Best Scene-free Dining on Park Avenue

Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen

Staff Pick

118 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-629-0042,

The Lumas, Pratos and Bocas of Park Avenue offer plenty of space for dolled-up scenesters to dine, but true gastronomes in search of formidable food sans the fuss could always head to Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen on Friday and Saturday nights for a dose of caffeine and a side of chef Camilo Velasco’s inventive fare. Not so anymore: Shortly before press time, the restaurant decided to focus on a Monday-Saturday lunch service along with a Sunday brunch. Not one to shy away from experimenting with flavors and techniques, Velasco pushed the boundaries and challenged our perceptions of what “café food” could be, and still does so – in a kitchen no bigger than a closet.

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