Winter Park Events is proud to partner with local Orlando restaurant NOVA Scratch Kitchen as a partner and competitor in this year’s Chowder Festival. If you haven’t been by this local gem situated on a corner in the beautiful Ivanhoe District, you’re missing out. Why, you ask? NOVA (short for North Orange and Virginia) is not just any local Orlando restaurant – they focus on aesthetically pleasing and equally delicious farm-to-table American fare, with a diverse enough menu to please even the most traditional of palettes in one of the most gorgeous environments the City Beautiful has to offer. Here are three quick reasons Nova should be on everyone’s local restaurant To-Do List.
This Orlando Restaurant Gem Has an Ambience Like No Other
Nova Scratch Kitchen has a nice mix of indoor and outdoor seating, but it’s tough to miss out on the gorgeous view and ambience, whether you sit at a table, take a seat at the bar or on the vast patio the dining room opens onto. For chillier nights like those we have had lately, there are patio warmers scattered across the outdoor seating area, so patrons don’t have to miss out on the charming view of Orange Avenue and the glittering Lake Ivanhoe across the street while they dine.
We love that NOVA used only local Orlando businesses to design and build every detail of their interior, from the furniture to the fixtures and the flooring.
Between the view and the carefully curated soundtrack playing from the speakers above, Nova is perfect for a romantic night out or a night on the town, unwinding after a long day or week with friends.
The Menu is Just Long Enough
When I visit restaurants with long menus, I always think of Gordon Ramsey from that show, “Restaurant Rescue.” (does that still come on TV?) When restaurants had pages and pages of food options for patrons to choose from, he would work with the manager to condense it to a page or two of dishes (sometimes after physically destroying the original menu) noting that a restaurant simply cannot specialize in thirty different dishes.
Gordon would be happy to find that Nova’s menu is pretty short and sweet, but diverse at the same time. They specialize in taking a twist on popular favorites, with dishes like the 1409 Burger, a short rib burger with a sunny side-up egg and a side of duck fat fries, or Deconstructed Tuna Tostadas, with ahi tuna, fresh house-made guacamole and warm flatbread crackers.
The Best Craft Cocktails in Town
For those of you who judge a restaurant by the quality of their cocktails (hey, we don’t blame you!) – you won’t be disappointed at Nova. Between the Nova Refresher (Tin Cup Whisky, watermelon puree and freshly squeezed lime) and the Garden to Glass (rosemary, thyme and basil-infused Hendricks gin, honey and lemon juice) to the more popular West Indies Mule (lime juice, Bitterman’s Tiki Bitters, Kirk and Sweeney and ginger), there is a little something for everyone.
There is even a barrel-aged selection and a long beer, wine and champagne list for those who are feeling a little less adventurous.
Just a Tip: Skip the Valet
Nova is located at the corner of Orange Avenue and Virginia Avenue – on any given Saturday night you won’t be able to pass by the location – it will be the small restaurant across from the glittering Lake Ivanhoe with the valet parking staff struggling to accommodate the dozens of cars trying to get their car parked. The fact that the restaurant is so busy should give you some idea of what you’re in for, but do yourself a favor and park in the neighborhood behind the restaurant. Your car will be safe, and you can enjoy a walk down the street in this charming little neighborhood. If you try a little bit of everything the way we did, you will need the walk back (just trust us on this one!)
Check out Nova online: www.NovaOrlandoRestaurant.com
1409 North Orange Avenue, Orlando FL 32804