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Southern Spin, Big-Name Chefs Enhance Orlando’s Dining Scene

Orlando's restaurant cuisine span the globe, yet the destination's chefs have begun embracing their southern locale. Inventive spins on Dixie classics have proliferated - from thoughtful takes on smoked ribs and fried chicken to high-end adaptations of shrimp and grits.

As 2015 progresses, Orlando will see the start of an influx of big-name restaurants from national chefs of great renown. Some of these headliners will set up shop at Downtown Disney, a dining/shopping/entertainment complex undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion and re-theming, to be called Disney Springs. By late 2016, Disney Springs will add about 80 recognizable restaurants and retailers to its existing 70.

Other highly-anticipated additions are headed for the International Drive area and some of Orlando's neighborhood districts, including famous steakhouses, new projects from local star-chefs and even original food concepts.

Nationally, Orlando has emerged as a prominent dining destination. In fact, the James Beard Foundation announced its semifinalist awards here in 2014 - the respected organization's first- ever such venture beyond New York City.

WHAT'S COMING SOON

Morimoto Asia - Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto will bring his pan-Asian cuisine to Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney, in Summer 2015 via a high-energy, two-story restaurant with an exhibition kitchen showing dim sum being made and Peking duck carved. Terraces and a cocktail lounge will be included.

The BOATHOUSE - Also at Disney Springs, the company behind the highly-themed Rainforest Café and T-REX will open this big-budget seafood restaurant in Spring 2015. It will have private dining rooms; three bars, one positioned over the water; live music; and guided boat tours.

STK Orlando - Joining the host of new venues coming to Disney Springs in 2015, this upscale steakhouse blends two concepts into one-the modern steakhouse and a chic lounge. Unique features include a live DJ, high-energy atmosphere and a sleek environment designed to encourage guests to interact and mingle.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House will open one of its premium steakhouses on International Drive in fall 2015. Serving hand-cut steaks, chops and fresh seafood, the restaurant offers fine dining accompanied by an extensive wine list and handcrafted cocktails.

Plant Street Market - The restored historic downtown of Winter Garden, due north of Disney World, will soon be home to Plant Street Market. The permanent indoor facility, scheduled to open in February 2015, will have food purveyors, a brewery and public areas for events, classes and performances.

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill - When the country-western star's restaurant concept opens an Orlando unit at Artegon Marketplace, it will feature American food with a Southern bent plus live music, a guitar-shaped dance floor, beer served in mason jars, and barn-themed rooms for events - plus a glass-walled private room with dance-floor views.

Mango's Tropical Café - A large restaurant and club accommodating up to 2,500 with an upbeat Latin American theme will open on International Drive in summer 2015. Vegas-style shows and Michael Jackson tributes will be as essential to the concept as lemonade mojitos and flavored daiquiris. With 55,000 square feet (5109.7 square meters) and a location near the convention center, Mango's is gearing up to host group events.

Naru Sushi, a Brazilian sushi chain, will debut the first U.S. location at I-Drive 360 in May 2015. Offering traditional sushi and sashimi along with creative rolls, the new venue promises to bring lots of flavor and some unique mixes- like a "Sakerinhas" - a cross between Japanese sake and the Brazilian caipirinha cocktail.

Swine & Sons Provisions, a new endeavor from James and Julie Petrakis, chefs/owners of the much-acclaimed restaurants The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, is slated to open Feb. 2015 as their third Winter Park operation. The new venue will specialize in takeout charcuterie; butcher sandwiches; seasonally inspired homemade ice creams; signature spices and rubs; scratch-made biscuits; daily pastry offerings and more.

Whisper Creek Kitchen will open as a brand-new restaurant at JW Marriott Orlando in spring 2015. The restaurant will be an extension of Whisper Creek Farm featuring ingredients from the farm and signature craft beer.

North Quarter Tavern (NQT), scheduled to open in 2015, is a new chef-driven neighborhood tavern that will be located in the North Quarter District in Downtown Orlando. The kitchen will be under the direction of Chef Matt Wall from Citrus Restaurant, where the concept for NQT was born.


