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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.

Pharmacy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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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. 

   
Millenia 106 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Earl's Kitchen + Bar


4200 Conroy Rd 
Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 345-8260



Some 30 years ago in Edmonton, a city in Alberta, Canada, Leroy Earl Fuller and his son Stanley Earl Fuller had a simple idea: a laid back burger & beer joint. When the restaurant started, there was no question about what the name would be. It had to be called Earls.

The tradition of Earls is centered on dishes that make people want to come back for more: house made sauces, locally sourced ingredients, and now, innovative chef led experiments that are getting the industry's attention through the Earls Chef Collective.

Earls is one of North America’s most successful, family owned, independent restaurant groups, currently operating 67 restaurants across North America. From humble beginnings as a laid back beer and burger joint, Earls grew into a beloved brand with multiple locations across North America that now offer upscale casual dining and drinking environments. Earls Orlando is the 68th restaurant with an opening in Boston also scheduled for summer 2017.

Art is an important design element in Earls’ beautiful modern spaces. The design team always identifies local artists to create work that complements the restaurant, in this case iconic Florida photographs from Brian Soderlind and a huge mural from Andrew Spear that pays homage to Orlando’s orange groves and parrots with an abstract landscape entitled “Juice Birds.”

Guests enter into the lounge, central to which is a large, circular walnut clad bar with black granite tops surrounded by deep berry clubby leather chairs. From there, it’s up a slight level into the vibrant dining room; with every seat offering a view of the action in the open kitchen. 

Diners will enjoy an expansive menu that encourages convivial shared dining. In keeping with the menu’s global focus, appetizer highlights include Tuna Poke, Sicilian Calamari and classics like crisp Caesar Salads and Cajun Chicken.

Made to order entrees are paired with dressings and sauces made in house daily, among them are Earl's’ signature Jeera Chicken Curry and BBQ Ribs, fresh Atlantic Salmon, Creekstone Farms Black Angus steaks and burgers, and a variety of main plate salads, sandwiches and irresistible sides perfect for lunch.

Cocktails, non alcoholic beverages, wine and beer are an important part of the Earls Kitchen + Bar experience. With a commitment to using only 100% fresh squeezed in house juices, Earls’ craft cocktails are infused with seasonal ingredients. Local beers on tap are complemented by a curated list of national and international quaffs and a comprehensive list of wines on tap by the glass, as well as bottles.

Beverage Director Cameron Bogue, who prior to joining Earls developed cocktails for Daniel Boulud’s restaurant group, has designed an innovative menu of updated classic cocktails and house specialties with intriguing options including the frozen Harvey Wallbanger, Old Fashioned and the Earl's Signature Caesar, the Canadian take on the classic Bloody Mary.

The Grapefruit Negroni is a mixture of bombay dry gin, campari, aperol, carpano antica, fernet branca and grapefruit.

One of the better Moscow Mule’s I’ve had in Orlando, Earl’s version is pretty simple with smirnoff vodka, ginger and fresh lime.

There are a few sushi rolls available on the starters menu, like this Dynamite Roll with shrimp, mango and avocado sushi, sriracha mayonnaise, black sesame and unagi maple. This was a pretty decent roll.

The Korean Hot Wings are a must try item. These are wings in a spicy red pepper glaze with fried onions and sesame seeds. They are addictive and delicious. 

Sicilian Calamari is topped with oven dried tomatoes, cucumber, olives, herb salad, greek citrus and yogurt. This is battered in a gluten aware flour.

Tuna Poke features albacore tuna, mango, avocado, spicy lime dressing, macadamia nuts and is served with warm house made tortillas.

Steak and Sushi is a great dinner combo at Earl’s. It's made with marinated steak, ponzu sauce and sesame seeds. When you order this you choose either a dynamite roll or California roll to accompany it.

The Jeera Curry was excellent. This is a cumin spiced potato curry with garam masala, turmeric, paprika and red chilies finished with a touch of cream served with rice with baked naan.

Hunan Kung Pao is an Asian dish made with ginger soy sauce, wok fried vegetables noodles, and roasted peanuts. For the brave lovers of heat, you can customize this dish by adding 1 to 6 hunan peppers.

Atlantic Salmon with feta, caper and dill aioli, jasmine rice and seasonal vegetables is a lighter option at Earl’s and was quite good.

The Sticky Toffee Chocolate Pudding is my favorite dessert on the menu. They have a nice selection of desserts, but this thing is heavenly. Made with a warm pudding cake, chocolate and toffee sauces, with vanilla bean ice cream and a candy snap, you won't have any of this left over and will be tempted to lick the plate clean.

Happy Hour takes it up a notch at Earls with twice daily sessions Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm and again from 9pm to midnight offering specials on wine, beer, cocktails and appetizers. 

Eearl’s also offers a selection called “Weekly Rituals” with tempting promotions running Monday through Thursday with nightly specials on kitchen offerings, different craft cocktails, craft beers and even “That’s How We Roll Tuesdays” featuring $3 sushi rolls and half priced bottles of wine.

