Fifth Avenue Streatery resides in a renovated gas station that has housed other restaurants like Mount Dora StrEat Corner and Taste of Chicago. The outdoor restaurant offers a full dining experience under an awning that once protected patrons pumping gas, with twists on Southern favorites.

MOUNT DORA — What’s the result when two restaurateurs fall in love? In this case, the creation of one of Mount Dora’s newest hot spots — Fifth Avenue Streatery.

Owners Tim Habjan and Deborah McGann met while working in a restaurant in The Villages. They shared similar pasts in the industry, even living in Chicago at the same time, but never crossed paths until they moved to Florida.

“It’s funny because when we first met, I didn’t think he liked me very much,” McGann said.

Now engaged, the two took the plunge into running their own restaurant.

“We both had wanted to own our own restaurant, so we looked around and found this place,” Habjan said. “It was cute and a great environment. It’s unique, just like our food.”

Fifth Avenue Streatery resides in a renovated gas station that has housed other restaurants like Mount Dora StrEat Corner and Taste of Chicago. The outdoor restaurant offers a full dining experience under an awning that once protected patrons pumping gas, with twists on Southern favorites.

“We wanted to bring something unique to Mount Dora,” McGann said. “We take down-home food and elevate it into something you can’t find anywhere else. We make everything from scratch, from our salad dressings to our crab cakes. It just makes for better quality food.”

Their unique menu begins with appetizers like sweet hots (fresh jalapeños stuffed with piquillo pepper cream cheese), crab cakes, stuffed mushrooms, loaded nachos, devilish eggs and corkscrew fried shrimp.

Lunch items include steak, chicken, fish, shrimp or vegetarian tacos, a variety of diggity dogs and sandwiches, including the drunken steer (Philly meat, beer cheese and sautéed onions on Italian bread). There is also a Southern BLT (fried green tomatoes, pork belly, arugula and pesto cream).

Their signature Mount Dora Burger has been the big seller since they opened in July. It features a 100 percent grass-fed beef patty topped with deep fried goat cheese, bacon onion jam and arugula and it is finished with pesto cream sauce for $12.99 with choice of side.

Other burgers include the Southerner (topped with fried green tomato, piquillo pimento cheese and house made Remi Sauce), the belly buster (topped with Italian sausage, pork belly, cheddar cheese, fried onion and barbecue sauce) and the crabby burger (jumbo lump crabmeat patty seared and finished with house-made Remi Sauce).

Dinner entrees include two hand-cut steak medallions, a fresh catch of the day, ahi tuna and salmon. But save some room for dessert with choices like flourless chocolate cake with creme Fraiche and raspberry drizzle, bananas foster crepes or a Southern fried Snickers bar.

Fifth Avenue Streatery, 846 E. 5th Ave. in Mount Dora, is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit https://www.fifthavenuestreatery.com.