Comfort Suites Downtown
2416 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: (407) 228-4007
Fax: (407) 996-0523
White Wolf Café has remained a favorite for two reasons: fun décor and good food. Stained-glass windows, Tiffany-style hanging lamps and decorative crockery set the stage, and on weekend nights, patrons pop in for coffee, dessert or a drink. Live music, usually acoustic, is offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The menu offers a wide selection, from vegetarian and other low-calorie offerings to a calories-be-darned Three-Cheese Lasagna. Chicken Brioche and Thin-Crust White Pizza are popular options.
If you've ever dined in one of the neighborhood Italian eateries in such cities as New York, Philadelphia and Boston, you'll feel right at home at Gargi's, where a relaxed crowd gathers. You might start with the Stracciatella or a hot eggplant antipasto. For a main course, the Chicken Cacciatore and the Spicy Shrimp Fra Diavolo are popular. Don't pass up dessert; the cannolis are a must. Gargi's is open through the week for both lunch and dinner.
Cuban sandwiches are one of the treats brought to Florida from Cuban immigrants. The traditional version, served at Cindy's Tropical Cafe on Cuban bread, is similar to French bread and unites roast pork, ham, pickles and cheese. Patrons here feast on Cubans with a Twist. These sandwiches come packed with traditional ingredients plus peppers, tomatoes and onions. In addition to sandwiches, try Chicken Fricasee.
Ethos Vegan Kitchen can be found in the northern section of Downtown Orlando at breathtaking Lake Ivanhoe. Vegans and non-vegans alike can benefit from this very community-oriented eatery. The menu includes a large selection of traditional and intercontinental delights for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, which you can enjoy either inside and outside. Works of local artists cover the walls and are changed frequently. The setting is especially welcoming and casual, and the prices very affordable. They offer a lot more than your usual vegetarian restaurant.
Enjoy home-style, fresh and authentic Italian food at Adriatico Trattoria located in the burgeoning College Park area. Rustic yet elegant, the interiors exude an inviting ambiance that instantly takes over you once you step into this little eatery. The menu features classic Italian fare like pasta, salads, antipasti, pizzas and cheese plates that go perfectly with the bespoke selection of mature wines. The restaurant has also garnered a lot critical acclaim and awards owing to authenticity and absolutely delicious food.
K Restaurant is gaining kudos from both patrons and media for its contemporary American cuisine. Today the sharply focused flavors of Executive Chef/Owner Kevin Fonzo's eclectic menu continue to draw local and national acclaim. The artistic energy coming from the K kitchen is skillfully reflected in their cuisine. Each day the menu changes to integrate only the freshest ingredients. Whether it's lunch or dinner, steak or seafood, all of the culinary creations are brilliantly complimented by vibrant colors, varied textures and sensual seasonings. The entire menu – tantalizing appetizers, exquisite main courses, and decadent desserts – offers a wonderful diversity of flavors with influences from all corners of the globe.
Paxia Alta Cocina Mexicana is located in College Park a little northwest of downtown Orlando. Its mottos are “modern world meets traditional Mexican cuisine” and “expect the unexpected”—step inside to discover why. The décor is colorful and welcoming, setting the tone for a fine dining experience. Choose from a variety of traditional Mexican dishes created with a contemporary flare. Enjoy a cold refreshing drink from the full-service bar in the spacious lounge area offering a large selection including specialty margaritas and sangria. Paxia Alta Cocina Mexicana is a favorite among locals and a great place for a full-course Mexican meal or a few drinks. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
The Sixty South Bar & Trattoria is located in the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Orlando, which is beside Lake Ivanhoe. You will find a very elegant atmosphere at Sixty South Bar & Trattoria, but it is also comfy and casual, at the same time. It is a wonderful Italian restaurant that adds a Florida "touch" to its delicious entrees. Sixty South Bar & Trattoria offers tasty appetizers, fresh salad and pasta stations, several Italian specialty dishes and desserts, but that's not all. You can also enjoy drinks from their fully stocked bar, which includes a large wine selection. So, whether you are looking for a quick bite, a drink, or a full course meal, Sixty South Bar & Trattoria is the place to go! – Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Hawkers is located in the Colonialtown North area of Orlando and anyone who has traveled to various Asian countries probably already knows the term. Hawkers are very vocal street vendors who sell their food from self-drawn carts, but there are no carts here. This restaurant is permanent and serves customers a variety of tasty Asian street foods from a number of countries in a no-frills, comfortable and contemporary setting. The decor does include photos of genuine street hawkers and the menu offers a wide assortment of Asian dishes including tapas as well a nice selection of Asian beers.
Spicy and juicy Grilled Chicken Swords or Jumbo Shrimp Swords are lip smacking varieties offered here. Just when you're thinking what to ask for and what not, here's a suggestion—ask for the Small Plate Menu. It's an assortment of a variety of dishes that they offer, a good way to have the most of it all. Wines and beers are stocked in plenty. Art lovers have something to watch out for too. Every Tuesday, there is an exhibition of local artists and there's complimentary wine served as well! Satiating your gustatory senses in all possible ways, Taste Restaurant proves to be aptly named!
Sometimes, no matter how sophisticated your palate, you just need a pizza fix. When you're in that frame of mind, head over to this pizza spot. Chefs here make pizza crust fresh daily and the results are a taste treat. Favorites include a personal Sicilian Cheese Pizza, and a house specialty pie, with your choice of five toppings. Apart from the pizzas, you can also opt for the tasty paninis, pastas and sandwiches. This friendly place draws an eclectic crowd, everyone from college kids to professionals looking for a good meal. However make sure you get there early as the restaurant does not accept reservations and the wait can be longer.
Eden’s Fresh Co., located north of Downtown Orlando in the friendly town of Winter Park, serves up tasty salads, wraps and scrumptious yogurt parfaits. Since the word "fresh" is part of the name, the use of only the freshest ingredients is a top priority of this little vegetarian and kid-friendly eatery. The menu is packed full of choices and includes a list of featured recipes that you can order as either salads or wraps, and you can also add additional items or create your very own recipe. Eden’s Fresh Co. prepares your dish as you watch, using generous portions. You can enjoy them on the spot or take your meal to go. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis