Say “goodbye” to sleepy Sundays and “hello” to the sweetest Moscato coupled with the friendliest service in the city. Recently, I took #sundayfunday serious and reminded myself why I love Orlando.
The night started on Orange Ave. at the vintage Imperial at Washburn Imports. Great company always calls for delicious food. The menu advises wise choices to pair while you discover their unique wine pallet. The Sunday brunch is perfect for the late risers and boasts a running time of 4pm-8pm. My friends and I paired reds and whites with the most delectable olives, meats and cheeses. The star of the night was undoubtedly the Moscato de Asti they keep bottled behind the bar. Hailing from Italy, the Elio Perrone brand Moscato stays true to one of the oldest grape varieties in the world. The sweet, cool, vintage liquid tickled my taste buds and after my first sip the thought of having only one glass simply would not do.
Next on the to do list was a hidden watering hole by the name of The Thirsty Topher. It’s nestled in downtown Orlando just inside of The Ivanhoe Village on Alden Road. Two bartenders who love craft beer, Ben and Ron, own the place. A solid wood bar and craft beers from across the globe greet you once you step inside. I was open about my naivety towards the broad craft beer world and the bar tenders were up for taking my friends and I on an adventure through their recommendations. The bar tenders were also very good at recommending any bottled beers, ciders, or wines that was available on the menu. By the end of the night I had tried a sweet, subtle beer from Belgium, a tart Moscato, and a refreshing red Sangria. After leaving the establishment I had gained a new sense of direction in craft beer as well as friends in the bar tenders. The atmosphere the bartenders are able to create makes you feel like the guy behind the bar is your best mate tossing you your favorite cold one from the fridge at home. I never knew “hospitable” could be a word used to describe a bar, until I discovered The Thirsty Topher.
I could have ended my night at The Thirsty Topher if my tummy wasn’t rumbling for some iconic downtown cuisine. My friends decided to take me to a place I had never been, Tako Cheena. Located near the heart of downtown on North Mills the restaurant hosts a colorful combination of cultures within their menu by managing to combine Asian and Mexican delights in to amazing dishes. We all ordered an assortment of Chinese tacos and African inspired burritos to quiet our hunger. The eatery branded as, “a cross between a food truck and a restaurant”, was far from disappointing. The dish I would come back night after night for is definitely their Chinese BBQ Char Siu Pork Belly Taco. The Asian and Mexican worlds unite and shower in ginger and BBQ to accomplish this unique taste compilation. Without question the best part wasn’t to come until when I closed out my check for the night. Even though the place was packed to capacity with hungry patrons, the kind gentleman at the register made time to get feedback from me on how my visit to their establishment went. I complimented the menu and shared my opinions with him too. The gentleman was genuinely grateful for the feedback and thankful when I promised I would be back. Tako Cheena combined a one of a kind menu with individualized service to make themselves the cherry a top my Perfect Sunday.
Now that I have told you about my Perfect Sunday, I encourage you to go out and live your own!