Bullet Point Buffet: Scotch, barbecue and plant based chefs

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  • 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, a finalist for Best Sushi, receives Best Overall Award

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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.

Copper Canyon Grill closes; Brazilian steakhouse set to move in

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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.

First look at the new Wally's

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Wally new bar

FIRST ON SJO -- Wally’s Mills Avenue Liquors is scheduled to reopen later this month with a new owner and a refreshed look. Yes, some of the old wallpaper is still there but much of it was crumbling after years of damage from cigarette smoke.

What remains will have a better chance of surviving for years to come because of one major policy change: The new Wally’s will be a nonsmoking bar.

That may disappoint many of the barflies that sat on the stools around the three-sided bar chain smoking and sipping the notoriously stiff cocktails. But it should also delight others who wanted to patronize the popular bar but decided they didn’t want to damage their lungs along with their livers.

There’s something else you should know about the new Wally’s: it is no longer a dive bar.

It’s actually kind of gorgeous.