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Norman Van Aken to Open New Wynwood Restaurant and Cooking School

50 NW 24th Street
Miami, FL 33127


Southbound Hospitality Announces the Opening of: Three Restaurant and No. 3 Social Rooftop Bar & Lounge in Wynwood Arcade with Celebrated American Chef Norman Van Aken.

Southbound Hospitality Group is pleased to announce two distinctive food and beverage experiences opening in the city’s vibrant Wynwood neighborhood. No. 3 Social is set to open later this October with restaurant Three to follow.

Located in Wynwood Arcade, on 50 NW 24th Street, the restaurant, rooftop bar and lounge is located next to the soon to be opened cooking school, In the Kitchen with Norman Van Aken. 

The concept will pay homage to the Magic City, its colorful history and culinary spirit. The legendary Floridian Chef Norman Van Aken, known as the founding father of New World Cuisine will lead the culinary program, and celebrated hospitality veterans Susan Buckley and Candace Walsh will oversee the business operations of the venture they have worked so hard to bring to life.

“I am very thrilled to be a part of a hospitality project of this nature, we believe that it’s the first of its kind in Miami,” says Van Aken. “I love being involved with Southbound Hospitality Group because we share a philosophy of building communities, a commitment to outstanding service and food, and a drive to offer unique experiences to Miami.”

Three, the flagship restaurant in Wynwood Arcade, is both energetic and welcoming, and surrounds guests with the nature and art-infused inspirations of Florida culture. Three has 100 seats, including a 10-seat chef’s counter where guests can get a close up view of the craftsmanship and artistry of the culinary team.

Chef Norman Van Aken guides this personalized and educational endeavor with Chef-de-Cuisine Miguel Massens. “Three” highlights Chef Van Aken’s New World Cuisine, which celebrates the ethnic diversity and food history of Florida in a globally informed way. Three is one of the only restaurants in South Florida offering a fully ‘prix fixe’ menu. There will be a 3- or 4-course menu as well as a 7-course ‘Chef’s Tasting Menu’.

No.3 Social, the only rooftop bar and lounge in Wynwood, presents an atmosphere that will liven up the Wynwood skyline. This rooftop destination can accommodate 100 guests under canopy cover.


No. 3 Social will feature highly curated soulful music to accompany the food which pays homage to street foods from around the world, while incorporating the flavors of Florida. The bar program features vibrant cocktails inspired with local ingredients, a carefully selected wine list, and locally crafted beers.

The beverage and wine programs at both Three and No. 3 Social will complement Chef Van Aken’s menu with an eclectic wine list and a cocktail menu. Jean-Baptiste Barre, the sommelier, is on hand to help guide guests from a list that has been created by one of New York City’s most venerated wine experts, Heidi Turzyn.

“We’re excited to bring this concept to Wynwood. This rooftop is everything, that everything else is not,” says Buckley. “There is the culinary, beverage and hospitality components and so much more. This is where it all comes together, the energy of our community; music, art, air, & light. This vibe we have created is truly the soul of Wynwood.”

For more information, visit https://www.threewynwood.com/ www.no3social.com

Led by co-founders Susan Buckley and Candace Walsh, along with Chef Norman Van Aken, Southbound Hospitality Group designs, brands, and operates a high-end lifestyle hospitality experience with 
a common belief in uncommon luxury, convenience of location, and world-class amenities. 
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Teak Maitland

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901 S Orlando Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 335-4835
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Have you been to the all new Teak Neighborhood Grill recently? I sure have and I can tell you it was great.

This is the official second location for Teak. The original location is situated in the Hampton's living complex in the Metrowest community of Southwest Orlando.

They have been steadily growing a reputation for not only gigantic and delicious burgers but also for their award-winning cuisine and laid back dining atmosphere.

Since opening its doors in April of 2010, Teak has specialized in hand-crafted burgers, craft beers and cocktails, using fresh, local and organic ingredients in every dish. The newest location for Teak is aiming to do the same thing in a different part of town.

