Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Upcoming Food Truck Bazaars Food Truck Bazaar 5-8pm
The original Central Florida gourmet food truck party visiting Central cities monthly (sometimes twice!)
1st Fridays Kissimmee: Kissimmee Civic Center, 201 E. Dakin Ave
1st Saturdays Sanford: Hood Ave at Seminole Blvd
1st Saturdays Winter Springs: Winter Springs High School APRIL ONLY
1st Sundays Orange City: Lowes, 901 Saxon Blvd
2nd Tuesdays Longwood: 311 Warren Ave, STARTS MARCH 27

2nd Fridays: Casselberry: City Hall
NOT OFFICIAL: 2nd Saturdays Winter Garden: Winter Garden Village 3251 Daniels Rd.
2nd Sundays Orlando: Behind Fashion Sqaure Mall
3rd Saturdays Winter Springs: Winter Springs High School APRIL ONLY
3rd Sundays Oviedo: NEW VENUE TBA
4th Tuesdays Longwood: 311 Warren Ave. STARTS MARCH 27
NOT OFFICIAL: 4th Saturdays Winter Garden: Winter Garden Village 3251 Daniels Rd.
4th Sundays Orlando: Behind Fashion Sqaure Mall

All Orlando Food Truck Events
Daily 24/7: Winter Park Food Truck Stop, 1127 N. Orlando Ave. | Twitter
Tuesdays 11am-2pm Trucking Tuesdays, First Church Orlando, 142 E. Jackson St.
Tuesdays 6-10pm Tasty Tuesdays in the Milk District, 2432 East Robinson St.
Wednesdays 6-9pm: Maitland Food Truck Pod at Lake Lilly Park
2nd & last Wednesdays 4:30 - 8:30pm JCC Food Truck Jam, 11184 s Apopka Vineland Rd.
Thursdays 5-8pm: Winter Park Food Truck Rally, 1127 N. Orlando Ave | Twitter
2nd, 3rd 4th Thursdays 6-9pm: Winter Park at Eat More Produce, 1111 S. Orlando Ave, Winter Park
1st Thursdays 5:30-9pm: Apopka Food Truck RoundUp, Kit Land Nelson Park, 18 N Forest Ave
1st Fridays 5-8pm The Food Truck Bazaar Kissimme: Kissimmee Civic Center, 201 E. Dakin Ave
2nd Fridays: 5-8pm The Food Truck Bazaar New city TBA
3rd Fridays 6-9pm: Ocoee Food Truck Friday Bill Breeze Park, 125 N. Lakeshore Drive, 34761
1st Saturdays Sanford: 5-8pm The Food Truck Bazaar Sanford: Hood Ave at Seminole Blvd
2nd Saturdays 6-9pm: Downtown Longwood Cruise-In, 174 W. Church Ave.
1st Sundays: 5-8pm The Food Truck Bazaar Orange City: Lowes, 901 Saxon Blvd
2nd Sundays 5-8pm The Food Truck Bazaar Orlando: Fashion Squaure Mall
3rd Sundays 5-8pm: The Food Truck Bazaar Oviedo: Lowes on Red Bug Lake Rd
4th Sundays 5-8pm: The Food Truck Bazaar Lake Nona: CrossPointe Church, 11002 Lake Hart Dr

more details and other events: The Daily City & Droolius

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Orlando Food Truck List Complete Updated list

Here is a link to a google map I created which shows all the orlando food trucks with links, phone numbers and times:

Check it out and please give any suggestions you may have to improve it, thanks.

For all these trucks, they are mobile so make sure you call and check where they are before you visit, the locations can change daily. Also many of them are cash only but a few do take credit cards.