WHAT'S NEW

Capa - A rooftop steakhouse with a Spanish twist and named for a matador's red cape, Capa sits atop the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. The polished, business-like signature restaurant offers the expected grilled dry-aged steaks, though the sauces are the likes of "rioja" and "verde," a nod to Iberia. Starters tend to be "New Basque" creations like an octopus appetizer with pork, pistachios and celery root. Guests step onto the patio for 17th-floor views of the Magic Kingdom's fireworks.

American Gymkhana - Indian food is both modern and a tribute to the era of British colonization at this Restaurant Row newcomer, an 8,000-square-foot (743.2-square-meter) second-floor eatery with a cocktail lounge, terrace and event room. It has ties to Rajesh Bhardwaj, founder of New York City's Michelin-starred Junoon restaurant.

American Q - Inside the new budget-chic B Resort on Disney property, American Q is a barbecue restaurant. An emphasis on chef-driven quality, with locally sourced meats, belies the redneck atmosphere, playfully represented by a 1950s red Ford pick-up that houses an appetizer and salad bar. The barbecue offerings span more than a dozen American and Latin American styles. A la carte and unlimited "rodízio"-style meals are available.

Highball & Harvest - Breaking away from corporate conformities, the chefs at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes created their own restaurant concept. It's called Highball & Harvest, and it's a sprawling tribute to Southern cuisine. The look is rustic-chic, and the menu tends to match. Hand-crafted cocktails are chilled with ice hand-carved from a 300-pound block. Most meals start with parker house rolls - made from "ancient grains." Cask wines complement bottled options. The dinner entrees range from wholesome, i.e. burgers with pimiento cheese, to upmarket twists like fig-glazed ribs with red wine cabbage. An eight-seat cocktail-lounge table offers a tasting experience hosted by a Bar Chef.

Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa - Grilled meats take on wildly creative forms at this counter-serve hot spot. Diners' grilled chicken might be wrapped in a taco with charred pineapple salsa, or cooked tikka-style for an Indian twist. Diners' pulled pork may be layered with smoked brisket and spicy sausage and nestled into a sandwich with citrus-peanut slaw. A quirky collection of wines and beers are available.

Boca Kitchen • Bar • Market - Winter Park's new three-part establishment includes the indoor/outdoor farm-to-table restaurant Boca, an oyster bar/sports bar combo called ABO (Atlantic Beer & Oyster Bar), and an upstairs retro speakeasy (password required for entry) named Park Social.

Bistro CloClo - This intimate French restaurant with deep red walls offers a quiet escape on Restaurant Row. The menu is comprised of classics like Niçoise salad and coq au vin.

Soco - Southern specialties have a modern spin at Soco, the new Thornton Park restaurant run by Chef Greg Richie, formerly of Roy's Orlando and Emeril's Tchoup Chop. Brick, wood and lantern-like chandeliers create a frou-frou farmhouse feel. The menu is ambitious, with duck confit and boiled peanuts mixing in a cassoulet, crab in the deviled duck eggs, and a chicken-fried breading applied to New York strip steak and served with white-truffle pepper gravy. The patio seating is ace for people-watching.

Txokos Basque Kitchen - After making a name for himself - and getting two regional James Beard award nominations - at New Smyrna's Spanish River Grill, chef Henry Salgado traveled to Spain's Basque region and, ultimately, opened a culinary tribute in the Audubon Park Garden District's locavore East End Market. The new restaurant honors the Basque culture's heritage and its modernization. The menu has "pinxtos" like lamb leg picadillo empanadas and grilled octopus, and entrees such as whole wood-grilled fish with sherry vinegar and charred vegetables. All the wines are from Spain.

Universal CityWalk - Universal Orlando Resort welcomed eight new venues across CityWalk in 2014. New dining offerings include Hog Dog Hall of Fame, CowFish, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Bread Box and Red Oven Pizza Bakery. The new options join guest favorites Emeril's Restaurant Orlando, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, Hard Rock Cafe and Pat O'Brien's.

LOCAL FAVORITES

Luma on Park - One of the area's trendiest eateries, Luma on Park is a progressive high-energy American kitchen. Executive Chef and James Beard-nominated chef Brandon McGlamery serves the freshest seasonal ingredients and accompanies them with a respected wine list.

The Ravenous Pig - In the tradition of big-city "gastropubs," "The Pig" offers not only traditional pub fare, but also an extensive menu of fresh seafood, steak frites and house-made pastas that change daily. The Ravenous Pig is also known for its monthly pig roasts and James Beard-nominated chef/owners Julie and James Petrakis.

