Altamonte Springs is a suburb of the greater Orlando area and an excellent alternative to the over-saturated Disney landscape; however, it is close enough to the theme parks to satisfy the children should they want to go. Here’s our list of the top 10 restaurant selections in Altamonte Springs.
Tibby’s is located on State Road 436 and occupies a space in a strip mall recently renamed Tibby’s Plaza. The vibe is about expressing personality and character through food, music, art and heritage, with the menu featuring authentic New Orleans cuisine. Say yes to the muffuletta spring rolls, a sampler of jambalaya, crawfish pie and file gumbo, and étouffée with crawfish.
The Crepevine is a new fast-casual restaurant concept specializing in the preparation of American-style crepes. Sweet and savory crepes, including vegetarian options, are offered in a casual, contemporary space. Go on Wobbles Wednesday, when the price is only five dollars for the restaurant’s most popular savory crepe.
Café Murano offers a lovely lakefront setting at Cranes Roost Park where live music fills the air on Fridays and Saturdays. Keeping in mind the Italian idea that food is ‘part of the rhythm of life’ and local and seasonal ingredients are important, Café Murano carefully creates each meal from scratch using the freshest ingredients. For lunch, order half a sandwich, half a serving of pasta, or a personal pizza, with your pick of a side soup or salad. For dinner, try the osso bucco ravioli or spinach ravioli Michelangelo.
Seasonally inspired ingredients with a rustic cooking technique is what Season 52 is about. This grill and wine bar offers a seasonal menu inspired by the fresh appeal of a farmer’s market and what is trending on the culinary scene. From the dinner menu, try the lobster pappardelle, caramelized grilled sea scallops and Southern-style fish and grits.
Kahinoor is a homestyle Indian bistro with an array of authentic dishes. Bombay native Reis Fernandez takes simple foods like chicken and lentils and transforms them into tender, aromatic, authentic meals, with highlights being the chicken saag, chicken masala or the shrimp korma. Complement any meal with naan and a mango lassi.
Ancho Burrito Company is a Tex-Mex-inspired restaurant where everything is made from scratch. Located in the mall near the movie theater, Ancho Burrito Company offers great food in a convenient setting. From the menu, try the pork bowl, quesadilla and mango salsa.
Terramia Ristorante and Wine Bar offers Italian cuisine in a fine-dining setting. Tourists from all over the Central Florida area frequent the restaurant where they are greeted by host and owner, Rosario Spagnolo, who gives a very special welcoming. Start with the calamari and gamberoni or burrata with prosciutto, and for the main dish, say yes to the gnocchi Sorrentina. Terramina also features an extensive wine list.
Founded in 1992, Cuban Sandwiches on the Run continues to maintain a family-oriented business atmosphere. It shows as the establishment has received a few ‘Best of’ accolades, which adorn their walls. The restaurant offers an all-star menu of Cuban favorites, like the ham croquette sandwich, midnight sandwich and guava pastries. From the menu, order Brenda’s specialty sandwich, which includes steak, sweet plantains, Swiss cheese, mayo, onion and potato sticks.
The Aykin family has been running multiple restaurants in Turkey — for over 20 years — serving authentic Turkish cuisine, which they learned from their ancestors. Customers can also taste these great Middle Eastern flavors in Florida at the Turkish Bar and Grill. From the menu, order from the Chef’s specialties, and you won’t be disappointed. Try the Adana kebab, which includes chopped lamb and red peppers cooked on skewers.
If you’re looking for breakfast, this is the place to go for the morning staples. Maitland Breakfast Club is only open from 7am t0 2:30pm, so get there early in order to try some great fare. Go for the favorites – biscuits and gravy, eggs Benedict, country fried steak and eggs, or any waffle from the menu.