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Ocean Prime


7339 Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 781-4880
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Ocean Prime is a modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell.

Voted “Best Bar” and one of the “Best Steakhouses in the City” by the Orlando Sentinel, Ocean Prime Orlando delivers an extraordinary experience to guests.

There are currently 14 locations from coast to coast, with the original location, Mitchell’s Ocean Club, in the company’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Stunning settings and a vibrant energy, an impressive menu of seafood and prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails, a Wine Spectator honored wine list and truly genuine hospitality make Ocean Prime Orlando an ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge.

Each Ocean Prime location is unique and inspired by the energy of the city where it’s located. Dramatically designed, the restaurants are social, fun, and glamorous. Every element has been carefully curated with attention to every detail.

Garnering more than 17 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, including eight years as an executive Chef, Jeremy Mattson joined the Cameron Mitchell team in 2003. He held a variety of positions before joining the Ocean Prime culinary team in July 2011.

With experience from line cook to executive chef, he has trained more than 25 sous chefs and won several honors including Ruth’s Chris Hospitality Group’s “Executive Chef of the Year,” and a nomination for Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ “Sous Chef of the Year.”

While they do specialize in incredible seafood and prime steaks, the restaurant's goal is to be much more than just a steakhouse or a seafood restaurant. Ocean Prime aims to be an extraordinary dining destination. The menu features classic dishes crafted with a modern sensibility and an appreciation for ingredients.

With lighter fare, like shellfish cobb salad and sushi, as well as more indulgent items like a smoking shellfish tower, juicy steaks and decadent desserts, there’s something for every occasion.

The Lounge at Ocean Prime Orlando balances raw materials with polished details to create a sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere. Take a seat in a comfy booth or at the sleek bar. Sip on a handcrafted cocktail or enjoy a glass of wine from the Wine Spectator honored wine list.

Snack on Sushi, featured appetizers from the Lounge Menu, or oysters from the raw bar, or just have a cocktail after work and enjoy the Truffle Popcorn.

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The Ahi Tuna Tartare is light and refreshing and is made with avocado, ginger ponzu and sesame seeds.

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National Oyster Day was August 5th, but you can enjoy these delicious buttermilk fried oysters any time at Ocean Prime served with a side of Dijon mustard, jalapeno corn tartar sauce & spicy pepper jelly.

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The wine list at Ocean Prime is pretty spectacular, they have something for everyone, and a nice sparkling Chandon is great with oysters.

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On Mondays, guests can enjoy half priced sushi during happy hour in the Lounge. 

Although, these are not on the regular menu, these delicious New Orleans char grilled oysters with a Tabasco butter & Parmesan cheese served with a French baguette can be yours, if you ask nicely.

You can start your weekend with a bang on Fridays from 5 to 7PM, as Ocean Prime offers $1 oysters, $10 sushi rolls, $10 glasses of Veuve Rosé & $10 featured cocktails shaken table side. End your weekend on a high note with a special Sunday menu featuring an 8 oz filet with your choice of “Surf” for $55 per person.

Dinner is not complete without dessert, and this 10 layer carrot cake is ridiculously awesome.

Ocean Prime’s passion is to offer exceptional service with truly genuine hospitality to each and every guest. VIP treatment is standard here, and they deliver more than just amazing food and drinks. They strive to create remarkable experiences for every guest that walks through the door.

Ocean Prime Orlando is open Monday to Thursday from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM and they close at 9:00 PM on Sunday.

The Lounge is open everyday from 5:00 PM to Close.

Ocean Prime Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Sus Hi Eatstation

380 S State Rd 434 #1004
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
(407) 960-2250
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Sus Hi Eatstation is what you get when you combine fresh sushi, a Chipotle style ordering system and employees who totally take on the persona of “A Ninja”

When you walk into Sus Hi Eatstation, you instantly become a Ninja. You will be greeted as a Ninja, as soon as you walk in by other Ninjas with fun nicknames. 


While in line, you'll hear things like the resounding boom of a gong when appetizers are ready, Ninjas yelling "FIRE!" when they melt cheese and interesting greetings to welcome you into the Ninja family. Just on entry points alone, this place is already pretty cool.

Everything at this establishment is meant to be fun and they love wordplay. In their own words, everything they do is because “That's how a true Ninja rolls.” Of course they are talking about sushi rolls, but the idea and concept is really fun.

At Sus Hi Eatstation, they encourage customers to be creative and to use their imagination to create sushi that is uniquely their own. Every single item that they make is unique to the individual, and they never get two items that are identical. Every Ninja has their own style and they are here to help you master it.

