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PB&G at Four Seasons Resort

“Enjoy a fun meal in a lively setting on one of the restaurant platforms suspended over the lake.”

I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty darn appetizing to me. RIGHT? With that description I give to you PB&G at Four Seasons Resort (Patio Bar & Grill! Clever, eh?

I’ve had a staycation at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando but bypassed PB&G at that particular time. The time I visited was actually a work “field trip” (hey – we had to see what all the fuss was about), on a gorgeous day that really highlighted what this beautiful outdoor dining area has to offer.

Located in the rear of the resort, PB&G sits on and overlooks a beautiful waterway and marsh-like wooded area. Certainly something to be enjoyed on one of our famous sunny Central Florida days. While not terribly extensive, the menu is diverse to say the least. It’s “inspired by the local waters, vegetation and farms of the south” and features items such as shrimp, chicken wings, burgers (with a twist), and fish tacos to name a few. To start, my lunch party and I ordered the eggs with eggs in an egg. Candidly, this was really stepping outside of my food-comfort zone because a) I am not nor have I ever been a fan of deviled eggs (I know, I’m shaming my southern roots at this very moment), b) caviar creeps me out. So I was pretty much setting myself up for disaster from the get-go. But I’ game for trying anything at least once, and turns out they weren’t really so bad…although I doubt I’d ever order them again.

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Eggs with Eggs in an Egg

For my main dish, I opted for one of the specials not on the main menu. I don’t feel a description would be adequate so just take a look:

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Roast special (not always available)

Yup. I tore that s*%t up! And I’d do it all again if given the opportunity.

See more of what PB&G has to offer by viewing their current lunch and children’s menu.

One of four restaurants and three lounges, PB&G offers casual dining options for both lunch and dinner. I will definitely visit the Four Seasons again if not for anything else than to grab a meal here.

Location deets:

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
10100 Dream Tree Blvd
Lake Buena Vista
Florida 32836

Eating Thru Orlando

As you’re all well aware, we love food. And Orlando is really coming into its own with regard to interesting, creative places to dine and experience food. So we love this video from our friends over at Visit Orlando!



We’ve undoubtedly asked this from our fans before, but what are some of your most favorite culinary adventures throughout Orlando? It could be a favorite, staple of Central Florida residents, or a hidden gem that we need to know about. Drop your thoughts in the comments below.

STK Orlando Rides Into Orlando

“One thing you can’t do with babies, you can’t give them steak. – Flavor Flav”

Yeah…I pretty much just quoted Flavor Flav. But it seemed appropriate. And another reason babies are…well, let’s just say babies are missing out.

I don’t eat steak too often, but I’d be lying if I said I don’t crave it from time to time. Medium rare, thank you very much. So I was intrigued when I learned that STK, a modern steakhouse mixed with the ambiance of a sleek lounge, will be adding a Central Florida location to their intimate roster of restaurants. Owned by TheONEGroup, “STK offers small, medium and large cuts of meat, as well as naturally raised options and market fresh fish entrees. Aside from steak, signature items include Parmesan Truffle Fries; Lil’ BRGs; Shrimp Rice Krispies; Sweet Corn Pudding; and Jump Lump Crab Salad.” (Description courtesy of TheONEGroup’s website.) By the way…you had me at Parmesan Truffle Fries….

Not too terribly much has been revealed about the arrival of this delicious steakhouse, other than it will reside at The Landing at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney), and will open sometime this year. Exact date has yet to be revealed. We’ll surely be dialed in, though, and will share info here as we learn about it.

Here’s a little preview of what we can expect:

Photos courtesy of PR Newswire.


Anyone else looking forward to this?

Tom + Chee Brings Some Flavor to Central Florida

logoA place that specializes in grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup? SOLD! I’m in. No more details needed. But I’m going to share a few more nonetheless.

Tom + Chee is a gourmet grilled cheese chain (I’m sorry, I just love the sound of that!) originally based out of the Midwest (Ohio), and even made several appearances on the [stressful to me] show Shark Tank, and they’re bringing their delicious flavor to us folk who love to eat in Central Florida.

