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South Beach Wine & Food Festival Returns to Eat, Drink and Educate for 2018

13th Street & Ocean Drive
Miami Beach FL, 33139
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The 17th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) returns to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. February 21st – 25th, 2018.

One of America’s most prestigious gourmet gatherings, the Festival has raised more than $26 million to date for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU).

This year’s edition will feature more than 90 events, including signature fan-favorite soirées, an array of new parties and intimate dining experiences, expanded CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series, and much more.

“We are truly looking forward to an exciting 17th edition,” noted Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager, who serves as senior vice president, communications & corporate social responsibility for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “With a variety of new experiences and refreshed fan-favorites, the 2018 Festival offers up a plethora of culinary, beverage and lifestyle events for passionate fans and hospitality industry professionals to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE.”

The 17th annual Tribute Dinner presented by Bank of America part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series gets a fresh new format this year, with a star-studded line-up of more than a dozen chefs cooking at this walk-around affair in honor of restaurateur, author and beloved Food Network personality Bobby Flay and Treasury Wine Estates managing director and chief executive officer Michael Clarke.

Top-rated radio host Elvis Duran will serve as the emcee during this not-to-be-missed evening taking place at Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Saturday, February 24th, 2018. Also new this year, the celebration will continue at Sweet Moves: Late-Night Desserts & Dancing hosted by Bobby & Sophie Flay with beats by lifestyle guru and popular DJ Hannah Bronfman.

Iconic Miami Beach events continue to evolve and tantalize the taste buds of passionate fans from around the world, kicking off with Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company hosted by Giada De Laurentiis.

The beloved Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons gets a new twist this year, with resident Food Network Rockstar Guy Fieri serving as its host.

Additionally, the music revolution that began last year at the Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations expands with the David Grutman Experience spanning both Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th.

The BACARDI Beach Party also returns with late-night beats and eats under the Festival’s sparkling white tents on the sand, and the new Beachside BBQ hosted by Michael Symon closes out the weekend on Miami Beach.

The third annual CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series returns with an all-star schedule of events in Broward County, including:

● Signature Wine Seminars presented by Bank of America, a BBQ Dinner hosted by Chris Lilly and Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Chef Jorge Ramos and Clambake hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Jorge Ramos; all taking place at the brand-new Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach.

● The introduction of the Festival’s fan-favorite Lucky Chopsticks hosted by Andrew Zimmern and a Rooftop Rosé Happy Hour hosted by television star, jewelry and shoe designer, True Roots cookbook author and all-around lifestyle guru Kristin Cavallari - who is also a new part-time fixture on the South Florida scene thanks to the addition of husband Jay Cutler to the city’s beloved Miami Dolphins – at the W Fort Lauderdale.

●Plus, a selection of intimate dinner experiences with renowned chefs and a Grand Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian to top-off the series.

A variety of late-night parties accent the line-up, including returning fan-favorites like Tacos After Dark hosted by Rick Bayless and King’s Hawaiian presents the Taste of Aloha and Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown hosted by Anne Burrell, and new experiences like Midnight Munchies hosted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten on the Art Deco oasis Española Way featuring special guest DJ Action Bronson round out the midnight owl offerings.

EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. The exclusive MasterCard pre-sale for the 2018 Festival has already started. You can go online at or by calling 877.762.3933 (phone sales open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST). to get your tickets.

Between SOBEWFF® and its sister NYCWFF, which takes place each October in New York City, more than $36 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. 

Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness, engaging and inspiring people to get involved in philanthropic activities.

All proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management who also assist Festival organizers with sponsorship fulfillment, restaurant and exhibitor recruitment, logistics, and inventory as well as working alongside some of the world’s greatest celebrity chefs and winemakers.

To date, the Festival has raised more than $26 million for the School. In September 2017, BizBash named the Festival the #1 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the United States for the fifth year in a row.

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Maria & Enzo's Ristorate is Officially Open

Disney Springs
1570 E. Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 560-8466

Patina Restaurant Group (PRG) on January 4th, opened the doors for a media preview and soft opening that showcased the stunning new Italian restaurant located at the reimagined Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort -- Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante. 