The process starts when you order. You choose a roll, made with dried seaweed, a bowl, or a flour tortilla as your base. Next you choose white rice, brown rice or salad, and then you pick a protein. They have plenty of offerings from spicy tuna, salmon, tempura shrimp, cooked shrimp, chicken and even grilled steak. Tofu is also a popular option.

Now it's time for your ingredients. They have 20 options to choose from.. cucumber, cream cheese, carrots, scallions, masago, tempura flakes and yes, they even have BACON, basically whatever you can conceive to make some super dank sushi roll or bowl...they have you covered.

Finally you move on to the sauce selection. With 10 choices from Triple X hot sauce to Ginger Sesame, Sus Hi has got a sauce for you. Hot, sweet, tangy, hot and sweet, traditional ponzu, you can add the perfect amount of zing or heat or sweet to anything the Ninjas make you.

They also offer small bites like Krab Rangoon, Egg Rolls, Dumplings, Seaweed Salad, and something they call Rice Fries made with rice and nori tempura served plain or loaded with cheese, bacon and scallion.



For something a bit healthier, you can make a roll with Brown Rice. This is a custom roll made with brown rice, tempura shrimp, tuna, avocado, cucumber, cream cheese, carrots, tempura fried & topped volcano style which is krab, scallops & spicy mayo with masago. It was so good, and it was custom made.

So many different options to create your own roll, bowl, or wrap. This was a roll made with white rice, spicy tuna, salmon, cream cheese, avocado, scallions, cucumber & masago & a side of spicy mayo.

Building your own bowl is a good way to get as much of what you want all in one place. This bowl is literally loaded down with brown rice, salmon, spicy salmon, cucumber, volcano toppings, edamame, scallions, carrots, fried sweet potatoes, daikon, avocado, seaweed salad, masago, nori seasoning, ponzu sauce & the house signature 'Triple X' sauce… like BOOM!

Fried pork & vegetable dumpling was nice and crisp on the outside & even better dipped in the house signature 'Triple X' sauce.

Integrity and Fast sushi with high quality ingredients is what Sus Hi Eatstation is all about. They stand by the quality of ingredients that are prepared fresh daily. Look into the kitchen dojo and you'll find Ninjas skillfully preparing your food for the day. They believe in FRESH, FAST & FUN Sushi, serving food that they are proud to present to all those within the Ninja family!

Built by you, and served by ninjas, this is fun fast sushi in a cool atmosphere and the only limit to what type of sushi experience you want to have is your own imagination.

This review took place at the Altamonte Springs location, but they also have another location at 4498 N Alafaya Trail #324, Orlando, FL. Both locations open at 11:00 am. The Orlando location has a standard 10:00pm closing time, while the Altamonte Springs location closes at 9:00pm, except for Friday and Saturday, they are open until 10:00pm.

Sus Hi Eatstation 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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Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar Renovations Near Completion

1234 N. Orange Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789

Restaurant industry veteran Fred Thimm (Hard Rock, The Palm), has begun renovations at a well known Winter Park address that will soon house his first independent venture, Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar.

Taking its inspiration from classic Florida fish camps and offering coastal cuisine in an inland setting, the restaurant will specialize in sustainably sourced seafood from the Sunshine State’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

Remodeling is currently underway in the building recently vacated by The Ravenous Pig at 1234 Orange Ave. Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar anticipates opening by early February 2017. Seating capacity will be 150.

“Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar will be a contemporary version of a classic fish camp, serving fresh Florida seafood prepared in a southern style and served in a casual, family friendly environment,” said Thimm. “With Winter Park being located almost directly between Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts we’re in the perfect place to receive daily shipments from the state’s top sustainable seafood purveyors.”

The kitchen at Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar will be led by chefs Michael Zajac and Michael Huffler. Zajac, an alumnus of Houston’s restaurants and former owner of High Cotton in Atlanta, will oversee developing the culinary team. Huffler will spearhead the restaurant’s daily blackboard specials and core recipes, which will feature creative takes on fresh-caught fish not typically found on many inland Florida seafood restaurant menus, including tile fish, trigger fish, sheephead, hogfish and other local species.

The Reel Fish menu will also include fish camp classics like fried seafood platters, Shrimp & Creamy Cheese Grits, whole fried market fish, such as yellow tail snapper, and Low Country Boils featuring shrimp, bay scallops and crab legs.

