Whenever I drive past Winter Park Fish Co. on Orange Ave., their fun rustic sign always catches my eye and tempts me to stop in for a seafood dinner. I love seafood (tilapia and grouper are a few of my favorites), but until recently I’d never actually visited this popular Winter Park restaurant. Unfortunately, when you have a blogging partner with an aversion to fish, (it doesn’t agree with Laura’s tummy), it’s somewhat difficult to find time for a visit. However, a few weeks ago my hubby and I planned a relaxed date night out and we decided to finally check out Winter Park Fish Co..
Before we headed over for dinner, I went to their website to learn a little more about the restaurant and found some great information; the Winter Park Fish Co. focuses their menu on sustainable catch and they also utilize green practices. We love when we find responsible businesses in our community.
After reading the information on their website, I actually did a little further research online about sustainable fish practices and found a ton of great information on Monterey Bay Aquarium’s website. If you want to learn more about the ocean issues resulting from overfishing, or ways that you can help the cause, this is a great site.
When we arrived at the restaurant, the atmosphere was surprisingly more relaxed than I thought it would be, but I liked it. The space is smaller than it looks from the outside, with only a handful of booths and a few tables, but has a great chill seaside vibe. When you walk in the first thing you do is order your meal at the counter, and then you seat yourself. You can eat either inside or outside along a great covered wrap around seating area at the front of the restaurant. While on their website I also learn that all of the wood tables at Winter Park Fish Co. were hand made here in Central Florida with wood taken from the St. John’s River after hurricane Charley. Who doesn’t love hearing things like that!
For dinner, grouper was the dish of the night for my husband and I. I had the blackened grouper sandwich which I found to be super fresh and extra delicious after I added on the fabulous tarter sauce. My husband had the stuffed grouper which he also devoured. All of the restaurant’s fish is fresh and filleted daily and it showed.
For the sides, I have to say our carrot and green bean medley was just ok but I absolutely loved my husbands Israeli couscous and they did have a handful of other sides for patrons to choose from. We also tried the restaurant’s apple strudel dessert which was delicious but was also super sticky and difficult to cut, so be ready to use your fingers if you try it.
If you are looking for fresh and deliciously prepared seafood in a casual atmosphere, Winter Park Fish Co. can definitely deliver.