The space the new restaurant is in was formerly occupied by Rangetsu. Once you walk inside Teak, it’s pretty hard to believe that an upscale Asian restaurant formerly occupied this space. They pretty much re-did everything, even down to the floors, which are polished concrete for a good down home neighborhood bar and grill feeling.

I was pretty impressed with the layout and design of the place. It is certainly different and much larger than the original location, but they did a great job of recreating the environment from the original location. Just like the original, they are even tucked into The Village at Lake Lilly apartments, as the original location is located in the Hampton's living complex in the Metrowest community.

With the help of Executive Chef Matthew Reed, Teak has taken the gourmet burger scene in Orlando to a whole other level. Those burgers are becoming famous amongst the local dining community as well, with Teak having earned“Best Burger,” “Top 10 Burger Joint,” a “Must Do” in Central Florida and countless other recognitions.

Visitors of Teak can choose from one of their 25 signature hand-crafted burgers like the Cronie Burger, which is a French doughnut tossed in Cinnamon and sugar loaded with beef and bacon or a PB&J Burger. Insiders get even more original and tasty options, with Teak’s password-only secret burger menu.

While it may be hard not to order one of those crazy good burgers at Teak, they do have a large selection of other dishes. Other offerings include, edamame, salads, steaks, ribs, flat breads, an eggplant burger, and fish tacos to name a few. The bar and cocktail menu has plenty to offer as well with over 30 craft beers on hand and gourmet cocktails plus a wine selection.

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One of three bars inside Teak Maitland.

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Yes, they even have a dedicated wine bar at the new location.

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A traditional mule with Stoli on the left and a mule with Sailor Jerry on the right.

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The Fresh Fried Mozzarella Rounds are always delicious and a favorite of mine at Teak.

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How about these Loaded Pierogies? They were so good tossed in sour cream, chive and Sriracha Alfredo sauce with bacon and topped with frizzled onions.

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Two spicy cocktails on deck... the Cool Sewell on the left features muddled cucumber and jalapenos with Luna Azul Blanca Tequila and the Spicy Pineapple on the right is made with Tanteo Jalapeno infused Tequila and pineapple juice.
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In addition to great burgers, Teak serves up some awesome sandwiches too, like the " Hot Dead Animal Club" with sliced ham, turkey, pulled pork, and crispy bacon topped with melted Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun with herb mayo.

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The Philly Burger is on the secret menu, and features a fresh ground beef patty topped with sauteed onions and peppers and is covered in melted Swiss cheese. We had the Onion Rings for a side with this one.

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The Engine Oil Burger at Teak Maitland has sauteed peppers and onions, imperial stout glaze, fried egg, crispy potato strings and Swiss cheese on a pretzel bun. The side of Scalloped Potatoes are pretty awesome. You can get fries, tots, scalloped potatoes, or onion rings for a side with any burger or sandwich option.

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Although, I wanted the Ultimate Cronie, a fried croissant dessert, The Chocolate Lava Cake was a very good substitute, since they were out of the delicious cronie treat. This was a very rich and delicious treat filled with chocolaty goodness and topped with whipped cream and ice cream.

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In addition to all of that, Teak has plenty of HD TV's and a very nice covered patio. The atmosphere here is laid back and playful, especially if you are there for trivia night, and some nights also feature a live musician. There is plenty of seating inside, but the outside patio is also very nice with adequate seating and relaxing lighting with a few TV’s

I can tell you we really enjoyed our time there, and all of the burgers and food we tasted were superb. We sampled a total of three burgers, two appetizers and split a dessert, along with some great cocktails and a few craft brews.

The newest location of Teak is pretty remarkable and they have done a wonderful job of keeping the neighborhood grill and bar vibe at the new spot. If you are in the area, check them out. You will not regret it. They do tend to get packed on the weekends, so plan accordingly.

The Maitland location is open from Monday to Friday from 11:00am until 2:00am. On Saturday and Sunday, they open at 10:00am and close at 2:00am.

Teak Neighborhood Grill  Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Harbor Nights Food & Wine Event at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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5601 Universal Blvd.

Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 503-1000

Savor 'La Dolce Vita' at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando's Harbor Nights Food & Wine event on October 13th.

