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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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Chef Norman Van Aken's 1921 Is Set To Open This Summer...


142 E 4th Ave
Mount Dora, FL 32757
352-385-1921
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Chef Norman Van Aken, Florida’s only multiple James Beard award winning chef, author of six cook books and a memoir, and known as the founding father of New World cuisine, announces his newest restaurant, 1921 by Norman Van Aken (“1921”).

Opening in Mount Dora this summer, the refined rustic restaurant has a forward thinking outlook on ingredients and culinary traditions that encompass the local community, as well as Florida cuisine.

Situated in a converted home built in 1921, the restaurant serves as a reminder that America, and its varying historic cuisines, are made up of a vast array of recipes and flavors imparted by a wide range of explorers and immigrants. These culinary styles have become entrenched in the land and local communities found throughout Florida and the world.

“With close access to some of the best local produce, meat, and seafood Florida has to offer, Mount Dora is a fitting location for us in terms of sourcing ingredients for our menu and connecting the restaurant with the local community that shapes our philosophy,” said Chef Van Aken. “I will be working directly with Chef de Cuisine, Camilo Velasco, to celebrate modern cooking while also incorporating time honored traditions of Florida.”

The philosophy of 1921 embraces sustainable practices when sourcing ingredients. The restaurant will work closely with local farms and purveyors within Mount Dora and the surrounding area, maintaining an allegiance to the local growers, producers and food artisans of Florida.

Chef Van Aken states, “1921 is my love letter to Florida and encompasses the totality of the state from its cuisine to its art to its culture and beyond. Just as the Modernist artists create their works from the tapestry of varying art styles, we create our menu out of the intricate matrix of cuisines found here.”

Working in collaboration, Chef Van Aken and Chef Velasco will serve up hand crafted cuisine from the state of the art kitchen. Menu offerings at 1921 will change regularly, providing guests the opportunity to experience a wide selection of fresh Florida flavors from snacks and starters such as the Grilled Okeechobee Mushroom Tostadas ($9), to flatbreads and salads like the Smoky Maduro Plantain Flatbread ($14) and Florida Avocado and Summer Squash Salad ($11).


Main plates include such items like the Wood Grilled Eye of Ribeye with red chimichurri marinated sweetbreads, ember roasted carrots and tomatillo ($36) and the Sour Orange Mojo Roasted Cornish Hen ($24), cooked in 1921’s wood oven.


The restaurant’s dynamic beverage and bar program will feature a library of unique spirits with multiple ice shapes as well as cocktails including barrel-aged, carbonated on tap, and seasonal creations. 1921’s Wine Director, Scott Geisler, will work closely with Chef Velasco to complement the menu, selecting from the restaurant’s list of global wines varying from eclectic to familiar, recent releases, and storied vintages. Additionally, the beverage program will highlight draft beers from multiple Central Florida craft breweries as well as a variety of bottled and canned beers from around the world.


The opening of Chef Van Aken’s highly anticipated 1921 restaurant completes the elegant Mount Dora Modernism Museum complex. The creation, design and execution of this exceptional cultural, shopping and dining collaboration is the brainchild of partner Main Street Leasing.  A feast for the eyes, as well as the palate, the restaurant features an extensive collection of artwork, with select pieces on loan from the Modernism Museum. This unique joint partnership between Main Street Leasing and Chef Van Aken brings the art of dining to life in its truest sense.

Reservations are available beginning Tuesday, August 16th by calling (352)-385-1921, or by going to http://1921nva.com/


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Maddey's Craft & Cru

116 W Church St
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 601-2692
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Maddey's Craft & Cru is the all new restaurant in Downtown Orlando from Chef Jason Schofield. 

His name may seem familiar to those of you who frequent this blog or if you are just a foodie in general. Returning to Florida in 2011, Chef Jason joined the Hennessey & Coyle restaurant group as executive chef and oversaw White Wolf Cafe and established Wolfie’s PizzaMia in the Ivanhoe district known to us locals as the “Ivanhood”. It was there he pioneered an ambitious program of handmade pastas, fresh-baked breads and house-made charcuterie that I had the opportunity to sample...it was delicious indeed.

