Voted number one in Central Florida, The Backroom Steakhouse offers fine dining that features aged Black Angus steaks, fresh seafood, a full bar, craft beer, and fine wine. From the menu, start with the fried green tomatoes for the table, then the iceberg wedge followed by the 24-ounce Porterhouse steak. Accompany the meal with a craft beer or fine wine from the list.
With an unassuming storefront, Seoul Restaurant is even more of a surprise when you are served cold corn tea and seated to order. It offers authentic Korean food with fresh ingredients at an inexpensive price. Ask one of the two sisters that own the restaurant for help ordering without receiving a pretentious response. From the menu say yes to the rice cake soup, jap chae, soon tofu jigae, and bibimbap.
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Porkie’s Original BBQ has been voted as serving Central Florida’s best BBQ. The award-winning ribs are slow cooked on a 20-foot BBQ pit using hickory and oak wood, giving the meat a smoked and moist flavor. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining as well as a drive thru. Order the pulled pork BBQ sandwich or the ribs.
Caffe Positono, Apopka | Courtesy of Keith Ramos, WIkiCommons
Caffe Positono is family-owned, bringing the authentic Italian foods and flavors of Positano, Italy to central Florida. There are no pre-cooked or pre-packaged foods in the kitchen. Everything is made fresh to order at the restaurant. Many pasta ingredients in the restaurant are imported directly from Italy. Try the garlic rolls, proscuitto and homemade mozzarella, chicken marsala, gnocchi and linguini with clam.
Rock Springs Bar & Grill is a dive bar with a reputation for serving excellent sandwiches. Located close to Kelly Park, guests can also rent inner tubes and kayaks for some river fun. Good options here are the big fish sandwich or a cheeseburger with French fries. Don’t be surprised to see the mounted alligator heads dressing the walls of the restaurants.
Heber’s Cuban Café is a diner-style location offering authentic Cuban cuisine. The food is simple and homestyle. The atmosphere is not trendy, but rather effective for seating and serving fast. From the menu, order the palomilla steak, Cuban fajitas, ropa vieja and the rice and black beans. Heber’s is closed on Friday night and Saturday because the owners are Seventh-Day Adventists and observe these times.
Taqueria Taco Reindo is a Cali-Mex style taqueria located in central Florida. Expect small tacos with fresh ingredients and served fast. Favorites here include the carne asada, chicken sopes,tacos el pastor, chicarones, pollo asada and the Mexican corn on the cob. Accompany the tacos with a glass of horchata, pineapple juice or watermelon juice.
Since 1985 El Potro Restaurant has brought the taste of authentic, freshly made Mexican food to Apopka. High-quality Mexican food with a great buffet lunch is served from 11am until 2pm except on Saturday. Dishes to try are the burrito grande, enchiladas rancheras, king quesadilla, carnitas, special Vallarta.
Catfish Place is a turn-of-the-century railroad depot with a quirky country atmosphere serving authentic Southern food. The restaurant has been opened for more than 35 years and is a local favorite. Try the fresh boneless catfish, fingerling catfish, the fresh catch fish of the day and the Florida fresh alligator.
Ray’s Fish and Chips started when New York native and owner Chef Ray opened its doors in 2006. Within a few months of its opening the restaurant received a slew of accolades. Items the restaurant is famous for include: whole belly clams, steamers, crab cakes, north east haddock, Boston cod, Florida black grouper, Louisiana prawns, fried oysters and live Maine lobster.