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Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day At East Coast Wings & Grill

3138 South Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32806
407-930-0830
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In case you didn't know, July 29th is National Chicken Wing Day. Yes… It is a real day, but sadly, it has not been declared a national holiday as of yet. Don’t let that stop you from asking your employer if you are off on Wednesday, July 29th though, because National Chicken Wing Day is a culturally vital event celebrating one of America’s most important foods: chicken wings.

National Chicken Wing Day is religiously and politically neutral. There are no controversial or abrasive aspects of National Chicken Wing Day. Studies have shown that most American businesses observe lunch and wings are a great lunch resource. Best of all, on Wednesday, July 29th, National Chicken Wing Day, East Coast Wings & Grill is giving away 6 FREE Honey Barbecue wings with every adult entree purchase.

East Coast Wings & Grill caters to chicken wing lovers by offering dozens of varying chicken wing flavors that can be paired with nine heat intensities—resulting in hundreds of delicious choices. The extensive menu also includes salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers and more. The atmosphere is relaxed, family friendly but with plenty of TVs to watch all your favorite events.



East Coast Wings is committed to only using the highest quality ingredients. The jumbo wings are fresh never frozen. The sauces are prepared in-house and mixed to order. The chips are hand sliced from Idaho potatoes and cooked in small batches throughout the day. All of this attention to detail makes the food delicious.

One of my favorite appetizers are the Pub Pretzels served with your choice of Bourbon Honey Mustard or Sam Adams Craft Beer Cheese Sauce.

If bones aren't your thing, ECW has plenty of boneless options.

Sweet & Sour BBQ Shrimp Tacos feature lightly seasoned grilled shrimp smothered with sweet & sour BBQ sauce, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, chipotle sour cream, and aged
shredded cheddar cheese.


Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps with baby romaine lettuce leaves and diced sautéed chicken breast, carrots, onions, and celery all tossed with wing sauce (choose from mild, medium, hot, or x-hot)

The ECW Buffalo Chicken Sandwich starts with seasoned chicken breast chargrilled or hand breaded to order, dipped in wing sauce (choose from mild, medium, hot, or x-hot), topped with melted provolone cheese, then stacked on sliced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and ECW Signature Ranch on a lightly grilled bun.

The dessert lover in you will love the Original Cookie Skillet with chocolate chip cookies baked fresh on a skillet and topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce.

If Monday’s are boring, you can stop by ECW from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for “All You Can Eat Wings" for only $12.99. The Wings are served with homemade chips, Texas toast, celery, carrots and dressing.


So get on out to East Coast Wings & Grill and get your chicken wing thing on for National Chicken Wing Day, or any day for that matter.

East Coast Wings & Grill is open Sunday – Thursday from 11AM – 10PM and Friday & Saturday from 11AM – 11PM.


You can check them out online at facebook.com/eastcoastwings @eastcoastwings (twitter) @eastcoastwings (instagram)

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This N' That Eats

1811 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 757-0810


Chef Jason Schofield has been in the restaurant industry for over 20 years learning how to create some unique and inspiring menu items. Along the way, he has also become a restaurateur founding Schofield Restaurant Group LLC. He is in the process of bringing Maddey's Craft & Cru to Downtown Orlando. If you would like to see more on some of the food concepts for Maddey’s, you can click here.

In the interim, Chef Jason decided to make a pit stop and open up a boutique sandwich shop in the Ivanhoe District a/k/a The Ivanhood, on N. Orange Ave., in the old Alpine Coffee shop. This N That Eats is the name of his latest creation with a menu that features global sandwiches, cured meats and cheeses, as well as coffee made in the traditional sense of the region.


The menu here consist of:

Multiple organic salads such as kale salad, arugula salad and curried chicken salad. Sandwiches that are inspired from all around the world, like the Vietnamese Bánh mi, Cuban, Sanger and the Torta, all prepared in a unique style with a gourmet twist. Sides that include Shepherds bulgar, Hummus and Cucumber Avocado. Staying true to the global influence of of the love for food, an additional perk of This N That Eats, is the coffee and tea selections influenced from across the world.



The Cheese Dream is an outstanding interpretation of a grilled cheese that features: Vermont Cheddar, smoked tomato jam on rustic bread. You can also add bacon or pork confit for a minimal up-charge.


