Don’t Get Left Out in the Cold with These Winter Park Orlando Restaurants
Head to Winter Park to enjoy some of the best food in the Orlando area.
Winter Park is one of the nicest districts in downtown Orlando. Positioned just outside the main stretch of the busy downtown area, this beautiful part of town is home to a historic district, natural wetlands, and lots of elegant mansion homes. This is also the place to be when you want to enjoy some of the finest shopping and dining the city has to offer. When you want to slow down a little bit, and catch your breath after being in the hustle and bustle of the city proper, take a moment to visit Winter Park. While you’re there, check out one or more of these excellent area restaurants.
Our tour of Winter Park’s best dining begins with one of its best upscale eateries: Luma. This incredible restaurant features a massive wine cellar as well as an elegant lounge, so that you can enjoy your evening in whatever way you see fit. The atmosphere is classy and sophisticated at this excellent restaurant, and the food is, of course, phenomenal as well. Most of the products and ingredients served come from local farmers, with some sourced from other small farms in the United States. Wines are available from around the world, and cocktails are chosen based on seasonal favorites.
For a truly elegant experience, rent The Cellar, which is a private dining room located in the wine cellar below the restaurant itself. The room can seat up to 42 guests and includes a separate, private entrance. If you are looking for a more traditional meal, however, head back upstairs and order the red snapper served with cauliflower puree. This is by far one of the best dishes on the menu, although the flank steak with an olive tapenade is another incredible choice. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu at Luma.
Luma is located at 290 South Park Avenue in Winter Park.
4 Rivers is an altogether different dining experience than Luma, but it is nevertheless an excellent place to grab a bite in Winter Park. This restaurant is a casual barbecue joint with indoor and outdoor seating and a huge fan following amongst the locals. There’s nothing upscale about 4 Rivers, so don’t worry about coming as you are. This is a “walk up and order” type of restaurant where you grab your food from a production line, but the ingredients are always fresh with a very high quality, and the food tastes incredible every time. No matter what you order from the vast menu, you are sure to be pleased.
The barbeque pulled pork is a great place to start, especially if you have never experienced Texas-style barbeque (or Texas-style, Orlando-based barbeque!). Have it on a sandwich and pair it with coleslaw and cornbread salad for a complete barbeque dinner. If you prefer brisket, then you’re in luck, because 4 Rivers is responsible for making the best brisket you can find in Florida—according to the throngs of locals who visit every day! Order your brisket as a platter with fried okra, potato salad, and mac and cheese if you want to enjoy all the traditional Southern flavors this smokehouse has to offer. And before you place your order, be sure to check out the refrigerated case full of unique off-brand sodas from around the country!
4 Rivers is located at 1600 West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park.
Ask anyone in downtown Orlando where to go for the freshest Asian food in town, and they will all surely point you toward Umi. Umi prides itself on serving exquisite sushi and sashimi as well as Japanese variations on tapas that make for an excellent light lunch. A visit to Umi is sure to satisfy any sushi craving you might have while in the Winter Park vicinity.
Order a Spitfire Roll to enjoy crawfish and asparagus sushi topped with whitefish and Cajun sauce for an excellent blending of two food cultures. Choose the Naked Tuna Roll for a more traditional Japanese sushi, which includes tuna, greens, asparagus, spicy mayonnaise, and crab. After scarfing some sushi, move on to select from the wide variety of tapas that are available at Umi. Try the tempura oyster topped with truffle foam, or opt for the sea bass glazed with soy sauce. For a cold alternative, order the raw cured red snapper with a truffle vinaigrette, or go with the yuzu ceviche, made up of raw whitefish, salmon, octopus, calamari, scallops, shrimp, mussels, and lots of vegetables.
Umi is located at 525 South Park Avenue in Winter Park.
Although Winter Park may not be one of the more well-known parts of town to tourists, locals recognize it as an important staple of Orlando life. Trips to Winter Park are often filled with delicious food and great shopping deals, so why not stop by this district and see what all the fuss is about? The next time you visit Orlando, be sure to step just a little off the beaten path and check out the best restaurants Winter Park has to offer!
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