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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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Huey Magoo's

4293 Alafaya Trail,
Oviedo, FL 32765
(All Locations)
(407)- 977-0213
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Huey Magoo’s was founded in 2004 by Matt Armstrong and Thad Hudgens, two southern boys with a passion for quality chicken and a penchant for serving others. Huey Magoo’s prides itself on providing great tasting chicken tenders in a clean, friendly environment, while showing their love for people.

Not only does Huey Magoo’s deliver delicious, fresh, cooked to order chicken tenders, they also use a special Never Ever Antibiotic free chicken that is never frozen. This means the chicken tenders you eat at Huey Magoo’s are as fresh as you can get and and is 100% antibiotic free.

It is with exacting purpose that you won’t find an extensive menu filled with dozens of options here. Burgers and burritos aren’t in their wheelhouse. They focus on delicious, fresh, cooked to order chicken tenders that are served grilled or fried, on their own, as part of a meal, or in a salad, sandwich or wrap.

Twelve years ago when tour golf professionals Matt Armstrong (aka "Huey") and Thad Hudgens (aka "Magoo") decided to get into the restaurant business, little did they know that one day their brand, Huey Magoo's Chicken Tenders, would entice some of the deepest talent in the industry.

Committed to building a culture of excellence in service and food quality by serving only premium hand breaded or grilled chicken tenders dipped or "sauced" in uniquely flavorful signature sauces, Huey Magoo's attracted a cult-like following of Millenials, families and neighboring businesses desiring quality, natural foods at reasonable prices.

It also attracted the attention of former Wingstop Executive Vice President Andy Howard, who helped grow the Wingstop chain from 80 stores to over 600 stores. As Huey Magoo’s Chief Executive Officer, Howard has assembled a team of industry power players to assist him in doing the same with Huey Magoo’s.

The Magoo’s Sandwich features hand breaded or grilled tenders, iceberg lettuce, and Magoo’s Sauce, served on Texas toast or a toasted bun and crinkle cut fries. You can also choose the house made potato chips which are delicious as well.

Here is a sample selection of the tenders offered at Magoo’s. We have the Buffalo sauced fried wings to the left, traditional breaded in the center and the grilled wings to the right. You won't find many people offering grilled wings, and these are pretty tasty. The real difference with tenders at Huey Magoo’s is in the chicken. The never ever antibiotic chicken and the fact that it's never frozen makes for a tender that is as juicy and tender as you possibly have. Hands down the the most tender chicken tender I have ever had.

The sauces offered for dipping at Huey Magoo’s are the Magoo sauce, a spicy Magoo sauce, Buffalo sauce and Spicy Buffalo or an Oriental Sweet Heat. All tenders that you request sauced can be sauced in Buffalo, Tangy BBQ, Zesty Garlic Parmesan, or Oriental Sweet Heat. Texas toast comes with most orders and coleslaw is another side item you can choose.

With this deeply experienced team assembled, Huey Magoo’s is poised to take their simple food and great taste of fresh made to order chicken tenders, sandwiches, salads, Texas toast, fries and tasty tea to the next level.

Already boasting four successful operating units in Oviedo, Altamonte Springs, Winter Springs and the UCF Student Union, Huey Magoo's will open two additional stores early next year at Millenia Gardens and Sand Lake/Dr. Phillips, with plans to open several more in Central Florida. 

Huey Magoo's will also commence franchise sales with the initial focus on key Florida markets starting with Tampa and moving from Florida north and west to fan out across the country. 

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Fred's Market Restaurant

835 Currency Circle
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 915- 6808 - See more at: http://www.fredsmarket.com/locations#sthash.7vrckPdV.dpuf
835 Currency Circle
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 915- 6808 - See more at: http://www.fredsmarket.com/locations#sthash.7vrckPdV.dpuf
835 Currency Circle
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 915- 6808 - See more at: http://www.fredsmarket.com/locations#sthash.7vrckPdV.dpuf
835 Currency Circle
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 915- 6808 - See more at: http://www.fredsmarket.com/locations#sthash.7vrckPdV.dpuf

835 Currency Circle
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 915- 6808

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Buffet’s usually get a bad rap, and with good reason. Most of them offer large quantities of food at a decent price, but the food is usually two grades above slop level. I've always held to the idea that a high quality Vegas style buffet would do well in Orlando. One with quality selections of chef carved meats and live action chef stations with enticing sides like one might find at the Bellagio. Fred’s Market isn't quite on that level, but what it does do, it does fairly well.
 