Central to the restaurant will be a raw bar serving oysters on the half shell, broiled and steamed, as well as ceviche and peel & eat fresh Florida shrimp. For the meat lover, Reel Fish’s offerings will include farm-to-table, GMA-free beef & brisket blend burgers from Creekstone Farms, as well as a rotating selection of premium beef cuts. Signature salads will include the Shrimp & Avocado Louie and a fresh tuna salad.

The bar at Reel Fish will offer “coastal cocktails”, local craft beers and a boutique list of sought after reasonably priced wines curated by Alex Plotkin, owner of Chops Restaurant in Philadelphia and former National Director of Wine & Spirits for The Palm. Reel Fish will also offer happy hour food and beverage specials at the bar daily.

Overseeing day-to-day operations at the restaurant will be Chrissy Benoit, who recently joined Reel Fish as General Manager. Benoit brings extensive hospitality industry experience with her, including more than a decade owning and operating popular South Florida establishments The Little House Restaurant, Adventurous Palate and Havana Hideout. 

In 2009, Benoit and Havana Hideout were featured on the acclaimed Food Network’s series Diners, Drive-in and Dives. In 2013, The Little House, which Benoit designed, received a prestigious “Outstanding Renovation” Award from the Florida Redevelopment Agency for rescuing a historic cottage in Boynton Beach and giving it new life as a “charming and lively restaurant.” 

Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar will open to the public on Thursday, Feb. 9 for dinner service only. Weekend brunch service will debut on Feb. 18-19 and lunch service will begin on Tuesday, March 7. Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar will be open every Tuesday through Sunday. 
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Summer Grilling Tips with Christner's Prime Steak

June was National Steakhouse Month, and maybe this would have been perfect for then, but any month is a great month for steak if you ask me. Really when you think about it, any week or day is a great time for steak.

Although we all enjoy a fine evening at a steakhouse, especially one like Christner’s with great steaks and seafood, it is the summer time and that always seems to bring out the grill master in all of us. So as you continue on your magical summer of grilling and pool parties, check out some of these tips from Orlando’s lady of steak herself, Alice Christner….

When it comes to seafood,


-Buy as fresh as you possibly can

-How you cook seafood is really important

-Denser fish like Tuna or Swordfish are wonderful to cook on the grill. You can cook them like you would a steak and they hold up well and yield great flavor

-Delicate white fish like grouper or snapper are best cooked in the oven and lend well to different sauces



On the subject of meat, Alice says,

-Buy the highest grade of beef you can

-Angus at the supermarket (like Publix) is a good consumer choice for something more affordable, but USDA Prime, like Christner’s has on the menu, is the best grade to get. Fresh Market sells it, but a personal favorite is Petty’s Meat Market in Longwood.

-Season your steaks with Kosher salt and pepper; this will help bring out the natural flavors in the meat

-Steak is best when cooked to medium rare. You get a great flavor this way. The only cut that is better to cook to medium is Ribeye because it is the most marbled of all the meats.



Of course if you would rather leave the cooking to the professionals, then you can always make a reservation at Christner's Prime Steak and Lobster at 729 Lee Road Orlando, FL., 32810.

You can call them at (407) 645-4443.... and you just might run into Alice Christner herself.
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McCoy's Oceanfront

1200 N Ocean Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
(954) 782-0100


In addition to being a really fun and unique resort style hotel, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa also has some pretty good food on tap at McCoy’s Oceanfront restaurant. 

McCoy’s is known for its contemporary presentations of seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients with a focus on Florida seafood that is served in a casual ocean view setting. The beachfront restaurant and lounge pays homage to its Prohibition-era namesake with a classic cocktail menu featuring fresh pressed juices and dark spirits that channel McCoy’s rum-running days. If old fashioned cocktails aren't your thing, McCoy’s also offers an extensive wine list and a nice selection of beers.

The menu stays true to what you would expect a South Florida oceanside restaurant to offer with a great selection of seafood entrees. Some of those entrees include Florida Pompano, Crispy Skin Florida Snapper, Blackened Salmon, and a Five Spice Grilled Tuna. For you non seafood lovers, they also have a wonderful Sauteed Short Rib, Pork Paillard and Farro Risotto among other offerings.


McCoy’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At breakfast you can order a la carte off the menu, or you can opt for the buffet. The buffet is full of wonderful choices and is not your average continental breakfast. Home fries, eggs and omelets cooked to order, applewood smoked bacon, sausage egg and cheese stuffed biscuits and buttermilk pancakes are just a few of the selections.

McCoy’s prides itself on custom cocktails and the Giggle Water with Crop Organic cucumber vodka and fresh lemonade pictured left, and the Alderman’s Mule with New Amsterdam vodka, fresh lime juice and ginger beer were pretty tasty libations.

