As one lucky enough to call this vibrant city home, I've had the distinct pleasure of diving fork-first into the thriving food scene.
From cozy breakfast nooks to international cuisine spots, the sheer diversity of Apopka's gastronomic offerings has left my taste buds in a constant state of anticipation.
Whether you're a foodie on the hunt for your next culinary adventure, a visitor looking to experience local flavors, or a resident yet to discover these hidden gems, join me as I whet your appetite with the best restaurants in Apopka.
It's time for a delicious adventure right here in our own backyard.
Our aim is not just to guide you to popular eateries but to encourage you to venture out and experience the city's diverse culinary landscape for yourself
Lula Mae’s Eatery
You know how they say the best things in life come when you least expect them?
That's exactly what happened when I stumbled upon Lula Mae’s Eatery one afternoon, and my taste buds have been grateful ever since.
Having grown up on my grandmother's home-cooked meals, I've always had a hard time finding a place that could match up to her soulful cooking.
But that's exactly what I found at Lula Mae’s.
From the moment you step inside, you're greeted like family.
But let's talk about the food - it's like a warm hug on a plate.
I've been fortunate enough to try their chicken and fries lunch, and let me tell you, it's something else.
Perfectly cooked and seasoned, it takes you on a mouthwatering journey right down to the heart of the south.
And don't get me started on their hot sauce - it's the kind of spice that keeps you coming back for more.
My son, a picky eater, was also taken in by the magic of Lula Mae’s.
His exact words were, "Every restaurant should have food like this. It is so good."
And believe me, it's not every day that he praises a meal like that.
Ever had one of those days when you yearn for a meal that's both light and satisfying?
I found just the place to cater to those specific cravings— none other than Kona Poké.
Think of it as a culinary journey to Hawaii right in the heart of Apopka.
They're the kind of people that turn a meal into an experience, always eager to guide you through their menu.
And speaking of menus, you're in for a treat!
Although a tad more expensive than neighboring eateries like Chipotle or Tropical Cafe, the difference in price is entirely justified.
For a few extra dollars, you're treated to dishes as unique as they're delicious.
My personal favorite?
The Salmon Lover.
It's a joyous dance of flavors that never fails to impress.
But don't just take my word for it.
Try their Tidal Wave, it's another crowd-pleaser, and come Tuesday, you might just catch some of their appealing promotions.
It's the attention to detail at Kona Poké that seals the deal.
Their portions are generous, and the freshness of the ingredients is apparent in every bite.
From their unique offerings like Wasabi Tobiko and watermelon radish to their spicy seaweed salad, it is clear that care is put into every dish.
The Southern Deli
If there's one thing you can count on in our city, it's the heartwarming hospitality at The Southern Deli.
My first visit there was serendipitous.
I started with a side salad doused with their house ranch dressing - let me tell you, the flavor was to die for!
But the pièce de résistance was the Honey Chic Stack.
The chicken was breaded and seasoned to perfection, with a tantalizingly tangy pickle on the side.
The biscuit, albeit a tad dry for my taste, didn't dampen my overall experience.
The delightful ambiance and pristine environment further enriched my visit.
And did I mention the house-made chips?
They were the epitome of perfection.
Subsequent visits only confirmed my love for this place.
Between the fun games and the delectable deviled eggs, it was a night to remember.
Not to mention the fried bologna sandwich and chicken fried steak that my daughter and I shared - SPECTACULAR is the only word that comes to mind.
Taqueria Los Dos Hermanos
In the heart of our city, there's a place where authentic Mexican cuisine is served with lots of joy and creativity - Taqueria Los Dos Hermanos.
My first experience here was on Valentine's day.
As I unwrapped my Gordita, I couldn't help but smile.
They had shaped it like a heart!
A playful touch that left me charmed.
And the taste?
The authentic handmade tortilla coupled with their green salsa made it a savory delight.
What truly stands out is their service.
My order was ready in no time, and the wait was minimal.
To add more to the pleasant experience, they even brought it to my car with a welcoming smile.
A few days later, my friends and I decided to place a massive order.
We had 16 tacos - asada, carnitas, lengua, and chorizo, along with 4 jarritos drinks.
The time they took to prepare our order was surprisingly quick.
Their tacos were flavorsome and the drinks complemented them well.
Passionity Steak and Sushi
From the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Apopka, stepping into Passionity Steak and Sushi is like embarking on a divine culinary journey.
This gem of a restaurant, nestled right in the heart of our city, has quickly become my sanctuary for all things delicious.
The first time I visited, I was immediately taken by the quiet, organized atmosphere.
It was during their Golden Hour Special, and I treated myself to some phenomenal Gyoza Pork and two sushi rolls – Shrimp Tempura and Salmon.
