January 17, 2014 | Posted in:Dining out
Sleeping Moon Cafe is located in Winter Park on Aloma Avenue, a block East of the intersection with Semoran Blvd. The cafe and coffee shop offers a nice selection of coffee drinks, teas, baked goods, sandwiches, soups and a daily special. On a recent cool and rainy night, Hubby and I stopped in for a warming bowl of soup and a panini. In chatting with the friendly staff behind the counter, we were informed the food is made to order and from scratch ingredients. I gravitated towards the ooey-gooey Caprese panini- made with melted mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and tomatoes.
The panini was large, toasted to perfection and had a very nice balance of fillings. If you are looking for a gourmet spin on a grilled cheese, the Caprese panini is the right choice for you.
My Hubby enjoyed his BBQ Chicken panini- a generous portion of saucy BBQ chicken, red onion and cheddar cheese rounded out his sandwich. He also sampled a bite of my panini and declared them both winners.
We both appreciated the flavor and heartiness of the featured soup, Corn Chowder, which helped to ward off the damp and cool night. The soup was vegetarian friendly, which was a nice surprise. Sleeping Moon Cafe regularly has veggie friendly soups and on our visit also had a vegan burger in addition to their regular meaty offerings.
We enjoyed our dinner on the large, comfy couch surrounded by the artwork of local artists. There was a mix of tables and seating for enjoying a meal, settling in with a book or getting some work done on a laptop. Free WiFi is available, on our visit there were both students and business people plugged in while enjoying their coffees and dinner.
Check the Sleeping Moon Cafe Facebook page for daily menu features, a schedule of events and artists who will be displaying their work.
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