MOUNT DORA — Every morning, locals flock to Dora Cafe with hopes of finding an empty table to enjoy Southern cooking in an atmosphere where everyone feels like family.
“The food is just excellent,” Sue Coburn said. “We gather with our friends and eat here every morning. We love everything about this little place.”
Owner Michael Cu, originally from Vietnam, has worked in restaurants with his family his entire life and stepped out on his own when he and his wife, Tien, purchased the restaurant two years ago. Together, they wanted to create the perfect atmosphere for their comfort food cafe.
“I love to cook and I love people,” Cu said. “Look around, these are my friends and my family. We are a little family town and the people know where to get good food.”
Regardless if you want a burger at 7 a.m. or pancakes at noon, the cafe offers breakfast and lunch options all day.
“You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu,” John Johnson said. “Just make sure to bring an empty stomach.”
The cafe offers bacon and eggs with combos, including corned beef hash, breakfast ham, New York steak and country fried steak.
Some of the popular specials include the Southern-style special (two eggs, biscuits and gravy and hash browns) for $6.25, sunrise special (two eggs, two pancakes, bacon or sausage, hash browns and toast) for $8.95 and the farmers special (three eggs, two bacon, two sausages, hash browns and toast) for $8.50.
Craving something sweet? Pancakes, French foast, roll-ups and waffles can be topped or filled with fresh fruit or chocolate chips.
Lunch options include a variety of sandwiches, sucha as a club, fish sandwich, cheeseburger, Philly cheese steak, rueben and Dora melt. These average $7 and are served with one side.
Unique to the menu are the teriyaki Dora specials, which owner Michael Cu serves with steamed rice and teriyaki veggies. They come with a choice of meat, including chicken, pork, shrimp, steak, veggies only or a combination ranging from $6.95 to $14.95.
Along with the regular menu, daily specials are featured on the board, which can include meatloaf, fried fish platter and a grilled chicken, bacon and Swiss wrap.
Dora Cafe, 3201 North Highway 19A in Mount Dora, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, go to www.dora-cafe.com or call 352-383-2323.