For a mouth watering sandwich I would recommend the Torta with Pork Confit, queso fresco, re-fried beans, avocado, Mexican creme, tomato and shredded lettuce on Semita roll.



Although there is a set menu, don’t be surprised if Chef Jason offers up specialty items from time to time like this Sous Vide Short Rib sandwich on a ciabatta roll. Sous Vide if you are not familiar, is a method of cooking in which food is sealed in airtight plastic bags then placed in a water bath or in a temperature-controlled steam environment for longer than normal cooking times which produce perfect temperatures and juiciness for meats.


During my visit I sampled both the Espresso and this delicious Cafe con Leche. I consider myself as an aficionado of all things Cuban coffee and both of these drinks were outstanding!

If you happen to be or heading in the direction of The Ivanhood or just looking for some seriously good eats, you should definitely stop by and hang out in this cozy neighborhood spot.

This N That Eats is open from Monday - Thursday, 8am - 6pm, Friday & Saturday 8am - Midnight and Closed Sunday.


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McFadden's

8291 International Drive
Orlando FL. 32819
407-930-2550

Ever since the Orlando Eye announced plans to open on International Drive, businesses and restaurants alike were in a hurry to open up shop and get in on such a great attraction that was sure to draw customers and plenty of tourists. Over the past year during the construction of the eye, and since its opening, there have been quite a few restaurants to open, and I can tell you with certainty, a few more are still in the process of being built.

I have had the pleasure of dining at almost all of those restaurants that are filling up the I-Drive complex that hosts the Orlando Eye, but Mcfadden's took me a little longer to get around to, so with haste, my sister and I made an appointment a few weeks ago to check out one of the newest tenants to the attraction.

McFadden’s is a franchise of sorts with 15 locations throughout the U.S. The original location was founded by an Irishman himself... Steve McFadden. That restaurant was established in New York City in 1977 and was called McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, after the owners namesake. it is rumored that over 35 years later you can still find Steve enjoying a pint at the historic mahogany bar at the NY mainstay on the corner of 42nd and 2nd street.

McFadden’s has maintained its traditional Irish essence while establishing itself as a respected restaurant, after work meet up destination, and the ultimate party bar at night. When the lights go down the party turns up. With an attractive and fun staff, customers are always guaranteed to have a good time. Through special events, theme nights, drink specials and live DJs there is something to celebrate every night at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon.

McFadden's Orlando features two outdoor patios, HD TVs for the ultimate sports viewing experience, and a delectable food menu featuring authentic Irish fare and American comfort food like gourmet burgers and signature appetizers and a mouth watering drink menu that features famous Fishbowl drinks.

The menu here is pretty big and has plenty of Irish favorites like Shepherd's pie, Fish & Chips and Corned Beef & Cabbage to name a few. The rest of the menu is laced with distinctive American style bar food creations that feature such oddities like Chicken & Bacon Pancakes, Loaded Tater Tots and Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings. Of course Guinness beer and a host of other beers are on tap at the bar as well as a slew of crazy cocktails like the “Leprechaun's Revenge”


Although it’s certainly not an authentic Irish creation, I could not refuse the Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings. Pretty simple beer battered rings, wrapped in bacon and served with a spicy ketchup for dipping, and yes they were pretty tasty because Bacon.

One of the many cocktails I sampled was the Mcfadden’s Mai Tai with Don Q and Myers Dark Rum, Grenadine, Orange Juice and Pineapple Juice. Of course we had quite a few Pickle Back shots as well. 


For something more authentic, my sister ordered the Shepherd's Pie made with ground beef, vegetables, mashed potatoes and a red wine reduction. This was actually quite tasty, and spot on flavor wise.


Once again, I saw something strange on the menu that I had never eaten before, so I had to order the Chicken and Bacon Pancakes. This is two gigantic pancakes stuffed with fried chicken, bacon, smothered with sausage gravy and topped with maple syrup. It actually worked well together, but proved to be a bit more than I could eat in one sitting. 


Although my heart was set on the bread pudding, my sister insisted on the Chocolate Lava Cake. This was a warm and gooey on the inside chocolate cake drizzled with chocolate sauce and served with ice cream. It was a good ending to a fun night.

