You could expect a boutique butcher that also sells prepared foods to have a good burger, but good doughnuts?
I pretty much knew what I wanted as soon as I scanned the small menu board over the ordering counter at Orlando Meats, a small butchery on Virginia Drive. As someone who always orders his burgers medium rare, I couldn't pass up one whose entry on the menu actually reads "Medium-rare Burger."
It was either the burger or the item called the Heartbreaker, which features fried pig heart. Tough sell.
I've never quite had a challenge like the one I faced with the noodles at Pho 4 U, a new Vietnamese restaurant in Longwood apparently aimed at the texting segment.
There was something immediately recognizable as different with the noodles in my pho -- number 41 on the menu, with eye round steak, flank and meatball chunks. They were flatter and wider than the noodles you usually see, more like fettuccine than the usual vermicelli-like noodles. And they were quite unchopstickable.
The City of Orlando will petition the state legislature to enact a special exemption for smaller restaurants to sell full liquor within a newly designated Downtown Restaurant Area. According to city officials, the exemption is designed to encourage independent restaurateurs and chef-owners to establish new businesses in downtown Orlando and to give them the means to compete alongside the many standalone bars that dominate the downtown scene.
Currently, in order for a restaurant to get a license to serve full liquor, it must have the capacity to serve at least 150 customers at one time and it must occupy a space of at least 2,500 square feet. It must also derive at least 51 percent of its sales from food service.
You've heard of a Q and A; this is a story of a Q and G.
Sometime, a little over a month ago, Rogue Pub on Curry Ford Road in Orlando quietly became Roque Pub, a tiny change that saved a whole lot of trouble.
It seems that a Jacksonville business known as Rogue Bar took umbrage with another drinking establishment in the state using a similar name. That's when the owners of the Orlando Rogue received one of those jolly "cease and desist" letters from the lawyers of the Jacksonville Rogue.
I think it's high time for another Supper Club, how about you?
For some time now, I've been telling people about the new and improved Tony Roma's Orlando. The restyled restaurant is not the Tony you used to know, it really is a better place, both in the the atmosphere and the food.
Then I figured, why not just show you? So I've partnered with the Tony Roma's to put together an evening of good food and drink. We'll even spice things up by starting with a hands-on activity making Chef Bob's Spice Rub -- and you'll get to take your concoction home with you.
Cost of the evening is $82 plus tax -- $86.92 -- which includes gratuity. That's a four-course dinner with pairings. It's a special offer just for you.