Brunch is served on weekends and offers items like a spicy Mushroom and Chorizo Hash, or a fruit and berry laden Sourdough French Toast.


Earls Kitchen + Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Tony Roma's

8560 International Dr,
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 248-0094
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By now, you should all be familiar with the Tony Roma’s brand. It's only one of the most popular and famous restaurants all over the world. The restaurant was even debated about in Ice Cube’s popular movie from 2002, Barbershop.

In case you didn't know, Tony Roma’s is a full service, casual dining family restaurant where you can find premier BBQ ribs and steaks in locations across the world. With over 150 family restaurant locations on six continents, Tony Roma’s is one of the most globally recognizable names in the industry.

Since its beginning nearly 40 years ago, Tony Roma’s has been focused on serving its signature Baby Back Ribs. The company has won numerous awards across the country for the “Best Ribs” and also has won nationally acclaimed industry recognition as “The Best Ribs in America.” Over time with different concepts and too many additions to an ever growing menu, the folks at Tony Roma’s felt the menu was drifting out of place a little bit and have decided to revamp every location and do a menu re-do.

The goal is to remind people that Tony Roma’s is still a great place for ribs and a variety of other dishes that every guest will be satisfied with, even if ribs aren't your thing. In addition to some crazy new and delicious ribs on the menu, guests will be delighted with an extensive selection of steaks and seafood entrees along with unique appetizers and mini desserts. 


If you don't feel like grabbing a table and just want to stop at the bar for a drink or two, the all new Bones & Bites menu will be appealing to you. This is a small plates menu where guests can order such things like 2 ribs at a time, bison sliders, meatballs and other items for a quick snack with lots of flavor.

The buildings for each location are being redesigned too, with a concept that will set a standard for the brand and future Tony Roma’s restaurants around the world. The flagship Tony Roma’s restaurant on International Drive in Orlando is currently undergoing this transformation. When it is all done, the 8,800 square foot restaurant will feature a new sense of arrival, new indoor/outdoor bar, three private dining rooms and brand specific decor.



The restaurant will have a dramatic entrance with a fire feature that welcomes guests as they step inside. A modern interpretation of a classic hand hewn style will be reflected in the interior design, with the use of mixed materials such as exposed box beams, warm wood floors, and painted tongue and groove walls.

Whether you choose to enjoy the the new indoor/outdoor bar, or sit inside, Tony Roma’s is aiming to be a gathering place where guests will enjoy an extensive collection of craft beers and cocktails, like this Crooked Can Cloud Chaser and Moscow Mule.

Even with new additions, the things that Tony Roma’s always did good will remain intact, including the always delicious Romarita’s.

Getting back to what made the brand famous, is of course ribs. So it was time to put some spin old favorites, like these all new Pastrami Pork Ribs that have been marinated for 48 hours in agave mustard glaze.

One of my favorite new rib entries that I tasted, was the Crispy Pork Ribs that have been deep fried and and tossed in a fiery Buffalo sauce. Frying Ribs is certainly out of the box thinking, and these were pretty amazing.


Along with some unique rib options on the Bones & Bites menu, guests will also find  items like the Bison Slider made with grass fed bison patties, American cheese, caramelized onions and sweet pickles.

In the appetizer section of the menu is where you will find the all new Chicken Lollipops. These are Frenched wings with fiery Buffalo sauce and bleu cheese coleslaw that are as unique as they are tasty.

If you need some roughage in your life, the entree salads have been redone too. This is the Chicken Caesar Salad which we really enjoyed. Other new salads include the Roasted Chicken Salad and a Kogi BBQ Steak & Noodle Salad.

Of course the World Famous Baby Back Ribs are as good as they have ever been. After all, this is what put Tony Roma’s on the map. Succulent, juicy and just fell right off the bone.

Something new to the American market is the Tender Marinated Lamb Ribs. These ribs have been very popular at Tony Roma’s in Malaysia. The lamb ribs are flame grilled in signature seasonings and finished with a savory reduction of honey and plum combined with fresh juice and hand cut ginger. I love lamb...in every form, and this lamb centric rib serving was just plain awesome.

Finishing out our evening we sampled two desserts. The first of which was the Crispy Brownie Bite Sundae with fried brownies topped with ice cream, caramel, fudge and strawberries. This dessert was chewy, sweet, crunchy and ridiculously good.

The Banana Cream Pie was our second dessert and every taste gave me warm thoughts of my grandmother's made from scratch banana pudding, with a few extra toppings.

The restaurant design facilitates all types of guest dining occasions, from couple’s night out to family and friends’ get togethers to business meetings. Guests can dine in one of the three new beautifully appointed private dining rooms with state of the art audio and visual equipment to make the most of any business meeting or casual social gathering. 

The dining rooms will seat between 30 to 60 people each with the ability to accommodate a total of 120 people. A designated Sales Manager will help plan every private dining event, coordinating all details and customizing menus to ensure each event is one your guests will not soon forget.

During the construction period, the restaurant will be closed for lunch, but open daily at 5 p.m. for dinner. Half of the restaurant re-do is done now, with completion of the other half expected by the end of September.

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