The Fried Green Tomato Mozzarella is stacked with thick slices of mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes and fried green tomatoes with pesto and a balsamic glaze.

 
Spicy Tuna Tartar is an elegant display of fresh and spicy tuna with avocado, wakame and wontons for dipping.

You can't go to Pompano Beach and not get the namesake fish. The Florida Pompano at McCoy's is flour dusted and Fried and served with Yukon potatoes, lemon white wine butter sauce and baby arugula. The taste and preparation of this fish was simply amazing.

The Braised Short Rib with caramelized fennel mash and oyster mushroom haricot verts with a horseradish cream sauce is an outstanding dish. The short rib itself was wonderful, but just as impressive was the caramelized fennel mash.

Whether you want lunch or dinner, McCoy's has you covered. The Avocado Turkey Burger served on a honey wheat bun with ground turkey and an avocado puree was a delicious choice with plenty of flavor.

If you're not sure about what to have for dessert, try the Best Of Both Worlds with a chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, creme brulee and a raspberry coulis. Very light, and very good.

McCoy’s is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have featured Chef Specials throughout the year, as well as a daily Happy Hour from 5 to 7pm. Live entertainment often continues throughout the weekend, ranging from an island tropical vibe to mainstream music.

McCoy's Oceanfront Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse


9150 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
407-351-5074


In case you missed it, another outstanding steakhouse has been added to International Drive to compliment the already great list of dining options you can find cruising up and down the strip.

That steakhouse is none other than Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. I had the opportunity to visit this fine establishment during a grand opening VIP celebration and got to tour the new digs. I must say I was impressed with what I saw, and Del Frisco's looks like a place that is going to be a standard setter in Orlando.

The Del Frisco’s brand was born more than 20 years ago, and embodies the rich tradition of the classic American steakhouse, with impeccable chef-driven cuisine, an extensive award-winning wine list and unparalleled hospitality. The people at Del Frisco’s will tell you... “No one does steak like Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House” and the new location in Orlando will be no exception.


An American culinary institution, Del Frisco’s in Orlando will serve up flawless cuisine that’s bold and delicious with an extensive award-winning wine list and a level of service that reminds guests that they’re the boss. Offering prime steak, fresh-off-the-boat seafood and genuine hospitality, Del Frisco’s Orlando is an exceptional steakhouse, unparalleled in Orlando.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House features a sizable, diverse wine list of more than 1,200 labels, to include a number of notable verticals from both old and new world producers. With two floors that include two bars, four private dining rooms and a picturesque patio, Del Frisco’s Orlando boasts over 400 seats.

If you are interested in trying out Del Frisco’s but maybe you think it's not in your budget, I have some great news for you. As a way to celebrate Orlando's amazing culinary scene Visit Orlando is kicking off their annual Magical Dining Month with a special preview week that begins August 24th , and continues throughout September. During Magical Dining Month, select Orlando restaurants will offer prix fixe dinners for just $33 and allows guests to indulge in imaginative appetizers, entrees and desserts for one low price and Del Frisco’s is participating in this wonderful event.

The Magical Dining menu at Del Frisco’s includes:

Choice of appetizers:

Classic Caesar Salad, Mixed Green Salad or Soup Creation Of The day 

Choice of Entrees:

Filet Mignon 8 oz., Filet Medallions, Pan Roasted Chicken or Pan Seared Salmon all served with Chateau potatoes & thin green beans.









Choice of Desserts:
Cheesecake with strawberry or butterscotch Sauce, Warm Banana Bread Pudding with Caramel sauce & fresh whipped cream or a Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate shavings & raspberry sauce.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is open for Dinner from Monday through Saturday from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sunday from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Lunch is served Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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MOOR

Gaylord Palms Resort
6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee FL 34746
(407)-586-1101

The Gaylord Palms Resort and Spa in Orlando has always been a total destination resort that offers exceptional service, family entertainment, a spa and lots of recreational activities. The resort is situated on 63 acres within a five minute drive to Walt Disney World, and features 1,406 rooms and 115 Florida themed suites.

If you have ever been inside of the resort, you would be familiar with the hotel’s primary architectural feature that is a massive 4.5 acre glass enclosed atrium where guests can discover a variety of themed environments that depict popular Florida destinations like Key West, St. Augustine, the Emerald Coast and the Everglades, plus a unique area designed in the grand style of 19th century Florida resorts, known as Emerald Bay.


