Whether you observe Lent or take the opportunity to challenge yourself to pump the breaks on avidly checking Facebook, we’ve got a foodie round-up to make the 40 days more palatable.

To positively channel cravings, we present a few ideas from our friends at Rockaway PR for places to try and alternatives to eat at local staples.

Lent Starts: Wednesday, February 18 Ends: Thursday, April 2

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Christner’s Prime Steak and Lobster

What to Order:
Christner’s Sesame Seared Tuna or fresh Salmon – The acclaimed restaurant’s menu also boasts made-for-sharing sides such as Osage Spinach and Skillet Potatoes & Onions
· Occasion: Date Night / Business Dinner
· Address: 729 Lee Road Orlando, FL 32810
· Website: www.christnersprimesteakandlobster.com

4 Rivers Smokehouse


What to Order:
Limited-time only Tuna Melt: Homemade tuna salad – lightly smoked albacore tuna – celery, chopped eggs, pickles, tomatoes and onion – and a nice touch of seasoning – served on a hoagie bun topped with melted provolone cheese—on Fridays during Lent, so get it while you can.
Only available on Fridays
· Occasion: Lunch break
· Address: All Florida locations: Winter Park, Winter Garden, Longwood, Jacksonville, East Orlando, Gainesville, Tampa and Orange Park
· Website: www.4rsmokehouse.com

The COOP

What to Order:
Go Southern at this Winter Park concept with Fried Catfish & Grits and sides such as okra
Occasion: Lunch break
· Address: 610 West Morse Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32789
· Website: www.asoutheraffair.com

American Gymkhana

What to Order:
French Toast Gymkhana stuffed with choice of cinnamon- raisin mawa paired with mocktails (sans alcohol)
Morning Glory: lychee puree, lemon and orange essence, splash of seltzer water
Jaswal: cucumber and lychee juice with fresh lime, topped with ginger beer
Occasion: Brunch
· Address: 7559 W. Sandlake Rd. Orlando, FL 32819
· Website: www.americangymkhana.com

American Q

What to Order:
Meatless Mondays at American Q: take advantage of the all-you-can eat flatbed buffet without meat every Monday for $19.95
o Grilled cauliflower steak; Vegetable brochettes; Smoked tofu chili; Seared Rare Tuna: spicy Napa, pineapple & honey almond slaw
· Occasion: Headed to Downtown Disney / Out with the Family
· Address: 1905 Hotel Plaza Boulevard Lake Buena Vista, FL
· Website: www.americanq.com

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Taverna Opa Orlando

What to Order: With more than a dozen of meatless options, Opa Orlando boasts:
o Hummus: Chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, and sea salt and pepper.
o Stuffed Peppers: green and red peppers stuffed with rice and infused with fresh herbs.
o Lavraki (Mediterranean Sea Bass): Daily imported served with lemon-infused rice and wild greens
o Thallasino – Seafood Pikilia: 7 oz. lobster tail, shrimp, scallops, mussels, calamari, king grab legs, and fish of the day in a tomato garlic sauce with white wine.
· Occasion: Date night, celebration, exploring I-drive
· Address: 9101 International Dr. Suite 2240 Orlando, FL
· Website: www.opaorlando.com

Soco

· What to order:
o Soco brings a contemporary flair to Southern cuisine with “Chicken Fried” Cauliflower Steak –Cauliflower Steak paired with garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus and vine ripe tomato Gravy.
· Occasion: Date night
· Address: 629 East Central Blvd. Orlando FL 32801
· Website: http://www.socothorntonpark.com/

Duffy’s Sports Grill

· What to Order: Join Duffy’s Sports Grill on Fridays for the Fish Fry, featuring one beer-battered filet with two sides and hush puppies for $9.95 after 5 p.m.
o Panko Crusted Dolphin Fingers; Chinese Chopped Salad with Sesame Tuna, Ahi Tuna Burger; Black Bean Veggie Burger
· Occasion: Lunch break/Out with the Family
· Address: 4158 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32839; 951 Market Promenade Avenue, Lake Mary, FL 32746
· Website: www.duffysmvp.com