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Don Julio Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar

551 S Chickasaw Trl
Orlando, FL 32825
(407) 930-3735


Say hello to the newest tenant to occupy the space at 551 South Chickasaw Trail in Orlando.

I say newest tenant simply because, the last business there was Oyster Bay, a place which I reviewed some time ago. Oyster Bay, as its name would imply, specialized in raw oysters and seafood, but more importantly...wings. 

I must admit, I still miss my Caribbean breaded wings, and have yet to find a replacement for them, but I am happy to report that after four visits to Don Julio’s, I really like this place. Don Julio’s is literally in my backyard. I could ride my bike there if I wanted to, and that's why I am so excited that the folks here seem to be getting it right and business is going good for them.

The menu at Don Julio’s is your basic Tex-Mex fare with some authentic Mexican fare on the menu, as well as some house favorites and specialty dishes. You can find a variety of tacos, quesadillas, flautas, enchiladas and burritos for your basic Tex-Mex options. If you want something more authentic, opt for Mexican street tacos with a variety of proteins available.


My personal favorite is the ChoriPollo, which is essentially chicken breasts smothered in chorizo and queso. The ChoriPollo is under the Parrilladas section of the menu, which features various steaks, chicken, pork and seafood all served up in a variety of ways from the grill. Parrillada in spanish means to grill or barbeque.

After four visits, I have been impressed with the consistency and the quality of the food. The service has been exceptional, and the house margarita has never disappointed.


All meals come with complimentary chips and salsa. It's always been good, but sometimes it can be a little on the spicier side.

The table side Guacamole is always a great starter. You can have it made as spicy as you like and have at least six different ingredients you can have added to the mix.

Our Guacamole ready to eat. We like it spicy and full of flavor.

Queso Fundido is a mix of chorizo sausage and melted Mexican cheeses served with sour cream, pico de gallo and flour tortillas. This is a must have appetizer at Don Julio’s.

We have ordered a pitcher of the house made Margarita on at least three occasions, and have never been disappointed. They make these bad boys strong and tasty. Don't say I didn't warn you.

The Carnitas were outstanding chunks of Pork deep fried until crispy, but tender on the inside. Carnitas are served with Mexican rice, sour cream, pico de gallo, rice and beans, and flour tortillas.

For something on the lighter side, Don Julio’s Chef Salad was pretty tasty as well. You can add grilled rib eye steak, chicken or fish to top off your salad.

As I mentioned earlier, the ChoriPollo is delicious, and has become my favorite dish. You can't go wrong by smothering chicken cutlets in chorizo and queso sauce. This meal is served with Mexican rice and flour tortillas so you can make your own ChoriPollo tacos.

The ambiance here is very casual and laid back with plenty of seating inside and outside and a decent sized bar at the front of the house. There are a few T.V’s scattered throughout so you can stay on top of all your sports action. Don Julio Mexican Grill is quickly becoming one of my favorite go to spots for local cuisine, and I would suggest you to stop by and see them soon as well. You will not regret it. 

They do not have a website up yet, but you can check them out on Facebook by clicking here. The restaurant is open from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm most nights.

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EVE Orlando


110 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL. 32801
(407) 602-7462
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Back in 2013, I told you about a pretty cool upscale nightclub that opened up in Downtown Orlando, that went by the name of Vanity Night Club. You can check it out here if you missed it.

I have been to Vanity on quite a few occasions and have always enjoyed myself. Recently Vanity underwent a minor change and is shifting its focus to the corporate world. Vanity has since been renamed EVE, and although it will still remain a nightclub, the brand is aiming to become a premier EVENT venue space that is available to rent for any occasion. I had the opportunity to check it out and experience first hand what the new EVE event venue will be like.

Eve was created with the elegance and flair that Orlando nightlife aficionados have been longing for. Featuring three stunning and sophisticated atmospheres that include a lounge, nightclub and balcony terrace. Eve was designed with a brilliant ambiance by award-winning nightclub designer Charles Doell of Mister Important Design Firm. Stylish and energetic, with unrivaled décor, Eve provides a five-star customer service experience unlike any other in Downtown Orlando, raising the standard for upscale nightlife.


