Category Archives: Orlando Eats

Our take on restaurants and eateries in the Orlando area

Winter Park Farmers Market

IMG_0167This is one of our favorite things to do on Saturday morning, a visit to the Winter Park Farmers Market. Located next to Central Park on Park Avenue, the converted rail freight depot and it’s yard offers a small but cozy area for vendors and farmers to offer their hand made goods and produce.

 

 The market offers a small selection of fresh produce, plants, seeds, crafts and food items. There is a crepe stand outsite, kettle corn, omlette/grill trailer outside, while inside the depot there is a host different food merchants, from cheeses and pickles to coffee and cake. A couple of our favorites are Davis Bakery (the station with the longest lines) and Irene french patesserie stand for great french baked stuff.

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The market is crowded.. way more people than you should fit in that tiny space and it’s hard to find a place to sit sometimes and that could be annoying when holding a bagel or two, a drink and running after a toddler, but we seem to always find a spot on one of the large tables outside. Food is not cheap at the market.. a sandwich bagel is $7 and a pain au chocolat costs $3.5.  The price for produce is decent and it’s fresh.

We ordered an egg sandwich, a salmon bagel and a couple of citrus ice teas.

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Luma on Park

We went out to have dinner at Luma on Park. The babysitter (thank you Brittany) came and we had our much-awaited date night. We visit Luma once every 2-3 months. We like the food and the atmosphere and it’s close by where we live. Luma is in Winter Park on Park Avenue, a very prime location and very busy on weekends. They also have prix fixed menu for Sunday, which is a pretty good deal at $35/person for a 3-course dinner.

We had the Ceviche to start and I took the picture after we already started eating (oops!), it was really good but a little on the small size.

I had the Gnocchi appetizer as my main dish and Zaid ordered the Skirt steak with an extra side of Polenta. Mine as the picture shows was a little small but very delicious. I ate about 1/3 of Zaid’s steak with the potatoes and about 3/4 of the Polenta because I liked it and he didn’t.

Overall, the meal was very good and we had a good time, a little rushed but a nice place and we’ll definitely be back in a couple of months.

Rediscovering Pom Pom

We had forgotten about Pom Pom; it’s been a while since we ate there last. Pom Pom is a “tea house and sandwicheria” on Bumby Avenue in downtown Orlando area. It’s very easy to miss this hole in the wall while driving down Bumby. We went there for a lunch today at around 1pm and it was relatively busy. We managed to find a table inside and ordered one of their cold teas and 2 sandwiches; I got the chicken curry sandwich (Curry+apple+Raisin) while Dima ordered their Cobb sandwich (Turkey, avocado, blue cheese + stuff). Both sandwiches were great and the tea was tasty as well.

It was definitely busier than the couple of times we’ve been to it before. I like it when these independent restaurants get the traffic, especially in the chain restaurant capital of the world.

We grabbed a couple of great looking cupcakes on the way out. They were pretty excellent!! The cupcakes are baked and delivered by the Blue Bird Bake Shop in Orlando.

I’m glad we “rediscovered” Pom Pom. We’ll be there more often, I bet. Here are some pictures from our lunch.

Bayridge Sushi

1000 West State Road 434
Longwood, FL 32750
(407) 331-0000

 

Decent sushi! For me, Bayridge Sushi is a place to visit if your craving sushi on a Saturday afternoon. The setting and decor are modest and reflect the location – a quiet strip mall off road 434 in Longwood. But don’t let that discourage you…. The reasonably priced menu is focused primarily on sushi with few tempura and teriaki dishes. The rolls are large and the variety is impressive with prices ranging from $5-$11. The fish tastes fresh and the rice is well seasoned. Service is a hit or miss. It could busy around 7 and the servers get overwhelmed. But overall, this place ranks somewhere in the middle for sushi in Orlando… but definitely good bang for the buck.

310 Park South

310 S Park Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 647-7277

310 Park South is definitely one of our favorite restaurants in the Orlando area for a late lunch. Besides its great location on Park Ave in Winter Park, FL, we have found the food to be consistently above average. Yes above average, but the keyword here is “consistently”. The restaurant serves modern American cuisine, from Burgers and steaks to Raviolis and Salmon. The wine list is not impressive and neither is their beer selection.  The restaurant offers seating inside or on the sidewalk of Park Ave. Service has always been good and timely. We would love to see them hire a talented pastry chef for a new twist on their dessert offerings.