If you are thinking, “good places to eat in Orlando, impossible!”, this post will change your mind. I was skeptical, but we found some surprisingly good eats and they even have an Edible Orlando.
Stardust Video & Coffee
Coffee – good
Cinnamon Roll – passable
Ambiance – lovely, coffee by day and liquor by night. Quirky rustic decor.
Service – awful, picture a woman behind the counter chatting with a regular who has already been served while others are waiting. Then, when she has finally finished her conversation, the phone rings. Does she ask if they can hold (you know, since she has customers), no she does not. I am unapologetically bitter…
Blue Bird Bake Shop
A departure from the service at Stardust, the folks at Blue Bird are chipper and sweet (aptly named). Ample amounts of tempting goodies are there to greet you in this cute little bake shop!
Love the name and am happy to report that the food is up to par as well!
Rock Shrimp Tacos
Other great spots that I was unable to capture in photo form were The Wine Room and Luma.
On our way to Logan Airport and weary of the food, we opt for Rosa Mexicano. Seems like it has changed a bit since I last went a few years ago in New York, the portions are tiny. However, the service was friendly and it was certainly better than our airport dining choices would have been.
The world’s tiniest tacos
Nachos, cut by hand. See it to believe it!
If your image of the holiday season is conjured up by the aromas of spice, ginger, ripe cherries, plums and cocoa; sit down and enjoy a Fireside Chat. This aptly named winter ale, pours out a dark amber/light brown brew and will get you primed for the season. A smooth mouthfeel, with just a touch of bitterness, finishes off this spiced ale.
7.9%ABV | Spiced Ale
I am always on the lookout for something new, so when I ran into this lager, brewed in Kenya, I knew I had to try it. I wasn’t expecting much, something modeled after Budweiser perhaps, but I was pleasantly surprised with this beer’s drinkability. It pours an extravagantly bright golden color with a foamy white head. Notes of cereal, grain and a touch of honey can be found in its nose. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated. This is a fine example of a beer to drink on a warm summer day.
4.2% ABV | American Adjunct Lager
Tuesday Wine Dinner – Local Shellfish
4 Courses of food paired With 4 Wines for $45/person
We sat at the chef’s table overlooking the kitchen; loved chatting with the sous chef and watching the artful preparation of all the dishes.
Finally, I get myself to Toro! Sure, I had to race there in order to get two seats at the bar at 6pm (practically an early bird special!), but it was well worth the effort! Deciding which items to order proved to be ridiculously difficult, everything sounded amazing. The dishes, cocktails, and wine were superb! By the time 7pm rolled around, the ambiance at the bar became oppressive with the crowd, but other than that, no complaints!
Highland Kitchen, always packed to the brim with people, I really wish they would expand or open up a second location (and maybe, just maybe, expand the draft list). I can’t blame anyone though, the food and service never ever disappoints and today was not an exception.
Buffalo Fried Brussel Sprouts
Left – Black Bean Burger, Right – Catfish Po’ Boy
Right by South End Formaggio is a charming Mexican spot called El Centro. We popped in for a quick lunch; fresh and delicious!
Though Italian may not be my favorite cuisine, Trattoria di Monica is a definite North End gem. The meal was fantastic (great wine specials!), but I’m not sure it was worth the wait (we had a reservation and still had to wait in the cold for twenty minutes, tolerable in the summer, but not winter).
A4, another Kendall Square standby. The pizza is delicious. The beer list has a ton of great choices and is constantly rotating. Having never been into their cafe for breakfast, I was excited to try their sticky bun (who can resist a sticky bun?). Forgive me for the missing picture, I was famished and it was delicious. The coffee, from Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, was equally delectable!