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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.

Garp & Fuss Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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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.

Osprey Tavern Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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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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Cinco Tacos + Tequila


140 N. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
407-725-7100
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In the land of Tacos and Tex-Mexerys opening up on what seems like a weekly basis in Orlando, what could be better than another taco and Tex-Mex spot right? 

Only this time we are going to make it a more upscale persuasion and call it Cinco Tacos + Tequila.

Cinco is all about bold flavors, varied textures and delicious aromas from a scratch kitchen and a colorful decor with the sound of diners laughing together. Cinco Tacos + Tequila has a main goal of bringing a total sensory experience to the Winter Park restaurant scene.

The new eatery has opened up at the former site of Carmel Kitchen, 140 N. Orlando Ave with a Cali Mex concept, taking the flavors of favorite Mexican dishes and adding an artistic twist.

Signature dishes at Cinco include: Tableside Guacamole, Adobo Fried Chicken, Pizza Stand Nachos, Fajita Chimichanga Samosas, made-to-order desserts and an impressive assortment of street tacos.

Of course, complimentary chips and salsa will begin every meal. But the new concept isn’t just focused on excellent dining. The restaurant also has a fun, upbeat vibe with plenty of signature drinks to set the mood. The bar offers mixologist inspired takes on the classic margarita while still boasting an impressive list of more traditional cocktails.

The complimentary chips and house made salsa were a decent way to get started.

A pair of House Margaritas made with Sauza Tequila and house made sour mix were pretty smooth.

Ceviche de Camarones, or a fancy Shrimp Ceviche is made with fresh shrimp served on top of sliced cucumbers. These were pretty good and a great light bite appetizer.

Cinco Nachos are large and in charge and have really great flavor, with house made tortilla chips, cotija cheese, queso, chicken, lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream, salsa and cilantro and are great for sharing.

The Grande Margarita on the left is served on the rocks with strawberries, mango, silver tequila, triple sec, fresh lime and is served over bubbling dry ice...pretty tasty and very entertaining. The Bubbly Pop on the right is a glass of Champagne with a house made fresh fruit popsicle in the glass.

Arroz con Pollo is served with seasoned and sauteed chicken breast, avocado, Mexican rice, black beans, mixed vegetables, pico de gallo, and chipotle lime crema in a fancy presentation.

The Ancho Chile Salmon was pretty impressive. It is made with wild caught salmon, ancho chile honey glaze, Mexican rice and black bean puree.

The Pop Martini with pineapple infused Vodka and a rim of pop rocks on the left and a Blue Raspberry Lemonade with Svedka Vodka blue raspberry vodka and fresh made lemonade is on the right. Both were great cocktails and fun to drink.

Here’s a nice shot of the bar at Cinco, and I will have to say, they are pretty creative with the drink menu here. Almost everything we tried was flavorful and fun to drink with great presentations and fresh flavors.

We visited during a partial soft opening, so the dessert menu was not available yet, and I was a tad disappointed that I did not get to try the Churro Donuts, or the Bannanas Foster Butter Cake, or the Lime Vanilla Creme Brulee.

Cinco has several specials planned throughout the week, including Taco Tuesday and brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. Brunch will offer diners a selection of small plates, as well as tableside mimosas and bloody marys. We really enjoyed the food and the concept here, even if there are like 10 taco and and Tex-Mex establishments in a 5 mile radius, so we hope they last and do well here.

The kitchen and Bar at Cinco opens at 11:00 am from Monday to Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday they open at 10:00 am. Friday and Saturday, the bar is open until 2:00 am, and the kitchen closes at 1:00 am.

Cinco Tacos + Tequila Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Citrus Club


255 S Orange Ave
Suite 1800
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 843-1080
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Located on the 18th floor of the Citrus Center in downtown Orlando, Citrus Club is illuminated by breathtaking views of the city’s sprawling legal and business district. 

Every area within the Club, including the cocktail lounge, formal dining room, casual dining space and six private rooms, offers an absolutely stunning view.

Among the lavish, elegant and sophisticated atmosphere, the experienced, dedicated staff is devoted to providing excellent cuisine, superior, personalized service and exceptional attention to detail in every facet of what they have to offer at the Citrus Club.