At the moment there are five (5) locations set to open in the area, the first of which–not surprisingly–is in Lake Buena Vista just near Downtown Disney. It’s currently slated for an April opening. (Other Central Florida locations in possible discussions are Waterford Lakes, the University of Central Florida area, Oviedo, and Altamonte Springs.)

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Grilled Mac + Cheese

Kind of excited about this like I am, based on what you’ve heard so far? Check out the Tom + Chee menu and then head over to give your favorite dish a try later this spring. In case you’re interested, one thing I’m definitely looking forward to trying is the Grilled Mac + Cheese sammy. Yeah, that baby you’re looking at over on the right. Mmmm….

Another thing worth taking a look at are the fancy grilled cheese donuts, which is apparently “a thing” for Tom + Chee. Know what? I ain’t hatin’ it. I mean, the majority of the ones currently featured on the menu are a bit out there fore me, but I’ve got my eye on one or two as potential victims…errr, dining companions?

Wanna hear more or keep up with the Tom + Chee developments in the Central Florida area? Visit TomAndChee.com, Follow the Tom + Chee Twitter, or Like them on Facebook.


Thanks to this article on OBJ.com for originally putting this on our radar.

Smashburger

Smashburger logoWe all get cravings from time-to-time, right? Maybe a hankerin’ for a great burger? I dare to say even the strongest of our vegetarian friends experience these cravings (although they may both deny and resist said cravings). It can often be a very mooving handkerin’, too.

So if you’re looking for hamburgers in Orlando for which can subside this craving you might wanna turn to Smashburger, a newly opened burger and shake joint near Fashion Square Mall (there’s also a location on Alafaya Trail; addy below).

A couple of friends and I dropped in not too long ago and I must say the burger I experienced is one of the best in Central Florida. Hands down. So let’s cover off on a few things.

The Good

Obviously I just raved about the burger itself that I had. I opted for a BBQ, Bacon & Chedder complete with fried onion rings on top. Oh yeah – I mean, I was going all in on this day. “Go big or go home” is what they often say, right? There are many creative options to choose from so it wasn’t easy for me to land on this selection, but I’m quite satisfied with the outcome of my decision.

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BBQ, Bacon & Cheddar Burger

Shall I go grab you a napkin? I get the sense you might be drooling just a bit. And what’s crazy is this is the “regular” size – there’s also a “big burger” option. I might feel just a tad guilty about the latter so I think I’ll stick to the regular portion on all my future visits.

Now you might see a couple of my new favorite friends trying to photobomb the burger in the photo above. Yup – I’m referring to those amazing fries. Normally I prefer mine a little thicker (please see post on Scratch in Winter Park) but turns out I was just fine with these. Cooked to perfection, hot, and dusted with a light flavor of salt & pepper…. Lord, I need these in my life at this very moment.

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In case you haven’t figured it out by now, french fries are like my biggest weakness in life. I suppose it’s better than some other options….

One other thing worth mentioning–although I can’t testify from personal experience–is that Smashburger has a reputation for having amazing milkshakes. At least, that’s the assumption I made coming from the happy sounds both of my dining companions kept repeatedly making shortly after ordering and receiving theirs. The shakes certainly provide for a temporary happy place.

The Not Great

Honestly, the only thing I’d say I thought was a little odd about this place is the dining room. Sure, it’s clean and they do a great job of extending their brand through images and entertaining wall murals, but I just didn’t feel it had much personality or any real sense of a vibe. But other than that…can’t win ’em all, right?

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Smashburger’s Dining Room

So what do ya think? Tempted? Even if burgers aren’t your thing you still might want to check this place out at least once. The Smashburger menu boasts a collection of “out of the box” chicken sandwiches along with salad dishes. There’s even a menu for the little tykes.

Central Florida location deets:

Smashburger
3162 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
407.286.3390

Smashburger
334 N. Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL 32828
407.203.6081

Smashburger.com

So why “smash”burger? Well, the beef is actually “smashed” into its patty state with ingredients that are fresh, never frozen (one of the restaurant’s key components to sustaining quality and flavor) including 100% Certified Angus Beef.

