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Cafe Rio


1040 N Orlando Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
(321) 422-2099
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Cafe Rio is yet another entrant into the Fast Casual market, and of course the ever growing Taco Craze that is currently consuming Central Florida. 

Much like it’s competitors, you walk in, order a bowl, a burrito, tacos, salads or tostadas, and you pick the meats, toppings, sauces and sides while everything is put together as you go, you pay, then seat yourself and dig in. 

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, is a fast casual restaurant chain based in Salt Lake City Utah, with branches in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.

The Brand’s recipes are inspired from the traditional cooking styles of the Rio Grande region of Northern Mexico, Southern Texas and New Mexico. The Winter park Location is the first one in Florida.

The first thing you see when you start your order at Cafe Rio is a tortilla maker rolling freshly made dough and placing it on the comal. An essential tool in traditional Mexican cuisine for over five hundred years, the comal is what gives the tortillas their rich, deep and nutty flavor.

Cafe Rio makes their signature sauces, salsas, dressings and toppings fresh every morning, hand slicing fresh chiles, vegetables and fruits and mixing them with a blend of secret spices. From mild to “I can’t feel my tongue” hot, they have the fresh, flavorful kick for your favorite meal.

Options for ordering at Cafe Rio include, Burritos, Salads, Tacos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Tostadas, Nachos, Chips & Salsa, Queso, Guacamole, Tortilla Soups and a small selection of desserts.


Everything you order at Cafe Rio can be customized…Proteins, Toppings, Sauces, Beans, Etc… can all be customized after choosing your base.

We ordered an appetizer of Chips with salsa and queso and a side of the Cilantro Ranch as well as a side of Tomatillo. The queso was really good with a little heat to it.

Two Enchiladas, one with Shredded Chicken, one with Fire Roasted Chicken. Really enjoyed both, but of course the fire roasted version stole the show, but the black beans and the rice were quite tasty also.

Cafe Rio is almost as famous for their house made drinks as they are for the freshmade food. I was really impressed with the horchata and the fresh squeezed mint limeade. (I couldn't help but think that the limeade would have been dangerous with a shot of Vodka in it...We almost asked to take a gallon home!)

Two Tacos at Cafe RIo... one with Sweet Pork Barbacoa and another with Fire Roasted Steak served on house made tortillas. Both were really good, but the sweet Pork Barbacoa is ridiculously delicious.

Folks, this is indeed a Big Ass Burrito. We ordered it with the Chile Beef and topped it with enchilada sauce and extra cheese then had it baked for the win. It was large and in charge, and really good.

Here is a shot of the menu, to give you a better idea of how the ordering process goes at Cafe Rio.

There is a decent amount of seating available inside here, but they do have a nice little side patio area with umbrellas as well for additional seating.

Each day at Cafe Rio begins with a delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables, right from the farm. They hand squeeze over a thousand limes, hand scoop over a thousand avocados and they cook or grill all of their proteins and meats on site every day and prepare all the sauces, salsas and desserts fresh daily.

We really liked Cafe Rio, and think you will too. Sure, there is an ever growing taco craze going on in Central Florida right now, but what's not to love about even more tacos, burritos, enchiladas and nachos? If you are anything like me, you could probably eat TEx-Mex/Mexican food almost everyday of the week.

Cafe Rio is open everyday from 10:30 am until 10:00 pm, except Sunday, as they are open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.


Cafe Rio Mexican Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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The Glass Knife is Opening Soon in Winter Park

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276 S Orlando Ave.
Winter Park FL, 32789

Coming this fall, one of Winter Park’s premier business districts will welcome a new cafe, The Glass Knife, that aims to become Central Florida’s go-to destination for its line of elevated, decadent cakes, elegant desserts and other sweet treats. 

The restaurant will also offer a savory menu for breakfast and lunch, plus a variety of evening items.