Beyond the luxurious amenities, it is the intangible qualities that distinguish Citrus Club as a foremost Orlando social club – a sense of belonging and the opportunities to foster long lasting friendships and build beneficial professional relationships. These are all attributes that make Citrus Club a welcoming haven from the busy pace of everyday life

Citrus Club offers world class fine dining, impeccably complemented by stunning views of the magnificent Orlando skyline and Lake Eola. Guests can enjoy an exquisite meal prepared by a renowned culinary team that includes head Chef Reiner Drygala in the main formal dining room, or in one of many private dining rooms that are perfect for private dinner parties and other special occasions.

The Hubbard Dining Room offers fine dining in Orlando at its absolute best and features a picturesque view of Orlando’s beautiful downtown skyline. The Hubbard Dining Room is also available for à la carte lunch service from 11am to 2pm Monday to Friday. In addition, on Mondays they have a member buffet featuring a chef attended salad, soup and sandwich bar and on Fridays, they have a Seafood Tapas Buffet.

Recently, We got to try out some new seasonal menu items as well as some classics served up by Chef Reiner Drygala at Citrus Club. Everything was phenomenal and we had a wonderful time, so here are some highlights of the evening.

Baked Chevre with Red Wine Balsamic, Marinara, Fresh Pesto and Crostini was simply delicious.

The Ahi Tuna Tartar with Avocado, Red Onion, Cilantro, Picked Ginger Seaweed Salad, Yuzu Emulsion and finished with Sweet Soy and a Wonton Crisp was refreshing and tasty.

This was a very interesting Avocado Crab Salad made with an Avocado stuffed with Lump Crab Salad and served on Balsamic Field Greens.

Pan Seared Scallops were served with Red Pepper and Spinach, Parsnip Potato Puree and an Orange and Carrot Butter Sauce that made this dish extraordinary.

The Bone in Chicken Breast was served with Spinach and Mushrooms tossed with hand made Sweet Potato Gnocchi and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto. Chef Reiner gets the Gnocchi delivered to him from DeRomo’s gourmet market and restaurant in Bonita Springs.

I’m not a huge fan of cooked Salmon, but this Chipotle Bourbon Glazed Salmon with a Prima Donna Gouda Grit Cake and sauteed Swiss Chard was ridiculously delicious. Such great flavor all over, and of course, I love grit cakes anywhere I can get them, and a Gouda grit cake sent this dish over the top.

The Asian Noodle Tofu Bowl with stir fried vegetables, rice vermicelli, tofu, lemon ginger broth bean sprouts and basil was also very flavorful and refreshing.

The star of the show was the Rosemary Crusted Lamb Rack with Truffle Potato Foam, Asparagus and a Red Wine Demi Glace. The red wine demi glace helped to bring the dish together and mute any gamey flavors of the lamb.

Citrus Club has their very own in house pastry chef, and that is a job chef Reiner is happy to give up. The dessert portion of the evening did not disappoint. Up first was the Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Mousse, Salted Dulce de Leche ganache center, Rich Chocolate Cake and Caramelized Coca Cola Nib Toffee and it was amazing.

The Bailey's White Chocolate Cheesecake with a Chocolate Salted Cookie Crust topped with Mascarpone Mousse was our second dessert for the evening and it was rich, fabulous, and delicious.

Reservations are preferred in the Hubbard Dining Room, or Members can enjoy the privilege of walk-in capability on a first-come, first-serve basis. When it comes to fine restaurants in Orlando, it simply gets no better than Citrus Club.

If you are In the mood to relax and enjoy a casual meal and a good drink, the warm and inviting Club Lounge is a cocktail lounge that gives every generation of Citrus Club Members a comfortable, more informal environment to unwind and enjoy good company, complete with a welcoming bar and big-screen digital television tucked in the corner.

In the Club Lounge, Members can enjoy an all day dining menu from the bar, as well as fresh, complimentary coffee and tea. In addition, Members can also partake in a delicious Continental and American style breakfast buffet.

Whether you need a relaxing getaway or a high tech conference center and a business friendly environment, Citrus Club has you covered. 

They are open on Monday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm,Tuesday to Thursday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, Friday from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, and Saturday the club is open from 5:30 pm until 11:00 pm. Citrus Club is closed on Sunday.

Go to http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Citrus-Club/Membership to find out more about becoming a memeber.



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