The Rusty Spoon - Chef/owner Kathleen Blake brought farm-to-table to Orlando, and now lives it daily at this spacious yet pubby space in the heart of downtown Orlando. The menu changes seasonally but the buttermilk-soaked onion rings, Dirty South seafood stew and Grown-Up S'more are always good choices.

K Restaurant - Located in a charming house with wrap-around porch, K is a nationally recognized restaurant featuring eclectic American cuisine with an Italian influence. It's run by James Beard-nominated chef/owner Kevin Fonzo. The menu reflects the seasons with daily changes showcasing ingredients from the onsite garden.

Prato - Progressive Italian foods from hand-crafted pastas to house-cured salume distinguish this Winter Park favorite, a bustling gathering spot with a rustic-chic vibe. It's owned by the same folks as Luma on Park and earned top Italian status by the Zagat Orlando Guide.

Cask & Larder - Referred to as a "Southern Public House," this neighborhood gathering spot features brewed-onsite beers, home-cured meats, hand-canned fruits and house-pickled vegetables. This is the second restaurant from James Beard-nominated chefs Julie and James Petrakis, who also own local foodie favorite The Ravenous Pig.

The Smiling Bison - Casual and comfortable with a craft-beer menu, this laid-back spot near the Milk District, just outside of downtown Orlando, is farm-focused. The menu changes regularly, offering seasonally inspired sausages, burgers, pizzas and entrees like witbeer-glazed ham steak, and sweet-potato pierogies with goat cheese, smoked kielbasa and mustard greens.

Artisan's Table - An easy walk from downtown Orlando's high-rises and the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Artisan's Table is a casual all-day restaurant that calls itself Modern American yet encompasses international flavors.

Hamilton's Kitchen - Locally sourced ingredients are transformed into fresh and light flavors with a modern twist inside the boutique Alfond Inn hotel in Winter Park. Chef Marc Kusche serves creative fish dishes and hearty meat ones as well as upspun Southern restaurant classics like shrimp and grits, and butterscotch pudding laced with 12-year-old Macallan whiskey. In the private dining room, meals can be served family-style.

Santiago's Bodega - Small plates from around the world, along with hand-crafted cocktails and an ultra-relaxed vibe, have made this newcomer to Lake Ivanhoe, the abundant arts and cultural area near downtown, a quick hit. It's modeled on a Key West predecessor.

KASA Restaurant & Raw Bar - Raising the bar in the Downtown Orlando dining scene, this modern restaurant showcases a global approach to small plate dishes and entrees, as well as a raw bar with fresh seafood. Kasa is open for lunch, dinner, drinks and brunch.

ROMANTIC

California Grill - Disney's signature restaurant underwent a massive restoration and is now a fresh new American classic with a crisp midcentury Modern decor. Guests come for the panoramic view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks over Cinderella Castle and return for sushi, wood oven-roasted foods and creations like halibut-corn soup with ancho oil and lamb Porterhouse with sun-dried tomato vinaigrette. The wine list is exceptional.

Chef's Table at the Edgewater Hotel - A top choice among local food critics, Chef's Table at the Edgewater Hotel offers an intimate setting (15 tables) while giving guests a window into the inner workings of the expert kitchen. It's located in the heart of Winter Garden's historic district, a small family-friendly town north of Orlando's tourism corridor.

Chatham's Place - Located on Orlando's upscale Restaurant Row, this intimate restaurant features continental cuisine specialties such as rack of lamb and the famous Florida black grouper with pecan butter.

Scratch - Located in Winter Park, Scratch serves modern American tapas, emphasizing fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. It's a tiny lounge-like space with an unhurried pace.

The Venetian Room - Located inside Caribe Royale Hotel off World Center Drive, The Venetian Room wraps diners in intimate alcoves as they feast on signature dishes like lobster bisque with puff pastry, Dover sole and lavender-scented lamb loin with sour orange glaze.


FINE DINING

Victoria & Albert's - Orlando's only AAA Five-Diamond restaurant, this crème de la crème dining establishing is within Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Featuring a seven-course seasonal menu, harp music and butler-style service, the dining room exudes luxury and romance. Its Queen Victoria Room is yet more refined.

