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Marlow's Tavern

1008 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92)
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 960-3670
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Marlow's Tavern is a slightly more upscale and gourmet take on a neighborhood grill and bar. It's a great place to meet up with family and friends, but it is also intimate and cozy enough for a date and dine.

Based in Atlanta, the restaurant chain has thirteen locations in Georgia and currently there are two in Central Florida, with plans for more. The first Marlow's tavern opened up at Pointe Orlando on International Drive in 2012 and the Winter Park location opened up in 2013. The Winter Park location took over a former Mc Donalds, and they are making good use of the old Mc Donalds indoor playground by turning into an indoor patio-bar.


The menu at Marlow's features a selection of American tavern fare with a combination of classic dishes that include everything from burgers to wraps to shrimp and grits. The inside design is focused on modern comfort utilizing a black and white motif to create a sleek fashionable look. That overall look and design is accented by black and white photographs and Chicago style brick walls at most locations.

A neighborhood feel is also accomplished with an open kitchen that invites diners to observe the chefs at work and communal tables surround the bar areas. Each Marlow's also features several flat screen TVs that  are discreetly incorporated, “in-the-round”, allowing guests to enjoy a variety of shows while they dine.

I recently met up with some family members here to have a family dinner and celebrate a few birthdays towards the end of December. Although the atmosphere was a little odd at first, the food was really good.


J.T.’s Kettle Chips are crispy potato chips topped with Gorgonzola cheese, bacon, Roma tomato and scallions, and are a great way to start your meal.




While I applaud the effort, the Truffled Parmesan Fries really lacked any serious flavor, they were OK, but just kind of plain.





I was however, impressed with the Prime Rib French Dip. This was moist, tender and flavorful down to the last bite.





Burgers are a strong point for Marlow's and the Tavern Burger is no exception. Thick, juicy and delicious. 





The Roast Turkey Club with organic turkey, avocado spread, baby arugula, Roma tomato, apple-wood smoked bacon and provolone on a Toasted Ciabatta bun was simple yet good.



I am a big fan of Shrimp & Grits, so I almost always try them out if they are offered at any restaurant. The white cheddar grit cake and spinach combined with succulent shrimp at Marlow's is top notch.

The Buffalo Chicken Wrap may sound ordinary, but with spicy chicken, shredded lettuce, tomato, jalapeno jack cheese, ranch dressing in a grilled tortilla, I can assure you its no ordinary wrap.



We didn't have room for dessert, partially because we really enjoyed the Stella on draught.





Overall Marlow’s is a great meeting place for all seasons. They have spacious and open areas that allow guests to enjoy cocktails and great foods at a reasonable price. Check them out sometime soon. Marlow's is open from 11:30 am to 12:00 am.


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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

1562 North Mills Avenue
"The Market at Mills Park"
Orlando, FL 32803
407-581-9861


The first Florida location of Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is officially open for business in Winter Park at The Market at Mills Park located at 1562 North Mills Ave. in front of Fresh Market. 

The restaurant specializes in aged steaks, fresh seafood, chicken and ribs seared over an authentic wood fired grill. Firebirds is Known for its Classic American cuisine infused with bold flavors, fresh herbs and spices. Winter Park guests will enjoy the high quality selections at moderate prices, top-notch service and warm ambiance that have made Firebirds successful at all 34 locations nationwide.

Firebirds CEO Mark Eason is a Winter Park native and has strong ties to the area. He has more than 35 years of restaurant industry experience working for companies such as Steak & Ale, Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon and Bertucci’s.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill believes in supporting the community, using local firewood and making every recipe in-house with the freshest ingredients. The Winter Park Firebirds will also feature artwork by local artist Leslie Neumann. Her critically acclaimed, enchanting landscapes of Florida’s coast have been featured in exhibits at all 34 Firebirds locations nationwide.

From the Chile Rubbed Delmonico to the Bleu Cheese Filet, each steak is hand-cut and grilled to perfection. Other signature items such as the Wood Grilled Salmon, Firebirds BLT Salad, Lobster Spinach Queso and Creme Brulée Cheesecake are also prepared on site from start to finish. A Kids’ Menu with items approved by the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program, includes Grilled Chicken, Sirloin Steak and more, with the choice of two sides.

The 7,450-square-foot restaurant features an exhibition kitchen, an indoor stone fireplace, and two “wine walls” in the dining room and at the host stand. The award-winning FIREBAR™, complete with a waterfall of colorful bottles, hosts a selection of private Firebirds label wines and specialty cocktails such as the Double Black Diamond Martini® infused with natural, fresh pineapple for 21 days. In addition, the cozy outdoor patio features its own bar embellished with unique red art glass across the back, a sophisticated steel bar top and upscale chilled wine bin. Dark woods, vivid colors and comfortable seating create a cozy and intimate dining room setting.

Tastes of Orlando was invited to a special soft opening test run and was able to sample a few dishes and cocktails. Everything we ate tasted pretty spectacular, especially the Chile Rubbed Delmonico Steak. Although I do not comment much as to the service a restaurant provides during a soft opening, the staff at Firebirds did a fairly decent job for a test run. 

We started our evening off with the Lobster Spinach Queso.

This is a house favorite, and I thought all the flavors of this queso blended perfectly well together.



The BLT Salad is another house favorite dish. It was light, refreshing, and loaded with tasty bacon.

The salads are pretty big at Firebirds, so two people can easily split one salad.



Firebirds specializes in meats, and the hand carved Prime Rib encrusted with fresh herbs and pepper, is pretty spectacular.



The Prime Rib is available in 12oz. or 16oz. size. I ordered the 12oz., and had plenty leftover.

The Chile Rubbed Delmonico was an instant favorite. This is a 12oz. steak rubbed down with chile and other spices, then seared to lock the in the flavors.


For desert I ordered the Creme Brulee Cheesecake.

Firebirds cheesecake is very good. It is light and airy, so its not heavy at all and it's topped with caramelized sugar for the brule part and has a strawberry drizzle. 

Firebirds is open Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Half-priced appetizers and drink specials from the FIREBAR™ are served from 4 – 6:30 p.m. at both the bar and outdoor patio. The restaurant also offers banquet services, catering and gift cards. In addition, guests can register for Firebirds’ E-Club to receive exclusive offers, promotions and a birthday gift.
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