Enjoy an autumn evening at Harbor Nights, featuring more than 20 wines, expertly prepared gourmet foods and live music by The I-4 Band.

Harbor Nights takes place outdoors (weather permitting) under the twinkling lights of Loews Portofino Bay Hotel's majestic and picturesque Harbor Piazza, one of Orlando’s most unique outdoor event spaces.

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Guests can enjoy unlimited samples of select wines and sparkling wines, along with gourmet food and desserts expertly prepared by the hotel's award-winning culinary team. The event also features live music and a balcony performance by Portofino's opera singers.

Harbor Nights is an adults (ages 21+) only event.

Tickets are $55. Limited VIP tickets are $90 online only and include all the benefits of a regular Harbor Nights ticket, plus reserved seating in a special area with private wine station and passed hors d'oeuvres.

All tickets include complimentary self-parking or discounted valet parking for $5.
For more information and to purchase tickets for Harbor Nights on October 13, please visit loewshotels.tix.com.
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Craftober in Tampa Bay

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It’s always “hoppy” hour during Craftober in Tampa Bay.

Beer. Bier. Cerveza. Pivo – however you say it, it’s “ale” good during Craftober, Tampa Bay’s month-long celebration of the area’s nationally recognized craft brewing scene put on by the folks at Visit Tampa Bay.


Starting October 1, visitors can experience beer festivals, special offers and events at local breweries in Florida’s hub for craft brewing.

A free Craftober passport opens the way to great deals at participating breweries and events, such as Oktoberfest Tampa. Participating breweries have exclusive offers for passport holders like:

Cigar City Brewing: A growler for the price of a pint.

Six Ten Brewing: A free beer and a collectible glass.

Four Stacks Brewing Company: BOGO free beer, as well as a tasting glass, sticker, and coasters.

Coppertail Brewing Company: A branded hat.

Brew Bus Brewing: One free beer.

Rock Brothers Brewing: $1 off your first beer.

Ulele: Purchase a beer from the in-house brewery at the riverfront bar.

Oktoberfest Tampa: $10 off VIP admission.

But wait, there’s more: Craftober passport holders who get six or more stamps are eligible to receive a $15 gift card at the new Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center and a special Craftober gift bag.

“Great beer is as much a part of Tampa Bay as sunshine, sparkling water, and hand-rolled cigars,” said Santiago Corrada, president and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. 

“Tampa Bay regularly tops the country’s list of best craft beer communities. Our dedicated, creative brewers are part of a tradition that goes back 120 years. In addition to that, September and October are a gorgeous time to be here – especially if you’re sipping a cool craft brew.”

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Tampa Bay knows beer: Florida’s first commercial brewery was established in Ybor City in 1896. World-famous Busch Gardens Tampa Bay opened as a beer garden in 1956. And America’s oldest brewery, Yuengling, has its only facility outside Pennsylvania here in Tampa Bay.

This Fall, discover your daring in Tampa Bay, the top beer town in the Southeast. While you’re at it, check out some of Tampa Bay’s biggest beer festivals:

-Brews by the Bay (October 13)
Sample dozens of craft beers in the soothing, blue atmosphere of the Florida Aquarium. Enjoy food, bottomless beers, and live music as you stroll the exhibits. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door, and $75 for VIP.

-Oktoberfest Tampa (October 13-15)
Celebrate Oktoberfest Tampa with dancing, cheer, and lots of beer in downtown’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Experience German traditions such as alphorn players, Schuplatt dancers, authentic Bavarian food, and outrageous Oktoberfest games! There’s even a mustache and beard contest for those with a fuzzy lip or chin. Advance tickets are $8 for a one-day pass and $20 for weekend admission. Craftober passport holders receive $10 off VIP admission.

-Ybor Oktoberfest Pub Crawl (October 21)
Ten bars throughout historic Ybor City, including local legends Coppertail Brewing and Rock Brothers Brewing, will join the German-themed fun with beer, food, and music. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of the event.