Regular Food Truck Events:
  • College Park Food Truck Mini Bazaar is at the corner of Clayton and Edgewater and runs Mondays 6-8pm. Four food trucks are featured  More Info
  • Food truck cafe Wednesdays 6pm-9pm at Lake Lily in Maitland 
  • twice a month by Dr. Philips at 4:30pm-8:30pm Jewish Community Center (JCC) 11184 S. Apopka Vineland Rd
  • Winter Park Food Pod 6pm-10pm @ Eat More Produce 1111 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789
  • 1st Thursday of the Month Apopka Food Truck Pod Facebook Page/More Info
The Daily City also has Large Food Truck gatherings a few times a month usually on Sundays
check out their site for specifics on current Bazaars The Daily City Food Truck Events

The Crepe Company
Website: The Crepe Company
Downtown Orlando Lake Eola Farmers Market 10-4pm

Sam's Fantastic Hummus Truck
Grape Leaves, Hummus, Tabouli, Sambosa
(407) 375-1796

Korean BBQ Taco Box
3 different locations, see twitter for current info

Kalbi Haus

Koukla's Mediterranean
413 N Alafaya Trl Orlando, FL 32828
(407) 968-7757
Mon: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Tue: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Wed: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Thu: 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Fri: 11:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Sat: 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

CK Jerk Shack Island BBQ
Maitland Farmers Market Sundays 9am - 2pm
600 Lake Lily Dr. Maitland, FL 32751

One Love Kitchen
5001 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808
Caribbean and Jamaican

Allan's Jerk Shack
Located @ Club Lime Light on Thursday and Saturday Nights . Open Friday Nights @ Corner of Orange & Pine St. 407-668-9225



Louies Bistro

Mamas Fixins

Monsta Lobsta

N.Y. Pizza Wheels
407-494-9461 Hours
Wed - Sat: 8:00 pm-4:00 am
11484 E Colonial Dr Orlando, FL 32817

Brick and Fire Pizza Truck

The Flattery
Flatbread pizzas

Old School Coffee Stop
Mon-Thurs: 7-6 p.m.
Friday: 7a.m.-10 p.m
26205 E Colonial Dr Christmas, FL 32709
(407) 568-4005

Big Wheel Provisions Truck
Regular locations: 
Monday evenings at Audubon Park Farmers Market and Thursday evenings at College Park Farmers Market

The Crooked Spoon

BigBruno's Bites
Redlight Redlight Thursday-Saturday 8pm-2am
Redlight Redlight is 745 Bennett Road, Orlando, FL
(407) 893-9832 ‎

Country Chuck Wagon
Saturdays 10am-4pm on the corner of Forsyth and Colonial Drive at the svc station on NE corner

Uncle Jones Bar-B-Que
1370 E Altamonte Dr Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Sunrise Catering
Sandwiches, Salads, Chinese Food, Breakfast Sandwiches
Read Review and see Menu Photos by Forkful LINK
Red Lot at Orlando International Airport
2 Trucks
Intersection of E Weatherbee Road and Cell Lot
They even deliver!
Mon-Sun 8am-7pm
(407) 467-6699

St. Cloud BBQ Shack
4201 13th Street, St. Cloud, FL

Vegan Hot Dog Cart
59 N Orange Ave, Orlando, Fl, 32801
just past Washington St. Next door to @LizzyMcCormacks
Nights from 10pm to 3am

Pure Mobile Cafe
Vegan and Vegetarian Food

Yum Yum Cupcake Truck Cupcakes

Batter Bowl Truck  Desserts

Fro2Go Truck Frozen Yogurt

Gator Country BBQ - Gator Meat Skewers


Twisted Cuban
Cuban Sandwiches

Que Rico Colombian Truck
100 W. Washington St.
Downtown Orlando, FL 32801

Silver Bistro

La Empanada
Cuban Empanadas

After Party
Brazilian food truck
7200 International Dr Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 914-9154
7pm – 3am

Fonda El Criollito
Latin Food Truck Parked on 436 just south of Hoffner in the parking lot of Park Bark & Fly
6050 South Semoran Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32812

Frank's Bar BQ Food Truck
5470 Hoffner Avenue, Orlando, FL 32812-2501
Ribs, Pork, Coleslaw, Pinchos, Pina Coladas, smoothies, hamburgers, fries and chicken
Tuesday-Thursday noon-9pm
Friday-Saturday noon-11pm

El Punto De Tripletas
at the Rahal Citgo Gas Station((407) 380-5063) Right Across from Royal Thai
1112 North Semoran Boulevard Orlando, FL 32807-3533
Monday 11am-9pm
Tuesday-Thursday 11am-10pm
Friday-Saturday 11am-3am Late Night!
Sunday 3pm-7pm

Casa De Chef
Cuban Sandwiches, Burgers, Rice Bowls
Their Facebook
Menu thanks to Watch Me Eat