The new dining destination brings to Disney Springs the warmth of Italy and the dreamiest Italian cuisine this side of the Atlantic, courtesy of Executive Chef Theo Schoenegger. The restaurant officially began serving dinner to the public on January 5th. Lunch and brunch service will begin later this month (updated hours and special events available on the restaurant’s Facebook page).

Fittingly, the media sneak peek on January 4th coincided with National Spaghetti Day, providing the perfect Italian backdrop for the occasion. A dedication ceremony featured Italian ambassadors, chefs, executives from Patina Restaurant Group, Delaware North (Patina Restaurant Group’s parent company), Disney; and very special guests Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

Disney restaurants often have a backstory, part of the company’s tradition of immersive storytelling. Mirroring that tradition, Patina Restaurant Group collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineering to create the story for Maria & Enzo’s.

“The story behind Maria and Enzo is one of travel, food, love and friendship, all steeped in Italian tradition,” said Valenti, referring to the backstory of Maria and Enzo, an Italian couple that immigrated to Central Florida in the 1920s. “Their story is set in a long-forgotten sea-plane air terminal that became the setting for the restaurant.

“We couldn’t be happier to have a chef as talented as Theo Schoenegger,” Valenti continued. “A native Italian with an incredible repertoire, his cooking has a delicious authenticity that brings the story to life.”

Following the dedication, media and special guests enjoyed the food and hospitality at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, where Chef Schoenegger presented a variety of signature dishes including, of course, spaghetti in honor of National Spaghetti Day.

Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante is an intimate Italian trattoria set in the once-abandoned Disney Springs airline terminal from the 1930s, now transformed into a restaurant. The dining room is open and airy, featuring 50-foot ceilings with views of Lake Buena Vista.

The restaurant interiors showcase artifacts that recall air travel of the time, with brightly illustrated pictographs, reimagined air terminal boarding gates and a First Class Lounge where randomly selected guests are upgraded upon arrival.

The menu, created by Michelin star-rated Chef Theo Schoenegger, features a variety of handmade pastas including Busiate con Granchio (spiral pasta with crab), Rigatoni all Norma (eggplant, chile, tomato, ricotta salata) and ‘Ncasciata al Forno (Sicilian baked pasta) – served tableside.

Other highlights include Braciola di Maiale (Berkshire pork chop, plum mostarda), Nodino di Vitello(grilled veal chop) and Tonno (grilled ahi tuna steak, pistachio pesto) all served with rosemary potatoes and tempura fried vegetables. The spectacular wine list of more than 100 bottles is – lovingly -- primarily Italian. The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 12 midnight daily, with weekend brunch coming soon.

The backstory is that the restaurant was the dream of Maria and Enzo who met in Italy before moving to Florida and wanted to introduce Italian cuisine to the townsfolk of the bustling Disney Springs. An airline pilot, Enzo was drawn to an abandoned airline terminal, which became the spacious setting for the restaurant.

Guests also were able to get a sneak peak at Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar, a speakeasy inspired by Roman aperitivo bars, located in the storied rum-runner tunnels that adjoin Maria & Enzo’s. As well as Pizza Ponte, a fast-casual concept and the perfect place for a quick bite serving pastries, pizza, Italian sandwiches, and espresso.

For more information on these Patina Restaurant Group restaurants, visit or visit the restaurants on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @MariaAndEnzos, @EnzosHideaway and @PizzaPonteFla.
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Peter's Kitchen China Bistro

3922 E Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 895-8174
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In late December, Peter’s Kitchen China Bistro opened almost overnight in a location that has seen many tenants over its lifetime that have fared very poorly. 

So far, Peter’s is generating quite a buzz in the local community, and it looks like maybe this time Peter and his staff can overcome the doom this location has had.

Living in Orlando since 2001, I clearly remember this location that started life out as a Fazoli's Italian, California Burrito Company, Casa Barcelona, and the most recent Peruvian Gaviota Brasas that seemed to open and close within the same week.

Peter’s Kitchen serves authentic Hong Kong style cuisine such as dim sum, Chinese barbecue and live seafood and a variety of noodle and rice dishes synonymous with Cantonese cuisine.

Hong Kong cuisine is mainly influenced by Cantonese cuisine, British Cuisine and other Western Cuisines. From the roadside stalls to the most upscale restaurants, Hong Kong provides an unlimited variety of food in every class. Complex combinations and international expertise have given Hong Kong the reputable labels of "Gourmet Paradise" and "World's Fair of Food".

