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Winter Park, Sunday dining

sydney2 Feb 15, 2008 03:17 PM

Any recommendations for dining in Winter Park, Florida on a Sunday? My husband and I will be in town for just one day. Preferences: seafood, italian, sushi. No chain restaurants please.


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    bcodom Feb 16, 2008 05:20 AM

    If I only had a day in Winter Park, I'd go to Park Plaza Gardens (http://www.parkplazagardens.com), followed by a stroll down Park Avenue for some window shopping, stopping at Williams-Sonoma of course, and a walk through Central Park (don't miss the rose garden very close to the Park Plaza Gardens restaurant). If you have time, visit the Morse Museum (http://www.morsemuseum.org) at the northern end of Park Avenue.

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      rudykins Feb 16, 2008 08:00 AM

      There's a wonderful Turkish restaurant called Bosphorous. It may well have the best food on Park Avenue.

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        jazzy77 Feb 17, 2008 06:18 AM

        I agree with rudykins, I'd much rather eat at Bosphorus than Park Plaza Gardens. I think that PPG is overrated. The menu selections (to me at least) are stale, and their food is ho-hum. I much prefer 310 Park South (which is right across the road) - they have a very good salmon wrap - or Spice (which is also right across the road). However, I really like Bosphorus too.

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        1. re: jazzy77
          bcodom Feb 17, 2008 06:36 AM

          Have you been to PPG lately? There's a new chef in town; we had a delightful dinner there a couple weeks ago. Reviewed in today's Orlando Sentinel -- http://www.orlandosentinel.com/featur...

          1. re: bcodom
            sydney2 Feb 18, 2008 03:41 PM

            Thanks for all the replies. Re: Bosphorus, we really don't eat meat and would be concerned about that in a Turkish restaurant. Any thoughts?

            1. re: sydney2
              jazzy77 Feb 18, 2008 06:38 PM

              I am assuming that you're vegetarian when you say that you don't eat meat.... The odd thing is that I would still suggest Bosphorus over the others; they have some great veggie dishes on the menu. I tend to order lamb when I'm there, and it's good, but I'm really into the side dishes ( red cabbage, red onion and parsley salad, and carrots and rice - sounds boring, but I love the way the dressing enhances the flavors of each veg). I could happily just eat the sides for my meal alone. Also, I've had the falafel appetizer, and it's very good. I've no doubt that the veggie entrees are good too.

              Check out their menu:

              1. re: jazzy77
                rudykins Feb 19, 2008 04:28 AM

                I love meat, yet at Bosphorous I usually order a spinach and cheese dish that's in a boat-shaped pastry shell. It's delicious. Plus, most of the appetizers are veggie and they're ample enough to eat as a meal if you order bread with it. Nearby, in Hannibal Square, Chez Vincent offers an upscale Sunday brunch, and Dexter's has a casual brunch, possibly with jazz. (Dexter's food isn't great but the atmosphere is lively.)

                1. re: rudykins
                  rudykins Feb 19, 2008 04:59 AM

                  Luma! I forgot all about it. It's stylish, it's in the heart of Park Avneue, and the food is terrifiic--progressive American cuisine.

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                    jazzy77 Feb 19, 2008 04:25 PM

                    Luma is honestly my favorite restaurant in town, and the service is much better than Bosphorus. The only reason I didn't suggest it in this context is because I don't think they offer many truly vegetarian options. If they eat fish, then I completely agree with rudykins, because I think their seafood offerings are really the highlight of the menu.

              2. re: sydney2
                cherylp3 Feb 19, 2008 10:35 AM

                Perhaps Ethos vegan kitchen


                1. re: cherylp3
                  jazzy77 Feb 19, 2008 04:28 PM

                  Oooh...the menu looks great. What a great suggestion!

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