Good Luck Foods: Orlando

The year 2009 will be remembered as a year of great highs (the first African-American president sworn into office in the U.S.) and lows (staggering economic downturn combined with massive unemployment). With that said, we all could use a healthy dose of good fortune. Find out which foods--including bratwurst at Bauern-Stube, left-- are thought by some to be overflowing with scrumptious success in the Orlando Citysearch "good luck" guide. (Photo by Sandra Carr)

Updated: December 22, 2009

Prosperous Provisions

Fiddler's Green Irish Pub & Eatery

544 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Eating your greens is an essential ingredient for year-round health but certain veggies are renowned for wealthy goodness. The vegetables also resemble money because of its color and shape. One of those leafy delights is cabbage. Dine on corned beef and cabbage at the Fiddler's Green Irish Pub & Eatery at the beginning of next year in Winter Park.

Mama Nems' Comfort Food for the Soul

805 S Kirkman Rd Ste 106, Orlando, FL 32811

Black-eyed peas, a legume family vegetable, are a popular New Year's Day dish. The pod's tradition originated during the Civil War in Vicksburg, a town in Virginia. The residents thought they were depleted of food until the black-eyed peas were discovered and have been considered a lucky dish ever since. Chow down on black-eyed peas in 2010 at Mama Nems? Comfort Food for the Soul in West Orlando.

Bauern-Stube Authentic German Restaurant

8015 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32809

Did you know that pigs were pecuniary? You can't buy items with pigs unless you're a bartering farmer but they're renowned as symbols of monetary gain and moving up the ladder of life. For one, they're filled with fat and are viewed as signs of wealth. Pigs are also known as go-getters since they're always looking for food. Different cultures enjoy eating pork on New Year's Day for those two reasons alone. Germans enjoy eating bratwursts (roasted pork sausage) at the beginning of each year. Experience eating bratwursts and other German delicacies at the Bauern-Stube Authentic German Restaurant in South Orlando.

Nonna Trattoria ed Enoteca

1710 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804

Lentils represent success because they're similar to small coins in size and widen when cooked. Order market-fresh seafood paired with lentils, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes at this Italian eatery and wine bar combo in College Park.

Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant

8255 International Dr Ste 136, Orlando, FL 32819

The Japanese believe the longer the noodle, the longer the life and eat soba (buckwheat) noodles in soup during their New Year's parties as a guarantee for a nutritious lifespan. Soba noodle options abound at Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant along the International Drive corridor. Try soba noodles in soup with egg, tempura, soy bean or tororo-kobu seaweed and scallions.

Whole Foods Market

1989 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792

Eat 12 grapes, which represent the 12 months of the year, when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve like they do in Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Peru. The taste of the grape either sweet or bitter, determines what's going to happen--good or bad--during each month. The Turkish eat pomegranates because their culture believes that the fruit represents riches. Get a fresh start in 2010 with grapes and pomegranates at this organic grocer in Winter Park.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

6000 Universal Blvd Ste 735, Orlando, FL 32819

Fish symbolize good fortune and luck because their silvery scales represent sparkly gems like diamonds. The Japanese eat shrimp on New Year's Day and you can, too! Dine on New Orleans-style, coconut, fried, scampi and other shrimp varieties at this seafood-chain restaurant inspired by the 1994 movie ?Forrest Gump,? located at Universal CityWalk.

Charlie's Gourmet Pastries

3213 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando, FL 32806

Many cultures believe that circular foods are shaped like rings and represent the year being whole. Charlie's Gourmet Pastries in East Orlando serves a variety of round desserts, including Pineapple Upside Down Cake and an array of other cakes and pies.