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Beachwalk Resort

2602 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
(954) 266-0147

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In the past couple of years, and especially in 2015, the strip of road that runs up and down Hollywood beach and Hallandale beach has been undergoing major renovations.

Hollywood beach has always been a great beach town with an awesome boardwalk that stretches 2.5 miles, but the area has always needed some upgrades in regards to lodging and dining to truly make it a relevant and exciting beach town that could compete with the likes of Miami’s infamous South Beach.

There have been a few new resorts that have opened in the area this past year, like Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville resort and a few others, but none of them are bringing the style and class that the all new Beachwalk Resort is offering.


After opening its doors on May 1, 2015, Beachwalk Resort is offering guests an unparalleled experience that is on par with what you might find in South Beach. The resort has breathtaking beach and city views, with access to a private beach club at the new Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails, and they even offer complimentary shuttle service to major hotspots in the area.

Rising 33 stories above the water, just one short block from the beach, the Beachwalk Resort lies at the very center of the most iconic recreational, residential, shopping, dining, and entertainment paradise on earth. One part land, one part sea, the Beachwalk Resort offers leisure travelers the Best of Both Worlds.
 
Located on the Intracoastal Waterway between Miami Beach to the south and Ft. Lauderdale to the north on Hallandale Beach Boulevard, the resort is one easy block away from the beach. This was one of the views from our balcony.

Our one bedroom /one bath suite was 738 square feet and had access to the oversized balcony that features stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the downtown skyline. The balcony adjoins both the master bedroom and living room in every suite. The master bedroom features a king bed and additional sleeping is available in the sectional sofa.

 
This is truly a state of the art fully equipped kitchen. You will not find micro refrigerators and useless kitchen equipment at Beachwalk Resort. All appliances are stainless steel, and the cabinets are fully stocked with cooking utensils and dishes.

All suites feature contemporary Italian furnishings, floor to ceiling windows and a spacious living room with access to the over sized balcony.

Yes, even the bathrooms here have a designer element. Our bathroom was very spacious and offered room for everyone to get ready with no crowding.

Upon arrival, you're greeted with a sleek and sophisticated lobby, reminiscent of world traveling. The interior is by Italian design Pininfarina, and it's complemented by curated works of art from the personal art collection of the developer, Jorge M. Perez, the CEO and founder of The Related Group. If you are an automotive enthusiast such as myself, then you are familiar with the name Pininfarina. They are an independent Italian car design firm and coachbuilder in Cambiano, Italy founded in 1930. Pininfarina was employed by a wide variety of automobile manufactures such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, FIAT, GM, Lancia, and Maserati, to name a few to design vehicles.

Beachwalk Resort has a fitness center with a view so you can maintain your workout routine while on vacation. This is a fully equipped fitness center with over 1,000 square feet of space that offers machines, free weights, and gorgeous views of the infinity pool.

Speaking of that infinity pool, Beachwalk Resort has an infinity edge pool that overlooks the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway and Hallandale Beach. The pool area is conducive to spending an hour or an afternoon lounging poolside on a chaise lounge, or in a cabana for a more intimate experience.

Whether the mood calls for dining in, at the resort's Beachwalk Bistro & Market, on the beach or elsewhere, guests are given a variety of culinary options. Chef Jaime Magana, who cross trained in Amsterdam at La Rive, a two Michelin star-rated restaurant, offers over 15 years of experience at Beachwalk Resort as the executive chef. He's in charge of all F&B on property offering a fresh, seasonal menu, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. For those wanting a quick to-go item, the bistro offers a variety of freshly made sandwiches, salads and refreshments.

A simple but elegant breakfast offering at Beachwalk Bistro.

English muffin and toast served with real butter and gourmet jams at Beachwalk Bistro.

Families and couples alike will discover that the Beachwalk Resort offers a vacation experience wholly distinct from the other resort choices in the area. As the newest resort in the Hallandale-Hollywood Beach area, the Beachwalk Resort offers sophisticated European inspired design, spacious, home-like suites complete with fully equipped kitchens and in-unit washers and dryers, amenities, complimentary access to Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails, plus easy air and driving access for all domestic and international travelers.