Get your passport and experience the best from Florida’s hub for craft brewing

Visit Tampa Bay encourages adventurous travelers to unlock the destination’s trove of unique treasures. They are a not-for-profit corporation that works with more than 750 partners to tell the world the story of where they call home – the hip, urban heart of the Gulf Coast of Florida
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The Glass Knife is Opening Soon in Winter Park

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276 S Orlando Ave.
Winter Park FL, 32789

Coming this fall, one of Winter Park’s premier business districts will welcome a new cafe, The Glass Knife, that aims to become Central Florida’s go-to destination for its line of elevated, decadent cakes, elegant desserts and other sweet treats. 

The restaurant will also offer a savory menu for breakfast and lunch, plus a variety of evening items.

The Glass Knife is inspired by a loving mother and hobbyist baker whose talents transformed her culinary passion into a creative profession. Fostered through a collection of family and friends, the recipes shared during these time-honored baking sessions are the nostalgic basis for what will come to life within The Glass Knife.

The cafe was developed by local entrepreneur Steve Brown, as a way to share his memories of baking alongside his mother, Jacque, and his vision to establish a sophisticated, yet comfortable community gathering place that encourages togetherness and celebration.

The location’s design will tell a story that brings its guests back to a specific moment in time, whether through the delicious cakes and pastries, savory fare or the artfully displayed collection of 1920s era glass cake knives which were a treasured collection of Brown’s mother and serve as the origin of its name.

Under the direction and deft hand of Executive Chef Stuart Whitfield, who has worked for some of the country’s premiere hospitality brands (Four Seasons, Le Cirque, David Burke & Donatella, The Walt Disney Company), The Glass Knife plans to make its mark on Orlando’s ever-evolving dining scene by providing its guests with world-class food and service, presented within a refined, yet approachable, environment.

The Glass Knife will offer a variety of stunningly delicious cake options including its Classics, which will embrace timeless family favorites like Red Velvet, Carrot and Coconut cakes, all with Chef Stuart’s modern twist. The Glass Knife Signatures will be created as one-of-a-kind, patisserie-style cakes, that will bring a refined selection of celebratory sweets to Winter Park.

Chef Stuart will craft a lineup of artisan donuts including melt-in-your-mouth versions of Lemon Meringue Pie and Peanut Butter Cup. A variety of additional fresh baked goods and pastries including scones, croissants, and cookies will also be featured.

Recognizing that nothing goes better with dessert than a great cup of coffee and setting the stage to become Winter Park’s premier coffee destination, The Glass Knife will use carefully sourced, fair-trade beans prepared by expert baristas within a unique and engaging serving experience that will utilize stylish and sophisticated technology.

Those looking to combine both sweet and savory will not be disappointed by the cafes offerings, which will include breakfast fare along with soup, salads and sandwiches, plus heartier choices like chicken pot pie alongside a selection of craft beer and fine wine.

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Strawberry: Strawberry infused cake layered with house-made jam, filled with strawberry Italian buttercream and topped with our own house-made strawberry icing, fresh strawberries, a dusting of rose gold luster and our signature chocolate curl.

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Carrot: Wonderfully spiced carrot cake layered with house-made pineapple jam, rich cream cheese icing, then finished with a wisp of our own house-made buttercream and embellished with a crescent of vibrant flowers and edible 23-karat gold flakes.

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Coconut Cream: Classic white cake infused with cream of coconut, filled with layers of coconut custard and macaroon cream, then topped with our own house-made buttercream and lustered confetti coconut, trimmed with gold-leafed meringue kisses, French macaron and our signature chocolate curl.

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Vanilla Vanilla: Layers of rich yellow cake filled and topped with our own house-made buttercream and whimsically finished with a medley of rock candy, novelty sprinkles and edible 23-karat gold flakes.

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Chocolate Chocolate: Incredibly moist layers of rich chocolate cake, filled with house-made chocolate buttercream and luscious chocolate ganache, enveloped in a sleek chocolate sugar wrap accented with golden bands and pearls.