533 N Semoran Blvd Orlando, FL 32807
11am-11pm Mon-Thurs
11am-4am Friday, Saturday

La Tripleta Subs
9741 S Orange Blossom Tl Orlando, FL 32837
Wednesdays 6:30pm-midnight
Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm-4am

Arepas El Gran Saman
9803 S Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL
Sun-Thurs 7pm-4am
Fri-Sat 7pm-5am

Arepas Orinoco
4119 E. Colonial corner of Colonial & Bennett next to Roxy's nightclub

Las 4 Estaciones Orlando
9867 South Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32837-8917
Friday-Saturday 6pm-4:30am
Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday 6pm-3am

El Cubanito - Cuban Sandwiches, Plantains, Congri, tostones, Batitos Cuban Milkshakes.
Mon-Sat 7am-7pm
2237 N Forsyth Rd Orlando, FL 32807-5351

La Parada Caribena
Chimmichurri Steak Sandwiches
11470 East Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32817

Treehouse Truck

El Arepaso de Orlando
53 E Washington St Orlando, FL 32801
Wed-Sat 7 pm - 3:30 am

El Fogon De Abuela
6303 S Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL 32809
(407) 888-0050

Los Magnificos Frituras
14200 E colonial Dr Orlando fl 32826
Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-12:00am
Friday - Saturday 5:00pm-4:30am
Sunday 6:00pm-12:00am

Arepas El Cacao
International Drive & Grand National Drive
(Stationary Location in Orlando Crossings parking lot, beside Del Taco)
Orlando, FL
Read In Depth review and see pictures at Droolius
6 p.m. to 4 a.m. everyday

Pupuseria Flores
12811 W. Colonial Dr. Winter Garden, FL
Fri-Sa. 7 pm-midnight

El Brazero Taco Truck
2901 Us Highway 441 Apopka, Florida 32712
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

El Taco Loco
6705 N Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32810 Tue-Thu 8 am - 8 pm Sat-Sun 8 am - 10 pm 407-733-9599

Dominican Chimi
9785 S Orange Blossom Tl Orlando, FL 32837
Fri-Sun 8:30 pm - 1 am

El Sabor De La Vida Tacos
(407) 242-7143
13092 W Colonial Dr, Winter Garden.
Across from K-Mart in parking lot of Winter Garden Animal Hospital
Fri-Sat 7 pm - 1:30 am
Sun 7 pm - 10:30 pm

Kuko Christian Food Truck
7958 Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32807
Monday Closed
Tues 12-8pm
Wed-Thurs 12-10pm
Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Sunday 1pm-8pm

El Nuevo Tun Tun
6200 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32807
(321) 250-0145

The Pelao
815 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32807

Chimi King Chimichurris ChimiKing
11937 S Orange Blossom Tl Orlando, FL 32837
Thursday through Sunday from 7:30 - night

Pinones En Orlando
2 Locations:

4316 Curry Ford Rd Orlando, Fl 32806-2707 at Conway Rd in the Sunoco parking lot. 321-594-0116
Mon - Tues: 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Wed - Thurs: 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 am
Sun: 2:30 pm - 2:00 am

10660 E Colonial Dr Orlando, FL 32817
Tue-Sat 5 pm - 1 am

Lechonera Mario AKA Lechonera Mi Pequeno Pinones
9205 East Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32817
(407) 257-9860 Mon-Sat 7am-4:30pm

The Taco Company known as The Taco Truck
W Colonial Dr & Marshall Farms Rd, Ocoee, FL 34761 (turnpike exit 267-B) by Just Brakes and U-Haul
Friday-Saturday 7:00pm-2:00am
Sunday 5:30pm-12:00am

Juancho's Grill
Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday 4pm-late
Friday, Saturday 4pm-4am
11301 East Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32817-4602
It's in the parking lot of St. James Auto Electric, right next to Bojangles and across the street from Super WalMart.
Colombian burger ($4.99) and Colombian hotdogs ($3.99), hawaiian quesadillas, arepas, salchipapas (frankfurters with potatos), pinchos (grilled meat on skewers). Red truck with pictures of the menu put all along the side of the truck.
Review By Tasty Chomps