Guests will also enjoy the proximity to South Florida’s world renowned shopping, dining, entertainment, casino and racing attractions. The location, midway along South Florida’s Broward-Miami Dade oceanfront corridor and just a block from the beach, means every guest can enjoy more vacation for the money. But what really sets Beachwalk Resort apart is how they cater to each individual with a uniquely proactive brand of service designed to anticipate and fulfill the needs of every guest.

Beachwalk Resort is not only a perfect location to enjoy all that South Florida has to offer but also provides the perfect venue to get closer to the people that matter most to you. Whether you are staying with your entire family, a group of dear friends, or your significant other, Beachwalk Resort allows you to spend quality time. Relax on the beach with your friends, enjoy an intimate dinner, or take a shopping trip... the choice is yours. By the end of your stay, you’ll leave feeling closer than ever.

The 33 story resort offers 216 divisible suites with wrap around balconies that have inspiring views of the Intracoastal Waterway. The resort is professionally managed by Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, known for their upscale independent hotels and resorts.

Right now, the resort is offering a Suite Winter Escape package that starts as low as $199.00. For a limited time, luxury suites at Beachwalk Resort are being offered at a great discount that Includes complimentary "American Breakfast for Two" for Each Day of Your Stay.

For more info call: (954) 266-0147 or email: reservations@beachwalkresortfl.com
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Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside

7499 Augusta National Drive
Orlando Florida 32822
407-857-6211

Often times, here in Orlando, we take our vast array of hotels for granted. We locals mostly think of other places to go outside of Orlando, or we keep an eye out for a great place to stay for tourists. Although it is very close to the Orlando International Airport, and is indeed a great place for tourists, the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside is a great place for locals to take a weekend getaway.

This property features 30,000 square feet of contemporary event space with on site meeting planners and catering readily available. Bike and fishing pole rentals allow guests to get out and enjoy the scenery around the hotel on Lake Michelle. Of course if fitness is your thing you can stay in shape with a 24 hour state of the art fitness center, or go for a swim in the indoor or outdoor pools.

When it comes to dining options, the locally sourced cuisine at Crimson Tavern presents an impressive array of delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I did a review of that fine establishment earlier in the year that you can see here. The restaurant can fit 80 people, the private dining room can seat up to 16, and semi-private dining on the upper deck is up to 30 guests.

Spacious rooms and suites boast soundproof floor-to-ceiling windows and pillow-top mattresses for a peaceful night's rest.

This was the view outside of our room, with a beautiful view of the pool and Lake Michelle.

Speaking of Lake Michelle, guests can relax lakeside, or you can make use of the free fishing poles to go fishing. We had a blast fishing off of the dock as well as at this nice and shady location.

The pool at Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside is set up pretty nicely with a portion of it flowing inside next to the fitness center. In the inside portion of the pool, you will also find the hot tubs.

At night, the poolside area comes to life with fire pits and plenty of seating for a quiet romantic evening for your weekend or weekday getaway.

Located just a mile from Orlando International Airport, the hotel does offer a free shuttle service if you are visiting, but if you are an Orlando local, don't miss out on this gem in the Marriott portfolio. We really enjoyed our stay and slept like babies on those pillow top mattresses. Our day was filled with plenty of swimming, fishing, and poolside drinks with snack food provided by Crimson Tavern. It was a very relaxing stay and provided the perfect getaway, even if it was just a few miles from my house.
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Jakes American Bar at Loews Royal Pacific Resort


6300 Hollywood Way
Orlando, FL 32819
407-503-3200
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Loews Royal Pacific Resort is a great place to experience the allure of the south seas and feel the excitement of a time when adventurous travelers first island-hopped the South Pacific. 

Travelers often took breaks to relax along their journey at magnificent resorts where they could just kick back and enjoy the beauty of the islands. What makes Royal Pacific Resort so much more than just beauty and relaxation and a really cool lagoon style pool, is the great food they offer as well. After all, weary travelers do need to be refreshed.

