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We’re always on the lookout for new places to try around our home. We passed by Chanta many times, but never stopped in before last night. It’s a cozy spot (named the coziest in Florida by Cheapism) with a varied selection of European and Mediterranean dishes.
Anthony’s Take: I loved that it feels like you’re dining at your grandmother’s house. From the tables to the decor, the space feels homey and cozy. Food is consistent with lots of Eastern European, Italian, and Mediterranean choices. Prices are affordable and there is a decent wine list. Everything we tasted was good, but nothing wowed us. That’s okay, though, as sometimes you just want a simple meal in a nice atmosphere. Chanta delivers there.
Decor & Vibe
The restaurant is small and inviting. Lots of exposed brick, warm woods, and paintings of flowers and landscapes fill the dining room. The chairs remind me of the ones that my grandparents had many years ago and the entire space feels as if you’re in the home of someone’s grandparent. A small bar is found on the left of the restaurant.
A table of dolls welcomes diners.
Tables remind me of being in someone’s dining room.
There are also several tables outside (in front of the restaurant).
The menu is a mix of European, Italian, and Mediterranean dishes. You’ll find everything from Weiner Schnitzel to pasta to goulash here.
We started with the garlic bread. It had a nice bite from fresh garlic, but was a little dry.
We also had Deep Fried Eggplant and Zucchini with Garlic Sauce.
For mains, we both selected Schweine Schnitzel. I really enjoyed the homemade fries, but found the schnitzel to be a little too thin.
Chanta offers wine and beer. All of the prices are reasonable and there is a good selection including some that you don’t often see from Romania. We ordered a Puglian Pinot Grigio. It was crisp and light.
Chanta offers a good mix of dishes. It’s cozy and a good place to bring a date or your visiting parents. We enjoyed our food and found it a good value.
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