Thornton Park Area's Best Restaurants: Stylish, sleek, well-located with a soaring loft and enjoyable al fresco seating, Shari Sushi Lounge has been a staple venue in the Thornton Park area for quite some time. Serving elegant and artful Japanese fare – signature rolls, sashimi dishes and a few hot entrees for the not-so-sushi crowd – it's popular with the young after-works for happy hour but cuts a swath through the dining demographic at lunch and dinner. Just steps from Lake Eola Park, Shari's happy hour (seven days a week; select rolls $4.25) would put a nice refreshing cap on a day spent strolling or paddling the swan boats.
Lunch, Asian: A stunning interior and impressive sushi selection draws a young, stylish clientele to this hip kitchen and bar. An extensive menu offers tempting appetizers such as pan-fried dumplings with teriyaki glaze and lightly fried soft shell crab. There's a pleasing variety of nigiri and sashimi, over 20 kinds of makimono roll sushi and several tempura and grilled meats for the seafood skeptic.