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Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food


6000 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 224-3663
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Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food is one of many dining options available at Universal City Walk. Although the decor is very lively and fun, It certainly is very far from being Authentic. That’s not necessarily a bad thing thing though.

The food that is served up is pretty decent for the most part, and some things can be hit or miss, but let’s face it...this in the heart of a huge tourist area. While I wouldn't go so far as to say it’s a tourist trap, it is a place that I’m ok with not being fully authentic.

Once you step inside of Antojitos, you will find a lively fiesta vibe with neon lights, loud music, and array of decorations that get you into party mode. 

The bar has plenty of cocktails and tequila creations like the “Blood Orange Margarita” or the “Horse You Rode In On” made with Herradura Reposado Tequila, Ginger Beer, Amarena Black Cherry and Simple Syrup. They also have a very extensive line up of tequila by the shot that range from $5.00 to $60.00 for a shot of Casa Dragones.

The menu features made from scratch Mexican street fare with flavorful favorites like tacos, empanadas, and fajitas with traditional creations like hearty Mar y Tierra Stew and bright Mahi Veracruzana. Some items are just not quite authentic, are more of an artistic expression of what that dish should be.

The Chips and Salsa were pretty much standard fare for any Tex-Mex place. The salsa was a tad bland, but not too bad.

A Tropical Mojito on the Left and The Horse you rode in on the right made with Herradura Reposado Tequila, Ginger Beer, Amarena Black Cherry and Simple Syrup.

The bar is a focal point as soon as you walk into Antojitos and it has pretty cool vibe with lots of neon lights.

Queso Fundido La Generala is made with Menonita Cheese topped with chorizo sausage and ancho spice, served with warm flour tortillas.

The Carnitas were really good with beer braised chili pork, salsa verde, guacamole, queso fresco, grilled Serrano chili, black beans and house rice, but for the price of $16.95, the portion was underwhelming.

We really enjoyed the Churrasco that is composed of skirt steak, ancho, chimichurri, grilled chorizo, black bean puree, house rice and crispy chile onions. This was very tender and flavorful and had adequate portions.

As I said earlier, some things are hit or miss here, and they try to do too much with artistic expression. This is the Tamales at Antojitos and they were rather strange. They made them as a souffle, and I get the idea they were going for...the flavors were there, but it lacked the ultimate flavor of a good Tamale with a good homemade corn tortilla. Interesting, but missed the mark.

Inside of Antojitos is very spacious and open with a few different dining areas.

With live Mariachi music setting the tone on select nights, Neon Lights galore and a crazy atmosphere this is a festive dining experience every day of the week. The food is good and you will have a good time here, just don't expect authentic Mexican as the name suggests.

Antojitos is open Sunday to Thursday from 3:00 pm to Midnight, and Friday to Saturday from 3:00 pm to 1:00 am.

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Garp & Fuss


348 N Park Ave #5, 
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 960-5560
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Established in 2017, Garp & Fuss sits inside The Hidden Garden along Park Avenue in Winter Park. If you walk past the koi pond and head right, you will see the signs for the restaurant, but it is hidden a little bit from the Park Avenue main storefronts.

For head chef Liz Zucco and general manager Nikki Nielsen, that “feeling right at home” experience is exactly what they set out to produce and add to the Orlando area food scene.

The name “Garp & Fuss” is named after Zucco’s two sisters: Alyssa (Garp) and Amanda (Fuss). Their childhood nicknames, Alyssa resembled the baby from “The World According to Garp” as an infant. Amanda was, to be nice, quite fussy when she was a baby.

In an effort to create a dining, drinking, and social gathering experience that adds fun at every corner, Zucco and Nielsen used the restaurant’s name as the key ingredient. What they built was a delicious range of food options that will meet the desires of anyone, whether seeking a full dinner entree or multiple shareable offerings.

The menu is pretty diverse here, and is as eclectic as the inside of the restaurant. Offerings range from crispy fried wings available in six different sauces, buffalo cauliflower, crab cake bites, poke lettuce wraps, the signature “Fuss” fried chicken sandwich with blueberry relish, the “Garp” brings a little Chicago flair down to Central Florida with a mouth-watering Italian beef sandwich.

Burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads, potstickers, ribs, and more fill a diverse menu ranging in nationalities, volume, and flavors.

The Good Ol' Thyme is made with Cooper’s craft bourbon, lemon, St. Germain elderflower, simple syrup, mint & thyme and was a very smooth bourbon cocktail.

We really enjoyed the Buffalo Cauliflower with tempura-battered cauliflower. We opted for the parmesan garlic sauce which went very nicely with this dish.

The Fuss… is made with Fried chicken, hot honey, marinated cucumber, arugula, boss sauce and blueberry relish. This was a superb southern inspired chicken sandwich that was simply delicious and just melted in your mouth, the fries were pretty good too.

The Schnitz is a different take on a Chicken Schnitzel at Garp & Fuss, and it has an excellent flavor and texture with crispy chicken breast, fried egg, arugula salad and shaved parm.

A visit to the five-room, 3,800-square-foot restaurant leaves one feeling a sense of comfort that can rarely be found outside of one’s own home.

