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Urbain 40

8000 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 872-2640

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Recently, Chef Tim Keating has taken over as the director of culinary operations for Boulevard Restaurants. 

Boulevard Restaurants currently consists of Urbain 40 and Paradiso 37 in Disney Springs. From the moment of his arrival, Chef Tim has been busy playing around with the menu to put his own personal spin on the fare served at Urbain 40.


The Four time James Beard award nominee is highly passionate about using the freshest seasonal produce, sustainable meats and seafood, most of which are locally sourced. Chef Tim’s new menu is quite impressive with 23 new dish additions and changes, crafting them into seasonal favorites like the Duck Confit Troffie Di Abruzzo Pasta, Char-Crusted Angus Striploin and Rock Shrimp & Cape Bay Scallop Ceviche “Cocktail.”

Urbain 40 has become a well known hot spot in the Dr. Phillips area known as Restaurant Row. The American Brasserie and Lounge that opened towards the end of 2015 made a name for itself by serving chef crafted cuisine inspired by American and continental classics set in a 1940’s style neighborhood eatery with imaginative offerings for lunch, dinner, and late night with a plethora of “Big City” cocktails.

Inside Urbain 40 you will find a simple and elegant atmosphere, reminiscent of the big band era. You can enjoy live music, which plays nightly selections from a host of genres ranging from Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. The Decor is classic brasserie with white linen table cloths, plenty of wood and shiny brass.

Rock Shrimp & Cape Bay Scallop Ceviche "Cocktail" is one of the appetizer selections from the newly revamped menu. This dish features fresh and local rock shrimp and Cape Bay scallops in a mixture of radishes, cucumbers, palm hearts, peppadew peppers with citrus & tequila accentuations. This is a very creative ceviche.

The Elderflower Martini is a vibrant floral martini with hints of honey, white grape, and lime. This was a great “Big City” style cocktail.

Crispy Jonah Crab Cake is served atop a savory slaw, sauce verde and a piquant mango pepper coulis that made the flavors of the crab cake really come to life.

The Lemon Myrtle Dusted Gulf Swordfish & Slow Braised Heritage Cheshire Pork Belly is served with a Zellwood corn pudding, varietal mushrooms, white asparagus, & young turnips. It's in a dish like this, with so much flavor and a variety of ingredients, you truly see the brilliance of Chef Tim Keating.

Steak Frites is a traditional French bistro favorite, and the Char Crusted Angus NY Striploin is Chef Tim’s spin on the dish. The steak is coated in a mixture of dry rub seasonings that allow it to cook and crust up on the outside, while still allowing for a good medium and juicy steak inside. The frites are made of truffled pomme frites, and this is served with a sauce foyot, which is a variation of the classic Bearnaise sauce.

Troffie Di Abruzzo is a twisted Ligurian style pasta dumpling with duck confit & duck sausage, wilted rhapini & alba mushrooms. This entree was very flavorful, but also very rich and decadent in the French tradition.

After all the rich foods, the Lemon Meringue Tart was a great palate cleanser with Blueberry lavender sorbet, poppy seed crèma and Florida blueberries.

The Tropical Sundae Deluxe is a dessert that really infuses the concept of Continental American cuisine with toasted coconut gelato, rum soaked angel food cake, caramel sauce & pink peppercorn spiced pineapple.

If you love chocolate and peanut butter, then you will enjoy the Sinful Chocolate & Peanut Butter Creation with layers of dark & milk chocolate, peanut butter crèma, and Florida blueberries.


Urbain 40 has always been a great restaurant, but with Chef Tim Keating presiding over the food, it just got way better. Now that he has this menu in place at Urbain 40, he's free to start focusing more on Paradiso 37, and that is exactly what he has planned...so stay tuned for updates on that.

Whether you are single, or are dining with a significant other, you are sure to have a great experience. Groups and larger parties are also very well taken care of as the restaurant has separate spaces that allow for privacy, but you can even leave the doors open to let the music of the big band era flow into your private event.

Urbain 40 is open for lunch from 11:00am until 2:00pm daily, with dinner service going from 5:00pm until 10:00pm on Sunday to Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday they are open until 11:000pm.

Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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From Summer Harvest to Magical Dining at Canvas

13615 Sachs Ave.
Orlando, FL 32827
407-313-7800

Canvas is the brand new restaurant and market located at the Laureate Park Village Center in the heart of Lake Nona. If you recall back in march, Tastes Of Orlando got a pretty good taste of Canvas and we really enjoyed the place. If you missed it, you can see the full review Here.