The service was fast and attentive and we enjoyed all of our food and drinks. We arrived around 8:00 pm and found that as it got later in the evening, more people were arriving to get their party on. By the time we left, half of the restaurant was in full club mode full of young and old alike all enjoying themselves.

McFadden’s is open from 4 pm until 2 am everyday with various happy hour specials throughout the week and a $0.15 cent wing night on Wednesdays. You can stay updated on all of the happenings at McFadden’s Orlando by going to https://www.facebook.com/McFaddensOrlando

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MOOR

Gaylord Palms Resort
6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee FL 34746
(407)-586-1101

The Gaylord Palms Resort and Spa in Orlando has always been a total destination resort that offers exceptional service, family entertainment, a spa and lots of recreational activities. The resort is situated on 63 acres within a five minute drive to Walt Disney World, and features 1,406 rooms and 115 Florida themed suites.

If you have ever been inside of the resort, you would be familiar with the hotel’s primary architectural feature that is a massive 4.5 acre glass enclosed atrium where guests can discover a variety of themed environments that depict popular Florida destinations like Key West, St. Augustine, the Emerald Coast and the Everglades, plus a unique area designed in the grand style of 19th century Florida resorts, known as Emerald Bay.


It’s inside this atrium where the vast majority of the hotels dining options are located. The Old Hickory Steakhouse features fine steaks and artisanal cheeses in an old backwoods Florida everglades setting, Villa de Flora offers seasonally inspired Mediterranean cuisine, Sora is the resorts modern sushi lounge, and for quite some time, there use to be a place called Sunset Sam’s that was basically a tribute to the Florida Keys and the laid back lifestyle with tropical drinks and reggae music.

Although Sunset Sam’s was kind of cool, in a Jimmy Buffet kind of way, I always felt that it was out of place in such an extravagant resort as the Gaylord Palms. Apparently so did the team at the Gaylord Palms as well. Aside from the towering mast of a 60 foot sailboat that was the indoor landmark for Sunset Sam’s, that restaurant is long gone and the space has been converted into the resorts latest dining attraction simply known as MOOR.

MOOR was inspired by the slow food, and farm-to-table movements and offers guests an opportunity to enjoy freshly caught seafood and locally grown ingredients in new and unexpected ways. The team at MOOR works with local farmers and fishmongers to find sustainable and seasonal ingredients for dishes that are regionally inspired with a focus on fresh seafood. Although the name “MOOR” seems simple, the restaurant’s new name is an acronym of sorts for “Mindful Of Our Resources”, and keeps a focus on using locally grown and sustainable foods.

During a preview event for MOOR we were treated to some tasty samples from some of the new restaurants vendors, such as Douce France Bakery in Winter Garden, Gary’s Seafood & Specialties in Orlando, and My Yard Farm in Winter Park. Of course we sampled some good craft brews from the likes of Funky Buddha Brewery and Crooked Can Brewing Company as well.

Specialty Chef Phillip Fisher is overseeing the kitchen at MOOR, and he is somewhat of a seafood specialist. Chef Fisher made a name for himself at the Ocean Key House Resort and Spa in Key West where he helped create a menu of fresh caught seafood and craft cocktails using only the finest ingredients. At Moor, Chef Phillip has taken his expertise to a new level as he creates locally inspired and fresh seafood dishes as well as some pretty amazing cocktails.


With an open floor plan, layers of neutral tones and elegant wood flooring, MOOR has all the charm of a captain’s paradise and the class of an upscale yacht club, while dining alongside the largest indoor saltwater lagoon. 

The bar at MOOR is both inside and outside and features craft brews as well as handcrafted cocktails with house made simple syrups and fresh herbs.

Our six course dining preview started with an amuse-bouche of Grilled Cedar Key Clams with jalapeno mignonette, cucumber and fennel.

Our first course was a delicious Pork Belly with peanut butter and pickled watermelon radish.

An Old fashioned cocktail made with Basil Hayden bourbon, citrus bitters and Florida sugar cane syrup proved to be a great chaser to the pork belly.

The second course featured an artistic arrangement of Spring Vegetables that included watermelon, burrata, olive oil and a hydroponic watercress that was grown on site.