Taco Slapper
Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas, Nachos

Swede Dish Truck

The following trucks usually offer some type of vegetarian dish, call to check availability:
Vegan Dog Hot Dog Cart
Big Wheel Truck - tries to have a few veggie options every day
Crooked Spoon - veggie sandwich, Mac & cheese(order without the bacon)
Korean BBQ Taco Box - ask for veggie taco
Sam's Fantastic Hummus Truck - he's 90% vegetarian


Thursday, October 27, 2011

airport food trucks by cell lot

I recently heard that the Orlando International Airport has a group of food trucks. I drove by today to scope it out. There are at least 2 trucks that I saw and rumor is there are 4 of them, 2 Chinese, 1 Cuban and 1 American. It's kind of in a tricky spot, you follow the signs to the Red Lot on the south side of the airport across the road from the cell lot. The signs for Red Lot say closed, but when you arrive you swerve to the left and there is a commercial lot. The sign says no public access but no one seemed to mind much that I was in there. This is an area where hundreds of Taxis and other transport shuttles hang out and wait for calls, sit at picnic tables and eat. There are a few spots that aren't marked for commercial vehicles, one of them was right next to the first food truck. Park there and try them out. I hope to go back in a week and try some of the food out. If anyone else wants to send in any pictures, info, hours, menus of these trucks I'd really appreciate it.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tako Cheena

Did you know the owner of Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria is opening up a new restaurant called Tako Cheena in the Mills 50 District? Check out some photos of the exterior and a video interview of the owner made by blogger EattyPhoneHome. thanks to The Daily City for the heads up

Al's Pizzeria Kissimmee

I was in a hurry and driving by this area, was looking for a bodega to get some Pernil and I pulled over when I saw the sign for Lechonera, couldn't find that but did find Al's Pizza.

There was a line of people outside so I figured it must be good.

I got a Stromboli $3.50 and a spicy Jamaican beef patty $1.50

The beef patty was forgettable but ok.

The Stromboli was greasy but filled with cheese, sausage and Pepperoni. you can't beat this for the price.

They have only canned sodas to drink.

If you are passing by get some cheap food in a hurry.

Al's Pizzeria
1107 Bryan St
Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 935-0063

Friday, July 15, 2011

Capital Grille

Recently Capital Grille invited myself and some other food bloggers to their Pointe Orlando restaurant to try a wine promotion they're doing call the generous pour.

For 25 dollars you get a choice of 1 of 2 wines with each course of food, with free refills

The dishes we sampled were impressive. Lobster mac & cheese and Kona coffee rubbed aged steak.

Later in the meal we were visited by the chef and he explained how a few of the dishes were made.

The dessert was a flourless chocolate espresso cake, really dense and delicious. The cake was paired with a sweet port that I really enjoyed.

Service and staff were great.

Capital Grille is owned by Darden a large restaurant corporation based in Orlando.

The Capital Grille on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Orlando Food Truck Map

This is a map to every food truck in Orlando

here is the printable version of this list:
Orlando Food Truck List Complete Updated

View Orlando Food Trucks directly in Google Maps and Star places you want to try

View Orlando Food Trucks in a larger map

Upcoming Food Truck events in Orlando

Maitland Food Truck Pod
Tuesdays 6-9pm, Lake Lily, Maitland

Firestone Live Food Truck Pod
Wednesdays 6-10pm, behind Firestone Live , downtown Orlando, 70 West Concord

Spatz Winter Park Food Truck Pod
Thursdays 6-9pm, Behind Spatz on Fairbanks 1 Block east of 17-92

Mayhem on Virginia
Friday, July 29 · 6:00pm - 10:00pm Orlando Food Truck Bazaar
July 17 | 6-10pm | Fashion Square Mall
July 10 | 6-10pm | Oviedo Mall
Aug 21 | 6-10pm | Fashion Square Mall
Aug 14 | 6-10pm | Oviedo Mall

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

International Food Club Grocery Store

International Food Club

This is a rather large international grocery store in an industrial area between Kirkman and I-4

There are ingredients and foods here from just about every European, Far Eastern & Latin American country even Turkey & Caribbean. Food, beverages, spices, fruits, vegetables, cereals, baked goods, dairy, you name it! Quite a selection.

My friend got the following items: "some Irn Bru; a bag of plantain chips, some rock candy; ziti from Italy; chocolates from Argentina."

They also have a cafe that serves lunch and a bakery.

