One of my favorite things to do on vacation is eat.
I love to try out the local cuisine and eat at places local to the area. I can spend hours looking for restaurants, analyzing menus, and picking just the right spot. I’m lucky to have a hubby who’ll go along with just about anything I want.
And I must say they got some real good food here in Florida.
We arrived in Orlando at 10 AM local time, starving! We dropped our bags at the hotel and walked across the busy street to a little strip mall. We checked out a few of the restaurants, and agreed Hot Krust looked the best.
The young man behind the counter was so excited about his menu, and eagerly explained that everything was organic, fresh and delicious. I ordered the tilapia panini and cactus chili. Hubby ordered the mahi mahi panini and baked sweet potato fries.
A great way to start the trip!
The next day we headed to Cocoa Beach, and to me, if you’re on the water, you should eat what comes out of the water, BY the water. We asked a few locals for their suggestions, and most of them suggested some restaurants along Port Canaveral. We headed in that direction still not sure of which place to choose. Until we got there, that is.
We passed by a worn down “bar food” restaurant, which I snubbed my nose at. The next restaurant, Rusty’s, looked way more promising. The menu looked great, so we headed to the deck. A single guitarist was playing music, the breeze was coming off the water, and the view was fantastic. THIS was where I wanted to eat lunch.I completely forgot to take a picture of my fish tacos, but you can see how happy they made us. The slaw was great too. And the fries my hubby shared with me were some of the best I’ve had.
We wanted to recreate this experience on Saturday, when we traveled down to St. Pete. We found a place on the water, but the food and service were not what we were hoping for. It wasn’t Grumpy’s, but it wasn’t Rusty’s either. Just ho-hum.
On Saturday, we hung around the Orlando area. By this time, we’d had our fill of fish sandwiches, and decided it was time for Greek cuisine. I love authentic Greek food and will try it just about everywhere we go.
Based on the menu, we decided on Opa’s. And let. me. tell. you. THIS was probably the best authentic Greek food I’ve had outside of Greece itself.
We started with their freshly made hummus, and perfectly seasoned pita bread. I’d have been thrilled with just that, but shorty after she brought out the Greek salad. I dug into it so fast, that I forgot to take a pic, but it was full of fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese, olive oil…. mmmm, mmmm mmmm.
Then came our main meal. As usual, I chose the gyro with the tzatziki sauce on the side and french fries.
I know I told you, but I gotta tell you again. I was taken back to Greece with this meal, and enjoyed every single bite. Absolutely perfect.
These meals always hold us through supper, but of course, come 7 – 8 o’clock, I’m ready for some ice cream. Lots of Fro Yo places around to meet my sugar fix each evening.
Probably the most heartbreaking part of my vacation, especially since we’ve been eating so much, is not being able to run here. I’ve been hittin’ the gym each morning, but I’m restricted to the elliptical. I would love to be able to run outside in the early morning at a lake nearby or along the beaches. But as long as I feel that twinge in my foot, I won’t do it. It’s been 5 weeks. sigh. (I did try a few miles after week 3, and my foot hurt for a few days after, so I gotta stay patient.)
BUT, I’m not lettin’ it bring me down. It has been a fantastic vacation. Soon we’ll be heading back to reality, but I think we both feel that the St. Petersburg area could someday become our home.
Unless we choose Colorado.
or San Antonio.
The suspense is killing us.