In keeping with the artistic food flow, the MOOR Secret Cocktail was paired with the vegetables. The secret cocktail is made with gin, cucumber and an edible orchid.

 
The She Crab Soup was a delightful third course and featured Florida Atlantic caught blue crabs, sherry, and hydroponically grown chives.

It may sound odd to a foodie novice, but the fourth course of Grouper Cheeks with heirloom carrots, spring peas and morel mushroom was simply outstanding.

I'm a big fan of Tilefish because of its sweetness and mild flavor, and the one presented at MOOR by Chef Phillip and his team for our fifth course is on my top 10 list of some of the best I have ever had. This tilefish sat atop Anson Mills course grits and Zellwood sweet corn and was topped with apple and red sorrel.

Course six was the Chef’s Dessert Selection that featured a mini Key Lime Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, S’mores Pie and a Peanut Butter Cup. All of them were heavenly.

As an added bonus we had a dessert cocktail called The Port Cocktail made with
Knob Creek Bourbon, Fonseca Bin #27 port wine, simple syrup, angostura bitters and tonic water.

I was really impressed with the design and layout of MOOR. The team at Gaylord Palms really outdid themselves here, and this is finally an establishment worthy of such a grand resort. Chef Phillip is quite the master of creative seafood and delectable cocktails and of course Tastes Of Orlando will have some MOOR please.

Whether you are from out of town, or are looking for a fun staycation, check out the Gaylord Palms Resort. They truly have everything under one roof, and you may not ever want to leave.

MOOR is in the Key West Atrium at Gaylord Palms Resort. The restaurant is open daily for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The bar is open 11:00 a.m. to midnight.
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Melting Pot : Dip into Summer

7549 W Sand Lake Rd.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 903-1100

Some of my first childhood dining memories began at the The Melting Pot. The first Melting Pot opened in April 1975 in Maitland, Florida and served only three items on its menu. With permission from the original owners, Mark, Mike and Bob Johnston opened The Melting Pot of Tallahassee in 1979. As the restaurant expanded its franchise, the menu grew larger. In 1985, the Johnston brothers purchased all rights to the Melting Pot brand.

Sadly, on June 1, 2008, the original location in Maitland closed, but there were already enough additional Melting Pot locations to replace the original one. My family has always been very fond of fondue, and that is why I have always been a big fan of The Melting Pot.

I mean who can refuse a relaxing four course experience that begins with a cheese fondue prepared table side with artisan bread and vegetables for dipping and a fresh salad while your entree pot heats up followed by a decadent chocolate fondue as the finale?

If you love The Melting Pot as much as I do, you may not think things could get any better, but I must warn you, the all new "Dip Into Summer" special is rather awesome. I always order my fondue with the oil for frying...call it a southern thing if you will, but the Old Bay seasoned broth for boiling with this limited time offer has me rethinking my position.


In addition to a ridiculously good BBQ brisket cheddar fondue, the all new “Dip Into Summer” special features pacific white shrimp, scallops, lobster & shrimp ravioli, andouille sausage and succulent crab claws.

Instead of oil for frying, this special is prepared with an Old Bay seasoned cooking broth that features fresh corn on the cob, red potatoes and andouille sausage.

The BBQ Brisket Cheddar fondue was outstanding. It features chunks of savory smoked barbecue brisket, medium sharp cheddar and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses with fresh tomatoes and scallions. The usual dipping items of various breads, green apples and a vegetable assortment are included with this as well.

I'm not usually a fan of wedge salads, but this was quite tasty. A crisp iceberg wedge is served with sliced Roma tomatoes, Gorgonzola cheese, hardwood smoked bacon and peppercorn ranch dressing. 

The Summertime Sipper is a perfect drink for this time of year. One sip and you will feel like you are at the beach relaxing. This cocktail contains fresh watermelon and cucumber with Malibu rum and fresh lime juice to create a refreshing cocktail you’ll want to sip all summer long.

For all the beer drinkers out there, the Melting Pot has you covered as well. This refreshing beer flight from Sam Adams Summer Ale and Lemonade, features Black Cherry Blush, Ruby Red Crush & Lively Lemon flavors in 7oz servings. Each flavor also available in full 12oz size.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Banana Split Chocolate Fondue. This dessert combines all the flavors of a classic banana split into a decadent milk chocolate fondue with cherries on top.