The Glass Knife is inspired by a loving mother and hobbyist baker whose talents transformed her culinary passion into a creative profession. Fostered through a collection of family and friends, the recipes shared during these time-honored baking sessions are the nostalgic basis for what will come to life within The Glass Knife.

The cafe was developed by local entrepreneur Steve Brown, as a way to share his memories of baking alongside his mother, Jacque, and his vision to establish a sophisticated, yet comfortable community gathering place that encourages togetherness and celebration.

The location’s design will tell a story that brings its guests back to a specific moment in time, whether through the delicious cakes and pastries, savory fare or the artfully displayed collection of 1920s era glass cake knives which were a treasured collection of Brown’s mother and serve as the origin of its name.

Under the direction and deft hand of Executive Chef Stuart Whitfield, who has worked for some of the country’s premiere hospitality brands (Four Seasons, Le Cirque, David Burke & Donatella, The Walt Disney Company), The Glass Knife plans to make its mark on Orlando’s ever-evolving dining scene by providing its guests with world-class food and service, presented within a refined, yet approachable, environment.

The Glass Knife will offer a variety of stunningly delicious cake options including its Classics, which will embrace timeless family favorites like Red Velvet, Carrot and Coconut cakes, all with Chef Stuart’s modern twist. The Glass Knife Signatures will be created as one-of-a-kind, patisserie-style cakes, that will bring a refined selection of celebratory sweets to Winter Park.

Chef Stuart will craft a lineup of artisan donuts including melt-in-your-mouth versions of Lemon Meringue Pie and Peanut Butter Cup. A variety of additional fresh baked goods and pastries including scones, croissants, and cookies will also be featured.

Recognizing that nothing goes better with dessert than a great cup of coffee and setting the stage to become Winter Park’s premier coffee destination, The Glass Knife will use carefully sourced, fair-trade beans prepared by expert baristas within a unique and engaging serving experience that will utilize stylish and sophisticated technology.

Those looking to combine both sweet and savory will not be disappointed by the cafes offerings, which will include breakfast fare along with soup, salads and sandwiches, plus heartier choices like chicken pot pie alongside a selection of craft beer and fine wine.

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Strawberry: Strawberry infused cake layered with house-made jam, filled with strawberry Italian buttercream and topped with our own house-made strawberry icing, fresh strawberries, a dusting of rose gold luster and our signature chocolate curl.

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Carrot: Wonderfully spiced carrot cake layered with house-made pineapple jam, rich cream cheese icing, then finished with a wisp of our own house-made buttercream and embellished with a crescent of vibrant flowers and edible 23-karat gold flakes.

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Coconut Cream: Classic white cake infused with cream of coconut, filled with layers of coconut custard and macaroon cream, then topped with our own house-made buttercream and lustered confetti coconut, trimmed with gold-leafed meringue kisses, French macaron and our signature chocolate curl.

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Vanilla Vanilla: Layers of rich yellow cake filled and topped with our own house-made buttercream and whimsically finished with a medley of rock candy, novelty sprinkles and edible 23-karat gold flakes.

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Chocolate Chocolate: Incredibly moist layers of rich chocolate cake, filled with house-made chocolate buttercream and luscious chocolate ganache, enveloped in a sleek chocolate sugar wrap accented with golden bands and pearls.

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Southern Red Velvet: Vibrant red, cocoa-infused cake layered with delectable cheesecake and rich cream cheese icing, then topped with our own house-made buttercream and garnished with a swirl of gilded sprinkles and edible 23-karat gold flakes

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The Parkview



136 S Park Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 647-9103
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Downtown Winter Park has been known as a foodie destination for quite some time, and it's quite the popular spot for Winter Park Locals.

With restaurants like Luma and Prato with local celebrity chef Brandon McGlamery, The Coop by John Rivers and a host of other great restaurants that fill up the area, one is sure to find something great to eat.

