Photo:Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen serves mostly small plates.
Menus at Lake Nona go beyond the essentials
For the food-obsessed, hip restaurants are integral to their preferred geography. Smart developers lure trendy chefs to the first floor of a new high-rise, and savvy real estate agents pack menus in their portfolio while showing homebuyers around a neighborhood.
But what do you do about a place like Lake Nona on the vast exurban flatlands beyond Orlando’s airport? It looks like little a new town on lunar prairie.
If you’re as smart as the developers at Tavistock Group, you can do plenty. Lake Nona may be light-years from downtown Orlando and the Winter Park restaurant scene, but not to worry. Lamb, ribs, shrimp mofongo and Korean barbecue are easily at hand, and the kitchens are afire with African harissa and fresh sage. Here on the fringe, you can play with fabulous croquettes of lighter-than-air moon globes of yucca and soft-cooked quail eggs, sip tequila in a witty Spicy Gummy Bear or just tuck into a solid burger worthy of a gastro pub.
ALSO IN THIS ARTICLE: Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen; John Betin; Canvas Market and Restaurant; chef Bryan Thoman; Blue Nona
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