Fred's Market Restaurant serves up a taste of farm to plate freshness, with food that is slowly cooked in a natural and unprocessed way. The restaurant aims to provide a cozy atmosphere full of warmth and fun. It's southern comfort food that's pure and hearty all the way to the core.
 

The buffet for dinner is full of traditional southern fare like Fried Chicken, Pot Roast, Pulled Pork, Chicken Pot Pie and a host of sides like Mac & Cheese, Collard Greens, Mashed Potatoes, Fried Green Tomatoes, and of course an extensive salad and soup bar with a dessert bar as well. Fred’s also offers a weekday and weekend breakfast buffet as well, with biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, hashbrowns and you can even get the famous fried chicken in the AM.

Fred's Market took over the recently closed Romano’s Macaroni Grill. aside of a few touches here and there, the inside and outside is relatively unchanged from the previous tenant.

The salad bar has something for everyone.

There are plenty of fresh fruits and an assortment of fruit and vegetable salads on the buffet. I really enjoyed the broccoli salad, as well as the apple raisin salad.

All of the food I tried was pretty good, but the Fried Chicken here is the star of the show. Dare I say…it could be some of the best fried chicken in Central Florida?

A variety of southern comfort side dishes.

It doesn't get any more southern than banana pudding, red velvet cake and pumpkin pie.

Here is a loaded plate with fried chicken, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and a fried green tomato.

Overall, I was very impressed with the food at Fred’s Market. All of the food was fresh and seasoned very well. If you are looking for some good southern comfort food at an affordable price in a family friendly atmosphere, stop by Fred’s Market.
 

Fred’s is open Monday to Saturday from 7:00am to 9:00pm, and Sunday from 8:00am to 9:00pm

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SOCO

Tastes Of Orlando
629 E Central Blvd. 
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 849-1800


Soco is the all new Southern Contemporary restaurant from the Thornton Park Restaurant Group. The restaurant is helmed by award-winning Executive Chef/Partner Greg Richie, formerly of Emeril’s Tchoup Chop and Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion in Orlando. 

Tastes Of OrlandoThat space at 629 East Central Boulevard was formerly known as HUE, and occupies 4,500-square-feet. This signature corner is in the heart of the Thornton Park District in Downtown Orlando. 

A comfortable and welcoming bar adjacent to the dining room offers full dinner service and an impressive beverage program. An extensive selection of “By The Bottle” beers catches the eye alongside a list of handcrafted cocktails, also designed by Chef Richie, including Honey Rye Sour, White Julep and Grown-Up Cherry Cola. 


Also available is the Bar Plates menu, which features items, such as Crispy Macaroni Croquettes with heirloom tomato sauce, House-Blend Angus Beef Burger with aged white cheddar, red onion-bacon marmalade, house-made smoked ketchup and pickles on a brioche bun served with crispy onion rings and Meatloaf-Stuffed Bell Pepper Poppers with pimento mornay. 

Soco’s menu combines Richie’s classic culinary training with his experiences at renowned Southern restaurants such as Charleston’s Magnolias and The Abbey in Atlanta. A progressive culinary approach is showcased with new, exciting and contemporary takes on Southern-inspired dishes. "Small Plates” begin with reinterpreted presentations such as Soco-Style Chicken and Dumplings that feature carved chicken breast, lobster dumpling, local mushrooms, edamame and soy butter. Other unique Soco twists include the Cornmeal Crisped Oysters that include pickled green tomato relish, and herb cream served atop 
chicharrones. The restaurant also features a  “From The Garden” section, which offers a range of salad courses with interesting  ingredients like compressed pickled peaches and arugula and baby romaine lettuce with soft fried egg, among others.

