Seems like yesterday I was doing the 2011 report and things have changed for the better her on Mount Dora!
We'll start off with the new additions, and the newest is The Bavarian Haus german resturaunt on Alexander,, This place is small inside but has a big patio in the front. Imagine being in the living room of a german family having dinner,,the tables are close and the beer mugs are BIG! The food varies from dish to dish,,schnitzel seems to be the highlight and you can hear them pounding it flat in the kitchen. Service started slow on my visit but evened out as the dinner progressed. They don't serve bread with the meals and is an extra charge(just like in germany). The portions could also be a little bigger,,except for the schnitzel ,,it was huge!
If all that meat and potato's turns you off try the new vegan spot at the corner of 3rd and donnelly. Mount Dora now has Vitality Bistro! This place is 95% vegan,glutten free! And tasty! But not cheap!,, I loved their homade fruit juice lemonades like kiwi and rasberry,, They also have unique flat breads and sides like curry coleslaw and humus. This is the place you take that health concious relative that is never happy with the norm!
If you want to go back to the old school with class try Merrils Market. This is a modern day high end butchershop and wine bar in one big store. Rumor has it that Rick the owner will even cook your steak on a charcoal grill he has out back. If you dont want him to go to the hassel he will be glad to make a deli sandwich for you and serve it to you at the picnic tables he has in the front. I haven't had Ricks steaks so I cant be a critic but others have told me they are the best.
Next door to Merrils is The Saucy Spoon a place that strives for gormet quality. Some menu items strive too hard and are too daring. The prices are also daring and a steak will cost you around $45! The highlight is the salad and bread bar. Imagine several types of salad and a bread basket with all the trimmings,,olives , olive oil, spreads and anything you want to dip your homade bread! The saucy service is good and the drinks are strong!
If you don't want to spend alot of money try the lost parrot. This place used to be the frosty mug and before that eduardo's. The lost parrot is different from both of them and features a variety of steaks, burgers ,wings and other standard margaritaville standards,,I like their cheesburgers!!
Other inexpensive options are Fiesta Grande Mexican grill and Coppacabanna Cuban. I have had better Mexican and Cuban but all in all they are in the ball park!
If you looking for consistant quality I recommend the Goblin Market. This place has been open for years and consistantly deliver quality. They are not inexpensive but they are always good!
If the Goblin is full try the newly made over Palm tree grille. This place has kicked it up a notch and now I recommend this place for the best authentic italian and If you don't like Itallian just trot across the street to the frog and monkey pub. This is a gastro pub that also delivers consistant quality and service.. They also feature live jazz on the weekends. If you are hung over from a mount dora party night stop by the winsidor rose english tea room for breakfeast. They started seving breakfeast last year and it rocks!
If you come to mount dora please use this thread to share your experiences and most of all,, have a good time while you are here.