Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cafe Tu Tu Tango

After visiting Asheville and Charleston I flew down to Orlando to meet Traivor for a few more days in the sun.  I was particularly excited to check out Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure, as I had never been and am a huge HP fan. 

On our first night in Orlando, before we checked out HP land, we headed to Cafe Tu Tu Tango on the recommendation of our hotel's concierge.  When we arrived the restaurant seemed like a lot to handle; it was loud and packed with families.  We were told it would be about a 30-45 minute wait and by that point I was a bit hungry.  We decided to stay after the hostess told us there was a bar we could amuse ourselves at while we waited for a table.  After taking a seat at the bar we were delighted to hear that the bar was full service so we didn't have to wait for a table.

The menu at Tu Tu Tango is very interesting as it is a shmorgasbord of a host of different cuisines.  Even better was that the bartender was great about guiding me toward gluten free options and brought out the restaurant's pre-printed gluten free guide.  I wouldn't call it a menu as it wasn't a full menu; the guide requires that you have a regular menu as the guide only lists the name of the gluten free item, not the description.  Regardless, it was a great help to be able to choose safe food items while imbibing in some delicious drinks.

I convinced Traivor to order the Alligator Jambalaya with me.  Being from the South, Traivor had already experienced alligator and wasn't keen on eating it again.  After some light cajoling he conceded to the order and, when it was finally served, was happy to try it again.  I've never had it before so I have nothing with which to compare it but Traivor said that it was much less tough than he anticipated.  The jambalaya in which it was served was perfectly spiced and very tasty.  We also ordered the Mediterranean Spinach Dip which came with fresh veggies and lentil chips to enjoy the dip; it was terrific.

Overall, we were both very happy with our Tu Tu Tango experience.  The bartender's help was extraordinary and the gluten free guide was very helpful in choosing safe dishes.  While the atmosphere was a bit overwhelming when we first walked in, sitting at the bar was a great spot to throw a few back and casually dine.
Do you love it or do you love it?
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Tu Tu Tango
8625 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819 (Map)
(407) 248-2222

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