Bull & Bear - Located in the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, this sumptuous restaurant features handsome furnishings and impeccable service. The menu offers hearty portions of classic fare, much like the respected original found in New York City.

The Boheme - An upscale dining experience located within Orlando's arts hotel, the Grand Bohemian Hotel in downtown Orlando features award-winning American cuisine in an atmosphere filled with art and music.

A Land Remembered - Located inside the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, this upscale AAA Four-Diamond restaurant celebrates classic Florida with its cuisine. The menu features prime beef and fresh seafood, accompanied by a diverse list of top-quality wines.

Christini's Ristorante Italiano - A long-timer on Orlando's "Restaurant Row," Christini's food and atmosphere, complete with a strolling accordionist, makes any occasion special. Christini's serves Italian classics, prime-aged steaks and chops and fresh seafood flown in daily.


INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS

Hanimazuki Japanese Restaurant - Asian businessfolk seeking an authentic experience choose this low-key, gimmick-free restaurant hidden away on International Drive. Servers who may or may not speak English bring sukiyaki, cold udon with quail egg and yam, and other hard-to-find dishes to the table.

Mi Tomatina - A hip little dining room and sidewalk patio are the backdrop for traditional and creative tapas plus a variety of paellas. An open-air backyard bar is hidden from the street.

Kabooki Sushi - Henry Moso, a Laos native who's not yet 25, is the whiz kid behind this modest storefront with a playful décor and food to match. Located near the Fashion Square Mall, the restaurant takes creative liberties with Japanese standards.

Lolailo "The Original" - The tables fill late at night at this Dr. Phillips Spanish restaurant, where the three dining sections are themed to represent Madrid, Granada and Galicia. Many ingredients are imported.

Cuban Sandwiches To Go! - No roof, few seats - this crowded counter-service outdoor restaurant is locals' go-to for Cuban sandwiches. The limited menu also has complementary items like black bean soup and mango shakes.

El Tenampa - Painted wooden furniture, transparent drink dispensers of freshly squeezed tropical juices and, sometimes, mariachi singers contribute to the upbeat feel of this humble Mexican restaurant south of the Florida Mall. The authentic selections like chiles rellenos and chilaquiles are just what you would find in Mexico City.

Black Bean Deli - Cuban fare takes on a with-it feel at these eateries, the original, in Winter Park, with only a few counter stools, and the Mills 50 restaurant with a dining room. A third location is now open at the Amway Center, adding new variety and flavor to event concessions.

Q'Kenan - Venezuelan specialties from pastelitos to gayanés offer a broad introduction to South American cuisine in a casual atmosphere.

Ceviche House - Traditional Peruvian meals like chicken with a huancaina crème sauce and mixed seafood with boiled potatoes an Inca pepper sauce are offered in an old-fashioned space.

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant - Communal meals with Ethiopia's signature spongy bread offer African immersion in this quiet International Drive restaurant.

Junior Columbian Burger - What began as a food truck with a cult-like following - before food trucks were in vogue - has grown into a small local fast food chain. It's known for hamburgers with tropically flavored toppings. You'll also find corn cakes and churros.

Pho Vinh -Traditional Vietnamese restaurant specializing in mostly Southern dishes, known for some of Orlando's best Pho - a Vietnamese beef noodle soup and the national dish of Vietnam - as well as other foodie-favorites, such as the fried Vietnamese spring rolls.

KID-FRIENDLY

Leaky Cauldron - Olde England doesn't look quite so merry at this newest counter-serve restaurant at Diagon Alley, Universal Studios Florida's Harry Potter addition. Guests eat British staples like toad in the hole, cottage pie, and fish ‘n' chips in this forbidding-looking space decorated with stone, gaslight and rough-hewn woods.

Be Our Guest - French fare familiar enough for families enchants parents and children alike at this "Beauty and the Beast"-themed restaurant in New Fantasyland. Located in its own castle reached via drawbridge, this is the only Magic Kingdom restaurant to serve beer and wine. Daytime meals are quick-service, while evening ones are traditional table-service.

Ravello's - Sleek Ravello's offers an upscale buffet in a sunny space every morning. At least twice a week, the restaurant welcomes the Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & His Pals, an upbeat time for character greetings and photo poses - with complimentary digital photos taken by a pro. A kid-specific station allows little ones serve themselves.

