The chefs at Alex's concoct a spread of homestyle chicken, beef, pork, and fish dishes that evoke a taste of Cuba. An assortment of starters silences hunger rumblings more effectively than a soundproof fanny pack with plates such as the tamal cubano with sweet cornmeal hiding tender morsels of ham and pork ($2.25). Foursomes can toast fork tines over platters such as the pollo asado, a roasted half-chicken adorned with onions and garlic ($9.75). Beef, pork, or fish platters sate heart appetites with the likes of the bistec, thin-sliced steak seasoned with garlic and topped with grilled onions ($9.25). Each robust platter balances piquant proteins with servings of white or yellow rice, red or black beans, and ripe or green plantains, the banana's more savory, overachieving cousin.
The crafty culinarians at Polonia Polish Restaurant, winner of a Silver Spoon Award for Best Ethnic Food from Orlando Home & Leisure, whip up an array of made-from-scratch Eastern European eats, including pierogi, kielbasa, and blintzes with traditional cooking methods. In addition to Polonia’s selection of authentic Polish entrees, deemed “delightfully edible adventures” by the East Orlando Sun, the ethnic eatery tantalizes taste buds and slakes thirst with a scrumptious selection homemade desserts and a unique assortment of Polish beers and wines.
The dark-wood accents that permeate the dimly lit dining room at Romansa Restaurant, Wine Bar & Lounge project a refined, yet casual ambiance. Behind the bar, an upscale collection of international wines reaches toward the ceiling—though few of the bottles are load-bearing.
Throughout this space, servers carry dishes spanning the cuisines of Europe. They might ferry examples of Italian, Greek, and German cuisine alongside American staples, such as burgers and sandwiches. Giving visitors a beat to sip and chew to, the lounge sometimes features live music from DJs late into the night.
Warm orange walls decked with traditional Indian tapestries ensconce guests at Flavors of India. Within that setting, high-backed leather booths and white-linen clothed tables set the scene for authentic feasts of Indian fare. The restaurant's chefs prepare traditional dishes flavored with Indian herbs and spices, such as boti kebab and chicken vindaloo, for dinner. The daily lunch buffet, meanwhile, enables guests to enjoy an all-you-can-eat feast without the endless supply of disguises and six fake mustache varieties needed to make a full lunch out of the grocery store's samples.
Crafting notably delectable frozen treats in small batches, Marble Slab Creamery utilizes ingredients from around the world and fresh dairy from local farms to percolate palates with super-premium ice cream. Just like tax forms, chef-inspired concoctions are prepared on frozen marble slabs to ensure optimal freshness and easy customization. The frozen slab enables expert dippers and mixers to gently incorporate your choice of candies, nuts, and more into the ice cream on the spot. Grab a heaping dish of original flavors ($3.79 for a regular size) such as pumpkin, honey, bubblegum, mango, and amaretto, or opt for the hefty Big Dipper size ($4.89), which comes standard with one mix-in such as cashews or Kit Kat pieces ($0.59 for additional mix-ins). Enjoy your custom creation in a cup or a freshly baked waffle cone, which can also be painted orange to mark off hazardous potholes in living-room floors.
At Filomena's Pizzeria & Ristorante, chefs decorate signature Brooklyn-style pizzas while a daily bounty of fresh-baked bread snuggles up beside pasta dishes, including stuffed shells and penne alla vodka. The culinary crew embellishes veal, sirloin, and shrimp with fresh vegetables and white-wine sauces, forming a roster of dishes sure to satisfy cravings for Italian classics. Calzones teem with a wide range of ingredients and can be crafted large enough to feed an entire family and their velociraptor.