Led by executive Chef Bryan Thoman, the Canvas restaurant menu features new American cuisine that is influenced by Florida’s Southern and Latin American roots with a focus on seasonal and regional produce as well as an abundance of fresh, Florida seafood. The chef driven menu is filled with shareable appetizers, creative salads and sandwiches, hearty entrees, and wood grilled pizzas and flatbreads.

Canvas is always striving to add creativity and variety to their menu. Sometimes this might be done by featuring seasonal ingredients in dishes, or by coming up with all new entrees to feature for a short time. 

Recently I got to sample the two course summer menu that featured items not on the regular menu. Inspired by executive chef Bryan Thoman’s favorite summertime dishes and fused with Canvas’ signature Florida inspired cuisine, this limited time menu featured a variety of seasonal favorites prepared with the season’s freshest ingredients.

That deal has since expired, but as many of you know the time for Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is upon us, and Canvas has a great selection of eats for $33.00 per person. During Magical Dining Month, participating restaurants offer up a three course meal that includes an appetizer, entree and dessert for one set price.

At Canvas diners can choose between an appetizer of the Jerk Marinated Grilled Chicken Wings or a Crab and Corn Bisque.

The entree selection includes Memphis Style Hot Chicken with biscuit and house pickles, Shrimp and Pork Belly Cheddar Grits with fried okra and piquante sauce or the Oak Grilled Wahoo Roasted Kabocha with squash and mole verde.

For desserts you can't go wrong with a choice of Sticky Toffee Pudding or the seasonal Upside Down Cake with vanilla bean gelato.

The Southern Hospitality Smash is among my favorite cocktails at Canvas with Woodford Reserve bourbon, dry curacao, pineapple, basil and grapefruit bitters. The Tavstiock Reserve Chardonnay is very good as well.

These little guys were on the Summer Harvest menu, and have made it to the Magical Dining Menu as well. The Jerk Marinated Grilled Chicken Wings with mango jalapeno puree are loaded with flavor, a nice heat and best of all the meat falls right off the bone.

The Classic Deviled Eggs with Sriracha were tasty treats.

By far, the most impressive appetizer of the evening was the Watermelon Salad with buttermilk dressing, arugula, jalapenos and Cotija cheese. The sweetness combined with the heat and creamy tang of the buttermilk was just an explosion of flavor.

For my entree selection I chose the Summer Steak Frites. I'm just a sucker for steak and frites and whenever I see it on a menu, I order it. The petite tender filet medallions with house fries and au poivre sauce made with black peppercorn were delicious.

The BBQ Baby Back Ribs should be a permanent addition to the Canvas menu. They were awesome in every way. The ribs are slow cooked Carolina style and have a nice baked on glaze that was savory with a touch of sweet. The collard greens and jalapeno corn bread were as southern as it gets and were perfect pairings for these ribs.

For dessert we ordered the Seasonal Upside Down Cake, which was a pineapple upside down cake with vanilla bean gelato. It was the perfect amount of sweetness and creaminess to end our night.

The Restaurant part of Canvas is open Monday through Thursday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sunday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The Bar Opens daily at 3:00 pm, and the market is open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Magical Dining Month runs from August 29th until October 2nd. Stop by Canvas Restaurant and Market and check them out to get a taste of some of the excellent food that is being offered up by Chef Bryan Thoman and his staff at an exceptional price.


Canvas Restaurant And Market Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Maddey's Craft & Cru

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maddey's Craft & Cru Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Flemings Prime Steakhouse

933 N Orlando Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 699-9463

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In today's day and age, the term “Chain Restaurant” often gets a few noses turned up at even the mention of the words. I say that because as a food blogger, I can tell you...just because a restaurant has more than one location or several for that matter, does not mean that they can not stand above the competition. 

Fleming’s was founded in 1998 by restaurateurs Paul Fleming and Bill Allen in Newport Beach, California. The vision was to create a unique steakhouse experience with an emphasis on generous hospitality, an inviting atmosphere and the very finest aged USDA Prime beef. As time went on the Fleming’s brand became successful and eventually wound up as part of Bloomin' Brands, one of the world's largest casual dining companies, which also owns and operates Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill and Bonefish Grill.

At Fleming's, a steak is never just a steak. They have a very meticulous process of selection, preparation and service that ensures it reaches your table at its very best. They obsess over every detail so that you'll savor every bite. Fleming’s prizes itself with a selection of the finest USDA Prime beef, available both wet and dry aged and broiled at 1,600 degrees or iron crusted.