Since leaving Hennessey & Coyle in 2014, Chef Jason has dedicated himself to the establishment of Schofield Restaurant Group as a premier consultancy for hospitality businesses and elite private clients throughout the United States. One of his first ventures was the boutique sandwich shop, This ‘N’ That Eats, which you can see my review of here. The menu there focuses on global sandwiches, cured meats and cheeses, as well as coffee made in the traditional sense of the region.

At Maddey’s Craft & Cru, Chef Jason’s idea was to bring the past, present, and future together in a restaurant quite unlike any other in Orlando. The restaurant location has been a few different names over the years, but it is inside the Bumby Arcade on Church street, which is an iconic part of downtown Orlando’s history. The menu is full of comfort classics and unique dishes like short ribs with glazed onion, lengua lardoons and truffled purple yam mousse. There is also a Wagyu beef NY strip that is cooked sous vide then dipped in liquid Nitrogen and plenty of house made pasta dishes.


All of the artisanal pizzas are made with flour that is milled on site and used for pastas, breads and desserts. The mozzarella, ricotta, and ricotta solatta are also made in house from raw milk. As you walk inside, you can see the pizza oven that can cook a pizza in a mere 180 seconds.

In keeping true with his tradition of procuring and serving fine cheeses, meats and other accoutrements, Chef Jason has a nice cheese board and a charcuterie board on the menu at Maddey’s with a great assortment of flavors and textures that are cured in house as well.

With a carefully curated beverage program heavy on craft beers and vintage cocktails, Maddey’s aims to affirm that comfort food and drink isn’t a stale relic of the past. The Florida Mule (top left) is made with St. Augustine Vodka, and the Lost in Translation (front) is made with Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey.

The Arancini are on the Bar Bites portion of the menu and they are an immensely flavorful take on a classic Sicilian dish with Pork confit, English peas, sage pea puree and Parmesan.

The Angus Burger is a mouthwatering lean Black Angus beef patty with Orlando’s own Pane D’Or bakery Pretzel Bun, Green Tomato Jam and Cheddar Cheese. The burger is served with shoestring fries that have been fried in duck fat for an ultimate burger and fry combo.

The show stopper is the Perfect N.Y. Strip. This is Wagyu Beef cooked sous vide dipped in liquid nitrogen, then deep fried in beef shortening topped with sal de flur, bone marrow butter and beef jus, served with parmesan fries. As far I can say...it is the perfect NY Strip Steak.

As part of a monthly changing menu that will feature new dishes and seasonal items, we also got to try the Pork Loin with broccolini and whey grits. The protein, a very large loin that was more than enough for two people, was cooked perfectly with a nice savory flavor.

This last drink is a dedication to a friend of ours who passed away recently and way too soon. The Final Boarding Call, is made with Aviation Gin, Boomsma Cloosterbitter, Bols Maraschino and a Lime… little did I know this drink would be the last one shared with Coleen Burns.
Coleen had a million-watt smile and a laugh so contagious it'd brighten anyone's mood. She was an avid traveler, so the name of this drink is fitting as she took her final boarding call to a better place. 

Maddey’s has brought the taste of the Burroughs to the City Beautiful by making its home on Church Street, in downtown Orlando in an awesome space. Maddey’s Craft & Cru doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to quality and authenticity of flavors. Traditional ingredients and nostalgic flavors are creatively injected into contemporary and worldly twists in Chef Jason’s from scratch executions. Stop by and see them soon and grab a Florida Mule.

***Note - Maddey's is temporarily closed due to unforeseen circumstances but plans to reopen in September and hopes to see the return of familiar and new faces in the fall.

Maddey's Craft & Cru Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails

111 S Surf Rd
Hallandale Beach, FL.

(954) 699-0901  
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Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails is one of the latest openings of the renowned SBE group. SBE, for those not in the know, is a global hospitality and entertainment company helmed by Chairman and CEO Sam Nazarian which comprises a thriving collection of award winning hotels, residences, restaurants and nightlife destinations. 

