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F&D Kitchen & Bar and the F&D Cantina

by Susan Shalhoub

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Right here in Lake Mary, you can find two completely unique dining experiences, each with its own distinct personality and culinary flair, but with the same commitment to impeccable service and top-quality cuisine. The only question is, which epicurean adventure do you want to embark upon today?

We’re talking about the F&D Kitchen & Bar next to the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary and the F&D Cantina in Colonial TownPark. The hard-working teams behind both F&D establishments pride themselves on being unique, original, and a step ahead when it comes to creativity, atmosphere, menu, and service.

F&D Kitchen & Bar

F&D Kitchen & Bar is a stylish, new-American gastropub with popular happy hours (complete with craft cocktails) and live jazz brunches. Every menu item is made from scratch. The restaurant’s brick walls, elegant lighting, striking artwork, and fun feel make it a great spot to  gather with friends, business associates, or family.

F&D Cantina

The F&D Cantina shows off a rustic Mexican vibe with its funky murals, red walls, wood floors, and 100-year-old stained-glass windows installed right over the bar (sourced from an old Orlando church that was slated for demolition). The Cantina is a perfect spot for authentic Mexican fare like enchiladas, fajitas, and street tacos, all with a California twist that gives each dish a flair all its own.

The two F&D locations are only a stones-throw apart in Lake Mary, but they’re edible inspirations are separated by thousands of miles of distinct culinary culture. When it comes to the fundamental philosophy of a great dining experience, though, the two establishments are in lock-step.

At the core of any memorable meal is its ingredients, and this is where F&D sets the standards high. Both restaurants make it a priority to use locally-sourced ingredients – including high-grade, Creekstone Farms Angus beef; seafood from the Florida coast; and beer crafted by local brewers — whenever possible.

The perfect spots for birthday dinners, lunches or dinners with old friends or new business partners, cocktails with the girls, or beers with the boys, the F&D restaurants are a part of the community here in Lake Mary, for whatever the occasion may be.

The community has embraced both the F&D Kitchen & Bar and the F&D Cantina, and the owners couldn’t be more grateful. In fact, word on the street is that a third location for the restaurant group may be in the works... Stay tuned.

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