Saturday, September 25, 2010

Outing: Winter Park Movie Night

Almost surrounded by Orlando's sprawl, Winter Park just north of downtown still maintains its unique old-Florida charm.  Marked by hanging moss covered trees and historic buildings, it features great restaurants, bars, and events.

Food  Your night begins on the border of Winter Park and Orlando at Aloma Ave and N Palmetto.  Even though it looks like just another small house on a busy intersection, the name written in Christmas lights on the building's roof let you know you've arrived at Thai Villa.  Here you'll find some of the best Thai food in Orlando.  And that's saying something considering the Orlando area boasts over 25 different Thai restaurants.  Dinner menus usually run about $10, but be sure to come back for lunch specials around $6.

Fun  Stroll along the Floridian streets and fancy stores around Park Ave.  Every second Thursday of each month around 8:00pm, the Enzian puts on Popcorn Flicks in Central Park.  These events are free and feature classic movies outdoors.  Bring a blanket and some snacks (and maybe some inconspicuous wine) and enjoy.

Alternative  The Enzian also offers other series of older movies, like "Cult Classics" and "10 Movies You Should See on the Big Screen Before You Die."  These are usually $5 at the Enzian Theater in Maitland; varying times and dates can be found on the website.


Dessert  Not too far from Central Park is Tatame Sake Bar & Tea Lounge on Fairbanks Ave. where you can enjoy a post-movie nightcap of warm sake or some bubble tea.  They have live music, DJs, or karaoke many nights of the week.  Specials change each month, but generally include select $3 beers, $4 sake, and $5 wines.

Total Cost for dinner, a movie, and drinks: $13.00 - $17.00

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