While there is certainly no shortage of Chinese food in Central Florida, from your average takeout spot, to various restaurants, Peter’s does have a focused menu dedicated to a more authentic Cantonese style. Peter, by the way, use to own the Colonial Drive Tasty Wok.

They serve every type of meat you could imagine here…Pork, Beef, Chicken, Duck, and even Lobster and a great variety of fish entrees as well. 

Peter’s has your traditional food one expects to find at a Chinese take out like Kung Pao Chicken, Mongolian Beef, Sweet and Sour Chicken and the like, but they have items like Butter Lobster, Crispy Pork Intestines, Roast Duck on rice, Japanese Style Octopus and also do a complete dim sum service.

This place has created a lot of buzz, so we had to go and check them out. Coincidentally, It’s right up the street from where I live, so we have been twice so far, and each time have been pretty impressed with the quality of the food and the service. 

We started off with these deliciously crispy Vegetable Egg Rolls.

Our next appetizer was the Pan Fried Dumpling. Most dumplings are bite size, but these were two bite dumplings. The flavor was different than what I’m accustomed to, but they were very savory and delicious nonetheless. 

The House Special Fried Rice was really good. Perhaps some of the best fried rice I have had. This can be ordered and shared at your table, as most dishes at Peter’s can. 

Beef Chow Fun is a dish I highly recommend at Peter’s. This is traditional Cantonese as it gets, made from stir frying beef with hor fun and bean sprouts. Hor fun noodles are very thin and delicate made from a wide flat rice noodle. The dish has to be stir fried at a high temperature and the beef has to be marinated very well and cooked with a char on it. Peter’s Kitchen knocked this one out of the park.

They also serve a Beef Chow Fun “With Sauce” here also. It's the same as the above dish, but it is literally resting in a pool of that famous Chinese brown gravy sauce, or stir fry sauce. I liked both the same, but if you are a fan of stir fry sauce, this is a good addition to the Beef Chow Fun.

The Honey Garlic Chicken was very tasty. This is lightly battered chicken served up in a not too sweet sauce with just the right amount of garlic.

Szechuan Beef was really good also, but I thought it could use a bit more spice. This had plenty of beef and mixed vegetables in that classic brown gravy stir fry sauce, but when I think of Szechuan, I think of heat on my food, and this dish lacked any real heat.

The Orange Chicken kind of became famous overnight at Peter’s, and it’s easy to see why once you taste it. This has a nice and crispy batter with the perfect amount of flavor and sweetness with a touch of that citrusy orange zing. As I said with the fried rice at Peter’s, most dishes, including this orange chicken are served family style with enough to share. You can totally go here and order five or six plates and everyone can sample items to get a feel for what they like.

Mongolian Beef is a staple food item at just about any Chinese takeout or restaurant you may visit, but what sets the food at Peter’s apart from the basic, is quality and flavor. The beef was very tender and filled with flavor served with green onions in a great Hoisin sauce with chili peppers.

We really like Peter’s Kitchen and hope it does well. It's right up the street from my house, and it has already become our go-to spot for Chinese food. Perhaps on another visit we’ll try some more daring menu items like the Pan Fried Oysters or the Peking Duck or the Cantonese Style Grey Sole.

Peter’s Kitchen is open daily from 11:00 am until 9:30 pm. They serve Dim Sum everyday until 3:00 pm, and they also deliver. Currently they are awaiting the license to serve beer and wine.

Lunch Specials are available Monday to Friday from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Peter's Kitchen China Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Swing In The New Year At Top Golf

9295 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 218-7714
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Topgolf is ringing in 2018 with an unforgettable gold themed party featuring all-inclusive packages!

Guests are invited to experience the one of a kind Topgolf experience in a whole new (glittering) light. Featuring a chef-inspired menu, music and dancing, and, of course, plenty of Topgolf gameplay, Topgolf is the ultimate destination for ringing in the New Year!

General reservations begin at $225 for heated bays that accommodate up to eight guests. VIP reservations, priced at $425, include access to a premium dinner buffet, a VIP bay for up to six guests, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and plenty of NYE party favors. Both reservations include unlimited Topgolf gameplay from 9 p.m. to close.