When it comes to needing a state of the art and just plain awesome event venue, look no further than EVE. Located between Dr. Phillips Center and the heart of Nightlife in Orlando, Eve stands out as an exceptional host venue for all types of events.

Eve is a perfect location for corporate functions, fashion shows, holiday parties, wedding receptions, product launches, networking receptions and more. The space has the ability to host events up for up to 500 people.


Eve features some of the most advanced lighting and audio, as well as a custom LED wall designed to showcase company logos. Television screens are equipped to loop photos and videos to showcase logos, products and client information.

The In-house mixology team features a full range of bartending services and a variety of bar packages are available for your event. Catering packages are available as well, with everything from a full staff to hors d’oeuvres and buffet style to live chef attended stations and intimate plated dinners.

Additionally, Eve has partnered with top Orlando caterers to now provide a wide variety of food options. Eve will also offer a variety of entertainment packages from DJs to live bands, Cirque performers, contortionists, living statues, stilt walkers and go-go dancers. Photographer and Videographer are also available.

From intimate gatherings to large corporate events with many branding outlets, EVE Orlando is sure to impress everyone. The gorgeous 5,000 square-foot main level features three full-service bars, multi-tiered seating, crystal chandeliers, three private VIP areas, a dance floor, state of the art LED lighting and sound system, and a 400 square foot balcony terrace overlooking bustling Orange Avenue. Eve’s goal is to create a unique experience and to focus on the most important people in the room.
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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse


9150 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
407-351-5074


In case you missed it, another outstanding steakhouse has been added to International Drive to compliment the already great list of dining options you can find cruising up and down the strip.

That steakhouse is none other than Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. I had the opportunity to visit this fine establishment during a grand opening VIP celebration and got to tour the new digs. I must say I was impressed with what I saw, and Del Frisco's looks like a place that is going to be a standard setter in Orlando.

The Del Frisco’s brand was born more than 20 years ago, and embodies the rich tradition of the classic American steakhouse, with impeccable chef-driven cuisine, an extensive award-winning wine list and unparalleled hospitality. The people at Del Frisco’s will tell you... “No one does steak like Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House” and the new location in Orlando will be no exception.


An American culinary institution, Del Frisco’s in Orlando will serve up flawless cuisine that’s bold and delicious with an extensive award-winning wine list and a level of service that reminds guests that they’re the boss. Offering prime steak, fresh-off-the-boat seafood and genuine hospitality, Del Frisco’s Orlando is an exceptional steakhouse, unparalleled in Orlando.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House features a sizable, diverse wine list of more than 1,200 labels, to include a number of notable verticals from both old and new world producers. With two floors that include two bars, four private dining rooms and a picturesque patio, Del Frisco’s Orlando boasts over 400 seats.

If you are interested in trying out Del Frisco’s but maybe you think it's not in your budget, I have some great news for you. As a way to celebrate Orlando's amazing culinary scene Visit Orlando is kicking off their annual Magical Dining Month with a special preview week that begins August 24th , and continues throughout September. During Magical Dining Month, select Orlando restaurants will offer prix fixe dinners for just $33 and allows guests to indulge in imaginative appetizers, entrees and desserts for one low price and Del Frisco’s is participating in this wonderful event.

The Magical Dining menu at Del Frisco’s includes:

Choice of appetizers:

Classic Caesar Salad, Mixed Green Salad or Soup Creation Of The day 

Choice of Entrees:

Filet Mignon 8 oz., Filet Medallions, Pan Roasted Chicken or Pan Seared Salmon all served with Chateau potatoes & thin green beans.









Choice of Desserts:
Cheesecake with strawberry or butterscotch Sauce, Warm Banana Bread Pudding with Caramel sauce & fresh whipped cream or a Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate shavings & raspberry sauce.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is open for Dinner from Monday through Saturday from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sunday from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Lunch is served Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside

7499 Augusta National Drive
Orlando Florida 32822
407-857-6211

Often times, here in Orlando, we take our vast array of hotels for granted. We locals mostly think of other places to go outside of Orlando, or we keep an eye out for a great place to stay for tourists. Although it is very close to the Orlando International Airport, and is indeed a great place for tourists, the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside is a great place for locals to take a weekend getaway.

