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Lakehouse Bar and Grill

315 N Highland St,
Mt Dora, FL 32757
(352) 735-7433

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Lakehouse Bar and Grill was formerly known as Sidelines Sports Bar and Grill. Perhaps you may have went there in times past, and you have fond memories of the cheesy, bold colors and lots of sports team merchandise decorating the walls. 

Whether you were a fan of Sidelines or not, that place no longer exists and has been replaced with a very similar restaurant that has gotten a makeover from the folks at Bar Rescue. The ownership has remained the same, but aside of the name change, a few other things got a makeover and they have a renewed focus on quality food and great drinks.

For starters, the bold yellow, white and red colors of Sidelines were muted to a much warmer, more sophisticated colors to match the restaurant’s new name and brand: Lake House.


The excessive sports memorabilia has been replaced with fishing decor and photos. If you are a die hard sports fan, like myself, don't worry, they still have plenty of TV screens, and plan on having specials for the upcoming football season as well as various other sporting events.

The redesigned interior features warm, wood tones reflective of the residential feel Jon Taffer sought, according to Laura Rhoades, the show’s production designer. The bar is wrapped in shiny corrugated metal and topped with a warm wood counter. Above the bar hang three large televisions.

In case you missed the episode of Bar Rescue that aired on August 13th, here is a quick rundown of what happened:

Jon Taffer and crew went to Mount Dora, Florida to rescue Sidelines Bar & Grill. Sidelines Bar & Grill was a family run bar that is owned by Richard Marinacci. Richard and his aggressiveness is causing issues at the bar. During the Bar Rescue recon, the kitchen is dealing with cross contamination issues, and when Rich finds out about it, he goes back to the kitchen and chaos ensues, making for quite an entertaining episode of Bar Rescue!

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer changed the name of Sidelines Bar & Grill to Lake House Bar & Grill and the bar has kept the name. The reviews since the makeover are a mixed bag of positive and negative reviews.

Since the Bar Rescue makeover, there have been quite a lot of reviews, which means people are curious about how this establishment has fared since the makeover. The positive reviews seem to complement the bartenders while the negative reviews complain about service, and the overall quality of the makeover by Bar Rescue.

So here is Taste Of Orlando’s take on things. I stopped in for a visit in the beginning of August with three guests. My overall impression was a positive one. We all really enjoyed the food, and the bartender made us some serious drinks that are comparable to ones I've had at fine establishments that are in the $12.00 and up range for fine custom cocktails. Sure, there are a few things that still need fine tuning, but I think they are on the right track, given the location and the community that surrounds them.


Inside is very spacious with plenty of tables and seating, and a nice wrap around bar, but if the weather is permitting, they have a great outdoor patio with a wood deck and picnic tables to enjoy as well.

Our bartender Johnathan made some serious cocktails at the bar. We started our night off with a drink he calls the The Orange Blossom with Bombay Sapphire Gin, muddled orange, mint, orange bitters, simple syrup, and basil flower. This was very fresh and very Florida.

The fried mushrooms here are great bar food fare, and they actually use whole mushrooms, as opposed to the little caps most restaurants use. They are served with a horseradish dipping sauce and were pretty tasty.

You can't go wrong with potato skins fried nice and crispy and topped with lots of bacon at Lakehouse Bar and Grill.

Although this drink does not have an official name yet, We debated calling it the “Wet Cucumber” this was also a super refreshing drink with Bombay Sapphire Gin, mint, fresh cucumber, and very rare mini cucumbers in the bottom. This was another top notch cocktail from our bartender.

One of our guests ordered the Garlic Parmesan Wings. One of the things I like about the wings here, is that they are full size and not those little baby wings some people try to pass off. These had a great flavor and were crispy and tender all at once.

Burgers here, are a specialty. They have quite a few varieties, but the Lakehouse Burger was on point, as it should be, since it's the namesake burger. This was cooked perfectly to a medium temperature and topped with ham, bacon, sauteed onions, banana peppers, mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and thousand island dressing. I always love a burger that is cooked to perfection and is a little messy.