I must admit, I do wish they used a bit larger shrimp, but the taste was nonetheless exquisite.
Just imagine, an appetizer, two sushi rolls, and a Coke, all for $21!
This cozy establishment isn't just a sushi place.
It promises a diverse menu that caters to every palate, offering classic favorites and innovative dishes.
You can savor a steak, sample the seafood, or if you're feeling adventurous, try something in-between.
The warm and inviting ambiance makes it the perfect place for a romantic evening or simply a fun night out with friends.
Now, what sets Passionity Steak and Sushi apart from other restaurants in Apopka is the exceptional service.
On every visit, I've been impressed by the attentive, invested team who seem to genuinely care about creating a memorable dining experience.
Their commitment to excellence is evident in the smallest details, right down to the cleanliness of the tables.
The lunch menu is quite affordable, considering the quality of the food, and the service continues to stand out.
Fancy Q Sushi & Thai Apopka
One day, while exploring my neighborhood, I happened upon Fancy Q Sushi & Thai Apopka.
Tucked away on a quiet street, this unassuming little restaurant is a local treasure.
The first thing to strike me was the welcoming atmosphere, highlighted by the perfect lighting that created a cozy and comfortable space.
With a passion for sushi, I could not resist trying their vast array of options.
Each elegantly prepared sushi roll, from the spicy salmon to the yellow tail, Philly, and California, was a harmonious blend of flavor, freshness, and texture.
I was particularly impressed by their dedication to delivering what was asked with an excellent degree of efficiency.
On another occasion, I opted for the hibachi grill during a casual lunch date.
The taste was nothing short of amazing, catapulting the eatery to my list of favorite places.
Another standout aspect of Fancy Q is their inclusivity.
They offer several delicious vegan options like the mango avocado roll that boasts a unique combination of sweet and savory.
One of the coziest hidden gems in Central Florida has to be Stephie's Pub & Irish Eatery.
It's comfortably tucked away in a shopping strip, offering an incredibly clean and inviting atmosphere.
This is not just an ordinary pub, it's a slice of Dublin itself, right here in Apopka.
They are yet to receive their liquor license, and hence, their selection is limited to beer and wine.
But that doesn't make it any less impressive.
They have a fine assortment of draft and canned beers and ciders that can satisfy any beer lover.
And the bartenders are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, always ready to answer any question you might have about their offerings.
One thing that you must try when you visit Stephie's is their food.
I haven't had a chance to try their full Irish dinner yet, but I've tasted their chicken wings and let me tell you, they are delicious.
They air-fry their wings, which means no oil is used in the frying or cooking process.
The wings come out plump, juicy on the inside, and crispy on the outside.
They're served with sauce on the side, but I think I'll ask them to toss the wings in the sauce next time.
If you're someone who enjoys live music, you're in for a treat.
The Back Room Steakhouse
You know that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you walk into your grandma's kitchen?
That's the same feeling I get every time I walk into The Back Room Steakhouse.
It's just a stone's throw away from my home, making it an easy choice for me, especially on days when I feel like treating myself.
The first time I walked in, the wafting aroma of chargrilled steaks took me by surprise.
I ordered the filet, medium rare.
And let me tell you, they nailed it!
Crispy on the outside, just as I like it and perfectly pink in the middle.
Accompanied by the blackened shrimp, it was just divine.
My partner was so impressed with the ribeye steak.
Their lobster tail is another must-try dish.
I love how they add a touch of Cajun seasoning to the butter.
Not to be missed is their Apopka chop salad, a perfect starter to set the tone for the amazing meal to follow.
And let's not forget about their dessert.
It was so good that we had to take an extra one home for our kids.
What keeps me coming back, apart from their scrumptious food, is their excellent service.
Plus, it's always a pleasure to watch the cooks, who are absolute professionals, work their magic in the kitchen.
You can't miss out on their full bar, boasting a great selection of wines, cocktails, and craft beers on tap.
Argos Family Diner
You know the kind of place that makes you feel like you've stepped right into a cozy kitchen?
That's Argos Family Diner for me.
It may look simple at first glance, but don't be fooled – the magic happens when you take the first bite of their homestyle sandwiches and piping hot meals.
One of the things I truly appreciate about Argos is the simplicity of the menu.
For folks like me who can never decide what to eat, this just makes things so much simpler.
And yet, every dish is a carefully crafted symphony of flavors that tickles your taste buds and leaves you wanting more.
She served up our table with an efficiency that was practically balletic, and her cheerful demeanor contributed to the overall wonderful experience.
The service was swift, the food arrived quickly, which is a blessing when your stomach is rumbling!
But enough about the service, let's talk about the food.
Their breakfast menu is served all day, which is perfect for someone like me who believes pancakes are good at any time of the day.
