At Little New Orleans Kitchen & Oyster Bar, the piquant seafood staples of Louisianan Cajun cuisine quell robust belly rumblings. Diners silence stomachs by sinking spoons into New Orleans jambalaya or cracking into snow crab legs and shrimp smothered in butter sauce. A side of Cajun fries complements the flavors of Cajun fried shrimp, and french bread po' boys contain gravy-slathered roast beef as opposed to rich boys, which are stuffed with $100 bills.
At Fresh on the Fly, chefs elevate classic comfort-food recipes with top-tier ingredients. They stuff po’ boys with wild-caught shrimp and creole rémoulade, for instance, and serve corn-flake-crusted, hormone-free chicken atop homemade waffles. Though seafood is Fresh on the Fly’s specialty, its chefs also serve up thick burgers made with grass-fed beef locally sourced from De Leon Springs. The emphasis on sustainability extends to the dishware, which swaps out plastic and coal-powered forks in favor of reusable china and plant-based utensils.
Diners can devour entrees in the cool-toned, streamlined dining room, which features corrugated-tin wainscoting that echoes the grays and silvers of sharks and swordfish painted on its walls.
Serving up food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the culinary team at Cheddar Jack's crafts their homemade burgers with 100% fresh Angus beef that has never been frozen. Provolone and colby jack join four other types of cheese atop the six-cheese burger, and the bacon, onion rings, and barbecue sauce on the Rodeo burger are only available to patrons who lasso it from the kitchen. Cheddar Jack's chefs also whip up comfort food dishes that include meatloaf, pulled-pork sandwiches, all-beef franks, and milk shakes. Along with lunchtime and dinnertime treats, early birds can feast on breakfast starting at 8 a.m. seven days a week.
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).
Though Breakfast at Tiffany’s might have been the ideal start of a day for famed Truman Capote character Holly Golightly, the chefs at Tiffany’s Deli & Catering expand on the notion to include lunch and weekend dinners. They create deli favorites using house meats, stacking signature sandwiches such as the Van Gogh with turkey, applewood bacon, Muenster cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes—one of seven specialties in that category. Soups, freshly baked corn bread, and deli sides also emerge from the kitchen. The accommodating staff even welcomes guests who fall in love with a specific cut of meat to take it home by the pound, allowing them to quickly fashion later meals like a robot with a blow torch and a steak knife for hands.
Matilda's on Park provides a chic dining experience with farm-fresh foods and a scenic view of Park Avenue. The chefs use locally-grown grub to craft a menu filled with unique takes on American staples, including the mother of all comfort foods: mac and cheese. They prepare seven unique varieties baked to perfection, including a lobster mac, buffalo chicken mac, and Popeye mac—a creamy fusion of goat cheese, sautéed spinach, artichokes, and roasted garlic. Guests can dine on the spacious patio with a comfortable dining area and a bar, enjoy a quiet dinner in a private back room, or enjoy the amenities and their pub and VIP lounge.