The hotel boasts quite a few interesting dining options like the Wantilan Luau with live music and authentic Polynesian cuisine, Emeril's Tchoup Chop - Emeril Lagasse's take on Asian/Polynesian cuisine, Jake's American Bar - featuring live entertainment on select nights and the Orchid Court Lounge & Sushi Bar with inventive sushi and South Seas martinis.

If that's not enough to tempt you to visit yet, I've got more..

Loews Hotels & Resorts locations are celebrating National Burger Month with locally inspired signature burgers paired with craft beers, available through the end of June. In Orlando, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort are grilling up specialty burgers and pairing them with craft beer for the summer season.

From pickles and onion rings to French fries and coleslaw, everything goes with a good burger – but nothing quite like a cold beer. The talented food and beverage teams at Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando have done their research, piecing together a perfect combination of unique burgers and brews. The resulting burger and craft beer pairing is not only delicious, but also complements Loews’ dedication to delighting guests with exciting and approachable local travel experiences.

At Loews Royal Pacific Resort, guests in Jake’s American Bar can enjoy the B-52 Bomber Burger, a black angus burger with short ribs, caramelized onion, horseradish cheddar, lettuce and tomato paired with Jake’s American Red Lager, a smooth red lager with a hearty hop finish.

At Splendido, the poolside bar and grill at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, chefs will be grilling the Buddha Burger with pickled vegetables, pea sprouts and sriracha mayo, and pairing it with Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen.

The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel is featuring its famous Kitchen Burger with fresh angus beef, bacon, cheddar, onion rings, lettuce, tomato and chipotle horseradish aioli, paired with Funky Buddha Brewery’s Hop Gun IPA.

At Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, the bowling alley will feature its popular Galaxy Bacon Cheeseburger paired with Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale.

Here is a sampling of what's on tap at Jake's American Bar...

Mexican Seafood Cocktail Shot with local fish, shrimp, scallop, avocado, cilantro, citrus tomato cocktail sauce paired with Cigar City Jai Alai. This was tangy and sweet with a dash of spice and very delicious.


B-52 Bomber Burger is a beef patty with braised short rib, caramelized onion, and horseradish cheddar paired with Jake’s American Red Lager and topped with onion rings. It was really quite a mouthful, but it was cooked perfectly medium and quite good. Jake's American Red is a very smooth and enjoyable beer, but it is only available at Loews Royal Pacific Resort.


From left to right… Jake's American Red, Boulevard Dark Truth Stout, Cigar City Jai Alai, Swamp Head Cotton Mouth.


The Churro Bread Pudding with salted caramel ice cream, spiced candied pecans was paired with Boulevard Dark Truth Stout and all of it was extraordinarily tasty.
Jake’s is open daily from 11:00 am - 1:30 am with a limited late night menu from 10:00 pm - 1:30 am. Locally inspired signature burgers paired with craft beers are available through the end of June. For more information or to arrange your stay, call 1-800-23-LOEWS or visit www.loewshotels.com.
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Urban Tide at Hyatt Regency


9801 International Drive
Orlando, FL. 32819
(407) 345-4570


Some of you may remember the former Peabody Hotel and the famous marching ducks. One of the restaurants inside of this establishment was an Italian restaurant by the name of Napa. 

Gone are the days of the ducks, and the Peabody itself for that matter, as Hyatt purchased the property a few years ago and turned it into The Hyatt Grand Regency. Napa stuck around for a while after that, but now the restaurant has transitioned into Urban Tide, which offers diners a modern twist on local Florida seafood favorites.

The concept of Urban Tide is to accentuate the chic coastal cuisine and the freshest seafood from Florida’s bountiful coast. Seasonal favorites are celebrated and elevated with bold flavors served in a stylish setting. With dark wood furnishings and modern decor, Urban Tide offers diners a quiet, understated elegance highlighted by picturesque views of the grotto pool.

