My wife and I just enjoyed an incredibly fulfilling experience at Cress in DeLand. More than simply "good for DeLand," Cress offers a thoughtful, well-excecuted menu with an efficient yet appropriate wine selection at what I would consider market price. The chef prepares each dish with mathematical precision using the freshest ingedients available - including many locally grown organic vegetables and herbs. The dessert menu is somehwat slight, but there is not a miss to be had with the entrees and appetizers. The service was better than what you would expect to find in DeLand; what was lacking in high-end professionalism was certainly made up for in amicability. The atmosphere is cozy and intimate (tables are a little crowded) and the decor is still (I hope) a work in progress. Despite the minor flaws, this is absolutely the most creative and best executed food in a 30 mile radius. I highly recommend at least trying Cress before you drive 45 to 60 minutes to Orlando or further.
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