Winter Park’s restaurant options include several Mexican places
When my husband and I are somewhere and it’s time to eat, Mexican food is his number-one choice and an acceptable fallback for me. We spent Labor Day weekend in Winter Park, and when it came time for dinner, we decided on Carlos & Maria’s — one of the resort town’s two pre-dominant cuisines (the other being pizza).
It is located on the upper level of Cooper Creek Square, a retail and restaurant complex perpendicular to U.S. 40, which also is Winter Park’s main street. The restaurant is small, with just a handful of tables and a tiny bar in a back corner. Families abounded, and we were happy to be seated as far as possible from the party with happy, noisy school-age children who operated at high volume. Two families were near our table — one with two boys who were mostly interested in their Game-Boys or whatever electronics kids play with these days and the other with a delightful baby and two adult-acting teenage girls.
Nothing was knockout delicious, and both of our entrees came with the north-of-the-border standard sides of refritos, rice and some shredded iceberg lettuce. The food was reasonably priced for a resort town, though hardly memorable. In fact, if I weren’t writing this within 48 hours of eating there, I’d forget what we ate.
Price check: Aperitivos (appetizers), $2.50-$8.50; cominaciones (combination plates), two items, $9.95, three items, $12.95; platillos Mexicanos and expecialidades de las casa (Mexican plates and house specialties), $10.25-$16.95, including rice and refried beans; burritos, $10.95-$13.95.