4300 L B McLeod Rd Orlando, FL 32811
Ste A
(321) 281-4300

View Larger Map

International Food Club Specialty Food Market & Café on Urbanspoon

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Orange County Convention Center, International Drive Restaurants

Here are some great restaurants to eat at near the Orange County Convention Center, International Drive area.

Café Tu Tu Tango
8625 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 248-2222

Le Rouge
7730 W Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 370-0909

8000 W Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 370-3359

Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant
8255 International Dr
Ste 136
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 363-7200

7760 West Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 352-4844

Ayothaya Thai Cuisine
7555 W. Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 345-0040

View Orange County Convention Center, International Drive Restaurants in a larger map

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Taquitos Jalisco

Taquitos Jalisco has three locations in Central Florida. I visited the one in Winter Garden. They claim to have the "best homemade Mexican food" and use all fresh ingredients. Drinks include soft drinks, house wine, beer, Latin sodas, etc. Meals ranged from $6 - $11 each. Click here for their locations and menu.

My dinner companion and I had been driving around for about 30 minutes (probably more), trying to decide what to eat for dinner. Neither of us had anything specific in mind or were very hungry, so we just kept driving... and driving... and driving. We actually found ourselves in Winter Garden (we were trying to make it to Yellow Dog Eats before it closed - no luck) and we found ourselves at Taquitos Jalisco. From the outside, it looked pretty packed (good sign) and open (an even better sign, since it was getting late). We decided to give it a try.

I have to say that I am glad that we found this restaurant because I probably never would have tried it since I have Mexican restaurants that I like in my immediate area. (I rarely head over to West Orlando.) Although we were late comers, the service was excellent. We were sat immediately, given menus, and drink orders were taken. Fresh salsa and homemade corn chips were served. The salsa had fresh cilantro in it and was very tasty. It was a bit runny for my taste (I happen to like my salsas very hearty), but still delicious. The bottled hot sauce at the table was called Tapatio Salsa Picante. I did not try it but my dinner companion said that it was flavorful with a kick.

I decided to try a combo platter that had a quesadilla, beef taco, and chicken burrito, as well as beans and rice. I added chorizo to the quesadilla. I took one bite of my quesadilla, turned to my companion, and said, "If you want a bite of this, get it now," because I knew that it would be gone soon... it was right up my alley - cheesy meaty! I was glad that I had added the chorizo because it gave the quesadilla a little bit of a kick and it mixed perfectly with the ooey gooey cheese. The beef taco was surprisingly spicy. After deconstructing the taco a bit, I realized that it was actually the beef that it made spicy. I am a little bit of a spice wimp so I couldn't quite eat the taco by itself, I had to mix it with the beans to cool it off a bit (my dinner companion - who CAN handle spice - said that the beef was a little spicy too). The chicken burrito and beans were also tasty (not spicy and no need for salt), although the beans were a little runny in texture for me.

My dinner companion had the chilaquiles, which were layers of tortilla chips, green sauce (chile verde), and cheese and added beans, rice, and chicken. This dish was also tasty. I liked how the chips made the texture of the dish crunchy.

Live entertainment was a xylophone player, which was really fun. There were two large groups there and one birthday celebration. The xylophone player played "Happy Birthday" to the birthday boy and the whole restaurant sang to him. The servers seemed comfortable with the two large groups and everyone seemed pleased with the service.

One good thing about eating at Taquitos Jaliscos was that we passed the El Salvadoran Pupusas food truck on the way home, so we stopped and got a couple for the ride home! My companion ate his when we got home and I had mine for breakfast the next morning. Pupasas are thick tortillas with cheese melted inside, along with another filling. The El Salvarodan Pupusas food truck offers both meat and veggie options, and we ordered one of each. The meat was chicken and jalapeno. The veggies included spinach and mushrooms, along with garlic. Both were tasty, even after being heated up, and were served with a vinegar based cole slaw. The pupusas are $2.75 - $3 each.

Taquitos Jalisco on Urbanspoon

El Numero Uno

El Numero Uno is a family-style Cuban restaurant that has been serving Orlando for over 30 years. (33 to be exact, I know since they opened the year that I was born.) They offer dine-in, take-out, and catering services. They serve a wide range of traditional Cuban dishes such as ropa vieja, pollo asado, Cuban sandwiches, etc. Click here for the complete menu.

