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Tantalizing alternatives to the Friday fish fry
Tantalizing alternatives to the Friday fish fry
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We’re well into Lent, and at this point, resolve is beginning to weaken a bit. After all, Lent isn’t supposed to be a cake walk (sorry to anyone who gave up cake). Temptation is everywhere, but there are plenty of great options to help resist those cravings.

Christner's Calamari
Christner's Calamari Brittany Davies

Christner's Calamari

For those avoiding red meat (for Lent, or in general), Christner’s Steak and Lobster offers amazing seafood options like their Sesame Seared Tuna or fresh Salmon.  Add some Osage Spinach or delicious Skillet Potatoes and Onions to round a seriously satisfying meal.  Also, the calamari is spectacular!

 

Tuna Melt Fridays at 4Rivers
Tuna Melt Fridays at 4Rivers Rockaway PR

Tuna Melt Fridays at 4Rivers

Even though 4Rivers Smokehouse is known for its mouth-watering brisket, this is a great opportunity to explore the other side of the menu with their signature Turkey Sandwich or Chopped Romaine salad topped with tantalizing pulled chicken.  For a limited time,  4Rivers is featuring a comforting classic, Tuna Melt – homemade tuna salad made with lightly smoked albacore tuna, celery, chopped eggs, pickles, tomatoes, onion, and a touch of seasoning – served on a hoagie bun with melted provolone cheese.  This special dish is served only on Fridays during Lent.  With the newest location on University Boulevard near the University of Central Florida campus now open, you can get your 4Rivers fix at six locations: University Boulevard, Winter Park, Winter Garden, Longwood, Jacksonville, and Gainesville.

 

Cocina 214 salsa trio
Cocina 214 salsa trio Rockaway PR

Cocina 214 salsa trio

Looking for something fresh and spicy? Check out Cocina 214 for a trio of freshly made and unique salsas from a mild fire-roasted to hot coconut habanero.  Then try the Don Carlos tacos, blackened fish with coastal slaw, avocado, and citrus vinaigrette – a healthy and gluten free option!

 

Lobster in Paradise
Lobster in Paradise Brittany Davies

Lobster in Paradise

For those in need of choices at a familiar restaurant chain, stop in Red Lobster for its annual Lobsterfest and of course, cheesy biscuits!  Visit the website through 4/13 for $10 off any two Lobsterfest entrees like the new coconut-crusted Lobster in Paradise or Dueling Lobster Tails.  With combinations of shrimp, tilapia, lobster, and more, everyone can find something appetizing at Red Lobster.  Who doesn’t love those Cheddar Bay Biscuits?

 

Meat-free and Vegetarian Delights!
Meat-free and Vegetarian Delights! Rockaway PR

Meat-free and Vegetarian Delights!

Those who are really going all out and giving up meat entirely, or already vegetarians, can explore a world of delicious meat-free dishes at Dandelion Communitea Café and Taverna Opa Orlando. Make sure to try Dandelion's Hearty Chili and the freshly made hummus at Taverna Opa!

 

Speedy choices
Speedy choices Brittany Davies

Speedy choices

In a hurry? Swing by Italio, fast food without the drive-thru in Winter Park, for your favorite combination of pasta, salad, or piadinas.  For those not in the Winter Park area, Wendy’s announced the return of the Fish Sandwich for the duration of Lent.

 

Who wouldn't want to hang out at this bar?
Who wouldn't want to hang out at this bar? Brittany Davies

Who wouldn't want to hang out at this bar?

Many people challenge themselves to give up soda and/or alcohol and Extract Juice & Tapas Bar  and (believe it or not) Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Orlando are here to help! Extract Juice & Tapas Bar in Hannibal Square is the perfect place to sip on a fresh-pressed juice that packs a nutrient punch of fruits and veggies while also curbing sugar cravings and boosting your energy.  You can still enjoy a night out at Jimmy Buffet’s with a made from scratch Blueberry Pomegranate Nojito – a blend of blueberry pomegranate puree, house lime agave blend, simple syrup, soda water, and fresh mint – (aka summer vacation in a glass!).  All daiquiris can also be made without the booze.