Chef Jared Gross brings Florida’s local seafood flavors to life with his modern twist on coastal favorites. Highlights from the new menu include a selection of starters such as a ceviche with citrus marinated Florida sea bass and serrano spiked rock shrimp and grouper cheeks with shishito peppers. Seafood selections include gulf grouper, sea bass and whole red snapper, which can be prepared blackened, grilled, or sauteed. All seafood dishes are served with a trio of house made sauces. Other favorites include grilled domestic lamb rack with tomato farro risotto and baby zucchini as well as a classic Cioppino.

Whether dining for lunch or dinner, guests will find a classic or current take on favorite handcrafted cocktails, or they may select from a distinctive collection of craft beers and fine wines. When it comes to wines and cocktails, you can rest assured that Hyatt Regency has put just as much thought into libations as they have the food. The people at Hyatt have teamed up with a few very distinctive wine makers from various regions across the globe, to make sure they are bringing their guests the very best selection and pairings possible.

The restaurants at the Hyatt Regency will feature various “Chef’s Table” events throughout the year, where the the head chef and a selected winemaker or a selected beer brewer will collaborate to create an evening of food and fine wine, or food and fine beer pairings at Urban Tide and Fiorenzo “Chef’s Table” dinner events. Fiorenzo is the Italian steakhouse on the property that combines the charm of an authentic Italian restaurant with a refined selection of steaks, chops and seafood.

I recently had the opportunity to attend a “Chefs Table” event and enjoy an extraordinary evening of delicious foods from Chef Jared Gross and some great wine from Argentina with Juan Pablo Gonzalez, who is a representative for Pascual Toso wines.

When in the mid 1880s Pascual Toso set out towards Argentina from his home town, Canale D’Alba, in Piamonte, Italy, he could not have imagined that he would become the founder of a winery, which is today one of the oldest and most prestigious wineries in Argentina.

The Toso brand benefits of a real success not just in the national market, but also worldwide. The Bodega has gained years of experience in exporting to international markets, and the wines are available in more than 30 markets including the United Kingdom, USA, Japan, Europe, Russia, Korea, Canada and Latin America.

The most important part of Toso wines is the passion for the wines and the quality they try to achieve. Since 1890, Bodegas y Viñedos Pascual Toso has become one of the most exciting and promising Argentine wineries and remains faithful to its principles: Tradition, Authenticity, Innovation.


Our evening was started with a reception that featured a Florida Grouper Ceviche with serrano peppers and a calamari ring, as well as a glass or two of Toso Brut Sparkling Chardonnay. I was impressed with the ceviche and the spiciness of it, but I was falling in love with the Champagne like sparkling chardonnay.
 
Seafood is certainly an international food, but biscuits are a pretty southern thing, so why not pair them together with Red Spruce Farms Cheddar Biscuits served with a burnt onion jam and a pimento spread.


The Diver Scallop with brown butter and lobster risotto was our first course, and it was a delectable dish made with fennel, chives and blood orange. 


That delectable diver scallop came paired with a soft and very aromatic Toso Chardonnay from 2012. It has an extremely pleasant aroma and was quite enjoyable.


The Linguica Sausage Croquettes were a rather interesting second course, and they were quite tasty. They are made with braised rabbit gribeche, which is a mayonnaise style cold egg sauce, and walnut rye crumbs. This was served along with a wonderful Toso Malbec Reserve 2012. The Malbec Reserve is one of the top wines from Toso because it is easy on the palate and is a serious Malbec at a good value.


Our third course was a Bison Filet with Wild Mushroom Cannelloni in a smoked tomato butter sauce. This was a rather heavy portion of food, but delicious nonetheless. Although the food was good, It took a backseat to the Toso Pedregal 2010 that was served up alongside.


The Toso Pedregal 2010 is made with 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is aged for 18 months in oak with the Cabernet Sauvignon being aged in American oak barrels, and the Malbec being aged in French oak. After that, the wine is aged 10 months in bottles before release. All of this makes for a mesmerizing flavor of beautiful black fruit with blackberry, boysenberry and accents of licorice. One sip, and you will see why the Pedregal is of notable pedigree and a very special wine indeed.