Cowfish - Dads munch on creatively topped burgers, moms on sushi, at this bright, modern eatery at Universal CityWalk. Kids can choose staples like (all-natural) mini burgers and Ninja Nuggets or get adventurous with tempura or PB&J sushi rolls.

Chef Mickey's - At Chef Mickey's, the tasty buffet and sundae bar are made even more memorable by the cast of lovable classic Disney characters making their rounds.

Mama Della's Ristorante - Visitors can enjoy Italian specialties from Tuscany, Naples and Piemonte while being serenaded tableside by strolling musicians.

4 Rivers Smokehouse - Based on home-style Texas barbecue tradition, the restaurant, with locations in Longwood, Winter Park, Orange Park, Winter Garden and East Orlando, offers diners a superb balance of flavors in its signature 4 Rivers BBQ Sauce. The multi-regional recipe is a perfect fusion of sweet and tangy with a smoky spice finish.

NBA City - This themed restaurant has the look and feel of a classic arena with a menu featuring fresh American casual cuisine. Sports enthusiasts can watch exciting events from the 20 different televisions in the SkyLounge, view specially-created NBA programming from historical video archives or test their basketball skills in the interactive play area.

Rainforest Café - Part adventure, part restaurant, the Rainforest Café recreates a tropical jungle with waterfalls, lush vegetation and (animatronic) indigenous creatures.

Sanaa - The African and Indian flavors of the Spice Islands draw families seeking adventurous meals to this Disney hotel restaurant. The restaurant features exotic flavors and views of giraffes, zebras and gazelles grazing right out the window.

The COOP - Classic Southern foods with a dash of panache define The COOP, a counter-service restaurant by John Rivers, owner of the homegrown 4 Rivers Smokehouse restaurants. Signature dishes include fried chicken, meatloaf, and low country shrimp and grits with hand-held pies for dessert.

Three Broomsticks - Located inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure, Three Broomsticks is a rustic tavern where visitors to Hogsmeade can share a pint of Butterbeer or pumpkin juice and dine on hearty fare.

T-REX - Guests are greeted with life-size animatronic dinosaurs, bubbling geysers and a fossil dig site at T-REX, which has a highly themed and interactive prehistoric environment. Guests can feast on items cooked in the Kitchen of Fire such as Cretaceous Fried Chicken Steak and a Tyrannosaurus T-Bone.

Bahama Breeze - With five Orlando-area locations, Bahama Breeze serves up flavorful chicken, steak and seafood dishes inspired by the colorful ingredients of the islands.

CELEBRITY CHEFS

Emeril's Orlando - Located at the epicenter of Universal CityWalk, this popular restaurant encompasses everything Chef Emeril Lagasse stands for: New Orleans cuisine, a high-energy ambiance and bold exciting flavors.

Emeril's Tchoup Chop - Located within Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, the restaurant gets its unusual name from New Orleans' famous Tchoupitoulas Street, where Emeril's parent restaurant is located. The menu offers an intriguing journey through the Pacific Seas with Asian- and Polynesian-inspired cuisine.

Wolfgang Puck Grand Café - Cookbook author and Food Network regular Wolfgang Puck offers diners four dining experiences at this Downtown Disney restaurant complex. Wood-fired pizzas, sushi and other specialties are served in a casual café environment. Similar and different items are available at the fast-casual Wolfgang Puck Express, a sushi bar and the more formal Dining Room are upstairs.

Primo - Acclaimed Chef Melissa Kelly, past-winner of the acclaimed James Beard Foundation Award for "Best Chef in the Northeast," maintains a reputation for farm-fresh produce and organic gardening at this contemporary Italian restaurant. Primo features its own organic garden for vegetables and herbs.

Todd English's bluezoo - Celebrity Chef and television personality Todd English is noted for his bold culinary style. Located inside the Walt Disney World Dolphin resort, the restaurant features an ethereal dining room and a progressive take on coastal cuisine, from a don't-miss New England clam chowder to fish "dancing" on a circular rotisserie.

Roy's - Celebrity Chef Roy Yamaguchi presents imaginative Hawaiian-fusion cuisine blending fresh, local ingredients with European sauces and bold Asian spices. Though Roy's is known for its seafood dishes, the Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé is not to be missed.