In addition to inspired service and expertly prepared Prime Steak, Fleming's has an exceptional selection of wines for guests to explore. The Fleming's 100 is the restaurant's award winning collection of 100 wines by the glass. The collection is thoughtfully curated by director of wine, Maeve Pesquera. Each year, top-rated wines from around the world and exclusive, limited-allocation boutique wines are selected during an extensive 12-month tasting process. Unique local wine selections are also available at each Fleming's location.


If wine is not your thing, they have some fabulous cocktails available as well.
The Spring Fling is pictured on the left and a classic Mai Tai to the right.


We were greeted by the chef with a wonderful appetizer of gulf shrimp and cheese grits.

My dining companion and I decide to split the Spring Tomato Bisque with artisanal garlic croutons and parmesan frico. The soup was part of a “Taste Of The Season” menu and was delicious.

Once I saw the Genuine Kona crusted Prime Rib Eye, I had to order it. At 16 ounces, it was more than I could eat in one sitting, but a steak this flavorful deserves two separate days to eat it. The Rib Eye itself was cooked to perfection at my requested medium and the Kona rub was magical.

My dining companion chose the Filet “Oscar” paired with a jumbo lump blue crab cake and béarnaise sauce, as featured on the Taste Of The Season menu. The filet was like butter and just melted in your mouth, and the crab cake was excellent as well.

We chose the Warm Apple Crisp with cinnamon crème for our dessert. It was a lovely treat for two to share.

Any time is a good time to stop into your local Fleming’s for some wonderful prime cuts of steak. However, they usually offer seasonal specials throughout the year on a “Taste Of The Season menu with special food pairings and custom cocktails.

Running until June 18th is the Rare & Bold: A Pairing Experience –
Diners can experience the perfect pairing of steak and wine and discover the distinct flavors between steak cuts and aging processes when precisely paired with different types of wines. This four-course, culinary experience will feature Fleming’s classics and thoughtful wine pairings starting at $95 per person, two person minimum.

If you have a case of the Mondays… and who doesn't ? Fleming’s has something that will turn your frown upside down with Prime Monday’s. 
Guests can enjoy a three course meal with their choice of the Craftsman Ribeye, Pork Chop or Sea Bass accompanied by Truffle Mash and Spicy Thai Green Beans. Each entree comes with choice of salad or soup and a dessert. To complete the experience, guests can pick two glasses of wine from a pre-selected menu for $20 or two glasses of wine from a more premium pre-selected menu for $30. Available now for $49.95 each Monday.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 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

Back in August, I shared with you the news of the all new Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House that opened up on I-Drive in Orlando, you can see more of it Here if you need a refresher.

Although I did sample all kinds of wonderful appetizers, I didn't really get to sample the good stuff...steak. So I was delighted to return for another preview of what turned out to be a meat lover's dream come true.

As I mentioned in my first blog post, 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.

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. I'm sure you appreciate that information, but lets get right to all this wonderful food.


To help wash down all of the flavors, we were treated to Del Frisco’s Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranch Chardonnay. The cocktail of the evening was The VIP, which is Del Frisco’s signature cocktail made with clementine vodka infused in a full pineapple for 14 days.

The Shellfish Plateau features chilled Alaskan king crab legs, iced jumbo shrimp, fresh oysters on the half shell, chilled crab claws & traditional garnishes.

The Petite Crab Cakes were nice chunks of crab meat and Cajun lobster sauce sitting on top of a delicious basil brioche.

A wonderful twist on Pork Belly was the Thick Cut Bacon Au Poivre with Bourbon Molasses Glaze. This was loaded with flavor and had plenty of savory with an equal amount of sweet.

I love a good lamb cooked properly, and the the Lamb Lollipop’s with a pomegranate mint glaze were pretty amazing.

The Tuna Tartare featured strikingly fresh tuna, crisp wonton and wasabi cream with micro cilantro.

Filet Mignon may be a common steak to order, but rest assured, Del Frisco’s will make sure your filet is extraordinary.

The Prime Strip Steak had a wonderful seasoning on it and melted in your mouth.

Ribeye is one of my favorites, next to a good strip steak, and the Prime Rib Eye Steak I tasted at Del Frisco’s was heavenly. 

Here is some more beautiful steak footage to make you drool.

Some of the evenings desserts included a Lemon Cake with lemon buttercream icing and lemon glaze, Chocolate Souffle Cake with a warm molten center chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream, and raspberry sauce and a Butter Cake with butter pecan ice cream, fresh whipped cream & caramel sauce. All of which were delicious.

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.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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