Our fourth and final course of the evening was a Chocolate Hazelnut Tart with burnt honey ice cream and spring berries. A very elegant dessert with the outstanding flavor of the burnt honey ice cream. Our dessert came with Toso Altah Syrah 2010. This is a wine with an intense nose of dark fruit, blackberry, blackcurrant, dark chocolate, vanilla and oak spices, and it was a perfect wine to end the evening on.

The next Chef’s Table event will be held at Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse on Saturday May 23rd. Chef de Cuisine Will Walters will be heading up his first Chef’s Table dinner featuring steakhouse favorites served with ice cold selections from New Belgium Brewing. Limited seats are available and you can call 407-345-4570 for reservations.

Also on the calendar for May is Summer Sensation, Live on the Garden Terrace. Guest will get an opportunity to feel the sensation as country singer-songwriter and national recording artist Josh Thompson takes the stage with JT Hodges and Nikki Lane to kick off summer in unforgettable fashion on Sunday, May 24. Live on the Garden Terrace, the hotels first ever concert celebration pairs the hottest summer music sensations with cool breezes, ice cold brews and handcrafted cocktails. Summer Sensation tickets are available without hotel accommodations via EventBrite.

General Admission is $45 and VIP Admission is $75. All ticket holders receive free self-parking and 20% off food at the signature restaurants.

Hyatt Regency Orlando offers guests the very best of both worlds from business travel to tourism. Located on I-Drive in the Convention District, they offer an upscale vacation resort with an unrivaled radius to top attractions for corporate travel or theme park adventures. No matter what brings you to Central Florida, this is a wonderful place to treat yourself to some rest and rejuvenation. From state of the art spa and salon services to award winning culinary expertise, you will be immersed in indulgence.

The hotel is connected to the Orange County Convention Center, and is only minutes from the magical Disney theme parks. They also offer 315,000 square feet of flexible meeting space to host events, from business conferences to elegant weddings with style and sophistication.

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Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen

4040 Central Florida Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 206-2300


Say hello to the all new restaurant and brewery at JW Marriott...
Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen.

As the name implies, this new restaurant is focused on getting the most out of the resort’s on-site farm, and really amplifying the farm to fork dining scene in Orlando. If the food is not enough to impress you, they do have a pretty magnificent nano brewery on site as well.

The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Orlando,Grande Lakes continues to set the bar high for the farm-to-fork experience in Orlando, which is quickly becoming a top culinary destination. The Kitchen at JW Marriott Orlando Features the inaugural batch of beer from The Brewery at Grande Lakes, an in-house first-of-its-kind nano-brewery producing house-made brews on tap and served throughout the resort. 

The Kitchen showcases a rustic yet polished design and is intended to have the vibe of eating in your family’s kitchen, with a variety of communal, high-top, sofa, outdoor, and bar seating with rich woods, steel blues, and leather accents throughout. Menu items at The Kitchen include everything from snacks to small plates and sandwiches, charcuterie & cheese boards, and flatbreads that will feature seasonal ingredients from the 7,000-square-foot on-site garden at Whisper Creek Farm.


The Kitchen’s sausages and charcuterie, prepared by the JW Marriott butcher, pair perfectly with The Brewery’s hops-laden creations. Signature menu items prepared in the restaurant’s open-air display kitchen includes fresh pickled vegetables, hop-salted house pretzels served with “Surplus” Ale cheese fondue, and a smoked ham sandwich with a farm fried egg. In addition to showcasing The Brewery’s seasonal brews, The Kitchen’s six taps will rotate between five seasonal selections from The Brewery, and the always-available Surplus Honey Citrus Ale which is Grande Lakes’ flagship beer.

JW Marriott Grande Lakes and Whisper Creek Farm: The Brewery are the first Marriott property to launch a nano-brewery, and as such, they have brought in a local Cicerone certified brew master to lead The Brewery. The Brewery will produce 28 gallons of beer weekly including five styles of beer created each season. The current lineup will feature a Dark, Wheat/Light, Amber, IPA and a Special Brew (a seasonal made from the freshest farm ingredients). Signature Special Brew varieties will include the Maple Bacon Stout, Soup of the Day IPA, and Ghost Pepper Wheat.