For some of the Main and Feature dishes, Richie has played on the nostalgia of classic southern cuisine by creating a Lake Meadow Naturals Korean-Style Fried Chicken with pickled radishes, and a sweet and spicy dipping sauce. Other classic southern dishes that are taken up a notch include the Grilled Meatloaf on lobster mashed potatoes that feature a three-meat blend with crispy onion rings and a smoked Vidalia and Andouille sausage gravy. They even have a creative southern dish for all the vegetarians out there with a Chicken Fried Cauliflower Steak, that features asparagus, artichoke, garlic mashed potatoes and vine ripe tomato gravy. 


During a preview event I was able to do a round robin sampling of a few appetizers and a selection of desserts. For the main dishes, we each ordered a dish we wanted to try and then we took one or two bites and traded plates with the person next to us.

Tastes Of OrlandoStarting with the "Small Plates", I sampled the Slow Roasted Barbecue Glazed Pork Belly Biscuits with Jalapeno Jelly. The Biscuits were very good, and as a Southerner, that says a lot. The flavors of the pork belly and Jalapeno jelly made these tasty little treats.

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The Cornmeal Crisped Oysters were a personal favorite. Lightly breaded and fried oysters served atop chicharrones and topped with green tomato relish and herb cream.
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Soco Style Chicken and Dumplings were very different, and very good. The dumplings come with chicken breast, lobster and mushrooms in an edamame soy butter sauce. Not your grandmas dumplings.
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Another unique Soco dish was the Hand Made Canaveral Shrimp and Grits Ravioli. Served with Andouille sausage, tomatoes and a classic Veloute sauce, this will make you rethink your definition of Shrimp & Grits.
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Out of sheer curiosity, for my entree selection I ordered the Chicken Fried New York Strip Steak. It sounds wild, but its actually a play on the classic schnitzel, but with a nice cut of beef. It was surprisingly tender and delicious.
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The Grilled Meatloaf on Lobster mashed Potatoes was really good. The meatloaf is made of 3 different meats and is served with a smoked Vidalia and Andouille sausage gravy. 
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One of the "Feature" items at Soco is the Lake Meadow Naturals Korean Style Fried Chicken. The chicken is seasoned over night and coated in a thick and crispy batter that is topped with a sweet and spicy soy sauce.
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All my vegetarian friends should be pleased with the Chicken Fried Cauliflower Steak. Cauliflower is pressed together and formed into a patty and gets breaded and deep fried. This actually tasted pretty good, and I'm not a fan of non meat dishes.

The taste of the South continued on in the dessert courses as well. Some of  the home-style dessert offerings include Bourbon Banana Pudding, House-Made Moon Pie with RC Cola vanilla float, and Warm Apple and Oatmeal Spice Cake.

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First up, the Bourbon Banana Pudding. This was a spectacular dessert. When you make a Waffle out of Vanilla Wafers, that is dessert genius, then add on caramelized banana and toasted meringue...wow!
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The House Made Moon Pie with RC Cola Float was another cool Soco take on a classic Southern treat. Very good and very fun to eat.
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Another Unique dessert was the Potato Chip Crusted Chocolate Cake. Very simple in concept, salty and sweet and the cake was moist and delicious.
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The Warm Apple and Oatmeal Spice Cake was a nice treat as well. It is served in a pink peppercorn whiskey syrup and topped with shredded coconut.
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For something more traditional there is the Warm Berry Crisp served with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. This is an old southern classic dessert dish that will make you feel right at home. 

Soco is local, and independently owned. They are committed to playing an integral role in cultivating Downtown Orlando as a top dining destination. I can say that I really enjoyed the whole concept, from food to atmosphere, and they are well on their way to help make Downtown Orlando the place to go. 

Through the use of local ingredients and reimagined recipes, Soco’s Executive Chef/Partner Greg Richie conveys his Southern roots with a contemporary flair. This is not your grandmas southern food, but it is Southern at its core, and that is what makes the experience at Soco so unique. 

The restaurant is open daily from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm. As of November 2nd, Soco is also offering brunch on the weekends. 
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The Coop

610 W Morse Blvd. 
Winter Park, FL. 32789
(407) 843-2667


Let the great Fried Chicken debate begin...

A little over a month ago, I had the opportunity to attend a grand opening celebration for John Rivers latest culinary creation, The Coop.