The summer menu is available now through July 31st and also includes options to add a lobster tail and 4 more crab claws for an additional charge.

I really enjoyed this dining experience and taking a detour from my normal fondue selections. If you love summertime, seafood, cool cocktails and great fondue, then head to your nearest Melting Pot before this special ends.

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Spoleto : My Italian Kitchen

12101 University Blvd.
Ste. 219
Orlando, FL 32817
(407) 658-0593
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Spoleto is the newest arrival to the ever growing world of the “Fast Casual” dining experience. Fast Casual is a type of restaurant that does not offer full table service, but promises a higher quality of food with fewer frozen or processed ingredients than a fast-food restaurant. It is a concept that is positioned between fast food and casual dining. The typical cost per meal is $8-15 and is exemplified by chains such as Chipotle Mexican Grill Panera Bread.

Guests dining at Spoleto will find a restaurant that combines the speed of fast casual service with the sophistication of an Italian restaurant with gourmet quality food. Spoleto further defines the uniqueness of the concept by offering a seasonal menu based on the availability of fresh local products and an endless number of guest selected food combinations.


With a choice of over 25 authentic Italian inspired ingredients, it gives everyone a chance to create meals that inspire their palate. You can choose to indulge in richer ingredients like meats and cheeses, as well as a full complement of fresh vegetables, whole grains and fruits. All of this sounds great and looks even better in person, but it may be confusing to a first timer of Spoleto.

As you enter the queue, your first choice is what type of pasta you would like, or if you want to customize a flatbread or salad. You then interact with someone behind a counter that tells you to pick six additional ingredients that will go into your dish. There are over twenty five additional ingredients to choose from and include things like broccoli, tomatoes, onion, sausage, kale and scallions to name a few. Don't feel bad if you give that person behind the counter a blank stare...it's a lot to take in on your first visit.

Next you can choose an upgrade. If you go with just pasta, its about $8.00, and if you add a protein upgrade, you will add another couple of dollars to your tab. Upgrades include House Made Giant Meatball ($3.50), Prosciutto ($2.50), Roasted Link Sausage ($2.50), Herb Roasted Chicken ($2.50), and a Basil Marinated Shrimp for $4.00. Naturally your next decision will be what sauce you would like...choices include - Pesto, Marinara, Bolognese, Alfredo, Brodo di Pollo (chicken broth). Your final question is whether you would like to top off your creation with crushed red pepper, Parmesan, Italian herbs and a variety of other toppings.



After you select a pasta, you can choose up to six of the twenty five plus additional ingredients.


At Spoleto your ingredients are actually cooked together, and not just picked out of hot pans and mixed. The chef is always fun to watch and conversate with as he prepares your meal.


I chose the penne pasta with bacon, truffle roasted mushrooms, tomatoes, caramelized onions, pepperoncini and Italian cheese blend as my six ingredients. I also added the house made meatball and topped it off with fresh grated Parmesan. This looked and tasted as good, if not better, then anything you may get at a traditional sit down restaurant and was ordered and ready in under 10 minutes.


My guest chose the fettuccine with broccoli, carrots, pine nuts and sun roasted garlic and added the herb roasted chicken. You don't have to choose six ingredients, you may choose less, if you so wish. This dish was sauced with the Alfredo sauce and topped with fresh grated Parmesan and Italian herb blend. This was a perfect portion size and tasted wonderful.


As an added bonus, and I must say “You have to try this,” we had the Nutella flat bread with fresh strawberries. This is very simple and quite understated, but the Nutella and the delicious flat bread taste like they were made for each other.

Although the ordering system may be confusing at first, don't let that prevent you from trying out Spoleto. The food here is really good for fast casual Italian, and the number of dishes you can create is only limited by your imagination. The inside is very nice and open as well, and features open face brick and unique lighting fixtures made of cooking utensils.

Spoleto : My Italian Kitchen is open from Monday - Sunday 11am - 10pm. Keep an eye out for the newest location to open up inside of the Florida Mall’s all new food pavilion, and a third location coming to Winter Park at 349 N. Orlando Avenue.

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