Hidden in a residential neighborhood (blink and you’ve passed it), Maxine’s is a labor of love by its owners, Maxine and Kirt Earhart, who frequently emerge from the kitchen to party with guests, who rallied around the couple during COVID-19 to keep their business going strong. There’s a good wine list plus a tiny stage hosting a roster of entertainment (1970s karaoke one night, classical piano the next). Two signature dishes stand out: fried green tomatoes with crab cakes and, as a main dish, pan-seared diced chicken with shallots, mushrooms, a Marsala wine cream sauce, and penne pasta. On weekends, the restaurant brings in chill live music, which is popular with locals from the neighborhood, so reservations are recommended then, particularly for its “Rejuicination Brunch.” As you depart, a sign thanks you for helping “this little restaurant’s dreams come true.”
Maxine’s on Shine
337 N. Shine Ave., Orlando
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Area Hours Thurs 5–9pm; Fri–Sat 10am–9pm; Sun 10am–3pm Phone 407/674-6841 Prices Mains $16–$30 Cuisine Type International Web site Maxine’s on Shine
Map337 N. Shine Ave., Orlando Orlando
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