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The Bistro on Park Avenue – Winter Park’s Hidden Gem

Being a relative newbie to Florida I love exploring and finding new restaurants and destinations throughout the state, and especially Central Florida. Winter Park was one of the first areas that we found shortly after our arrival in Florida and we’ve enjoyed the restaurants and shops on a regular basis.

That’s why I was surprised to find The Bistro on Park Avenue nestled back in a series of walkways that felt like a little slice of Europe. Walking back along the winding pathway that led to the restaurant, the juices were already flowing in anticipation…..sigh. And what I found did not disappoint.

The Bistro on Park Avenue, Winter Park

The dining room is simply gorgeous and has to be one of the more romantic dining rooms in the area.

The Bistro on Park Avenue, Winter Park

They have a very well rounded menu with a mixture of low country and European items like Shrimp and Grits, Wienerschnitzel and Crepes.  They also have a wonderful selection of appetizers, sandwiches and salads. You’ll find something for every appetite on the menu.   I went with one of the nightly specials Gluten Free Shepard’s Pie with Gruyere mashed potatoes and bacon, that Guest Chef Bob Aungst had prepared for the evening.

The Bistro at Park Avenue, Winter Park

I always love to see the chef visiting tables, it’s a nice personal touch that shows you that your patronage is appreciated. One of the owners, Erika Boesch, was also in the dining room making rounds chatting with her guests.  They get bonus points for very good and personalized service at the Bistro.

The Bistro at Park Avenue, Winter Park

My advice when dining at the Bistro on Park Avenue is to always save room for dessert, or maybe two.  All desserts are made in house by Erika and are gluten free with some dairy free options as well. I can personally verify the deliciousness having tried two desserts the night I was there. Pictured above is Key Lime Pie.  It was tart, sweet and oh so creamy. Served with whipped cream, a delightful lime drizzle and homemade vanilla ice cream.

The Bistro at Park Avenue, Winter Park

My second dessert was a Raspberry Breakfast Cake with a Raspberry pulled sugar garnish and homemade vanilla ice cream.  It was good night to be Chef Dennis not only for the good food, but for the good company and the fact that Lisa was very happy with the choice of restaurants for dinner.

The Bistro on Park Avenue is located at 348 North Park Avenue (in the Hidden Garden) in Winter Park.  It offers a variety of dining and entertaining possibilities with three dining rooms including the Atrium, The Chefs Table, Up stairs for private functions, a full bar, and  when weather permits outdoor dining in the Hidden Garden Courtyard.  They offer a happy hour each day from 5 – 7 extended till 10 on Thursdays and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.  


The Bistro on Park Ave Announces Summer Guest Chef Series Featuring Chef Bob Aungst

The Bistro on Park Avenue is excited to announce that local Chef, Bob Aungst, will be highlighted in their “Summer Guest Chef” series on Friday, July 10th, 2015.  Chef Bob has been in the hospitality industry as a special events chef and manager for over 20 years, and has overseen the most prestigious sporting events and conventions around the country. The personal attention to detail Chef Bob gives every event ensures a unique and memorable experience.

The evening will feature a Chef Bob Signature Handcrafted, Gluten Free Three Course Menu starting with pan seared chanterelle mushroom risotto cakes complimented by a white wine and fresh thyme sauce.  Guests will have the choice between two entrees: Australian lollipop lamb chops with Chef Bob’s Signature mushroom shaped tri-color baby potatoes and fresh local vegetables, or a Red Snapper prepared en papillote (a steam pouch), with fresh local vegetables and a beurre blanc sauce. Owner Erika Boesch will personally prepare a light and refreshing blueberry cheesecake soufflé with a blueberry sauce to complete the third course.  Many of the ingredients for this decadent meal will be locally grown or sourced. All of the herbs will come from both Chef Bob’s and Erika’s personal gardens.  Chef Bob and The Bistro are strong advocates of shopping and supporting local, as well as farm, garden and ocean to table concepts. The menu can be ordered individually or at a special Prix Fixe price of $49.95 for all three courses. Gluten free, vegan and dairy-free options available. Please contact Chef Bob to arrange for dietary modifications.  A new limited edition of Chef Bob’s private label, locally roasted premium coffee will be handcrafted, small batch roasted, and served for this night only. Guests may purchase the limited edition roast at the restaurant between now and the event, or they may pre-order a 12oz. package for pickup that night ($14.99 per package).

There will be special seating options for the evening, as well. Reservations will be accepted for the Chef’s Table, seating 8, boasting a view of the kitchen, and central to the evening’s action. An elegant and intimate private loft on the second floor, seating twelve, can be reserved on a first come basis for parties of two, four or six.  The first twelve reservations will receive a commemorative package of the limited edition coffee.

Reservations for the Friday, July 10 event will be accepted from now until the restaurant is sold out. Please call The Bistro on Park Avenue at 407-539-6520 to reserve your space.

Find the event on social media:

Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/events/winter-park-guest-chef-bob-aungst-at-the-bistro-on-park-avenue

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1460649640899213/

About Chef Bob Aungst & The Bistro on Park Avenue

Chef Bob owns Rocks, Sticks & Hell, and is a private event chef and large event manager. His focus is on the content creation centered on culinary, hospitality and local partnerships through online platforms. He also overseas product development and production of the RS&H lines of small batch, locally roasted coffees, and gluten free and vegan flour blends. Chef Bob has served 3 U.S. Presidents, Royalty and 1,000’s of celebrities, world-class athletes and dignitaries. His chef signatures are hand crafted menus, gluten free cooking and baking, and a personal attention to every detail.

The Bistro on Park Avenue has been serving guests since 2006.  Located in the Hidden Garden Courtyard off Park Avenue in Winter Park, The Bistro has just been voted “The Most Romantic Restaurant in Orlando”. This Winter Park gem features a menu of German and American foods, as well as handmade desserts. They are open for lunch on Mondays, lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Sunday, and brunch on the weekends.