This has got to be one of the best outdoor dining places in Orlando. The restaurant is barely visible from the road, and looks like a dive, but once inside you realize it opens out into a couple of great patios that really are on the water.
While the menu may look like a sports bar’s offering, the food is much better than the average sports bar. The smoked fish dip was balanced and complex, yet served with simple saltines. The Waterfront Platter was a generous mix of batter and fried shrimp, fish, chicken, hushpuppies and fries. All were done with a light touch, so they weren’t oily at all.
The tuna poke was a beautiful and delightful portion of chopped tuna and fresh veggies.
On a day with a nice breeze blowing in across the lake I can’t imagine a better place to be in Orlando.
A flashback to the 50s in every way from decor to menu to the cracker basket on the table. Even the placements are unchanged! Anderson’s has never been my favorite soup, but the other food on the menu is quite good. My tuna sandwich was just like Mom used to make, and the quesadilla (which I’m pretty sure wasn’t on the menu in the 50s) was huge.
Very good donuts, particularly the old fashioned. Although they are a bit overly sweet, they have great crust and moist center. The lemon version has a nice tang. Their maple glazing is also particularly flavorful.
There’s a nice shady outside seating area that’s away from the street.
I love the Village Inn, and this location is no exception. The menu is vast, and their skillets are my favorite version of this breakfast item anywhere. I also love that they leave a thermos of coffee on the table. Service is consistently good, and the dining room is bright and cheerful in a fun retro way.