Garlic Hot wings were pretty delicious also. Fried up nice and still fell off the bone.

As part of the Bar Rescue makeover, they have some other items on the menu more than just burgers and wings. They have Fish & Chips, White Clam Pizza, Salads, Sandwiches, Clam Baskets, made to order pizzas and a few other items to satisfy even the most pickiest eaters in your party.

Lakehouse Bar and Grill is serving breakfast now too, all week long with Bloody Mary specials and Mimosas coming soon. Breakfast starts at 7:00 am and the restaurant is open until 11:00 pm every night, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday till 1:00am. With football season soon approaching, keep an eye out for specials from Thursday to Sunday, along with a Trivia night on Wednesdays.


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Ocean Prime


7339 Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 781-4880
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Ocean Prime is a modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell.

Voted “Best Bar” and one of the “Best Steakhouses in the City” by the Orlando Sentinel, Ocean Prime Orlando delivers an extraordinary experience to guests.

There are currently 14 locations from coast to coast, with the original location, Mitchell’s Ocean Club, in the company’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Stunning settings and a vibrant energy, an impressive menu of seafood and prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails, a Wine Spectator honored wine list and truly genuine hospitality make Ocean Prime Orlando an ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge.

Each Ocean Prime location is unique and inspired by the energy of the city where it’s located. Dramatically designed, the restaurants are social, fun, and glamorous. Every element has been carefully curated with attention to every detail.

Garnering more than 17 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, including eight years as an executive Chef, Jeremy Mattson joined the Cameron Mitchell team in 2003. He held a variety of positions before joining the Ocean Prime culinary team in July 2011.

With experience from line cook to executive chef, he has trained more than 25 sous chefs and won several honors including Ruth’s Chris Hospitality Group’s “Executive Chef of the Year,” and a nomination for Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ “Sous Chef of the Year.”

While they do specialize in incredible seafood and prime steaks, the restaurant's goal is to be much more than just a steakhouse or a seafood restaurant. Ocean Prime aims to be an extraordinary dining destination. The menu features classic dishes crafted with a modern sensibility and an appreciation for ingredients.

With lighter fare, like shellfish cobb salad and sushi, as well as more indulgent items like a smoking shellfish tower, juicy steaks and decadent desserts, there’s something for every occasion.

The Lounge at Ocean Prime Orlando balances raw materials with polished details to create a sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere. Take a seat in a comfy booth or at the sleek bar. Sip on a handcrafted cocktail or enjoy a glass of wine from the Wine Spectator honored wine list.

Snack on Sushi, featured appetizers from the Lounge Menu, or oysters from the raw bar, or just have a cocktail after work and enjoy the Truffle Popcorn.

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The Ahi Tuna Tartare is light and refreshing and is made with avocado, ginger ponzu and sesame seeds.

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National Oyster Day was August 5th, but you can enjoy these delicious buttermilk fried oysters any time at Ocean Prime served with a side of Dijon mustard, jalapeno corn tartar sauce & spicy pepper jelly.

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The wine list at Ocean Prime is pretty spectacular, they have something for everyone, and a nice sparkling Chandon is great with oysters.

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On Mondays, guests can enjoy half priced sushi during happy hour in the Lounge. 

Although, these are not on the regular menu, these delicious New Orleans char grilled oysters with a Tabasco butter & Parmesan cheese served with a French baguette can be yours, if you ask nicely.

You can start your weekend with a bang on Fridays from 5 to 7PM, as Ocean Prime offers $1 oysters, $10 sushi rolls, $10 glasses of Veuve Rosé & $10 featured cocktails shaken table side. End your weekend on a high note with a special Sunday menu featuring an 8 oz filet with your choice of “Surf” for $55 per person.

Dinner is not complete without dessert, and this 10 layer carrot cake is ridiculously awesome.