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Southern Red Velvet: Vibrant red, cocoa-infused cake layered with delectable cheesecake and rich cream cheese icing, then topped with our own house-made buttercream and garnished with a swirl of gilded sprinkles and edible 23-karat gold flakes

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Linda's La Cantina Steak House

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4721 E Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 894-4491
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Linda’s La Cantina is pretty much a staple in the Orlando community. If you have lived in Orlando for any amount of time and driven down Colonial drive, surely you've seen the big red and white sign as you pass by.

They have been serving the Central Florida area since 1947 with quality steaks that are U.S.D.A. choice or above and are cut right on site. They are grilled hot and fast to sear in all the juices, and that helps to make them a cut above. In a world of constant change, especially in Orlando, and in the restaurant business, it's pretty remarkable that they have survived, and still have quite a loyal following. La Cantina celebrated 60 years in March of 2007.

What you get at Linda’s is great quality steaks at a medium price range. They are not at the price level of say Christner's, or a Ruth Chris type of steak house, but they are still more expensive than a standard chain type of steakhouse. 

The average price for a good cut of steak is about $32.00 for a New York Strip, and that's a 14oz. Strip. Also at Linda’s, a salad and your choice of side, along with hot fresh bread is included in the price of your steak. If you factor that in, and the quality of the cut of meats they serve, it's a pretty good deal.

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The inside of Linda’s La Cantina is a bit sparse and very traditional. It's very dimly lit with wood and brass accents and red and white checkered table cloths for a real old school style steakhouse feel.

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Although there is an extensive wine list on the table, they do not have any specialty cocktails or mixed drinks on the menu. The good news is, the bar staff here is very capable, and they will make whatever you desire. A Moscow mule on the left and a dirty martini on the right, were great pre dinner drinks.

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We ordered the Coconut Shrimp with Spice Plum sauce for an appetizer, and they were pretty tasty, although a tad on the sweet side.

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The House Salad, with French dressing.  A salad is served with your choice of dressing and is complementary to any entree selection.

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Steak is what they do here, and Linda's La Cantina does a damn fine job at great steaks that are moderately priced. This is the 16oz. Ribeye that just melts in your mouth.

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The side choices we decided on was the baked potato and steamed broccoli.

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They have a 14oz. and an 18oz. NY Strip at Linda’s. This 14oz version was delicious and perfectly cooked. There was also plenty left over for me to have an excellent lunch the next day.

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A slice of Coconut cake and some coffee was a perfect ending to our visit.


This is quite a unique establishment with a great deal of history going all the way back to when Orlando still had dirt roads. There has a been only a handful of owners since the beginning, but the original Linda was the longest proprietor of this fine establishment. It was torn down and remodeled in 1972, burnt down in a fire in 1994 and reopened in 1995 after a six month rebuild process.

Through the next several years some family members left, while others came, and the one constant was the traditions that had been passed down and were still treasured and protected by the ones that cared enough to stay the course.

In 2001 Linda retired to the shock of family and all that had seen her behind the desk. Although missed greatly, it was good to know that she was enjoying her golden years doing things she never had time to. Her dedication to the customers and to her family made her a matriarch in the truest sense, and that tradition still lives on today.

Linda’s La Cantina is open from 4:00 pm until 9:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. I would suggest making a reservation, as they tend to fill up fast with the limited hours.


Linda's La Cantina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Buca di Beppo Opens New Location in Celebration

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6282 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.
Celebration, FL 34747
(321) 219-2822



The first Buca di Beppo opened its doors in 1993 in the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building.

Since then, the brand has grown to over 100 locations worldwide. The all new Celebration / Kissimmee location marks the third one in the Central Florida area, and the seventh one in the entire state of Florida.

Buca di Beppo strives to capture the fun and enthusiasm of an authentic Italian family gathering along with delectable food. If you have ever dined with an Italian family, then you understand that the food is always a big priority and the portions are more than plenty. The dishes served up here are inspired by the cuisine enjoyed for generations in villages throughout Italy and are served family style, meant to be shared by the entire table.


The menu is inspired by various places around and throughout Italy, as Buca tries to serve up authentic Italian fare. They have continued to innovate and create recipes beyond their traditional style by adding new menu items inspired by Northern and Southern Italian cuisine.