Soft traditional Cuban bread and butter is served with dinner. There is a wide selection of drinks, including wine (although they recently shortened their wine menu - it used to be literally pages long - and the pages were huge), beer, fountain drinks, and sangria.

I do love traditional Cuban food and I actually have a few favorites here in the Central Florida area. My last craving for Cuban food led me to El Numero Uno, located at 2499 South Orange Avenue. Their menu is large, divided by protein (vegetarian options available), and numbered by items. My "usual" is the #14, Masitas de Cerdo or marinated pork chunks that are fried, brushed with a tangy mojo sauce, and served with grilled onions. It is typically served with yuca (boiled and served with an olive oil and garlic sauce) and congri, a mixture of white rice and black beans. This time, I decided to try their mofongo instead of the yuca and congri.

As usual, the pork did not disappoint. It was cut into manageable, almost bite sized, pieces and was fried almost perfectly (just a little tiny bit over fried for my ultimate liking). The texture blends really well with the mojo flavor and onions, as the grilled onions also pick up the mojo flavor. The mofongo was served with a light tomato based sauce. It was tasty but a bit dry for me (even with the sauce). In the future, I will probably go back to the usual sides (yuca and congri) as they are usually savory and delicious each time and better compliment the fried pork over the mofongo. (Monfongo is a fried, plaintain dish that is typically Puerto Rican. It contains plaintains and other ingredients mashed together and molded together to form a ball.)

#14 - Masitas de Cerdo

My dinner companion had #16, pollo asado, a 1/2 roasted chicken, also brushed with mojo sauce. The chicken was perfectly fried and was served with black beans, yellow rice, and yuca. The chicken was tender on the inside. The portion size was more than enough. All in all, another delicious #16 experience for the both of us.

El Numero Uno is definitely an Orlando jewel. It is quaint and can be suitable for a date, dinner with friends, or dinner with family. It is kid friendly. I have even celebrated my birthday there before and I seem to recall live entertainment on the weekends. Lunch is served 11 am - 3 pm and prices begin at $5.99. Dinners are around $12 each.

Numero Uno Restaurant
2499 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806-4545

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. (Noon) - 10:00 p.m

Numero Uno on Urbanspoon

Friday, May 20, 2011

Best Local Orlando Burger

What is your favorite non-chain local Orlando Burger?

Here are some responses I've received so far:

Ravenous pig
Downtown Pourhouse
Johnny's filling station
Crooked spoon truck
Pine 22
Graffiti Junktion
Taproom at Dubsdread
Sam Sneads

Also check out this list from The Educated Palate
He Declares this one to be #1
"The Bistro on Park Avenue, Winter Park. Chef Tifford’s “Cajun Black and Blue Burger” ($12) is an 8oz sirloin patty with tangy blue cheese melted all over the burger. He then adds crispy fried jalapeños. "

and another by Nomfest

who declares #1 to be #1 - The Black and Tan from Downtown Pourhouse - Onion Rings, Stout Glaze, Gruyere Cheese

Monday, May 16, 2011

Chef's Gastro Pub Creations Event by chef Jason Schofield at White Wolf Cafe

May 27th @ 7pm @ White Wolf Cafe
Chef's Gastro Pub Creations by chef Jason Schofield and his Sous Vide Machine
Call 321-439-8422

1829 North Orange Avenue Orlando, FL 32804-6414

Citrus Restaurant North Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida

Citrus Restaurant is on North Orange near Colonial. Their motto is "Eat, Drink & Be Local"

I've always walked right past Citrus because it's next to one of my favorite lunch places The Virgin Olive Market. Since Scott Joseph recently offered a $40 for $20 deal on Citrus I went ahead and bought a certificate to give them a shot and I'm real glad I did.

We were seated next to a well dressed large group that was celebrating a graduation and at times they were very loud. A couple times I had to almost yell to even hear myself but besides that the experience was excellent.

The chairs are very soft & comfortable, something that important to me I dislike sitting in hard wood or plastic chairs.

There were a number of items I was eyeing on the online menu before hand. Black Bean soup with Chorizo, avocado sour cream, chopped sweet vidalia onion($6), the pasta, Salmon, Scallops, and Risotto. A couple different twitter friends had said to get the Shrimp & Lobster Fritters which are made with shrimp, maine lobster, roasted sweet corn, grilled jalapeno, pineapple salsa, avocado crema($13).