This property features 30,000 square feet of contemporary event space with on site meeting planners and catering readily available. Bike and fishing pole rentals allow guests to get out and enjoy the scenery around the hotel on Lake Michelle. Of course if fitness is your thing you can stay in shape with a 24 hour state of the art fitness center, or go for a swim in the indoor or outdoor pools.

When it comes to dining options, the locally sourced cuisine at Crimson Tavern presents an impressive array of delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I did a review of that fine establishment earlier in the year that you can see here. The restaurant can fit 80 people, the private dining room can seat up to 16, and semi-private dining on the upper deck is up to 30 guests.

Spacious rooms and suites boast soundproof floor-to-ceiling windows and pillow-top mattresses for a peaceful night's rest.

This was the view outside of our room, with a beautiful view of the pool and Lake Michelle.

Speaking of Lake Michelle, guests can relax lakeside, or you can make use of the free fishing poles to go fishing. We had a blast fishing off of the dock as well as at this nice and shady location.

The pool at Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside is set up pretty nicely with a portion of it flowing inside next to the fitness center. In the inside portion of the pool, you will also find the hot tubs.

At night, the poolside area comes to life with fire pits and plenty of seating for a quiet romantic evening for your weekend or weekday getaway.

Located just a mile from Orlando International Airport, the hotel does offer a free shuttle service if you are visiting, but if you are an Orlando local, don't miss out on this gem in the Marriott portfolio. We really enjoyed our stay and slept like babies on those pillow top mattresses. Our day was filled with plenty of swimming, fishing, and poolside drinks with snack food provided by Crimson Tavern. It was a very relaxing stay and provided the perfect getaway, even if it was just a few miles from my house.
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Liam Fitzpatrick's


Colonial Town Park
951 Market Promenade Ave.
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 936-3782


I always enjoy restaurants and bars that really try to go for an authentic as you can get style with food and decor. When it comes to Irish food in Orlando and surrounding areas we have a few smaller locations like Harp and Celt that do a decent job at providing that atmosphere and traditional food cravings from the homeland. Of course there is the larger Raglan Road at downtown Disney and Meg O'Malleys Irish Pub in Melbourne FL, but I have yet to find somewhere in between these until I visited Liam Fitzpatrick’s.

Located at the Colonial Town Park Shopping Center in Lake Mary, Liam Fitzpatrick’s, is carrying on the two hundred year old tradition of a great Irish Pub with a hearty mix of great food and drink, warm and friendly hospitality, good music and great conversation. Liam’s was inspired by the owners visits to Ireland and by the wonderful times they experienced there. Their desire was to bring the spirit of that great culture of food and friendship to Lake Mary where upon stepping through their doors you can feel as though you are with friends and ready to enjoy a great time.

Outside of Liam’s, you will be drawn in by the classic exterior, which resembles a traditional Irish pub. Once inside, the Irish pub decor takes things up a notch with elaborate rich wood furnishings and accents. Two separate pub areas, front of house and back, offer fully stocked bars with perfect pours of Guinness or whatever you may be in the mood for. The inside is very spacious and open with plenty of seating. There is also a private dining room which is available for pretty much any type of event you would like to have.

Liam Fitzpatrick’s is lively and festive at anytime of the day. There is live music almost any night of the week and Saturday nights feature dueling pianos. There are yearly block parties which include St. Patrick’s Day, Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, New Year’s Eve and many more keeping Liam’s largely involved in the local community and always a happening place.

The menu here consists of your traditional Irish favorites like Shepherd's Pie, Corned Beef & Cabbage and Fish & Chips. However, the creative team at Liam’s, has put together some additional mouth watering items with an Irish twist. Some of these items include the Galway Burger, an Irish Cheese Steak, Curry Chicken and Lobster Mac & Cheese. Of course it goes without saying, Guinness and a selection of other craft beers and cocktails are available to help wash down all of this delicious food.


The Baileys Irish Coffee is a great pick me up at the end of your day, and a “Perfect Pour” of Guinness in a proper 20 ounce tulip pint glass is sure to satisfy your thirst.