Everything from salads, antipasto platters, flatbreads, mussels, calamari and a large variety of pastas fill the menu. A Buca small serves two to three, and a Buca large serves up to 5, as everything here is served a la carte family style only.

Inside of every Buca di Beppo restaurant is an eclectic setting designed to make every occasion a party. The vintage setting is always a point of conversation with all of the walls covered in family photos and candid shots of Italian American icons such as Sophia Loren and Joe DiMaggio. Each room at Buca is themed, and all restaurants have a Pope table which is the largest single round table in a room with a bust of the Pope as the centerpiece.


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The bar is very colorful and lively and continues on the eclectic decor and whimsical lighting.

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All Buca locations have a large wine list, but they also serve up pretty good cocktails like the Buca Berry Lemonade on the left and a Sparkling Sangria on the right.

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The Antipasto Platter is a new addition to the menu and it is loaded with prosciutto, pepperoni, salami, provolone & fresh mozzarella with arugula, pepperoncini, green & black olives, roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes & Parmesan crostini.

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Fried Mozzarella with housemade marinara sauce is an old standby, but it's always delicious.

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Italian Sausage & Arugula is also a new addition to the menu and it is topped with spicy Italian sausage, prosciutto, mozzarella, provolone, garlic, arugula and balsamic glaze. This was really good, and a bit spicy.

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Our table really enjoyed the Chicken Carbonara that is made with a cut up chicken breast, prosciutto, peas and garlic in rich Alfredo sauce.

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I love a good Eggplant Parmigiana, and in fact this one at Buca di Beppo is as close to homemade as I have had. This is battered, fried and stacked eggplant topped with homemade marinara sauce, Roma tomatoes, basil & mozzarella cheese.

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The Quattro al Forno is a good way to sample a few different things. This dish comes with four items...Cheese Manicotti, Chicken Cannelloni, Cheese Ravioli & Stuffed Shells.

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Although the sauce was a tad sweet, everyone at our table really loved the Chicken Marsala with baby portobello mushrooms in a traditional Marsala wine reduction sauce.

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You can't go wrong with any dessert selection at Buca di Beppo, but this gigantic slice of Tiramisu is pretty fabulous. It features homemade ladyfingers soaked in dark rum & espresso, layered with sweetened mascarpone cheese & topped with cocoa & crumbled hazelnut biscotti . If you add an espresso with this...its close to perfect.


I've been to a few Buca di Beppo locations with family, friends, a wedding reception..you name it, and everyone has always had a great time. Sit back and listen to the classic tunes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and be prepared to eat. 

The friendly staff and whimsical atmosphere are sure to be a hit as you can't help but laugh at all of the funny pictures of Italian family members throughout history. Stop by the new location in Celebration and say Ciao.


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The Waterfront

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4201 S Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 866-0468
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If you have ever traveled further down South Orange Avenue any time in your life, you may have noticed a divey lake side dining spot called Julie’s Waterfront. 

I always wanted to check the place out, just out of curiosity, but I could never convince myself to do it.

Amazingly, it was one of the longer standing establishments in Orlando, and even more so in that part of town, which is a lot more industrial. Julie Drobot who was a water ski pro opened the original restaurant on south Orange Avenue in 1988. She sometimes would hold informal ski shows on the lake all the while serving up food and cold beers.


Julie’s withstood the test of time, often with mixed reviews, but with the opening of more restaurants in that area, over time, the business was no more.

The good news is that although Julie’s is closed, a new much better and more refined establishment has opened at this location, and they plan to take full advantage of the waterfront property and all that it has to offer.

Say hello to The Waterfront. Inside and outside, The Waterfront has undergone some light renovations since the days of Julie’s while keeping a somewhat divey and fish camp atmosphere on the shores of lake Jennie Jewel, but the biggest change is the menu and food being served up here.

Currently, there is a trifecta of talent on deck in the kitchen at the Waterfront, that is being led by Executive Chef Matthew Wall.