Speaking of pancakes, theirs are a must-try.
Fluffy, golden, served with a dollop of butter and slathered in syrup – it's like a piece of heaven on a plate.
Their bacon is also worth mentioning.
It's crispy, savory and just the perfect accompaniment to the pancakes.
The omelets were another highlight.
We tried two different kinds and each was uniquely delicious.
It's the kind of food that feels like it's straight from your mom's kitchen – comforting, delicious and made with love.
Max & Me
Let me take you on a culinary journey right in the heart of Miami.
There I discovered a delightful gem, a place where the authentic taste of Jamaica comes alive - Max & Me Jamaican Restaurant & Bakery.
The vibrant restaurant offers a tantalizing taste of Jamaican food and culture without having to leave the city.
Now, I must admit, I've been spoiled by the diverse and flavorful Caribbean food in Miami, which has raised my expectations.
When I first visited Max & Me, I was excited to dive into their array of Jamaican culinary classics.
The fried chicken, for example, boasted some of the most delicious breading I've had – though I had hoped for it to be a bit warmer.
And while the rice and peas dish could use a bit more coconut milk and peas for my taste, it didn't entirely dampen the experience.
Trust me, the charm of this small local restaurant goes beyond their food.
And with a full menu rich with Jamaican delicacies, it’s hard not to find something that tickles your palate.
But you know what the cherry on top was?
Their collection of Jamaican sodas in various flavors and irresistible desserts.
Oh, and did I mention the Jamaican Patties they have on deck?
El Mejor Sabor Bakery & Restaurant
Oh, the delights that await at El Mejor Sabor Bakery & Restaurant!
If you haven't made a visit yet, you're in for a treat.
Every bite here is an experience, making it a place you'll want to visit time and time again.
A pure revelation.
They're made with fresh fruits, resulting in a delicious moist texture that's an absolute dream.
And the flavor - it's just incredible.
The combination of the cake and frosting is simply divine.
Their main course dishes are stellar too, having you saying "WOW" after every bite.
The service matches up to the food - it's top-notch, making you feel valued and welcome.
It is truly the best one can find in the city.
They serve the most delicious nachos and quesadillas, making it a favorite spot for those craving a little Mexican goodness.
For DIY lovers, their “salad” bar is just the thing - you can customize your tacos with onions, cilantro, and all sorts of other toppings and sauces.
And the desserts!
Oh, the desserts.
The Três leches and flan are simply to die for.
I might have to warn you though, they are so good that you may find yourself wanting seconds.
What's even better is that they've kept it all about the food and the flavors.
They do not serve beers and liquors.
Just pure, high-quality gastronomic pleasures.
Rock Springs Bar & Grill
Have you ever stumbled upon a place that felt so original, so unique, that it instantly transported you back in time?
That's exactly how I felt the first time I walked into Rock Springs Bar & Grill.
It's the kind of place where you feel like a regular, no matter how many times you've actually been there.
You're met with the unmistakable scent of sizzling burgers and the distant sound of laughter.
The bar's somewhat rugged exterior and the simple, unpretentious inside seating only add to its charm.
The pool table is always buzzing, and there's never a shortage of friendly locals ready to challenge you to a game.
One of my favorite things about Rock Springs is the food.
Just one bite of the Ripper burger, served on an onion bun, and I guarantee you'll be hooked, just like me.
Their menu is full of tasty pub-style food that pairs perfectly with a cold beer.
Plus, the service is consistently friendly and efficient.
But the real treat here?
The karaoke nights.
There's something about the atmosphere that makes even the most reluctant singers (like myself) get up and belt out a tune.
It's a classic, laid-back bar vibe with a twist of fun and a dash of friendly competition.
Though it might not be for everyone, the old-world charm of Rock Springs Bar & Grill is an absolute gem.
My love for Italian cuisine led me to a unique discovery in my neighborhood - Caffe Positano.
On my first visit, the tantalizing aroma of fresh garlic and baking dough greeted me at the door.
Almost instinctively, I decided to try their calzone and stromboli - a decision I would happily repeat.
During one of our visits, my partner and I noticed that we were served beverages in different glasses than what we saw on other tables.
We were given clear, older looking glasses, while others were sipping from shiny blue ones.
It seemed like a minor detail, but it left us somewhat uncomfortable.
Fortunately, Brandy was quick to replace our glasses when we pointed it out.
Our second visit was equally delightful.
I indulged myself with their chicken in Gorgonzola sauce served over angel hair pasta.
Although a tad heavy on the sundried tomatoes, the dish was vibrant with the earthy flavors of mushrooms.
My partner, on the other hand, couldn't resist another massive, tasty calzone.
Every bite at Caffe Positano is a testament to authentic Italian cuisine.
