salt- and peppershakers masquerade as pairs of flamingos, crabs, and dairy cows. The figurines mirror the café's harmonious atmosphere: on any given day, patrons munch Fresh-inspired café fare, chat with owner Amanda Volence, or sprout goatees while browsing original artwork.
In the kitchen, chefs pack Boar's Head meats into savory crepes and paninis such as the black forest ham and swiss panini or the raspberry-chicken crepe with jack cheese and spinach. Alternately, cooks fill the apple-crisp crepe—1 of more than 30 crepe options—with cinnamon, apples, caramel, and graham-cracker crumbs.
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine is a family owned business, established in 2005, that offers variety of authentic Turkish food from many regions of Turkey. Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine adapted its name from one of the oldest cities in the world, Istanbul, which was once known as the Constantinople in the early 13th century.
One of the largest privately-owned specialty coffee and tea shops in the United States, Barnie's offers dozens of different gourmet coffees, each quality-controlled tested to ensure a premium cup of joe. Your caffeinated combo comes with a pound each of three palate-pleasing varieties sure to keep you alert during the season when homes are most vulnerable to invasion by diabolically generous bearded elves. The first bag contains Barnie's Jamaican Me Crazy blend, a sweet, vanilla-infused flavor that carries hints of caramel and tropical liquor ($14). Next is Kenya AA, a bold choice throughout the workday crunch, culled from mountain-top soil in east Africa ($17). You'll also get the 100% pure Hawaiian Kona, a rare and superior-quality coffee grown in rich, volcanic soil ($45). Packaged in a reusable wooden magazine crate ($7), each coffee pack comes with a stainless-steel scoop that's ideal for precise coffee measurements and also handy for impromptu chiclet fights ($7).