In the end I shared the Shrimp and Lobster Fritters and the Smoked Chicken Salad. The Fritters were not too crunchy like fritters tend to be, they were just right, I loved the avocado crema the fritters were served with. The salad was filled with chunks of 4 Rivers Smokehouse chicken breast, mixed baby lettuce, pears, pecans, Gorgonzola and covered with a cranberry vinaigrette($14). The perfectly sliced pears made this salad excellent!

For my main course I had the Pomegranate Glazed Grilled Atlantic Salmon with wax beans, green beans and peruvian blue potatoes served with a pomegranate-port molasses ($19)

In a few of the dishes they used a very tangy and tasty Pomegranate port reduction sauce, sometimes drizzled on the plate sometimes mixed in the dish.

I also tried the Tangerine Macadamia crusted Idaho Brook Trout, with a very tasty meyer lemon risotto, steamed broccolini ($22).

To top it all off I had to order the cup--cake desert which was not a cupcake at all but a bowl filled with cake and a rich ganache and topped with Edy's vanilla bean Ice Cream & real cream.

On Fridays for happy hour they have a $5 flatbread pizza special.

Citrus Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Citrus Restaurant
821 N Orange Ave Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 373-0622
Mon-Fri 11:30 am - 10 pm
Sat 5 pm - 10 pm
Sunday Closed

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Chef's Table at the Edgewater Winter Garden Florida

Check out these excellent pics from @IssacLarson taken during his recent dining experience at the Chef's Table restaurant downtown Winter Garden.

"This place is tucked away & has only 10 tables in the dining room. Food and atmosphere were both amazing."


Braised short rib

Crab Cake

Grilled Frog Legs with Teriyaki glaze & Arugula salad w/ Mango chutney

Grilled pork loin, belly, greens, & grits

Marscapone Almond Cake with Caramel Drizzle

Spring Berry Bread Pudding
Chef's Table at the Edgewater
99 West Plant Street Winter Garden, FL 34787
(407) 230-4837
Open Tue-Sat 5:30pm-8:30pm

Paco's Mexican Food

Paco's Mexican Food is in Winter Park on Fairbanks Ave that has been serving Central Florida for over 29 years.

They serve Tex-Mex food: tacos, burritos, enchiladas, tostadas, etc. Their specialties are their deluxe burrito and homemade guacamole. Click here for the complete menu.

Once you sit down, you get chip and salsa and put your drink order in. Coke products and a selection of domestic/import beer are available. There is a picture of coffee on the menu but I've never gotten it there (or seen anyone drink it). The salsa is tasty and is available in hot, medium, and mild. They usually don't ask what salsa you like and the one that they usually put down is not spicy at all. It is a tad runny (I like my salsa hearty) so you sometimes have to use a couple of chips to get enough on one chip. The salsa is also available to purchase to take home with you.

Paco's is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Central Florida. Whenever I'm in the mood for "cheesy meaty" (my self proclaimed favorite flavor), I head over to Paco's. My "usual" is the #4, the two enchilada meal which includes two enchiladas (doy!), refried beans with cheese, rice, lettuce and tomatoes. You can get onions, sour cream and/or guacamole added. I usually get one cheese enchilada and one chicken enchilada.

The seasonings at Paco's are just right for me, no need to add salt. The shredded chicken is moist and flavorful. The refried beans are my favorite part of the meal and I love to mix a little bit of the beans with each bite of food.

My companion's "usual" is the chicken burrito, which he sometimes gets alone or as a meal. This time, he went for the meal. The chicken burrito also falls under the "cheesy meaty" category, but unlike the enchiladas, the chicken burrito usually has a crispy outer layer.

All in all, tonight's dinner did not disappoint!

Paco's is definitely a local's place. The service is super friendly and the servers' names and caricatures are found at the back of the menu. I feel like Monica and Marianne actually remember me each time I go in, even if they really don't.

Need I say more? No room for dessert!

Paco's is not open on Sundays.

Paco's Mexican Restaurant
1801 West Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
just west of 17-92 North side of the road
(407) 629-0149
Monday-Thursday 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm;
Friday 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm;
Saturday 5pm-10pm
Sunday Closed

-By @leahnashsays

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