July 31, 2014

Café Tu Tu Tango A Local Gem on I-Drive

Being local one usually doesn't brave a trip to International Drive. I don't mind heading over to I-Drive and exploring a bit. There are a few hidden gems worth enjoying even if you don't have friends in town for a convention. Café Tu Tu Tango is one of those unique spots that the locals continue to frequent for 20 years now.
Café Tu Tu Tango entrance of restaurant
The first thing you notice about the restaurant is how vibrant it is not only on the outside, but in the restaurant as well. Café Tu Tu Tango is more than a restaurant it's an experience.

The restaurant is a visual delight with local art adorning all the walls. It's fascinating to watch the various in house artists working among the diners.

Inside Café Tu Tu Tango Paintings adorn the walls

Café Tu Tu Tango Seating by the front door

Café Tu Tu Tango artwork
While the art is a big draw for folks the food is what keeps people coming back. Café Tu Tu Tango is a tapas restaurant with a menu sure to please all in your party. The tapas make for a fun evening of sharing food with friends, family or a fun date night.

I've enjoyed a few visits to Café Tu Tu Tango. Recently Bryan and I stopped by during their Tu Tu Hour that takes place Monday-Friday 4:30-6:30. They offer two for one drink specials and $2 off appetizers. You can enjoy these specials at the bar or on their patio.
Café Tu Tu Tango Cocktail
Gummy Bear Cocktail
We both ordered a couple of cocktails and enjoyed a Flatbread and some Edamame. We were going to meet up with a friend for dinner, so this made for a tasty light bite to enjoy with our drinks.
Café Tu Tu Tango Flatbread
Roma Tomato & Goat Cheese Flatbread
Café Tu Tu Tango edamame
Steamed Edamame
We drank cocktails on this visit we've also stopped by for a beer on the patio bar. They have about ten beers on tap and several bottles to choose from, offering a nice variety for all. I'm not a wine gal, but they do have a nice list and Wednesdays is Wine Down with half off all bottles of wine.
Café Tu Tu Tango Beer menu
While the inside of the restaurant is eclectic, the covered patio out front is a nice spot to take in the view of International Drive. I like to sit at the bar out here. I always enjoy being outside and when you sit at the bar on the patio you get a nice view of the restaurant inside.
Café Tu Tu Tango patio

Café Tu Tu Tango craft beer
Sea Dog Apricot Wheat
My visits to the restaurant have been during the day. I enjoyed lunch with the family and then Happy Hour a couple of times with Bryan. While I haven't been to Café Tu Tu Tango at night I did walk by once and could see an entertainer out front doing something with fire; it looked exciting. I've heard that there are belly dancers at night as well. These make for a fun night out with friends.  

With the food, drinks, atmosphere and fun at Café Tu Tu Tango it's easy to see why they just celebrated 20 years of business. 

Café Tu Tu Tango is keeping it real and local on International Drive.

Café Tu Tu Tango is a participating restaurant at this year's Taste of the Nation Orlando that takes place Saturday August 9th.

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