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Underground Public House

19 S Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 841-4000

Occupying the former space of Ichiban Japanese restaurant, is Downtown Orlando's newest bar that happens to serve food... called Underground Public House.

Although it does not advertise itself as such, Underground Public House is basically another gastropub. Im guessing the use of Gastro in the name was off limits, since directly next door is Avenue GastroBar, which I have reviewed already. Both places really share a lot of similarities, and at times, I thought I was actually inside Avenue Gastro Bar, but the British flag painted on the wall helped me to stay focused.

The food is of course classic pub food...Burgers, Wings, Fries and Wraps, but UPH is putting a bit of an Old English flare to the menu. They have some unique offerings like Shepard's Pie Potato Skins,  London's Scotch Egg, Bangers and Mash and of course...Fish and Chips.

Being a pub, they have a full liquor bar and a large selection of bottled beers.

At the tap you will find English favorites like Fullers London Pride Ale and Boddingtons Pub Ale along with other craft brews. 

Once Inside of UPH, you will find a fair amount of seating available at high top tables and seating at the bar as well.

As with Avenue Gastro Bar, its a seat yourself and flag down a server type of place.

We started our evening off with the Crispy Hot-Hop Pickles.

These are crispy and spicy hot pickles that are deep fried in an India Pale Ale batter and served with a side of Remoulade sauce.

These pickles were very spicy, but very good, with just the right amount of batter on them and a remoulade sauce that worked nicely to cool the heat down. 

The star of the night for us was the Shepard's Pie Potato Skins.

The Skins consisted of Peas, Carrots, Corn, Beef, and Cheese stuffed in to a potato shell served with sour cream.

The flavor of these potato skins was immense and very satisfying. I would actually return and order these as a dinner selection since they are loaded with ingredients.

My dining companion opted for the Vegetarian Baji Burger. It is made with crispy fried mushrooms, mango and avocado salsa and  spices served on a pita.

The overall taste was ok, but the earthiness of the mushrooms clashed with the tart and sweetness of the mango.

Although my first inclination was to order some type of burger, I decided that since I was in a pub with a British appeal, I had to order the English Stout Battered Fish and Chips.

It turns out I should have stayed with my gut instinct. The fish and chips at Underground Public House was just about inedible.

I received one large chunk of fish and one thin piece of fish in a soggy batter that was incredibly over salted. There was no amount of squeezed lemon that could make this taste better. The side of Broccoli Slaw also was inedible and had a strange foul smell. The chips portion of the meal, the fries... were actually decent and had a good seasoning on them.

Underground Public House should do well as a bar and pub as it adds yet another place to go for drinks at night and a place to watch sports in the heart of downtown. The apps we had were awesome, but the main courses were really disappointing. I would certainly return for the Potato Skins, and I also would like to try one of their burgers, which I hear is pretty good.

UPH does not have a website yet, but you can Facebook them here:

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