To complement The Brewery launch, Grande Lakes Orlando is collaborating with nearby Florida Beer Company. The Cape Canaveral-based brewery is helping to develop The Kitchen's flagship beer named Surplus, a signature Floridian honey citrus ale that is to be distributed throughout the resort’s outlets and available year round (naturally infused with Grande Lakes honey sourced from the resort's-property apiaries).

The launch of the on-property brewery furthers the resort’s ever-expanding commitment to sustainable cuisine, which started more than ten years ago with Primo Garden providing fresh produce and herbs for award-winning Chef Melissa Kelly's Primo restaurant at JW Marriott Orlando. Since then Grande Lakes has launched several apiaries, baked all its bread in house (by a 30-strong pastry team), welcomed 30 chickens to a Whisper Creek Farm coop, and opened Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando in September 2014, featuring Southern-inspired cuisine with ingredients from Whisper Creek Farm.


You should already know by now, that whenever the Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott Orlando decide to launch a new culinary adventure, it's always a top notch affair, and The Kitchen is no exception. I was invited to a media preview and got to sample some of the food and craft beers on tap. Everything was exceptional, of course.


We started with a serving of Chive Biscuits with Pork Butter and Apple Moonshine Jam. The butter was savory with a slight pork flavor and the jam was sweet and tart all at once.


The Kale Pesto Flatbread is topped with eggplant, balsamic onions and arugula, all from Whisper Creek Farm. We enjoyed these dishes with a Farmhouse Brown Ale.


Nothing says farm to fork more than an outstanding salad, and the Whisper Creek Farm Harvest Salad really delivered. Made with fresh picked vegetables, pickled vegetables and a citrus ricotta cheese, this salad paired perfectly with a WCF Lemon Tea Ale.

Our first main dish we sampled was the Seared Grouper with Anson Mills grits. This was served in a savory broth made from ham hocks, topped with leeks and paired with Surplus Pale Ale.


Next Up, we had the Whisper Creek Smoked Ham and Farm Fried Egg sandwich served on house-made Whisper Creek Farm honey pecan roll. This sandwich was inspired in part by a popular ham sandwich on the original 1927 Marriott Hot Shoppe Menu and it was delicious. The Lemon Grass Amber Wheat Ale that accompanied this sandwich was light and had a crisp finish.


The Surplus Kumquat Gelato was a tasty treat to end our meal, and it paired wonderfully with the Paradise Orange Wheat.


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In addition to brewing signature beer for The Kitchen, The Brewery also operates as a highly unique back-of-house Chef’s Table for intimate evenings and group events.

The Kitchen’s small plates are carefully planned by the JW Marriott culinary team and brought to life by Chef de Partie Jason Shapiro who joined Grande Lakes Orlando in 2009, and since then has been involved in the resort’s farm-to-fork efforts including the creation of Whisper Creek Farm.

Located just off the main JW Marriott lobby, The Kitchen seats 100 indoors and 50 on the outdoor terrace. The restaurant is open from 5 p.m.to 11 p.m., with the bar open until midnight. The space can also be utilized as a brand-new social meeting space, bookable for group functions during the day.

Grande Lakes Orlando is a 500-acre resort with a luxury 582-room Ritz-Carlton and a deluxe 1,000-room JW Marriott hotel situated at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Orlando’s luxury leader provides an authentic, local experience from its farm-to-fork dining offerings to its Grande Lakes Adventures Experiences, which include kayaking, eco-tours on Shingle Creek, and a fishing school.

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Crimson Tavern at Orlando Airport Marriott

7499 Augusta National Dr, Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 851-9000
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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again...Some of the best dining in Central Florida can be found inside some of the great hotels and resorts scattered throughout our community. Sure, Orlando is experiencing a restaurant renaissance of sorts, but that also includes many great hotels.