Ocean Prime’s passion is to offer exceptional service with truly genuine hospitality to each and every guest. VIP treatment is standard here, and they deliver more than just amazing food and drinks. They strive to create remarkable experiences for every guest that walks through the door.

Ocean Prime Orlando is open Monday to Thursday from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM and they close at 9:00 PM on Sunday.

The Lounge is open everyday from 5:00 PM to Close.

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Urbain 40

8000 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 872-2640

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Recently, Chef Tim Keating has taken over as the director of culinary operations for Boulevard Restaurants. 

Boulevard Restaurants currently consists of Urbain 40 and Paradiso 37 in Disney Springs. From the moment of his arrival, Chef Tim has been busy playing around with the menu to put his own personal spin on the fare served at Urbain 40.


The Four time James Beard award nominee is highly passionate about using the freshest seasonal produce, sustainable meats and seafood, most of which are locally sourced. Chef Tim’s new menu is quite impressive with 23 new dish additions and changes, crafting them into seasonal favorites like the Duck Confit Troffie Di Abruzzo Pasta, Char-Crusted Angus Striploin and Rock Shrimp & Cape Bay Scallop Ceviche “Cocktail.”

Urbain 40 has become a well known hot spot in the Dr. Phillips area known as Restaurant Row. The American Brasserie and Lounge that opened towards the end of 2015 made a name for itself by serving chef crafted cuisine inspired by American and continental classics set in a 1940’s style neighborhood eatery with imaginative offerings for lunch, dinner, and late night with a plethora of “Big City” cocktails.

Inside Urbain 40 you will find a simple and elegant atmosphere, reminiscent of the big band era. You can enjoy live music, which plays nightly selections from a host of genres ranging from Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. The Decor is classic brasserie with white linen table cloths, plenty of wood and shiny brass.

Rock Shrimp & Cape Bay Scallop Ceviche "Cocktail" is one of the appetizer selections from the newly revamped menu. This dish features fresh and local rock shrimp and Cape Bay scallops in a mixture of radishes, cucumbers, palm hearts, peppadew peppers with citrus & tequila accentuations. This is a very creative ceviche.

The Elderflower Martini is a vibrant floral martini with hints of honey, white grape, and lime. This was a great “Big City” style cocktail.

Crispy Jonah Crab Cake is served atop a savory slaw, sauce verde and a piquant mango pepper coulis that made the flavors of the crab cake really come to life.

The Lemon Myrtle Dusted Gulf Swordfish & Slow Braised Heritage Cheshire Pork Belly is served with a Zellwood corn pudding, varietal mushrooms, white asparagus, & young turnips. It's in a dish like this, with so much flavor and a variety of ingredients, you truly see the brilliance of Chef Tim Keating.

Steak Frites is a traditional French bistro favorite, and the Char Crusted Angus NY Striploin is Chef Tim’s spin on the dish. The steak is coated in a mixture of dry rub seasonings that allow it to cook and crust up on the outside, while still allowing for a good medium and juicy steak inside. The frites are made of truffled pomme frites, and this is served with a sauce foyot, which is a variation of the classic Bearnaise sauce.

Troffie Di Abruzzo is a twisted Ligurian style pasta dumpling with duck confit & duck sausage, wilted rhapini & alba mushrooms. This entree was very flavorful, but also very rich and decadent in the French tradition.

After all the rich foods, the Lemon Meringue Tart was a great palate cleanser with Blueberry lavender sorbet, poppy seed crèma and Florida blueberries.

The Tropical Sundae Deluxe is a dessert that really infuses the concept of Continental American cuisine with toasted coconut gelato, rum soaked angel food cake, caramel sauce & pink peppercorn spiced pineapple.

If you love chocolate and peanut butter, then you will enjoy the Sinful Chocolate & Peanut Butter Creation with layers of dark & milk chocolate, peanut butter crèma, and Florida blueberries.