Norman's - Chef and cookbook author Norman Van Aken presents New World cuisine inspired by the flavors of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia in a luxurious dining room with marble floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes golf course views.

OUTDOOR SEATING

Enzo's on the Lake - Created in 1979 from a secluded Italian villa-style lakefront home, the family-owned Enzo's features spectacular dining room views and simple yet sophisticated cuisine from the late owner's native Roma.

Barnie's CoffeeKitchen - This homegrown espresso bar's Winter Park flagship offers terrific views of strollers from sidewalk seats and a quiet retreat in a courtyard. It also serves creative locally sourced light bits and has baristas talented in latte art.

Yellow Dog Eats - Locals vie for seats in the secluded backyard of this hippie-esque sandwich, salad and barbecue spot. Shaded benches, plus dining options inside a historic building and a retrofitted VW Microbus, are a relaxing rural getaway in the mostly suburban Windermere area.

Peperoncino - Courtyard seating is a lovely way to enjoy the ever-changing menu at this intimate Italian restaurant, where chef/owner Barbara Alfano creates nearly every item from scratch.

Gargi's Lakeside Italian Ristorante - Italian specialties can be served on a spacious patio overlooking Lake Ivanhoe near downtown Orlando.

Park Plaza Gardens - The sidewalk café section of this Winter Park restaurant offers great people watching and a menu with light fare. The atrium dining room is more upscale with a chef-driven bill of fare.

SPICE Modern Steakhouse - Diners can enjoy a view of Lake Eola while dining on steak or sushi at SPICE, both indoors or out.

UNIQUE FEATURES

East End Market - Artisan baked goods, Italian specialties and barbecue sauces are among the food items sold at this year-round indoor emporium, which also has a juice bar, a cheesemonger and retail stores selling plants, cookware and such. A catering space and cooking classes round out the offerings.

Seasons 52 - As the name reflects, the area's two Seasons 52 restaurants take advantage of each season's bounty, serving the meals in an upscale-casual dining room while discreetly keeping every item under 475 calories.

Beefy King - An Orlando landmark that opened in 1968, this vintage sandwich shop features roast beef that is cooked on-site daily as well as hand-spun milkshakes.

Hamburger Mary's - The menu at this gay-friendly burger joint is unquestionably all-American, including hefty burgers, chicken pot pie, meatloaf, fried Twinkies and Mary Tyler S'mores. Visitors can play HAMBINGO every Tuesday, complete with singing, jokes and fun.

Lee & Rick's Oyster Bar - With more than 64 years under its belt, this family-run business boasts an 80-foot-long (42-meter) bar where patrons can watch the staff hand-shuck oysters.

Mucho Tequila and Tacos - Offering 130 different tequilas and freshly made Mexican food, Mucho Tequila and Tacos is located in Thornton Park in downtown Orlando.

B&B Junction - Farm-to-table goes casual at this Winter Park burgery, where sustainable foods like grass-fed beef is the standard behind counter-service sandwiches. Homemade desserts and boutique beers round out the menu.

Se7en Bites - A modern bakery with southern flair, Se7en Bites serves a range of fabulous desserts, from Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie to Homemade Biscuits with Peach Ginger Jam. Breakfast, brunch, lunch and locally blended coffee are also offered at this local favorite, found in the Milk District.


VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN

Dandelion Communitea Café - This homegrown dining establishment, gathering place and entertainment venue offers organic teas, homemade soups, wraps, salads and more, all made with Florida-grown produce and no artificial ingredients.

Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux (B3) - This casual yet contemporary neighborhood café serves savory fare with a cycling flair. Part coffee house, part wine bar, B3 offers a menu of organic, vegetarian and low-fat items along with some of the finest beans and bottles around.

Ethos Vegan Kitchen - The 100 percent vegan daily menu features hearty home-style traditional and intercontinental fare along with vegan baked goods.

Infusion Tea - Salads, wraps and quesadillas make this College Park café a magnet for light eaters. The tea selection is superb.

Green Day Café - This eco-friendly, fast food restaurant serves a variety of low calorie, high nutrition wraps and salad made from whole grains and fresh produce.

Power House Café - Serving healthy, fresh foods like wraps, sandwiches, smoothies, soups, salads and Mediterranean specialties, Power House is a locals' lunchtime favorite.

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