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If you’ve been reading my reviews for the past three decades, you’ll know that I’m a fan of Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster, which just celebrated its 26th anniversary. My most recent review solidified my fondness for this restaurant.

So I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be hosting a special Supper Club with Christner’s featuring the wines of Chalk Hill Estate. The Sonoma County vintner is another favorite of mine.

The dinner is 7 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the restaurant, 729 Lee Road, Orlando. Cost is $145 per person, which includes tax and gratuity, a bargain even before you start to add in the wine pairings. Call the restaurant at 407-645-4443 for reservations.


Burntwood exterior

Things looked promising at the beginning of my visit to Burntwood Tavern, the Ohio based mini chain that recently opened in Orlando (though you’d be hard pressed to discern that immediately from the company’s website, but more on that in a moment).

Burntwood peppers

My dinner companion and I stopped in to the rustically decorated restaurant, which occupies the former site of the similarly named Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Dr. Phillips area. We started with an appetizer of Stuffed Jalapeños and were impressed with the quality. The plump peppers, deep-fried in summer-weight jackets, were stuffed with smoky cheddar cheese and pimentos that oozes out when we bit into them. They had a delightful spicy kick. Perhaps the cilantro cream dipping sauce was meant to be a cooling counterpoint to the heat, but it was ineffectual and unnecessary. Good poppers.

Unfortunately, everything that followed did not have the same quality.



  • On Friday, June 21, Tasty Chomps’ Ricky Ly will co-host a dinner with Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster featuring the Macallan, my favorite scotch. The four-course dinner will feature four scotch pairings, including the 2019 release of Rare Cask Batch No. 3. (I might ask you to trade my Rare Cask pour for your 15 year Triple Cask Mature that will be served with the USDA prime ribeye.) Cost is $145, which includes tax and gratuity — a bargain for a dinner at Christner’s even without the Macallan pours. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Call 407-645-4443 or get more info here.
  • Thursday is Bite Night, an event that host Orlando Weekly seems to want to keep a secret this year, will be Thursday, June 20, at 6 p.m. It could be one of the last times you can attend an event in the Orchid Garden Ballroom before it is demolished. I’d give you a link for more information but I couldn’t find one on the Weekly’s website.


Kadence award

I stopped by Kadence to present owners Mark Berdin, Jennifer Bañagale and Lordfer Lalicon, above, the Gold Best Restaurant Overall Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants.

And the occasion is a reminder that voting ends Tuesday, June 18, for the Best Sushi Foodster category. (Kadence is one of the finalists for that award, too.)

If you haven't already submtted your ballot, go to the Foodster Award page and place your vote.


Rodizio Grill Orlando Rendering

Copper Canyon Grill served its last Big Meatloaf Stack in Orlando Wednesday night. The small Maryland based restaurant has closed its Pointe Orlando location after 12 years.

A new tenant, Rodizio Grill, a Brazilian steakhouse, has already signed on to take over the space.

Erick Cooper, Copper Canyon Grill’s director of operations, said Thursday that the company’s lease was up at the end of June, and after initially considering renewing the lease, the company chose to close instead. Cooper said that managers at the Orlando location knew about the decision a few days ago; the rest of the 45-person staff found out Wednesday evening. “It all actually happened fast,” Cooper said.