MsRev and I had a wonderful 1 night stay in Mt. Dora. It's a charming town that I believe is best seen during the holiday season because of the beautiful lighting display in town. We stayed at the Lakeside Inn, which is the oldest building in Mt. Dora(1883) and is listed in the National Historic Register. It's not the Four Seasons but is priced very reasonably if you can swing a midweek stay. It exudes a turn of the century victorian, New England charm.
Thanks to Bob Mervine for suggesting the Goblin Market Restaurant for dinner. It's a contemporary menu in a restaurant designed to give you the feel of dining in a warm, cozy house. The servers couldn't be nicer. We started with tempura fried artichoke stuffed with goat cheese in a mango wasabi dressing. This was a well executed dish with a crispy, but not greasy artichoke. MsRev's entree was an appetizer of duck breast with reduction and asian vegetables. We were expecting a sweet and sour sauce but were pleasantly surprised to find a demiglace reduction and crispy veggies. I had rack of lamb with mustard and fennel seed crust and mint demiglace. Again I was totally off in my expectations, looking for a mint jelly demiglace. However, the sauce was made with fresh mint and was a perfect accompaniment to the lamb. The wine list was not very exciting but had a few interesting selections at a fair price. We were too full for dessert.
Breakfast the next morning was at Sunshine Mountain Bakery, steps from the hotel. Outstanding selection of muffins and croissants. We had a ham and cheese quiche muffin that was to die for and an outstanding ham and guyere cheese croissant. A sour cream donut was also delectable. Don't miss this place.
Goblin Market Restaurant
331-B Donnelly St.
Sunshine Mountain Bakery
115 W. Third Ave.