The Parkview once upon a time was known as Eola Wine Company, which was a cool place to grab a glass of your favorite wine, or sample something new, but offered nothing in the way of food. Back in 2015 Eola Wine Company was sold, and the the location occupying 136 S. Park Avenue turned into The Parkview.

Chef Brad Holmes is the current executive chef, and he is doing everything in his power to make sure The Parkview gets its place on the map as an official destination for the cool kids and foodies alike that visit Winter Park.

Everything here is made using only the finest and freshest ingredients possible, when they are available. Chef Brad is also making sure all of his assistants know the menu inside and out, because he is very big on quality and consistency, and that's a really good thing.

The menu here has a big focus on small bites and bar fare, because after all, wine and food go hand in hand. Items like Baked Brie, Baked Gnocchi, Beer Cheese & Pretzels, Confit Chicken Wings, and a truly amazing Truffle Mac & Cheese are great items to enjoy while sampling a flight of wine, or enjoying one of the many specialty craft beers available.

The Confit Duck, Pulled Pork and the Roasted Artichoke crostini’s are enough to share, or simply enjoy it all to yourself. Charcuterie Boards and a variety of fresh salads are also plentiful here with assorted meats accompanied with local jam, house cured olives, chef’s butter, grapes, sweet pickled peppers, caper berries and walnuts, and a variety of fresh greens used in the salads.

If you require a more complete meal, Chef Brad and The Parkview have you covered there also, with a nice selection of chef’s specials and a flatbread selection that will leave you full and satisfied. Items like Braised Short Rib Wellington, Fresh Catch en Papillote, Roasted Lamb, Roasted Bone Marrow, Thai Curry Mussels and a Confit Duck flatbread are wonderfully delicious and wholesome meals to cure your dinner cravings.


The Birdwatcher is a wine flight of crisp white wines featuring wines from Montinore Estate, Font-Mars, Terranoble, and Pazo das Bruxas. If you are not sure what you want, or like, The Parkview has a good selection of flights to choose from. If wine is not your thing, they have an incredible craft beer selection too.

Spring Salad was light and refreshing and features field greens, poached pear, dried cherries, smoked bleu cheese, candied walnuts and a champagne vinaigrette.

The Roasted Artichoke Crostini is pretty outstanding with roasted artichokes, red pepper pesto, pickled red onions, arugula and Manchego cheese.

Truffle Mac & Cheese is quite a popular dish at a lot of restaurants these days, but the one served up at The Parkview is quite spectacular. This is made with smoked Gouda cheese, Crimini mushrooms, Parmesan, Truffle oil and bread crumbs. This is a great dish to share at the table, but one bite into it, and you may try to put it all away yourself.

Aside of being beautifully presented, the Roasted Lamb is herb crusted and served with sauteed olives, roasted red peppers, artichoke and spinach, Tzatziki sauce and chili oil for a slight touch of heat on the end.

The Fresh Catch en Papillote is a classic French style of cooking in a parchment packet that features fresh fish of the day, and this day it was fresh Yellowtail cooked with crab butter, summer squash, zucchini slaw, lemon and herbs and served along side roasted potatoes, and green bean almandine. This is a very traditional dish, and the flavor was nothing short of extraordinary.

Chocolate Mousse with bacon cookies was an off the menu special dessert and it was a wonderful ending to our time at The Parkview.


The Parkview still has an incredible selection of wines in its current form, but now they also have an incredible selection of food and craft beers.

Since the the transition from Eola Wine Company, they have had a couple of head chefs come through the doors and pretty much build a menu from scratch with a very small kitchen that only has the bare necessities.

When you consider this, and the quality of food and wine here, this place is pretty amazing, and Chef Brad is doing an excellent job of adding yet another great dining option to the historic Winter Park area.

The Parkview is open on Sunday to Wednesday from 11 am to 12 am, and from Thursday to Saturday from 11 am to 1:45 am. They serve food late here and they also have a really good weekend brunch and happy hour specials with Tuesday Trivia.