When it comes to the business of mixing food and fashion, you'd be hard pressed to find a company that does it better then SBE. Some of their partners include designer Philippe Starck and photographer Matthew Rolston. The Chef’s SBE works with are some heavy hitters too,  like José Andrés, Katsuya Uechi, Danny Elmaleh and Michael Schwartz, (who has won the prestigious James Beard award) to name a few. Of course they have locations all over, but most of the company's ventures are in South Florida, Southern California and Vegas.

As I’ve said before, the areas around Hallandale and Hollywood beach have always been great beach destination towns, but have lacked anything that could really be called fine dining. Of course it goes without saying that the area has always paled in comparison to the beach and dining scene in South Beach as well.


Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails is really a big step in the effort of bringing to Hallandale Beach, the same elite style of service and signature brand of "cool" that has become synonymous with the Hyde brand, as seen in South Beach, Las Vegas and on Hollywood's Sunset Strip. The building itself is an evolution in Oceanside entertainment, and is certainly in line with the SBE brand and what they convey. The space is three stories tall with three distinct floors of indoor, outdoor and beachfront event space.
 

The approachable beachside first floor offers quick bites, fresh pressed juices, and a rejuvenating spa. The second floor is home to Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails where diners can enjoy the fresh seasonal and contemporary American cuisine by award winning Chef Danny Elmaleh. The third floor features a secluded poolside lounge offering distinct dishes and craft cocktails. Hyde Beach is somewhat of a tapas restaurant, in the idea of ordering single plates of food to sample, but the plates here are large and are meant for sharing. A couple dining could easily order three or four separate items and more than likely end up with leftovers.

Chef Danny Elmaleh takes you on a contemporary culinary journey mixed with local fresh flavors and hand-squeezed cocktails at three full service bars. The menu features New American cuisine with signature dishes like Wasabi Tuna Tartar, Rock Shrimp Tacos, Pumpkin Butter Rolls, Oxtail Bucatini, Branzino with cannellini beans as well as decadent Raw Bar for starters. 

Pumpkin Butter Rolls are a must have item at Hyde. These are perfect to share with maple butter and rosemary and salt, but after one bite...you may not want to share.

Ceviche is made with yuzu (a type of Japanese citrus), lime, serrano chili, tomato, red onion, cilantro and fresh seafood. For another unique touch, for dipping you are offered, tortilla chips, plantain chips and cassava chips.

The Smoked Mushrooms we tasted were extraordinary and delicious. They were so good in fact, I could give up eating meat and just have these as a replacement.

Pulpo Gallego or Galician Style Octopus is a tapa that is served all over Spain today. Although Hyde Beach did a wonderful job in presentation, It is a very simple dish with cooked octopus served with boiled potatoes, olive oil and sweet Spanish paprika. I'm not the biggest fan of octopus, but this one at Hyde Beach is certainly worth eating again. 

In addition to being loaded with very fresh and delicious crab meat, the Crab Cake at Hyde Beach is served atop a house made tartar sauce with dill pickles.

We sampled quite a few cocktails during our visit, as one would be required to do at an establishment with cocktails in its name. Everything we tasted was fresh uniquely flavored, but our favorites were the Hibiscus Punch on the left and the After Sunset Margarita on the right. Every cocktail on the list here features freshly muddled ingredients, house made syrups, freshly extracted juices and of course premium alcohol. 

Green Kale is a salad made with kale, tofu, kimchi vinaigrette, pumpkin seeds, golden raisins, and sesame seeds. This was probably one of the best salads I have had. The kimchi vinaigrette gave it a distinct Asian flavoring and the pumpkin and sesame seeds gave it a nice crunch.

The Oxtail Bucatini was fabulous. The ox tail is red wine braised and served atop house made noodles with garlic bread crumbs and marjoram.

Branzino is the name of a European sea bass that is very popular in Northern Italy. This fish was cooked perfectly with a nice sear and a crispy outside and a flaky and moist inside. The Branzino sat atop cannellini beans, cherry tomato, nicoise olives, and artichoke.

Hyde Beach calls this a Classic Banana Split with a few hidden touches. One of the hidden touches is an awesome Belgian waffle that just set this dessert over the top. I will never look at banana splits the same now, and will be unimpressed if it does not compare the one at Hyde Beach. Yes...it was that good.
Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails accommodates up to 650 guests with a private dining room, outdoor patio, poolside lounge, and beachfront property for private events.
 

