West Oaks Mall is also home to one of the city’s best kept secrets – 3 in 1 Café.  While everyone else is hustling and bustling through multiple malls in search of the very best holiday gifts and year-end bargains, check out Orlando’s West Oaks Mall where you can more leisurely peruse an eclectic collection of shoppes and kiosks. This family owned and operated eatery is located near the SunPass building with easy access from the Clarke Road mall entrance. Menu choices like shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles and smothered pork chops may sound familiar but each dish is carefully and skillfully prepared with its own mouthwatering twist. For instance, the shrimp are lightly seasoned and grilled to perfection while the grits are cooked with the best blend of cheeses, fried chicken strips top a cinnamon-dusted, slightly vanilla-flavored waffle, and the smothered pork chops swim in home-made gravy that ought to be sold in a take-out jar. Other menu choices include oxtails and fried chicken.   3 in 1 Café has a full service bar and hosts live musicians and karaoke nights. Smooth jazz streams in the background when the band isn’t in the house. Visit www.3in1cafe.com or call 407-601-6628 for information and reservations.

Looking to add some fun and excitement to your holiday season? Celebrate Christmas with Pirates Dinner Adventure’s Christmas Spectacular. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for what promises to be a magical evening for all. Journey aboard an 18th century Spanish Galleon, floating in an indoor lagoon where all the action begins. Your family will enjoy a four-course, gourmet meal and just might get invited to take part in the action. Tickets are $28.00 for adults and $16.00 for children. Call 407-206-5102 for reservations and visit www.piratesdinneradventure.com to take advantage of special promotions and discounts.

About the author

Sharon Fletcher Jones is a true Libra, an action-ist, and a budget fashionista. The Portsmouth, Virginia native is also an employment specialist with Goodwill Industries, a life coach and an associate editor at ONYX Magazine. Stacey’s mom (literally) has got it going on. Fletcher Jones’ personal mantra is “It’s the dash that counts.”

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