Tickets can be purchased at

From all-inclusive packages, to a place decked out in all gold everything, we're doing New Year's Eve big! Enjoy live entertainment, a chef-inspired menu and an unforgettable midnight celebration.

All New Year's Eve packages include unlimited game play from 9 p.m. to close and party favors for up to 6 Guests. Upgrade to the VIP Package for exclusive access to the hand-carved prime rib dinner buffet (like they said, they're doing it big).
The Premium NYE Dinner Buffet VIP package only includes: Chef carving smoked prime rib, Oven-roasted chicken breast with citrus beurre blanc sauce, Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and Parmesan, Garlic whipped potatoes, Charred romaine and baby kale Caesar salad, Sweet yeast rolls and whipped butter, Injectable Donut Holes with chocolate, raspberry jelly and Bavarian cream, White chocolate-covered strawberries and bottomless soda, tea & water.
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Celebrate NYE 2018 at Cuba Libre

Pointe Orlando
9101 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 226-1600
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Ring in 2018 with a Grand Buffet, DJ and Dancing at Cuba Libre’s Fantástico New Year’s Eve Celebration

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, located in Pointe Orlando on International Drive, is now accepting reservations for its New Year’s Eve celebration.

The evening will feature an incredible buffet spanning the entire Havana Ballroom, plus late night admission, DJ and dancing, a champagne toast, reserved table throughout the night, plus party favors and noisemakers to ring in the New Year, all for $85 per person, or $45 for children under 12.

An optional open bar package is available as an add-on for $25 for those ages 21 and older. Reservations for the New Year’s Eve buffet are available for 9, 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. and can be made by calling the restaurant directly at 407-226-1600.

Cuba Libre’s Grand New Year’s Eve buffet, created by Senior Executive Chef Jose Gonzalez, is comprised of 35 different items such as roasted prime rib, Cuban style pork loin, grilled leg of lamb, Atlantic salmon, chicken fricassee, and Cuba Libre specialties like Vaca Frita, mini grilled vegetable paellas, ceviche and more.

A raw bar, artisan breads and cheeses, charcuterie, tapas, side dishes, and ten different desserts will also be featured in the New Year’s Eve buffet. A full buffet menu is available on Cuba Libre’s website.

For those wishing to dine early, Cuba Libre’s a la carte dinner menu will be served from 5-8 p.m. The dinner menu features two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot’s classic and contemporary Cuban tapas, appetizers, entrees, cocktails and desserts. Reservations for the earlier seating can be made on Cuba Libre’s website.

Cuba Libre has been a must-see, must-experience restaurant in Pointe Orlando since it first opened in 2008. The restaurant and rum bar serves dinner daily from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. Happy Hour is available every day of the week from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The bar is open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit or follow Cuba Libre on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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El Buda Latin Asian Restaurant

116 W Church St.
Orlando, FL 32801
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Chef Roberto Trevino’s highly anticipated restaurant, El Buda Latin Asian Restaurant, opened on Thursday, December 7th. 

The chef driven concept is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando at 116 West Church St. (between Hamburger Mary’s and the train tracks) and will introduce this city to his style of fusion that marries Latin and Asian cuisines in a truly unique way.

“I moved to Orlando this summer and have had the opportunity to explore the different neighborhoods and am just in love with all the different little unique pockets, especially downtown,” Trevino said. “Orlando is in this amazing place right now as a food city, and I feel blessed to be part of what’s happening here and hope that people discover us downtown and get as excited about our food as we are about being here.”

Trevino, a native of California, moved to Puerto Rico in the early 1990s where he solidified his culinary reputation as a star chef with some of the island’s most popular restaurants including Dragonfly, Aguaviva and Budatai. Trevino has cooked dinner at the James Beard Foundation house in New York for their award events, and is frequently featured as a guest chef in food events throughout the US and the Caribbean.

He has made numerous television appearances both in Puerto Rico and the US, including a battle against renowned Chef Mario Batali on Iron Chef America, as a contestant on The Next Iron Chef, with Rachael Ray on her show $40 a Day, as well as on his own local shows Kandela and 4 Minutos con Chef Treviño. He’s currently a recurring guest judge on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.