Just as the new hotels and condos are giving way to a new and improved Hollywood beach and a new Hallandale beach, the restaurants are coming around too. Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails is sure to be a favorite among beachgoers, foodies and nightlife connoisseurs alike, as this hybrid destination looks to charm guests with enticing energy and innovative cuisine.
 

Dinner starts at 6:00 pm daily, and they close when the party dies. If you get a chance and are staying in the area, I highly recommend a visit to Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails. Chef Danny Elmaleh and the staff here have done an excellent job of bringing flavor, flare, style and great dining to Hallandale Beach. 

Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Maddey's Craft & Cru

Chef Jason Schofield has been a busy man lately. The chef and his restaurant group are behind the upcoming Maddey's Craft & Cru that is set to open up in Downtown Orlando this July, as well as opening up a sandwich shop in the Ivanhoe District in the old Alpine Coffee shop on N. Orange Ave.

This N That eats is the planned name, and is expected to be open within the next two weeks. The menu will feature global sandwiches, cured meats and cheeses, as well as coffee made in the traditional sense of the region. In addition to all of this, Chef Jason has been testing food and hosting pop up dinners for Maddey’s Craft & Cru to spread his gospel of good food made with local ingredients and great tastes.

Maddey’s will seat 150 and the site will also feature a separate cocktail lounge called “Brix” with a capacity of 90 to 100. The restaurants mission is to serve foods with a focus on organic and nutritious foods made with the finest quality ingredients. From pastas to cheeses and even house grown micro greens and cured meats Maddey’s wants to create as much food as it can in house and by hand. A big focus will be on Artisan pizzas and an always rotating menu of seasonal items and creations.


You can expect to find the same care and craftsmanship in the cocktail lounge as well. There will be a selection of craft beers and wines on tap and of course, cocktails of the finest order.  

Here a few of the things I was privileged to sample at one of Chef Jason's more recent pop up dinners back in May. The dinner was held at the wonderful East End Market.

Chef Jason and his team put together the food, and a bartender from The Courtesy helped the team prepare some great cocktails.

We had a brief reception before the evening's activities and everyone enjoyed the cheese selection from La Femme du Fromage.

The pop up dinner got underway with a nice helping of Sliced Beef Tongue with brioche pudding and a pinot noir apple cider reduction. Beef tongue may not be for everybody, but I found this to be a very tasty rendition to try out.

This cocktail featured Averna, vanilla bean syrup, lemon, Carpano Antica, fino sherry and strawberries.

The second course was a Salad that featured goat cheese ricotta, Kale, honey’d almonds, organic tomato, Berkshire hog slices and charred lemon. A perfect summer seasonal salad that was light, crisp and refreshing, but found room to be savory also.

Another cocktail that was also perfect for summer featured a mixture of Gin, lemon, Falernum, yellow chartreuse, peach bitters.

Our third course was the Tomato Pasta with whey broth & ricotta. While we were busy drinking cocktails, the staff was busy making this pasta on the spot. Chef Jason was inspired to create this dish by a type of pasta called Fazzoletti which means handkerchief. The whey broth along with the ricotta was pleasantly smooth and quite flavorful.

A rather interesting cocktail that consisted of Cynar, Ancho Reyes, Cardamaro, Burlesque bitters, Lemon bitters, and a Fernet rinse had a spicy note on the way down.

A Short Rib with truffled purple yam, glazed onion, and beef tongue lardoons, (a sort of beef bacon) proved to be an exceptional fourth course for the evening.

The final course consisted of both a dessert and a cocktail all at once. The Caramel Bourbon Float with Olde Hearth peanut butter sandwich is certainly for adults only, and for those of you who enjoy an eye opening sip of sweet, peanut butter and Bourbon all at once. This drink was fun and intimidating, because it packed a wallop in the alcohol content.

That is the fun of what Maddey’s and the Schofield Restaurant Group aims to be. Whether you and some friends stop by for dinner or a cocktail, or perhaps one of the grown up desserts before a night out, Maddey’s Craft & Cru looks like a promising concept that should get the Downtown crowd and all of Central Florida excited.
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