Yes, this actually another room at Garp & Fuss, it’s upstairs above the bar and is super cozy like sitting in someone's living room. You can eat and drink and watch TV, just like you would at your friends house.

Although not too big, the bar here is a great place to sit and enjoy a good quality cocktail, or beer.

Garp & Fuss is closed on Monday’s. Tuesday to Thursday they are open from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Friday and Saturday they are open from 11:00 am to 12:00 am and Sunday they are open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

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Foxtail Coffee announces College Park location

3405 Edgewater Drive.
Orlando, FL 32804
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Foxtail Coffee Co. is Central Florida's homegrown coffee spot, Now, the local business is making a home in another one of Orlando's best-loved neighborhoods, as they a announced a new location in College Park.

The coffee company will lease a building on the neighborhood's signature street at 3405 Edgewater Drive.

"Anyone who's lived in or visited College Park knows it has a special feeling," said Alex Tchekmeian, Foxtail's co-founder. "Each of the local businesses there bring a unique vibe, and residents come out strong to support their community.

"That's what Foxtail is all about. We've known for a long time we wanted to be part of the College Park community, and when the opportunity came to lease a space here, we couldn't pass it up."

Foxtail Coffee College Park will feature a renovated interior and exterior to fit the Foxtail aesthetic with a blend of wood and metal accents. Even so, each Foxtail location features its own distinct flair to fit with the building and neighborhood.

The menu will offer patrons locally roasted coffee and hand-crafted beverages, as well as full food options from local partners. It will also feature a large selection of beer and wine, including local choices.

Foxtail Coffee started in 2016 in Winter Park and has since opened locations in several other Orlando neighborhoods, including Altamonte Springs and the Hourglass District.

The company is dedicated to responsibly sourcing and roasting some of the finest coffees from around the world. Foxtail is in the business of education; the brand is committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere that shifts the way we think about coffee one cup at a time. For more information, call 407-951-7931 or visit www.foxtailcoffee.com.
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The Osprey Tavern


4899 New Broad St.
Orlando, FL 32814
(407) 960-7700
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We finally got around to visiting the Osprey Tavern, and it was pretty damn good. We really enjoyed the personalized service, and almost everything we had to eat was amazing, and the atmosphere here is exceptional.

The Osprey Tavern was conceived by Orlando restaurateurs Jason & Sue Chin, and they proudly opened their doors in the heart of Baldwin Park in March of 2015. The Chins are familiar faces on the local scene, as they also own and operate Baldwin Park favorite Seito Sushi, a beloved staple of the neighborhood for over ten years, and they also own and operate Reyes Mezcaleria in NODO.

With their second venture at Osprey, the couple has brought their adventurous spirit and passion for their craft back home once again, in a stunningly assured take on classic American fare that marks a wonderful new step in Orlando’s culinary evolution.

Both strikingly bold while at the same time utterly familiar, the interior here creates a warm atmosphere in keeping with the age old feel of a true tavern. The open layout of the bar and kitchen and elegant nuances of the decor all contribute to a festive, convivial place for dining and socializing.

The cuisine at Osprey reflects a love of brilliant ingredients showcased at their simplest and most exuberant. The focus is on quality that’s congruent with its seasonal surroundings. The kitchen loves to capture vibrant flavors that express themselves just as easily in classic dishes as in creative spins on old favorites.

The Ghost Town with Mezcal on the left and Purple Suede Shoes on the right were really great cocktails to get our evening started. 

I'm a sucker for good bread, and The Parker House Rolls delivered. They were served served with orange spice honey butter and peach lemon verbena jam.

Pacific Northwest Oysters with champagne mignonette and cocktail sauce were delicious.

The Charred Spanish Octopus with scallion vinaigrette, green beans and heirloom potatoes and chimichurri rojo was pretty decent, but a tad chewy for my likes, and I was not a fan of cutting it up into such small pieces.

I really enjoyed the 12 oz. 1855 Black Angus NY Strip served with bearnaise sauce, trisee salad and pickled shallots, and it was cooked to a perfect Medium.

Crispy Broccolini is a game changer at the Osprey Tavern, this is a deep fried broccoli served in a garlic scape mojo... this is how you eat your veggies.

This was certainly a different presentation of Shepherd's Pie, but it was delicious nonetheless, made with braised short ribs, whipped yukon gold potatoes and peas and carrots.

The Truffle Mac and Cheese is just plain ridiculous here, and it is made with Gruyere, white cheddar and Parmesan.

Scenes from the open kitchen at the Osprey Tavern.

The bar at the Osprey Tavern is centrally located right in the middle of the restaurant, and is a focal point of good times, good drinks and good food shared with friends.

The Osprey Tavern is open for dinner Tuesday to Thursday from 5 pm. To 10 pm., Friday and Saturday from 5 pm. to 11 pm.

Sunday they are open from 5 pm. to 9 pm., with a Sunday Brunch from 10:30 am. to 2:30 pm.

Happy Hour is Tuesday to Saturday from 5 pm. to 7 pm., and all night on Sunday.

