De La Vega

This is an interesting tapas concept because instead of Spanish food, the emphasis is on Latin food. We started with a delicious red sangria, and then proceeded to try a number of the different tapas appetizers, never making our way to the entrée section of the menu.

The Asparinas were a great way to start, and were offered free for checking in on Yelp! We tried the empanadas, and had half chicken/half cheese; both were good.

The Chicken Molé Rice Balls were also very good, with a complex Molé sauce that wasn’t too sweet. 

The Ajito de Pescado was my favorite, with flavors of freshly cooked fish and veggies.

Excellent and friendly service. During temperate weather, it would be great to sit out on the sidewalk.

Cress Restaurant

***** (5 stars)

This is one of the greatest restaurants in Central Florida. The chef, a multiple James Beard nominee, combines various ethnic influences to create an imaginative array of tastes. Our favorites were the fish tacos, vegetarian plate and the curry. The vegetarian plate alone had a half dozen delightfully inventive items.

The ambience is both trendy and romantic, and service is extremely professional. Best of all, the prices are extremely low for the quality on offer. Many of the small plates are under $10 and servings sizes are generous. There is also a well thought out wine list.

Cress Restaurant
103 W Indiana Ave
De Land, FL 32720
(386) 734-3740