MorimotoFest 2

  • Morimoto Asia is hosting MorimotoFest, an alternative to the annual German celebration, Sunday, Oct. 6 (or Okt. 6, if you prefer) from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Just as in Munich, MorimotoFest will feature beer, these being from 10 local microbreweries. Unlike Munich, the food will highlight M.A.’s pan-Asian cuisine, including sushi, ramen, dumplings and spare ribs. It’s a walkabout event with multiple food and beer stations. Cost is $55 for adults and $25 for kids age 4-12 (no beer for them). Entertainment, too, so I’m hoping for at least a little oom-pah-pah. Tickets at morimotoasia.com.
  • Tapa Toro is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month now through Oct. 15 with special $16 sangria flights. And Sunday, Sept. 29, is Flamenco Night, with performances at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. You’ll want to get reservations for that.
  • Thursday, Sept. 26, you can eat Breakfast for Dinner at First Watch in Mills Park. You’re probably thinking you can eat breakfast for dinner any time you darn well please, but on this particular date you can also benefit Edible Education Experience, a program of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden. And besides, First Watch isn’t usually open for dinner, so it’s extra special. You can choose your time and buy your tickets at this link.
  • Soco Thornton Park is hosting a wine pairing dinner featuring Cambria Estate Winery on Wed., Oct. 9. Five courses, five wines, $95 plus tax and gratuity. Contact the restaurant to reserve, 407-849-1800.
  • Disney Springs restaurants Raglan Road, the Boathouse and House of Blues were all named to OpenTable’s list of the 50 Most Kid-friendly Restaurants in America. That gives me an excuse to remind you that our next Supper Club will be at Raglan Road on Oct. 17 (details here). You’ll want to drop the kids off at HOB.


Carries exterior

I had arranged to meet a friend at a Winter Park restaurant for lunch, but when we got there we discovered it was closed. Apparently its experimental lunch concept is no more, though no one felt the need to change the information on the website.

Luckily, I remembered a place I’d driven by a few weeks ago, so we hopped into my car and drove to Carrie’s Winter Park Cafe.

Carrie’s serves only breakfast and lunch, closing each day at 2 p.m. My friend and I made it in under the wire, and luckily one of us was in the mood for breakfast and the other wanted lunch.


raglan dancers

I’m pleased to announce that our next Supper Club will be a Harvest Dinner at Raglan Road, Disney Springs. We’ll convene at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, for a cocktail reception followed by a multi-course meal of Irish inspired cuisine with pairings of ales, lagers and ciders.

This will be a good chance to meet Raglan Road’s new executive chef, Mark O’Neill, and to see (and taste) his vision for the popular restaurant’s menu. O’Neill, as I told you in an earlier article, is a native Irishman who has cooked in top restaurants in Ireland, Europe and Britain, including the two Michelin-starred Green House in London.

I certainly like what I see on the special menu that he’s put together for our Supper Club. I’m especially anxious to try the fish course and those parmesan and dill gnocchi. I’ve posted the menu below so you can take a look for yourself.

Tickets for the dinner are $100 plus booking fee, with tax and gratuity included. The retail price of this dinner would be $185 but the folks at Raglan Road are offering this special price exclusively for readers of the flog. Follow this link to the Supper Club event page. Seating, of course, is limited, so be sure to book right away.

Looking forward to seeing you at this Supper Club and enjoying the great food and entertainment that Raglan Road always provides.


Southeast Steel Air Fry Competition still

I helped judge a friendly little chicken wing-cooking competition at Southeast Steel the other day. But the twist was that these wings weren’t deep fried, they were air fried.

And to make it twistier, they weren’t done in one of those countertop air fryers but rather in a “conventional” oven with an air frying element built into it. A representative for Frigidaire explains it in the video below.


Will Fly for Food

The travel-booking website Kayak and OpenTable, an online reservation resource, have published “Will Fly for Food,” a compilation of “25 restaurants worth traveling for,” and Orlando’s Tap Room at Dubsdread is on the list.

Tap Room is listed among other worldwide destinations such as Gilda by Belgious in Barcelona, Paddock & Vine in Sydney, and Wirsthaus in der Au in Munich. Ft. Lauderdale’s Serafina by the Sea and Crust in Miami were also cited.

According to Kayak’s website, the list, which you can see here, features “hidden-gem restaurant’s in Kayak’s most popular destinations around the world.” Tap Room at Dubsdread is certainly a local gem but I wouldn’t consider it hidden. Los Angeles’ Musso & Frank Grill is downright legendary, but it, too, is on the list.

So how does the Tap Room at Dubsdread land on an exclusive list along with the likes of カヤカバイザシー in Tokyo?

According to the site’s notes on food data methodology, the destinations were selected based on trending booking data for travel between July and the end of 2019. So, good news for Orlando’s tourism numbers.

The restaurants on the list were generated by diner reviews on OpenTable’s website left during a 12-month period that ended June 30, 2019. To be considered, the restaurants had to have an overall rating of more than 4.4 stars and had to be tagged as a “neighborhood gem” in at least 10 percent of the reviews. Tap Room’s overall score is 4.8 stars out of 5.

If Tap Room at Dubsdread is too hidden for you, enter the address (which, oddly, is not included in the Kayak listing), 549 W. Par St., Orlando, in your favorite mapping app.