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Shopping downtown? Take a lunch break at Nadia’s Cafe

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 10:52 am



By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

After a morning of shopping in downtown Kissimmee, a lunch-break is in order, the city has lots of good options including pizza at Main Street Pizza, pizza and more at Broadway Pizza Bar and barbecue at Big John’s Rockin BBQ.

Note: The newest restaurant in downtown Kissimmee is actually one of the oldest, Joanie’s Diner. Hopefully, before the  year is out, we will be taking a look at this downtown favorite, what’s new and what has remained on the menu.

But if you are looking for  something a bit more exotic, one of the best places to go is Nadia’s Café.

It’s all about the details at this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, not only on the menu, but in the colorful décor.

This is a family run business with authentic cooking that captures the flavors of the region from Turkey and Lebanon and more. Note: Be sure to check out the Facebook page for the latest events. Nadia’s is usually open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, but the restaurant does host the occasional special event that may even include a belly dancer. The restaurant also offers catering if you want something different for an upcoming holiday event. Call 407-518-1900.

The menu is more extensive than you might think, for a place that primarily has a lunch crowd.

Start with an appetizer, if you have the time. The hummus will make you realize how inferior the pre-packaged grocery store variety is. Can’t decide? The Trio Platter, featuring hummus, tabouli and falafel for $8, is a meal by itself, if you aren’t into sharing.

The spanakopita, $6, will make you eat all your spinach, even if you are not Popeye.

Nadia’s is great for vegetarians and vegans, with so many vegetable choices. Take your pick of the salads, Mediterranean, Tabouli and Greek, priced at $7 or $8.  Need that protein? Add a skewer of chicken or kefta (beef) for $3.

There are even more vegetarian options in the entrees, including a veggie platter (spinach pie, grape leaves, hummus); veggie wrap (hummus, romaine lettuce, onion, tomato, falafel wrapped in a tortilla; lentil soup and vegan platter (falafel, grape leaves, hummus). Platters are $10, the wrap is $8.

The meat options are plentiful and tasty. Try a chicken kebab, served with rice, $9; kefta kebab, grilled ground beef seasoned with Mediterranean spices, $9; or really fill up with the Mixed Grill featuring grilled chicken and grilled kafan for $12. Another option is the baked  Mediterranean fish, a baked fish fillet seasoned with Mediterranean spices, $12.

The restaurant also serves up a variety of sandwiches (chicken, Reuben, wraps, Panini and more) but if you want the Mediterranean experience, go with the chicken gyro or the beef/lamb version. It’s definitely good stuff.

The restaurant has a kid’s menu and don’t leave without dessert, a flaky, flavorful piece of baklava.  Beer and wine also is available.

You can check out the full menu at www.