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The H Cuisine is Open in Dr. Phillips

7512 Dr Phillips Blvd #80
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 930-3020
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New to the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, The H Cuisine offers a diverse Mediterranean menu prepared by chefs with international experience, gained from working at some of the finest restaurants around the world.

Combined, they have traveled to more than 70 countries to learn about different tastes, foods and ingredients, and bring what they have learned from these culinary adventures to Orlando. It is owned by local entrepreneurs, Fuat Hasaglu and Ahmet Ozhamurkar.

An open-fire kitchen concept allows guests to enjoy different styles of fire cooking methods, including charcoal-oven cooked and charcoal-grilled dishes, slowly-cooked barbecue, smoked dishes, sustainable seafood, handmade dried and rested meat, Turkish spicy Sucuk and meze dishes, which will win the hearts of vegetarians. The menu includes seasonal ingredients purchased from local Anatolian producers.

The open kitchen counter allows guests to feel the warmth of the live fire as they watch the chefs preparing exclusive menu items. Guests can also enjoy table-side experiences with the chefs when they order select items from the menu.

A signature experience at The H Cuisine, shared platters for two to four guests, can be reserved and include braised lamb shoulders and 12-hour braised veal shank with root vegetables and wine. 

The bar at The H Cuisine serves a wide range of domestic and imported beverages, including beer, wine, raki and cocktails with premium liquor options available. A perfect location to relax or gather with friends, the bar offers a unique experience after work, during lunch and before and after dinner. Coffee enthusiasts will love another signature menu item at The H – Turkish coffee.

The H Cuisine is the perfect new spot for local and visiting foodies, business, convention and group meetings, and life celebrations.

The restaurant offers both outdoor and indoor seating. Reservations can also be made online through Open Table. The hours of operations are Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m, Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Reservations can be made by calling 407-930-3020.
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MidiCi Italian Kitchen - Daytona Beach

1860 Victory Circle.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 271-4811
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At MidiCi the mission is to bring friends together around pizza because it behaves like a friend, it connects people. It crosses barriers and unites people.

The pizza served here is the Original. Pizza with a capital N. Neapolitan Pizza.
The way Italians invented it over 300 years ago. It is authentic, made with few and fine ingredients, and accessible to everyone.

Staying true to Neapolitan heritage, the dough is made with only four fine ingredients – non-GMO double zero flour imported from Naples, pure water, sea salt and live yeast. The authentic and pure garnishes include – crushed non-GMO Italian peeled tomatoes, fresh whole mozzarella and non-GMO, Italian extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil.

They serve way more than pizza here too, with a great selection of meat and cheese boards, antipasto dishes, salads, desserts, beers, wines and some really good coffee too.

This is fast casual, so you do have to walk up to the counter and place an order, but that is where the fun starts. They have a few classic styles of Neapolitan pizza you can choose from, as well as specialty pizzas, and of course you can make your own pizza with whatever toppings you wish.

One of the big differences between the Midici we visited in Kissimmee, and the one in Daytona Beach is a Liquor License. Midici Kissimmee serves wine and beer, but this location has a full bar, with great cocktail options like these two drinks...The Angel's Margarita on the Left and The Devil's Margarita on the right are both made with Tequila, Triple Sec, Lime juice, simple syrup. The Angel is sweet with blackberries and the Devil is heat with Fresno Chili Peppers.

Burrata with Melon & Prosciutto is a great antipasto selection to start your meal at Midici. This is served with Burrata, melon, prosciutto, extra virgin olive oil and a balsamic reduction drizzle with wood fired Neapolitan bread. All appetizers are served fresh with balsamic reduction and wood-fired Neapolitan bread.

The House Meat & Cheese Plate with Black truffle cheese (sottocenere al tartufo), Goat cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, rosemary ham (cotto), prosciutto, spicy Italian salami (calabrese) is big enough for 2. This is served with Kalamata olives, dried apricots, dates, walnuts and honey.

We really enjoyed The Italian Salad. This is made to share, and it’s full of seasonal greens, Romaine lettuce, Neapolitan salami, bell peppers, grape tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, Kalamata olives, Parmesan, crushed croutons and tossed in a housemade Italian vinaigrette dressing.

Spaghetti Bolognese is a new addition to all Midici menus, and it is made with Angus ground beef sauteed with herbs in a housemade Italian tomato sauce served over spaghetti. This was very good, but I could have used a little more sauce.

Calzones are also new on the menus here, and while they have a variety of options….Do not miss out on the Truffle Calzone! This is simply amazing...made from truffle cream, black truffle cheese, fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, parmesan and basil.

We made a custom pizza using the New York Margherita as the base that includes marinara sauce, fresh shredded mozzarella and parmesan and we topped it with applewood smoked bacon cherry tomatoes and feta cheese, and it was excellent.

Although the Nutella Calzone at Midici is simply phenomenal, sometimes all you have room for is a an Affogato with Salted Caramel Gelato. This is perfection in a cup, and a great way to end your evening.

Midici Daytona is open from Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm. On Friday and Saturday, they are open from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm.

If you are in the area, stop by and grab some great food, and enjoy a cocktail or two.
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