For those of you not familiar with the name, the same owner and team behind the famed 4 Rivers Smokehouse brand is also behind The Coop.

Since its initial opening, there has been a great debate brewing among foodies and food bloggers alike about the "Fried Chicken" at The Coop. I wanted to make sure I got the full experience and taste the chicken independently, so I waited a little while before returning for my recent lunch visit.

The idea of The Coop is to serve up southern hospitality and classic comfort food made from scratch with a down home feel. That down home we are speaking of is South Carolina Low Country, where the family of John Rivers has its roots. Low Country cuisine is traditionally associated with parts of South Carolina and the Georgia coastline. Most of  what we call "Low Country" cuisine shares cooking styles with traditional Southern style cooking, but has strong similarities to Cajun cuisine.

A lot of the menu at The Coop is based on handed down family recipes that use fresh and seasonal ingredients that bring together the best of both worlds. There are plenty of Southern options available like Fried Chicken served in a variety of ways, Meatloaf and Chicken & Dumplings. Some of the signature "Low Country" items include a Fried Fish Basket, Low Country Shrimp and Grits and Po'Boys with a selection of fillings.

The inside is very eclectic and features purposefully mismatched wooden tables and chairs.

It is rumored that John Rivers even went so far as to hunt down those tables and chairs from Craigslist.

It gives The Coop a very unique feel, like sitting inside someones home for a family get together in Charleston South Carolina, if you've ever been. 



The Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding was luscious and creamy, but firm at the same time.

I sampled this during the grand opening, and it was a real treat.










Another dish I sampled at the grand opening was the Low Country Shrimp and Grits.

Since it is hard to find Low Country cooking in Orlando, I really enjoy when I find somewhere that does it right, and The Coop does.

The shrimp and grits have a mild earthy flavor with just the right amount of seasoning served with creamy grits.

John Rivers told me he uses Tasso Ham to kick it up a few notches.

Some other items I sampled included Biscuits and Gravy, Deviled Eggs, Pecan Pie and Pimento Cheese Spread, all of which were very good.

So...Lets get back to that great Fried Chicken debate.

On my recent visit I ordered the Two Piece Plenty Plate. That included a wing, a breast, and two sides that came in at just over $10.00 with a drink.

Sadly, as of right now, I have to tell you that the Fried Chicken at The Coop is just kind of average. I have to go with a tired and old cliche and say..."It depends on what your definition of Is...Is".

Is the fried chicken at The Coop good? Yes
Is the fried chicken at The Coop mind altering, tantalizingly delicious and irresistible? No 

My overall experience was that it really lacked any flavor at all, except for the large chunks of pepper. The batter was nice and crispy but my breast was a little dry. I found myself having to add table salt to the chicken just to taste it. I personally love pepper and spicy foods, but for someone with a more sensitive palate, the excess pepper would make this fried chicken a no go.

Expectations can be a great thing, but they can also be a detriment when we build them up too high. Most people, myself included, thought John Rivers was going to take fried chicken to another level, much like he did with his famous 18 hour smoked beef brisket at 4 Rivers. Unfortunately that's not the case at The Coop, and a lot of folks feel let down.

There is plenty of great food available here, and almost everything else I've had has been wonderful. I really enjoyed my side of three cheese macaroni and the coleslaw, but at over $10.00 for a two piece meal...I really needed to be wowed by more than just my side items.

Something else I noticed that I am not happy about, is the fact that the Chicken and Waffles come with fried chicken tenders instead of bone in chicken pieces. Most of the press clippings I saw prior to opening were all in a buzz about the possibility of The Coop featuring authentic Southern Chicken and Waffles with bone in chicken.

I can get chicken tenders and waffles at I-hop, and I was really looking forward to something more along the lines of  Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles or even Hattie B's in Nashville, but again we must use caution on our expectations.

Overall, I like The Coop. Its decor is very inviting and charming and gave me a real feel of eating at a South Carolina family members home. The food for the most part is good, and service is always friendly and helpful. Perhaps sometime in the not too distant future, The Coop will revisit its Fried Chicken recipe and give us something to go crazy over.
  
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