Signature dishes present themselves throughout El Buda’s menu that include a variety of sections for guests to explore including Dim Sum and Platitos (Pork and Sweet Plantain Dumpling and Octopus Pimenton Kaisou), Rice and Noodles (Ho Fun with Grilled Churrasco and Ropa Vieja BiBimBap), Poke, Crudo and Greens (Herame con Coco and Smoked Salmon Pineapple Poke) and Deluxe Meat and Fish (Duck Breast with Miso Honey Potatoes and Beef Short Rib with Yuzu Papas Bravas).

A diverse selection of sides range from Teriyaki Tots (Trevino loves tater tots) to Chicharron Popovers. The bar program will place an emphasis on craft cocktails and bee
r, with an emphasis on local brews and will also serve wine. 

“Orlando really seems to love its beer and cocktails, which is great as they pair beautifully with our food,” Trevino said. “Our wine list will be focused, with some really interesting grapes featured, and of course we will have a few of the big guns as well for those who are really into wine.” 

Located on Church street, the restaurant is dotted with original artwork and unique artifacts. The historic building dates back to the 1880s, and Trevino has kept much of it intact to reflect its historic roots with lots of exposed brick, wood and an open kitchen. A spire from the original Arturo Fuente cigar factory from West Tampa (circa early 1900s) serves as the center focal point of the dining room, bringing a touch of Latin history to the space. 

A serene outdoor patio filled with fresh herbs and comfortable seating will also feature live entertainment once Trevino and his team launch their weekend brunch. One of the restaurants most interesting components can’t be seen unless the guests go exploring.

At the bottom of the steps where the spire holds court is The Cellar, a prohibition style cocktail lounge that will serve a variety of El Buda’s signature cocktails and is the perfect place to begin, or end, an evening.
“We really want The Cellar to be a place where we can have a little fun and showcase some of the great cocktails we are bringing to El Buda,” Trevino said.  “We want to invite the city’s top mixologists to come and present their ideas as well, and create a space that transports our guests back to the days of the speakeasy.”
El Buda is located at 116 W. Church Street (look for the side entrance adjacent to the SunRail tracks) and is open daily for lunch and dinner starting at 11:30am.  

Weekend brunch is expected to launch before the end of the year. Learn more by visiting the restaurant’s Facebook Page or by calling (407) 203-8171. Guests can also follow on Instagram @ElBudaDowntown or Chef Trevino’s personal Twitter account @cheftrevino
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Pepe's Cantina

120 West Church St
Orlando, FL 32801

Pepe’s Cantina in Winter Park took over a space that used to be Mi Tomatina, a place that specialized in Paella in late 2015. Ever since then, Pepe’s has been a great success at the Hannibal Square location and has become a staple of good eats in Winter Park.

Pepe’s has done so well in fact, that the owners decided to open a second location in Downtown Orlando at 120 W. Church street, adjacent to Hamburger Mary’s.

Sure, they have Tex-Mex classics like enchiladas, chimichangas, tacos and burritos, but Pepe’s strives to be innovative with a menu that puts a new twist on traditional Mexican cuisine. Table side guacamole, tacos with authentic fillings and fresh homemade tortillas are great for lunch or dinner, but ordering off of the dinner menu is where the difference is. Pepe is a real person by the way, as in Chef Jose "Pepe" Baranneko.

For dinner they serve entrees like Pollo Pepe’s a grilled chicken breast served with onions, peppers, tomatoes and bacon and is topped off with a signature red sauce and queso, or the Pacific Salmon topped with a sweet and sour mango jalapeno sauce. An interesting appetizer on the menu is the Shrimp Dip which is grilled shrimp with cheese dip, topped with pickled onions and cilantro.

Of course any good Tex-Mexery should have plenty Tequila and Margarita specials on hand, and Pepe’s certainly delivers in that category. Guests can try a Spicy Mango Margarita, a Jalapeno Margarita, a Mezcal-Rita or just go straight for the good stuff and slam a shot of Avion Reserva 44 extra anejo for $26.00/shot.

I haven't got to try out all there is at the new Church Street location, but we did stop by for lunch one day, and it was really good.

Chips and Salsa are standard fare at any Mexican restaurant these days, but this salsa is made in house as well as the chips, and that’s what really makes Pepe’s so good. They focus on fresh.