Parkview Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Bulla Gastrobar Elevates Lunch with A New Prix Fixe Menu

110 S Orlando Ave #7
Winter Park, FL 32789

(321) 214-6120
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The new Spanish tapas restaurant in Winter Park, Bulla Gastrobar is stepping up its lunch game with a recently added prix fixe menu, available Monday through Friday at it's Winter Park (and Coral Gables) locations.

Bulla Gastrobar is a fun casual gathering place inspired by the most popular tapas restaurants in Spain. It is the brainchild of the former owner of Por Fin, Carlos Centurion. Much like those famous gastro bars in Spain, the bar at Bulla is the center of attraction, but the emphasis is on quality gastronomic creations.

Bulla (boo-ya), which is slang for chatter and what people are talking about, is devoted to delight you by serving your favorite Spanish and Catalan dishes such as “Patatas Bravas”, “Huevos Bulla”, Buñuelos de Bacalao and other tapas as well as tantalizing daily specials from the kitchen.


The prix fixe menu, which includes popular dishes like the Huevos Bulla, Gazpacho Andaluz, Bulla Burger and Torrija, starts at $19.00. Guests can select one dish each from the first course and second course as part of the special. For $23, guests can also add one of the included desserts.

Some of the first course options are Garbanzo Frito, a chickpea stew with chorizo and kale, Gazpacho Andaluz, a Spanish chilled vegetable soup and the popular Huevos ‘Bulla’ with eggs, homemade potato chips, Serrano ham, potato foam and truffle oil.

Second course offerings sound pretty tasty with options like the Mero En Adobo Grouper fried Cádiz style with aioli potatoes, avocado and a seasonal salad. The Futbol club is a breaded chicken breast with bacon, chicken confit, lettuce, tomato, mustard aioli and pan de cristal. The Bulla Burger, Arroz A La Cubana and the Brioche De Vegetales round out the rest of the offerings. 

Flan de Coco, and the Torrija (pictured above) with caramelized brioche, turrón ice cream and honey are your dessert options.

The two course menu with no dessert is $19.00, and the three course menu with dessert is $23.00

Bulla Gastrobar 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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Four more great places to celebrate New Years Eve in Orlando


Orlando is always a great tourist destination, but even more so in the cold winter months up north. The weather is warm most of the time, and we have no shortage of world famous attractions. In addition to those great attractions, the restaurant scene in Central Florida has been booming for the last few years as well.

So whether you are a local or in town for a visit, check out one of these fine establishments for a great NYE dinner celebration.Two of them are located on International Drive and two of them are located in Winter Park, both of which are excellent places to see the sights and sounds of the final countdown to 2017.


Restaurant: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Address: 9150 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Hours: 4pm – last reservation at 11pm, open until 1am

Ring in the New Year at Del Frisco's where flavors are prime, hospitality is unsurpassed and our party has never found its equal. Join in on the celebration featuring our Filet Mignon 8 oz paired with a succulent 8 oz Lobster Tail. That's not all... Stay for the countdown and enjoy a celebration like no other!
Reservations: Call (407) 351-5074


Restaurant: TR Fire Grill
Address: 1035 North Orlando Ave. Suite 101, Winter Park, FL 32789
Hours: 11am – midnight


TR Fire Grill’s $50 4-course New Year’s Eve menu includes your choice of appetizer, salad, entrée, dessert and a glass of wine from one of the entrée wine pairings, plus sparkling wine to toast the new year at midnight! PLUS, the Winter Park restaurant will be open for brunch the next day starting at 11am – just in case you need to cure some hangover blues.
Reservations: Call (407) 708-3600


Restaurant: Tony Roma’s
Address: 8560 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819
Hours: 12pm – midnight

Visit the newly renovated Tony Roma’s on International Drive to ring in the new year with their $45 New Year’s Eve menu that includes your choice of soup or salad, entrée, dessert and a glass of wine from the preferred wine pairings – and of course, sparkling wine to toast the new year at midnight.
Reservations: Call (407) 248-0094


Restaurant: Cocina 214
Address: 151 E Welbourne Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Cocina 214 will be serving their regular menu, but a complimentary glass of champagne will be given to each guest to help ring in the New Year!
Reservations: Call (407) 790-7997
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Cocina 214

151 E. Welbourne Ave, 
Winter Park, FL 32789
407-790-7997


Whenever I am thinking about dining out in beautiful Downtown Winter Park, often times Mexican food does not cross my mind. 