It’s inside this atrium where the vast majority of the hotels dining options are located. The Old Hickory Steakhouse features fine steaks and artisanal cheeses in an old backwoods Florida everglades setting, Villa de Flora offers seasonally inspired Mediterranean cuisine, Sora is the resorts modern sushi lounge, and for quite some time, there use to be a place called Sunset Sam’s that was basically a tribute to the Florida Keys and the laid back lifestyle with tropical drinks and reggae music.

Although Sunset Sam’s was kind of cool, in a Jimmy Buffet kind of way, I always felt that it was out of place in such an extravagant resort as the Gaylord Palms. Apparently so did the team at the Gaylord Palms as well. Aside from the towering mast of a 60 foot sailboat that was the indoor landmark for Sunset Sam’s, that restaurant is long gone and the space has been converted into the resorts latest dining attraction simply known as MOOR.

MOOR was inspired by the slow food, and farm-to-table movements and offers guests an opportunity to enjoy freshly caught seafood and locally grown ingredients in new and unexpected ways. The team at MOOR works with local farmers and fishmongers to find sustainable and seasonal ingredients for dishes that are regionally inspired with a focus on fresh seafood. Although the name “MOOR” seems simple, the restaurant’s new name is an acronym of sorts for “Mindful Of Our Resources”, and keeps a focus on using locally grown and sustainable foods.

During a preview event for MOOR we were treated to some tasty samples from some of the new restaurants vendors, such as Douce France Bakery in Winter Garden, Gary’s Seafood & Specialties in Orlando, and My Yard Farm in Winter Park. Of course we sampled some good craft brews from the likes of Funky Buddha Brewery and Crooked Can Brewing Company as well.

Specialty Chef Phillip Fisher is overseeing the kitchen at MOOR, and he is somewhat of a seafood specialist. Chef Fisher made a name for himself at the Ocean Key House Resort and Spa in Key West where he helped create a menu of fresh caught seafood and craft cocktails using only the finest ingredients. At Moor, Chef Phillip has taken his expertise to a new level as he creates locally inspired and fresh seafood dishes as well as some pretty amazing cocktails.


With an open floor plan, layers of neutral tones and elegant wood flooring, MOOR has all the charm of a captain’s paradise and the class of an upscale yacht club, while dining alongside the largest indoor saltwater lagoon. 

The bar at MOOR is both inside and outside and features craft brews as well as handcrafted cocktails with house made simple syrups and fresh herbs.

Our six course dining preview started with an amuse-bouche of Grilled Cedar Key Clams with jalapeno mignonette, cucumber and fennel.

Our first course was a delicious Pork Belly with peanut butter and pickled watermelon radish.

An Old fashioned cocktail made with Basil Hayden bourbon, citrus bitters and Florida sugar cane syrup proved to be a great chaser to the pork belly.

The second course featured an artistic arrangement of Spring Vegetables that included watermelon, burrata, olive oil and a hydroponic watercress that was grown on site.

In keeping with the artistic food flow, the MOOR Secret Cocktail was paired with the vegetables. The secret cocktail is made with gin, cucumber and an edible orchid.

 
The She Crab Soup was a delightful third course and featured Florida Atlantic caught blue crabs, sherry, and hydroponically grown chives.

It may sound odd to a foodie novice, but the fourth course of Grouper Cheeks with heirloom carrots, spring peas and morel mushroom was simply outstanding.

I'm a big fan of Tilefish because of its sweetness and mild flavor, and the one presented at MOOR by Chef Phillip and his team for our fifth course is on my top 10 list of some of the best I have ever had. This tilefish sat atop Anson Mills course grits and Zellwood sweet corn and was topped with apple and red sorrel.

Course six was the Chef’s Dessert Selection that featured a mini Key Lime Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, S’mores Pie and a Peanut Butter Cup. All of them were heavenly.

As an added bonus we had a dessert cocktail called The Port Cocktail made with
Knob Creek Bourbon, Fonseca Bin #27 port wine, simple syrup, angostura bitters and tonic water.

I was really impressed with the design and layout of MOOR. The team at Gaylord Palms really outdid themselves here, and this is finally an establishment worthy of such a grand resort. Chef Phillip is quite the master of creative seafood and delectable cocktails and of course Tastes Of Orlando will have some MOOR please.

Whether you are from out of town, or are looking for a fun staycation, check out the Gaylord Palms Resort. They truly have everything under one roof, and you may not ever want to leave.

MOOR is in the Key West Atrium at Gaylord Palms Resort. The restaurant is open daily for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The bar is open 11:00 a.m. to midnight.
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