Orlando has a few great places to eat downtown, but for the most part the best city eats are out in the ‘burbs- Dr. Philips, College Park or the Mills 50 area.
Chad and I were out and about downtown looking for a great place to have a casual lunch and we found a gem just off Orange Avenue, the main road through downtown. Artisan’s Table is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner and brunch on the weekends. And unlike many of the restaurants downtown, they are open all day Saturday and Sunday. We stopped in for a leisurely weekend lunch.
The lunch menu is very diverse. From a pork belly BLT to a rib-eye cheesesteak to a curried egg salad wrap, there is something for everyone. Chad ordered the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich with cornmeal crusted green tomatoes, grain mustard aioli and arugula. He loved it. This was quite possibly one of the best sandwiches he has ever had (his words.)
I ordered the Vegetarian Muffaletta, a special item they were offering during the month of June for the Orlando Bite30 promotion. I had zucchini, eggplant, roasted red peppers, provolone and olive tapenade on ciabatta bread. The tapenade was salty without overpowering the veggies. It was a messy sandwich but worth every dribble and every bite.
On the side I ordered the pasta salad which was an Israeli cous cous mix with a lemon dill vinaigrette. Much better than fries (though they offer those too.)
The Chopped Vegetable Caeser was decent. Tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and roasted red peppers were mixed into a bowl of romaine with caeser dressing. This is normally offered as an entrée on the lunch menu, however, we decided to split it as a side instead of ordering an appetizer. I am glad we had ordered other entrees as I don’t think this would have filled up either one of us as a main dish.
For dessert do not miss the Blackberry Chia Seed Pudding. Absolutely divine. Sweet, sour, fruity and creamy. The vanilla soy milk and honey make this a wonderful Vegetarian option (but not Vegan with the honey).
There is also a great selection of flavored teas. I was recommended the Blood Orange flavor to start but it was very fruit punchy.
I switched over to the Elderflower flavor and I felt more like a grown up. Subtle, slightly sweet but still like a tea.
The Artisan’s Table is a great spot to grab a bite at if you are hitting one of the nearby art galleries or catching a movie at the Plaza Cinema next door. I hope this restaurant will be successful and help to make the downtown district more than a Monday thru Friday 9-5 spot to be.
Four and a half sprouts.