Urbain 40 has always been a great restaurant, but with Chef Tim Keating presiding over the food, it just got way better. Now that he has this menu in place at Urbain 40, he's free to start focusing more on Paradiso 37, and that is exactly what he has planned...so stay tuned for updates on that.

Whether you are single, or are dining with a significant other, you are sure to have a great experience. Groups and larger parties are also very well taken care of as the restaurant has separate spaces that allow for privacy, but you can even leave the doors open to let the music of the big band era flow into your private event.

Urbain 40 is open for lunch from 11:00am until 2:00pm daily, with dinner service going from 5:00pm until 10:00pm on Sunday to Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday they are open until 11:000pm.

Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Pharmacy


8060 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 985-2972
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The Pharmacy is a throwback to a 1920’s era speakeasy. A place where alcohol could be "safely" purchased during the era of prohibition in the USA. 

Often times, speakeasy's pretended to be an apothecary on the outside, with a secret entrance where patrons could purchase alcoholic beverages in a low key setting. An apothecary was a legal place to sell and prepare medicines and drugs to remedy what ever was ailing you.

At the Pharmacy they have the whole concept down pretty good, as they have a remedy for whatever ails you, with good food, good drinks and even a secret entrance behind elevator doors that open up to a seemingly secret location in the Dr. Phillips area of Restaurant Row.

The pharmaceutical portion of Pharmacy is made with the finest ingredients to provide you with an antidote from all your troubles. Every tincture you find in the fully stocked medicine cabinet has been properly handcrafted and custom blended by expert Apothecaries. Using only the freshest greens for bitters, tonics and sodas to make the best tasting medicine you’ve ever had.

As the Pharmacy would say, “Our medicinals are not to be taken on an empty stomach”, so the food specialists put on the Ritz for you in the kitchen. Everything is made from local, organic, and sustainable foods so you know it’s the bee’s knees. The selection changes based on the “chef’s diagnosis”, but you always come out feeling just swell.

Loren Falsone and Tyler Brassil are in charge of the kitchen and work tirelessly to bring food that is unique and tasty to Pharmacy with a focus on quality and local sourcing. 


Dominick Tardugnoour is the head ‘pharmacist’, who tinkers with his beakers and herbs to create the perfect concoction. The combination of talents at Pharmacy in the kitchen and bar combine to make this the perfect place to get your prescription for whatever issues you may have and leave you feeling on top of the world.

The beaker of Gremolata Hand Cut French Fries is a very popular item at Pharmacy and is served with house made spicy mayo & ketchup.

The Tomato & Prosciutto Bruschetta is topped with Burrata cheese and a farm poached egg.

The “Buttery, Garlicky Cape Canaveral Rock Shrimp” are very tender and come right out of the shell. I love rock shrimp, as I call them the steak of shrimp.

Florida Fresh Tang Fried Chicken with Lime, Scallions & Sesame.

Margherita flatbread with Sciue-Sciue Tomato, Green H2Ouse and Purple Micro Basil.

The Bone Marrow and Oxtail with Fig Marmalade is a must have dish at Pharmacy Orlando. Very rich and full of flavor, this is an impressive entree.

Although fondue may not be considered some type of new gastronomical experience in 2017, the Classic Cheese Fondue at Pharmacy Orlando is pretty spectacular when you consider that it is made with a 100 Year Old Sourdough Crostini and served with spicy pickled green beans.

Taleggio Fritters are made with semisoft, washed-rind, smear-ripened Italian Taleggio cheese that is lightly battered and deep fried.


For a more simple dessert, the Caramelized Banana Split really hits the spot. This is made with double java ice cream, caramelized banana, hot fudge, coconut crumble & fresh whipped cream.


The Hot Maple Pecan Sticky Bun with Southern Butter Pecan Ice Cream is a twist on two southern classics that you can't go wrong with.

If you want something more contemporary, try the Berry & Cherry XO with Pavlova & Dark Chocolate Pot De Creme Yum. Its super fancy, and super tasty.