If connecting socially is your thing, too, Follow Smashburger on Twitter or become a Fan on Facebook.

Mynt Fine Indian Cuisine in Winter Park

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw

Well, that may not necessarily be the ultimate truth, but dang – I LOVE FOOD! And as you know I’m always eager to find new places to experience in Central Florida. So when a friend of mine recently suggested we head to Winter Park to try out Mynt, a new Indian Cuisine restaurant near Park Avenue, I was totally game.

Folks, this place is amazing! It’s been over a week since we checked it out and I seriously can’t stop thinking about it.

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Mynt’s Front Entrance

This was a lovely Sunday afternoon, anticipating a late quiet lunch at a new place. What we ended up having was one of the best, most interesting (and affordable) brunches in Central Florida. After being greeted and seated at one of the tables in the tiny dining room, we’d not even cruised through the menu when Mynt’s brunch special was offered up to us. “Sure,” we said without even really asking what the items consisted of or how much it cost. (We may have possibly been influenced by the complimentary glass of champagne that joined the party.)

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Cheers, y’all!

Now, I’ll be honest with you. Both looking over the menu and hearing the dishes breezed over by the server, I didn’t know half of what was about to get layed out in front of me. But I’ve had Indian food several times in the past and have always found it enjoyable. So instead of trying to even pretend to school you on the amazing plates that were part of the fixed brunch menu, how about I just show you.

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That’s a lot of food, right? And save for one dish (one certain kind of chicken was a tad dry, but still had good flavor), everything was so delicious. One minor complaint I would have–if any–is the dishes were brought out very quickly, one after the other, but that’s probably because the restaurant wasn’t that busy when we were there.

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Dessert

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Corner of Dining Room

So, did I do it justice? Can you even assume how good everything was? Well, if you’re still not completely sold check out Mynt’s menu and view some of the dish photos.
Location deets:

MYNT Fine Indian Cuisine
535 W New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

MyntOrlando.com

Now, there’s also an upstairs part of Mynt but we didn’t check it out during this visit. Oh well…just another reason to go back!

Happy National Cotton Candy Day

“Some people handle sweets better.” – Harvey Weinstein

I, my friends, am one of those who handles sweets better. Which is why today just might be one of the most awesome holidays ever: National Cotton Candy Day. Cotton candy is pure sugar, and pure joy in my opinion.

I was recently connected with Duffy’s Sports Grill, which has a new location in the Millenia Mall area, as well as in Lake Mary. Now, please note I haven’t been yet but hearing about their Cotton Candy Cosmopolitan just might be the push I need to get over there. And a delicious way to pay homage to the gorgeous cotton candy land….

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Pinnacle County Fair Cotton Vodka, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice and cotton candy.

And this is only a taste of what Duffy’s has to offer. Their full menu of burgers, sandwiches, pasta and salads has me droooooling.

The new Central Florida locations are:

ORLANDO
4158 Conroy Rd.
The Mall at Millenia
Orlando, FL 32839

LAKE MARY
951 Market Promenade Ave. Colonial Town Park
Lake Mary, FL 32746

If you’ve ever been to a Duffy’s before we’d love to hear about some of your favorite things we should take note of.

Connect with Duffy’s on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for scrumptious things like this (we aren’t complaining):

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(Tostado Nachos via @duffysmvp Instagram.)

RA Sushi Bar at Pointe Orlando

raA group of friends and I recently headed over to Pointe Orlando (something I don’t particularly care to do too often) prior to a show at House of Blues Orlando to grab a bite to eat. Planned on taking advantage of Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining at one of the restaurants but after not really feeling the vibe inside made a last-minute switch to try out the newly opened RA Sushi Bar.

RA has some great curb appeal. Large outdoor dining area which is visible walking up to the main entrance. Once inside, the bar (situated just upfront by the entrance) & dining area appear clean, crisp, with the color of red taking over much of the space. And heading toward the back of the dining room is a very large sushi bar. It’s quite impressive, actually.

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Sushi Bar

After being seated at a large table nearby the sushi bar, our group started scouring over the options listed on the menu and then ordered several starter dishes and sushi rolls…along with many delicious cocktails! Upon the recommendation of the server much of the dishes was shared by everyone.