There are lots of dining options in that area from upscale to casual, but for some reason I often overlook Cocina 214. I am a big fan of authentic Mexican food and the Americanized Tex-Mex food as well, so I was delighted to attend a new menu preview event for Cocina 214.

What exactly is Cocina 214 you may ask? Cocina is Spanish for Kitchen, and the 214 part comes from the Dallas area code, because the owners, who are from Texas, missed the Tex-Mex and Mexican foods they grew up on. The menu is full of contemporary Mexican and Tex-Mex inspired dishes that combine bold flavors with the freshest local ingredients. Items like Queso Fundido and Guacamole at Cocina 214 may be your average Tex-Mex standard fare, but you will be hard pressed to find Fried Avocado Bites at any other Mexican restaurant in Central Florida.

The same goes with the rest of the menu here too. Items like Snapper Frito Tacos, Truffle and Mushroom Quesadillas, Cauli Frito Tacos and Corn Crusted Mahi are sure to impress the adventurous palate. If you want more traditional, Cocina has that too, with Chicken Tamales, Brisket Quesadilla and an assortment of Tacos and Fajitas.



Fried Avocado Bites are lightly breaded hass avocados fried and served with chipotle cream dipping sauce, and are very delicious. 

The Mango Ceviche features snapper, serrano peppers, red onion, red bell pepper, citrus and mango.

For something a little lighter, Isidro’s Caesar salad is made with romaine lettuce, cotija cheese, fried onions strings, grape tomatoes, homemade croutons and Caesar dressing.

The Mexican Corn is a tasty Aperitivo, or appetizer with grilled corn, cayenne pepper, lime, cotija cheese and queso fresco.

The Dragon Fruit Margarita is sweet and flavorful, and is only available for a limited time. The margarita menu at Cocina 214 features everything from house made specialties to Skinny Ritas and even a “Pop Rocks Rita.”

Enchiladas are served Mexican-style with romaine lettuce, queso fresco, onions, sour cream, grape tomatoes & veggie rice. You can add protein to them such as chicken or beef and you have an option of sauces as well.

Snapper Frito Tacos are traditional Mexican street tacos with lightly fried wild snapper topped with coastal slaw, pico de gallo and a chipotle cream sauce.

For an awesome vegetarian option, the Cauli Frito tacos are lightly fried cauliflower, coastal slaw, red bell peppers and chipotle cream sauce. These tacos were crispy and tasty and had a great taste.

Another item not readily found at most Mexican restaurants, the Snapper Veracruz with wild snapper, tomato, olive, caper, herb topping and veggie rice was quite delightful.

For the burger lover, Maria’s Gourmet Burger is sure to hit the spot. This burger features grilled pineapple on an Angus beef burger, Olde Hearth Bread poppy seed bun, Monterrey jack cheese and is served with grilled Mexican corn.

You can never go wrong with Churros for a sweet ending. The Churros at Cocina 214 come with a dulce de leche dipping sauce and are fantastic.

If you’re looking to dine out in the charming Winter Park Historic District, or want an authentic Tex-Mex dinner, consider Cocina 214 and put it on your radar. This restaurant is perfect for every occasion and you and your guests will be sure to enjoy.

The bar features a happy hour on Monday to Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm with $5 214 Rocks & Frozen margaritas, $3 Draft Beers and $5 Wells

Brunch is served Saturday & Sundays from 11:00am to 3:00pm with $3 Brunch Mimosas


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