Little Greek Fresh Grill
There's something special about Greek food, and trust me, nobody does it better than our very own Little Greek Fresh Grill in Apopka.
A visit to their website, littlegreekfreshgrill.com, will give you a peek into the vibrant, flavorful world they have to offer.
Last month, we had a big celebration for my mom's 70th birthday.
On a whim, we decided to add some Greek dishes to our food layout.
We ordered chicken and steak skewers, falafel, and baklava.
I must say, every single dish was a hit!
The crowd couldn't get enough.
Their food is made fresh to order, and that's something not many places offer these days.
On a casual visit, I tried the steak dinner kabob with an additional small Greek salad.
The taste was spot on, but I was left wanting for more.
The portions could be a bit larger, but that's just me being greedy after tasting their delicious food.
This place is more than just a restaurant, it's a Greek culinary adventure.
The grape leaves, the homemade hummus, the fried pita bread, and the skewers are all incredible.
I found myself leaving the place with a huge smile on my face and a satisfied belly.
Garibaldi Mexican Restaurant & Bar
You may not believe it, but I've found a delightful slice of Mexico right here in Apopka.
This family-owned gem, with its vibrant, low-key atmosphere, is the perfect spot for any occasion.
I remember when I celebrated my birthday at Garibaldi's.
It was one of those nights that you just can't forget.
We were greeted with warm smiles, served with excellent attention to detail, and treated to a fiesta of flavors.
The margaritas were on point, with just the right amount of tartness and tequila.
The food was a Mexican feast fit for any foodie.
On another visit, I introduced my coworkers to this local treasure.
The chips and salsa were perfect appetizers to our delicious main courses.
The relaxed ambiance combined with the scrumptious food was a hit, even with our CFO who is known for her discerning taste.
Weekends at Garibaldi's are my personal favorite.
It's the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the week.
The casamigos margaritas are my go-to drink, their refreshing taste complementing the flavorful food perfectly.
My taste buds have never been disappointed.
Have you ever had that moment where you find a diamond in the rough?
That's exactly how it felt when I discovered Verona Café, an unpretentious eatery located snugly in our city.
The moment you step foot in there, it feels as if you've been transported to cozy Italian trattoria.
The smell of fresh dough, the sizzle of hot oil, and the robust aroma of simmering tomato sauce fill the air.
I'll tell you now, this place knows their pizza.
I ordered a meat pizza and was blown away by the perfection in those slices.
The crust was crispy yet soft, and the toppings were seasoned just right.
The price was reasonable too, considering the generous size of the pizza.
And don't get me started on their cannoli!
The crispy shell, the creamy ricotta filling it's a little piece of heaven in every bite!
Tacos Don Pepe's
Oh, the delight of tasting Mexico in the heart of Orlando!
Tacos Don Pepe's, my go-to spot for a gastronomic escape to the vibrant heart of Mexico, features an array of traditional Mexican plates and imported beer, all served with a side of warm hospitality.
Right from the first bite, you can tell that the food here is prepared with love and an authentic touch that's hard to find elsewhere.
My favorite dish, among the many tantalizing options, has to be the steak burrito slathered in cheesy verde sauce.
Picture this – succulent beef cooked to perfection, bursting with rich flavor, wrapped in a soft tortilla with a generous serving of delightfully tasty beans and rice.
It's an experience that keeps me coming back for more.
The restaurant itself is a feast for the eyes, too.
Comfortable seating, a splash of lively colors from the mural, and the amicable chatter of fellow patrons create a cozy atmosphere that makes dining at Tacos Don Pepe's all the more enjoyable.
Fat Boys' BBQ & Oyster Bar
Just when I thought I'd tried every barbecue joint in the city, I stumbled upon Fat Boys' BBQ & Oyster Bar tucked away in a corner of the city.
A mix of seafood, Italian fare, and burgers, they promised a casual dining experience, accompanied by live music.
So, I decided to give it a try one sunny Friday evening - and boy, does this place have character!
Walking in, it was clean and spacious with a hint of the day's game flickering on the TV.
A local band was setting up at one corner, promising a lively evening.
But it was the food that really stole the show.
If you're a hush puppy fan like me, then you're in for a treat!
They were absolutely amazing - light, crispy, and irresistible.
My son decided to order the catfish, and it was just as impressive.
It had a very clean and buttery taste, leaving us both wanting more.
After exploring the culinary scene of Apopka, I can confidently say that this Floridian city has a rich diversity of flavors waiting to be savored.
From the hearty dishes at Lula Mae's Eatery to the authentic Mexican fare at Taqueria Los Dos Hermanos, there's a satisfying meal to be had any time of day.
Whether you're a local or a visitor, Apopka's food scene is definitely worthy of exploration.