These Grilled Chicken Tacos were topped with radicchio, pickled red onions and cilantro then topped with a chive aioli sauce and are served with black beans and Mexican rice. You can choose flour or corn and soft or hard for your taco, and all tortillas are made in house.

This is a Mexican Pizza. It’s totally not what you would expect, but that’s what Pepe’s really strives for...classic dishes, or even not so classic, like a Mexican Pizza, made with different ingredients, flavors and styles that you are not accustomed to. You can choose shredded chicken or ground beef, and they top it with red sauce, cheese, jalapenos, sour cream and cilantro and serve it atop a lightly baked tortilla.

Stop by the new location and say Hola to Pepe. Chef Pepe and his team are doing a great job at both locations offering his signature blend of authentic Mexican ingredients with innovative culinary techniques.

Pepe's Cantina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Vanbarry's Public House

4120 Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32806
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Vanbarry’s Public House is another one of those places that I've always meant to go and checkout, but never got the chance to. 

With the busy holiday season, cooking at home is a rarity, so we find ourselves dining out more often than not. I'm glad I finally got to go there, and I can tell you, I have been there a few times since. They have a really great atmosphere, great drinks and pretty good food too.

Vanbarry's is part of three bars and restaurants that are operated by Caitlin Van Voorhis. She is the proprietor of Finnhenry's in downtown Orlando, which is up the road from Vanbarry’s on North Orange Avenue, and also Ollie's Public House in College Park.

All three locations have a public house vibe but Vanbarry’s really tries to step away and just be a real down home neighborhood bar. Ollies is great also, but that location is more sports oriented, and Finnhenry's is in the heart of downtown that is known to get a little wild on the weekends, So Vanbarry’s is the just right bar in the just right location.

The food served here really covers a multitude of items from classic bar and pub food to a boneless braised short rib bowl. They have peel and eat shrimp, a mac & cheese skillet, nachos, burgers, sandwiches and flatbreads. Most things are pretty traditional, but a few items on the menu are very unique and delicious.

They also have an extensive craft beer selection on tap or out of the bottle, but cocktails and mixed drinks are a specialty here. There is a pretty extensive drink menu placed by the bar and it shouldn't be too hard to find something to fix what ales you. Wine is also available.

What really makes Vanbarry’s such a cool spot is the atmosphere and set up of the restaurant. The have a pretty expansive outside seating area that is mostly covered. The uncovered part has a sandpit with a firepit in the middle and plenty of lounge chairs to sit back and unwind in.

Inside is surprisingly spacious with table tops, high tops and seating at the bar. Most nights there is live music and the vibe here is as casual and laid back as it gets.

The Spring Fizz cocktail is made with Drumshanbo dry gin, rosemary simple syrup, lemon and prosecco. This is a great sipping drink.

Of course, if you just want some Knob Creek with a splash of Ginger Ale, Vanbarry’s can make that for you as well.

When I first heard about Bacon Caramel Fries, I wasn't very sure about this concept. After my first bite, I can say... this changes everything! These are WOW amazingly good.. Salty, Sweet, Savory...what’s not to like about French fries topped with caramel sauce & crispy bacon crumbles?

The Mac & Cheese Skillet is simple but delicious and is filled with rich ooey gooey cheese.

Our group also really enjoyed the Happy Hippie Flatbread with Sun dried tomatoes, garlic, cucumber, tomato, red onion and mozzarella topped with arugula.

The Thai Chicken Salad was also surprisingly good. It's certainly different from traditional pub fare but, the flavors and textures worked really well. This is made with mixed greens, grilled chicken, noodles, shredded carrots, red peppers, tomatoes and crushed peanuts tossed in a Thai peanut dressing.

Drinks around the fire pit.

Vanbarry’s really has done a great job of becoming a local public house and bar where everyone can relax and unwind. The prices are very affordable here, even for the more high end cocktails. I looked all over the menu, and I did not see one item over $10.00, aside of the fajitas, and those can serve two. 

Come over to the southside of Orlando sometimes, and you might be surprised at what you find. I know we have the SODO area, but Vanbarry’s and a few other really good restaurants are just a bit more south away from the hustle and bustle.

Vanbarry's is open from 11:00 am until 2:00 am everyday except Sunday. They serve brunch from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sundays, and close at 2:00 am.

Vanbarry's Public House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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