Scotch Eggs are pretty common to find at most Irish pubs, but Liam’s has spiced up this classic appetizer by rolling the eggs in chorizo sausage before breading them. This was a unique twist that I really enjoyed.

Although not a “traditional dish” the Apple Walnut Salad was outstanding. This salad is made with baby spinach, walnuts, apples, goat cheese, and dried cranberries tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette. For an additional charge, you can have grilled or blackened chicken or shrimp added to this salad. We opted for the blackened shrimp, and the savory flavors blended well with the sweetness of salad.

The Corned Beef and Cabbage is roasted in beer for ten hours and is served with cabbage, boiled red potatoes and a horseradish Dijon sauce.

This is a proper fish & chips with jumbo pieces of haddock fried in special recipe batter served with tartar sauce and mushy peas.

The Shepherd’s Pie at Liam’s is made with a blend of ground beef and lamb with carrots, onions, peas, celery and corn baked with a cap of mashed potatoes. For an added bonus, you can have them top it off with melted cheese.

For an Irish American twist, the Galway Burger is Angus beef, topped with Irish Whiskey glazed onions, lettuce, tomato and imported Irish porter stout cheese (which sometimes doesn’t make it through customs) and Guinness BBQ sauce. This burger is loaded with flavor and does not disappoint. You can get a number of side items with this burger and we chose the sweet potato fries.

Bread & Butter Pudding is a traditional Irish bread pudding made with raisins, served with whiskey creme anglaise and is ridiculously good.


The Baileys Cream Cheesecake is a signature cheesecake made with Baileys Irish Cream, topped with chocolate and caramel. It is very rich but very delicious.

Whether it’s a business lunch, a gathering with old friends or a celebration with new friends, Liam’s provides a great setting for your visit. With a wide ranging menu of great home cooked food to suit every taste and pouring some of the best beers and wines in the world, Liam Fitzpatrick’s delivers an authentic Irish experience in warm hospitality that can only be described as brilliant!

Hours of Operation
Monday 11am - 11pm
Tuesday – Thursday 11am - 12am
Friday 11am - 2am

Enjoy Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 1030am – 3pm with endless Mimosas, a unique selection of Bloody Mary’s and Fitzpatrick’s Brunch Favorites.

Ol, Ceol, Bia agus Craic (Drink, Music, Food & Good Times!)


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Keke's Breakfast Cafe


345 West Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
407-629-1400
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Keke’s Breakfast Cafe has always been a favorite of a lot of people I have spoke to over the years, but I never got around to trying them out until a few weeks ago. If you are not familiar with Keke’s they are a small chain of breakfast and lunch only restaurants that opens at 7:00 am and closes at 2:00 pm. Currently there are 13 locations with more soon to open throughout Central Florida.

Breakfast covers the usual line up of omelets, pancakes, waffles, french toast etc. Lunch includes selections of burgers, wraps, and a variety of sandwiches and paninis. All of the food at Keke’s is handmade, using quality ingredients and fresh fruits and vegetables that are delivered daily and served up in a clean environment with great service.

The food here can best be described as American comfort food with a gourmet twist. On my visit we did breakfast items only, and selected a few dishes. All of our food was excellent. It was crowded when we arrived around 11:00 and we were told there would be a wait of fifteen minutes, but we only waited about five minutes.

The Home Fries with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese were pretty awesome, and are really great for a hangover remedy. This comes in a large enough portion that if you just wanted to order this only, you would be satisfied.


The Southwest Omelet is filled with tomatoes, onion, jalapeño and pepper jack cheese, petal sauce and is served with salsa a side of home fries and your choice of bread. This was omelette was fluffy and tasty with a touch of spice.


I ordered the “Create Your Own Combo” with French toast, two eggs sunny side up and two strips of bacon. The French toast at Keke’s is not to be missed. I only had the basic regular version, and it was among the best French toast I have had. I hear that the stuffed versions are pretty spectacular as well.

Whatever part of town you are in, look up the nearest Keke’s Breakfast Cafe location the next time you are in the mood for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or whatever you want to call it. There is a reason they have won Orlando Weekly’s Best Of Orlando award for breakfast two times in three years.

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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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