It is Sunday. It is football season. And there is a full-on crowd of New Orleans Saints Fans at a local Florida Restaurant. Something doesn’t seem to add up, does it? Now, we all know that Central Florida is a melting pot for transients and different cultures, but who would have thought that bringing a little Cajun spice to Winter Park, Florida would create such a stir? Well, Brian and Chester Wheeler did and they have established a celebrated hot-spot for locals. Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen has only been around for about 2 years, but has created an infamous name for them selves. Started by son and father, Brian and Chester, they named the restaurant after their uncle Walter Tabony (nicknamed Tibby), who was a World War II Veteran and Hurricane Katrina survivor. Of course, Tibby was born and raised in New Orleans, which inspired the duo to create an authentic New Orleans eatery with all the accoutrements; from flavors to music, down to the decorations and artwork.
Tibby’s is a hidden gem, located in the Winter Park Publix shopping center off Aloma Avenue. When you step in the front door, you suddenly feel like you are in good ole New Orleans. The fragrance of Creole cooking and the sound of a trumpet just brings you into the culture. If you are coming with a big crowd, we recommend reserving the “Napoleon Room” which holds about 25 people. It’s a private dining area with authentic paintings, many done by family friend, Frenchy: a New Orleans artist. However, if you are a party of 2, a seat in any part of the restaurant is considered a “good one”. The place is decked out in customized artwork and if you come on the right night, you will hear native New Orleans bands play while you sip your Hurricane cocktail.
Whether you are a New Orleans Saints fan or a restaurant connoisseur, Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen has undeniable fun, delicious food, and timeless artwork. And don’t worry if you can’t make it out to Winter Park to enjoy the lively atmosphere, Tibby’s plans on expanding in Spring 2013 towards Altamonte Springs, Florida. Until then, you can find them at: 2203 Aloma Ave Winter Park, FL 32792.