Now, as I’ve stated many times I’m not much of a sushi person; I really have to be in the mood. So I opted for one of the noodle bowls on the menu – one of my favorite dishes at other similar style restaurants.

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SPICY CHICKEN TERIYAKI UDON

Gotta say this dish was not good. It actually had zero flavor, and the chicken seemed as if it was maybe just cut up and stuck in the oven to bake for a little bit (I know this from personal home experience). Shame because the presentation was great; I had high hopes. This can only lead me to assume sushi is, in fact, RA’s specialty. (Oh, and the dish wasn’t even near spicy, despite its namesake.) I did thoroughly enjoy my cucumber kimchee salad just prior to this, which was hella spicy!

Get a peek at their menus before heading over to try RA out for yourself. I’m definitely heading back at some point to give it a second taste.

Location deets:

RA Sushi Bar
9101 International Drive
Suite 1008
Orlando, FL 32819

RASushi.com/Orlando

Shantell’s Cafe in Downtown Sanford

Y’all already know I’m a born-and-bred southerner. Well, if you know me personally or you’ve been reading the blog for any significant amount of time. For those who weren’t aware, please know I love sweet tea, fried chicken, black-eyed peas (the food, most assuredly not the band), and watermelon. Mmmm, watermelon with salt. Collard greens are not on the menu of favorites, however. But I digress….

When I heard about Shantell’s Cafe in Sanford I quietly asked myself how fast can I get there? (Dang…why hasn’t someone figured out the whole teleportation thang?) Apparently the Orlando Sentinel recently published an article claiming Shantell’s to have the best fried chicken in Central Florida (or something like that), and although my visit was not spurred by said article, I can affirm that in my opinion, it’s actually the best fried chicken I’ve ever had. Yup – I said it.

First off, let’s talk about Shantell’s location. It’s settled on a quiet little block just a few away from the bustle of the main street in town. I paid a visit on a Saturday afternoon, and it was not in the least bit busy; they open at noon and my friend and I went shortly after.

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(Front Entrance. Courtey of Sanford365.com.)

Once inside, visitors find a charmingly-themed main dining room, with a bar and open-style kitchen. Don’t be fooled, though – this place is deceptively large (there’s another full dining area off to the left of the main dining room). I also hear Shantell frequently hangs out and even meets with patrons. Sadly, she was not around this day.

Here’s a little peek inside:

And now for the deliciousness that was our lunch:

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Famous Fried Chicken with Onion Rings


Yes, yes, I opted out of trying the chicken & waffles that were screaming at me from the menu. But I’m still pretty happy with my dish decision. Guess I just have another reason to go back. :)

My only main complaint about this visit–and hopefully it’s an isolated incident–is the air conditioner was essentially not working. It was HOT. Really hot, and very humid…no doubt fueled by the proximity of the kitchen. It was getting to the point of miserable – nobody wants to be hot and sweaty when they’re eating (I don’t think).

Location deets:

Shantell’s Cafe
406 S. Sanford Ave.
Sanford, FL 32771

ShantellsCafe.com

All-in-all my tummy and I enjoyed out excursion to Shantell’s in Sanford and will certainly be making a trip back there sometime in the future (A/C working, I pray!).

What about you? Have you ever experience Shantell’s?

Strike Outs Bowling at Fashion Square Mall

Fashion Square Mall is really, really trying to step up its game. And quite honestly I’m really happy to see it (the whole area could use a breath of fresh air) – although I still question what the end result will be. We already know there are plans for an Element by Westin hotel to be added into the mix of shopping and dining, and now Strike Outs–a bowling and game facility–has just opened. Check out their Facebook Page:

Not personally my cup of tea but 1) I wouldn’t mind checking things out at some point and 2) I imagine this bowling/movie package would be quite appealing to a family looking to do something fun together one evening or on the weekend.

Fashion Square bowling

You can keep up with future developments on the Fashion Square Mall website or by Liking them on Facebook.

What do you think? Excited about all of the new development in this part of Central Florida?

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