Chef Matthew’s last stop was at North Quarter Tavern where he put together an impressive chef driven menu. Chef Alex Myers is from the now closed, but well acclaimed downtown restaurant Citrus, and Chef AJ Haines who most recently helped turn the Parkview into a fine dining establishment after its days as the Eola Wine Company have all teamed up.

When you have this much talent combined together in one place, it can only mean one thing...great food and great concepts with a focus on fresh made in house food and cocktails that are pretty damn crafty.

Gone are the days of simple fried fish dinners and burgers with cold beer out back. The menu now is a bit more upscale, but still pays homage to being a fish camp style dining experience that has lots of fun and tasty items that are made in house with only the freshest ingredients possible. Everything but the bread here is made in house and the freshness of the food is quite remarkable.

The menu starts out with an appetizer selection of items like Chips & Pimento Dip, Crab Cake Sliders and Seared Ahi Tuna, of course any lakeside establishment must have Wings and those are available in “house hot” or barbecue.

Salads include a BLT Avocado, Tuna Poke, House and a Caesar. They still serve up burgers here too, but much better versions like The Waterfront Burger with house ground chuck, Swiss, blue cheese, caramelized onions, bacon and arugula. A good sandwich selection is on the menu as well that features a French Dip with roast sirloin, a Pulled Pork Pork sandwich that is made with a pork shoulder that is smoked in house and a Blackened Catfish sandwich.

The entree selections start out with a simple fish camp meal of Fish and Chips, but then moves onto a Pan Roasted Catfish with sauteed kale, cheddar grits, remoulade and pickled red onion. The Steak Frites feature pan roasted sirloin, hand cut fries and a blue cheese butter. Fried Chicken Thigh is very good here also with hot honey, cheddar grits and pickled green beans.

I got a chance to check out The Waterfront back in August, and I was pretty impressed with the food, the staff, and of course the location.


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The Jennie Jewel is made with Effen Cucumber Vodka, St. Germain, fresh squeezed lemon, simple syrup, lime and mint. Quite refreshing.

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Crab Cake Sliders are made with blue crab from the gulf of Mexico and sit atop a tomato and remoulade and are topped with avocado and pickled red onion.

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The Tuna Poke Salad features Ahi Tuna, seaweed salad, arugula, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, avocado, sesame seeds and a sweet onion vinaigrette.

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Here are two smaller versions of the French Dip on the left and the Waterfront Burger on the right. These were very good, and only served in slider style to sample. All burgers are six ounces and are ground in house.

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I really enjoyed the “Dixie Bell” cocktail that is made with Jim Beam Black, muddled mint, cucumber, simple syrup and fresh squeezed lime.

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Sample portions of the Pan Roasted Catfish with sauteed kale, cheddar grits, remoulade and pickled red onion on the right, and Fried Chicken Thigh with hot honey, cheddar grits and pickled green bean on the left. Both items had outstanding flavor and the catfish was cooked perfectly.

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Steak Frites features a pan roasted sirloin topped with a delicious house made blue cheese butter and hand cut fries.

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The evening was capped off with Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie and a very interesting and quite tasty Bread Pudding with Key lime syrup and whipped cream.


The Waterfront, is still very much divey in some ways, but the location of this restaurant and the food that is served up here is anything but. The restaurant's slogan is “ Food, Brews, and Views, and that is what you can be guaranteed of here. Great food, cold beer, craft cocktails and an unbeatable lakeside view.

On weekends, you can even do more than just view the lake, on Saturdays, guests can grab a float, get in the water and enjoy $3.00 beers and $5.00 slushie drinks for “Adult Swim Saturdays”. That is about as Florida as it gets. They also do various events throughout the month and have hosted a few lakeside BBQ’s as well as all kinds of happy hours and get togethers.

They also serve brunch on the weekends from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The restaurant's regular hours are from 11:00 am until 2:00 am, and they will still serve food pretty late, based on volume as well.

This is a very fun place to visit, and I would recommend you stop by and see for yourself. The menu has a base list of selections, but with a trio of talented chefs together like this, they always add stuff to it for a daily "Chef Inspired Special" … like a Tomato Braised Pork Bucatini. Follow them on Facebook to keep updated.



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