For a dessert that hits on all of your tastebuds, the Lemon Tart with rum dulce de leche, macadamia, mascarpone whipped cream & almond brittle provides sweet, tart, crunchy, and smooth all at once.

The Pharmacy, while it has grown in popularity is a not so secret, secret anymore, but it is still an experience to check out. It is sure to be a fun time for guests and a memorable experience. Loren and Tyler hit on all sixes to provide you with quality dishes to compliment your ailments, and the drink selection from Dominick Tardugnoour is sure to be stiff and will fix any ailments you may have.

Pharmacy Orlando is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, while Friday and Saturday they are open until midnight. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.

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Millenia 106

4104 Millenia Blvd #106
Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 930-6206

Millenia 106 is the newest restaurant being helmed by Chef Bruno Fonseca. 

Chef Bruno has made stops at some of Orlando’s top dining destinations during his career, but he gained his culinary fame while operating the 5 Gastronomy food truck at the height of Orlando’s food truck craze.

The address of this restaurant may seem familiar if you frequent the area, and that's because in its past life it was a Mediterranean restaurant, and most recently, Figueira, a “Brazilian Grille & Pizza Bar”. Under Chef Bruno’s leadership and direction, the current version of this restaurant just might stick around for awhile and become a tradition in the community.

The menu seeks to be adventurous its endeavor to re imagine American Cuisine. Millenia 106 uses some of the best ingredients from nearby farms and purveyors and highlights seasonal dishes with a simple but fun presentation. The bar selections are designed to compliment your meal with freshly crafted cocktails, carefully selected wines, and locally brewed beers.

Whether you are taking a business lunch or having dinner with friends, the show kitchen is open and inviting. Chef Bruno made good use of the space and some of the extras from the time the restaurant was a buffet, like turning the buffet itself into a raw bar packed with ice to store up oysters and all kinds of fresh seafood.

There is plenty of seating in the dining room area that has a rustic design theme and laid back vibe throughout. You can also opt to sit at the Chef’s Table to sit back and watch as Chef Bruno dazzles your senses with sights, sounds, and smells and enjoy special tastings of new dishes before they hit the menu. There is also a small patio area outside as well.


Cocktails are just as important as the food at Millenia 106 and the bar area is designed to showcase that.

The Old Fashion is made with Old Overholt rye, sugar and angostura. Old Overholt is said to be one of America’s oldest continually maintained whiskey’s. The 106 Collins on the right is made with Bombay dry gin, lemon, sugar and soda.

Raw Oysters were served with a Watermelon Mignotte. These were fresh,
savory and a tad sweet.

A Crudo with Scallops, avocado, cilantro, chillies and pickled onions for a light and refreshing appetizer.

This is how you do Charcuterie. Chef Bruno put together an amazing spread of house made pork rinds, chicken liver mousse, pickle du jour, sopressata, speck, ndujia, Point Reyes Bleu cheese, triple cream and toast. It was all superb.

Portuguese Surf and Turf consists of a sou vide pork belly, collars, local shrimp, murro potatoes and an IPA broth. This is one of the best pork belly dishes I have have ever had, but the whole plate was exceptional.

A whole striped bass was served with guasacaca sauce, murro potatoes fennel, beets and orange slices. The fish was very flaky and packed with flavor. Guasacaca sauce is a Venezuelan guacamole sauce.

Cobbler with fresh Florida strawberries, blueberries, lemon mascarpone ice cream and a fresh herb crust was the perfect sweet ending for dinner.

From raw bar offerings, handcrafted pizzas, an elegantly made sandwich, or anything else you can choose at Millenia 106, Chef Bruno is sure to impress. Everything we had was nothing short of phenomenal. The cocktails were paired perfectly and were made with quality. Don't pass up an opportunity to stop by and see for yourself, this place has the potential to be one of Orlando’s next great restaurants. 

   
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