I was recently invited to a “Lamb Everything” dinner at Crimson Tavern inside the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside and I was thoroughly impressed with the restaurant, and the hotel itself. I don’t live too far away from Crimson Tavern, but like many of us, It’s never on my list of restaurants to visit, mainly because I think of the hotel only. I can assure you though, Crimson Tavern is a place you need to visit soon, and here’s why...


It isn’t too often that many of the items which appear on a diner’s plate come from just a few hundred feet away, and in the restaurant’s own Chef’s Garden. At Crimson Tavern, diners are invited to take a stroll through the nearby 2,500 square foot Chef’s Garden and see what is ready to be harvested and will soon end up on the menu or quite possibly, on their plate that very evening.

For Executive Chef Anthony Hull, Crimson Tavern truly defines the “farm to table” culinary movement. The restaurant actually came about because there was an open dining space at the Orlando Airport Marriott and since much of the hotel’s senior management were all serious foodies, including General Manager Chris Donohue, the logical step was to create a restaurant that represented what most chefs believe is an iconic way to eat : Farm to Table.

Since every dish is the sum of its components, the farm to table philosophy means a strong connection to the surrounding farms and artisans. The culinary team works very diligently to develop partnerships with many of Orlando's best purveyors to source the finest ingredients available. They also invite the local farm community to grow for them, which helps these farms to sustain a way of life. Additionally, as the Chef’s Garden grows and evolves (it currently produces approximately 20,000 pounds of food per year), more of the fruit trees will start to produce and evolve the experience even further as they will supply many of the ingredients, which the team can use for jamming and pickling.

In fact, the culinary team is exploring the branding and retail sale of their homemade condiments and jams. They will continue to make hot sauce, pickles, jams, and chutneys from their garden and seasonal offerings. As the BBQ program grows (the restaurant offers seasonal Friday Night Barbecues) a line of rubs and sauces will also become available.
According to Chef Hull, “The main reason we are producing these products is to control what goes into them, not just from a flavor standpoint, but also a wellness aspect by eliminating additives and unnatural ingredients, and if we have a really good harvest, it is also a way to preserve the extra product”.

Chef Anthony Hull of Crimson Tavern, spent much of his youth in England cooking with his grandmothers. While he enjoyed the opportunity to practice his latest jokes on them, they in turn, would tell him the jokes they had also heard. “To this day, I have vivid memories of my grandmother trying to tell me a joke and laughing so hard she could not get to the punch line.” During this time, his grandmothers love of baking, making jams from fruits harvested from the family garden, and pickling onions and beets and storing them under the stairs for the holidays became entrenched in his DNA. When his paternal grandmother had the faith to let him cook the Christmas turkey from start to finish, it was probably the single defining food event that made him decide to become a chef.

Here are some of the highlights of Chef Hull's "Lamb Everything Dinner".....


Peak Organic Simcoe Spring Ale



Meatballs with ground lamb leg, mortadella, house pomerola, tarentaise and alpine cheese.  


Pickled lamb tongue with hydroponic arugula, garden pumpkin blossoms and granny smith apple vinaigrette.


Ramen Bowl, house pulled ramen, lamb breast & belly, lamb dashi, Kissimmee river oyster mushrooms, poached lake meadows pullet egg, crispy taro.



Roasted Saddle & Loin with charred baby artichokes, cannellini beans, lamb reduction, arbequina olives in a true grit petite sirah.



Parksdale farm Strawberry Gelato with house spun gelato (house preserve, cream, whole milk),cardamom shortbread and strawberry basil flower salad.


The restaurant can fit 80 people, the private dining room can seat up to 16, and semi-private dining on the upper deck is up to 30 guests.

Price range: Appetizers: $7 - $18
Salads and Sandwiches: $7 to $16
Entrees: $20 - $26
Desserts: $9

Beverage menu features 21 domestic, imported, and artisanal beers, 30 wines by the glass or bottle including two sustainable wines, and 7 signature cocktails. The wine list focuses on domestic wines from California and the East Coast as well as a number of international wines from Argentina and Australia.

Hours of Operation: Open daily
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. to midnight.

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