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Pho 88 Colonial

9728 E Colonial Dr, 
Orlando, FL 32817
Phone (407) 930-7670


I have always been a fan of the original Pho 88 on Mills in Orlando and was excited to hear of the second one opening on the east side of Orlando. In case you are unfamiliar, Pho 88 is a family owned restaurant that has a vast selection of authentic Vietnamese dishes, especially Pho. Their popular and delectable pho (beef noodle soup) is a must try! They also serve other appetizing dishes such as rice, stir-fried, rice vermicelli, egg and clear noodles, and vegetarian dishes. They offer a variety of drinks to quench your thirst from some of the more popular Vietnamese ice coffee with condensed milk to import beers and wine.

This particular location, which is the second for Pho 88, used to be Louie & Maria's Italian Restaurant. I have no idea why they closed, they had been in business for over 30 years. The new owners have brightened and opened it up a bit, but the inside is just kind of plain. Not that that’s a bad thing, because the food more than makes up for lack of excitement in the dining room

As I mentioned earlier, the dining room is rather bland, but it is very spacious and accommodating.

Just as you enter, to the left, there is a nice little bar that has beer on tap and wine selections as well as a selection of Saki's.

The Cha Gio, or fried egg rolls, were actually some of the better egg rolls that I have had in some time. Although I am not normally of fan of fish sauce, the flavors of the two combined were superb.

The Beef Potstickers were quite tasty and I really enjoyed the dipping sauce.

The Bo Kho Pho Beef Stew had exceptional flavors. Filled with savory seasonings and a delicious broth that was so good, I kept trying to eat my wife's entree selection.

I ordered the Bun Bo Nuong or rice vermicelli with sliced beef and shredded cucumbers, lettuces, bean sprouts and fish sauce. With an added few dashes of Sriracha, this dish was all I could ask for.

I was pleasantly surprised by the new location of Pho 88. All of the food that we had was very good and served in a timely manner. I can guarantee you, this will be one of Taste of Orlando’s go-to spots, especially since they are right around the corner from me. I recommend that you go check them out yourself as well.


Pho 88 is open daily from: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

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East Coast Wings & Grill

3138 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32828
(407) 930-0830

About a year ago, my favorite wing place closed down and mysteriously went out of business. Ever since then, I have been on a mission to find a solid replacement for my dearly departed local wing joint, and East Coast Wings might just do the trick.

If you are unfamiliar with the brand, East Coast Wings & Grill is a fast growing casual dining chicken wing franchise that has 24 locations in North Carolina, and has signed agreements to add 70 new restaurants across the country within the next several years. The franchise concept not only caters to the chicken wing lover by offering 75 different flavors of chicken wings in any of nine heat intensities, but also features salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers and more, all using fresh ingredients.

The newest franchisee for Orlando just happens to be a former small forward for the Orlando Magic by the name of Quentin Richardson. Although Richardson may be known for his basketball skills, he has a keen interest in business development. With the help of Jackson Brown Hospitality Group, he has signed on to open ten East Coast Wings locations in Orlando over the next seven years.

Two of those locations are now open for business. The first one to open up was on south Alafaya trail closer to UCF and the Waterford Lakes area. The second location is in Downtown Orlando, and is aiming to give the downtown crowd some good alternatives for lunch and dinner. I had an opportunity to stop by the downtown location and try them out.

While we can all argue about the origin of the wing, or how big a wing should be, I personally like a nice medium sized wing. I get fed up when I am presented with those tiny miniature wings that some places try to serve, but I also do not want a mega jumbo turkey drumstick either, and I am very pleased with the size of wings at East Coast Wings. The variety of sauces and flavors as well as heat intensity offered here can be a bit overwhelming, so I would recommend going with a group and getting lots of wings.

What makes this place unique aside from the wings is the variety of other foods offered as well. They have a surprisingly large menu full of unique appetizers, salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, pot stickers, nachos, egg rolls...you name it...they have it. There is something on the menu to satisfy everybody, and they have some pretty damn cold beer too!



We started our adventure with the Chester's Pub Pretzels. These are soft pretzels, served with your choice of bourbon honey mustard or Sam Adams craft beer cheese sauce.

The soft pretzels were good by themselves, but that beer cheese sauce was addictive and delicious.







We could not resist the Buffalo Chicken Pot Stickers. Wonton style dumplings are stuffed with seasoned chicken and cabbage, garnished with shredded carrots and celery, and drizzled with Peppadew Ranch. A must have treat!

Chester's Wing Sampler is 30 wings in your choice of 6 flavors-We decided on Grande Cayman, Jamaican Jerk, Mango Bango, Bourbon Street, Garlic Hot, and Caribbean. Some were bone in and some were boneless, but all of them were good.


As a grand finale, we ordered the Big Easy Binnies. These are miniature versions of a New Orleans beignet, dusted with cinnamon, powdered sugar and served with your choice of caramel, chocolate or raspberry sauce. 

Overall I was really impressed with the food at East Coast Wings. I am looking forward to a return visit, not just for wings, but for maybe a burger, or a turkey and Swiss, or maybe a wrap, or...well you get the picture. So much good food, so little time.

Stop by and check them out some time, your gonna love it. 


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