Hannibal’s on the Square: Fine Dining in Winter Park
My family was in town recently and since we don’t get to see each other very often, we took advantage and made reservations at Hannibal’s on the Square in Winter Park. It’s been on our to do list for what feels like a century, but the under $10 meals were more budget friendly for us and for you! I found out only after my experience at Hannibal’s that this space is actually a counterpart to Chez Vincent. They share a kitchen and many of the same menu items, but there is incentive to visit each establishment, as they have different ambiances and there are a few different things on the menu depending on where you choose to dine.
Hannibal’s has an air of fine dining from the second you walk through the door. They have modern minimalistic decor and elephant heads lining the walls. Not real elephant heads! (I forgot to photograph this. Blogger fail.) They have live music Wednesday through Saturday and I have to say I loved the musical stylings of Michael Lamey. The music was the perfect backdrop to this classy lounge.
The food was beautifully presented and of course delicious. We enjoyed bruschetta and spinach dip as appetizers. Not only did it taste great, but the servings sizes were just perfect. It was just enough food to hold us over until the food was served, but not so much that we were full. I was a little disappointed that the vegetarian options were limited to one pasta dish, soup and sides. But I will say that the French onion soup was the best I’ve ever had! The non-vegetarians at the table ordered a variety of fish dishes and I heard nothing but ooo’s ahh’s and yum’s.
While our servers were very friendly, they could have been more attentive. They were not well-versed in wine, but they were happy to consult the bartenders when we asked for suggestions. Overall, the dining experience was well worth the cost and I would definitely do it again. I’m looking forward to trying Chez Vincent as well.