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Tornatore's Pizzeria


3818 Edgewater Dr.
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 292-2248
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Back in 2015, Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine gave Tornatore’s a makeover on the Food Network’s Ambush Episode of Restaurant Impossible.

Sometimes these restaurants will stay open for a bit, then close, because the ownership reverts to their old ways. This is not the case with Tornatore’s Pizzeria, as owner Denny Tornatore and his staff have continued with the changes Chef Irvine recommended and are turning out some pretty darn good Italian eats.

At Tornatore’s, they stress the importance of making everything from scratch, including homemade pastas and even fresh mozzarella by hand.

The menu here is filled with delicious signature dishes like Tortellini Tornatore, Chicken Riggies, Lasagna, Veal Parmesan, and a wide variety of specialty pizzas all made fresh. “Everything from Scratch” is their unique point of difference. 

Of course we had to start with Garlic Knots. These were very large, but nonetheless light and airy with plenty of fresh garlic, oil and a side of marinara for dipping.

The Antipasto Plate was very good, with capicola, salami, prosciutto, roasted red pepper, fresh burrata mozzarella, tomatoes and kalamata olives.

We enjoyed the Fried Calamari that was very tender, lightly breaded and fried golden, served with banana peppers and roasted red peppers.

While waiting for our entrees to arrive, we ordered a slice of cheese pizza. Tornatore’s has quite a reputation for good pizzas, like those you would get in New York, and I can see why. This was a thin and crisp cracker like crust that held up really well and was delicious. Next time we are definitely ordering a whole pie… maybe a Leah’s Pie with Mozzarella, sausage, roasted red pepper, caramelized onion.

Our first entree was the Capellini Primavera with homemade capellini pasta, carrots, broccolini, spinach, onions, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, peas & cabbage in a garlic and oil sauce. This had great flavors and was very rich, while also not being a too hearty pasta dish.

We also ordered a side of Broccolini & Fresh Garlic sauteed in oil that was a tasty treat along with our pasta dishes.

Admittedly, I was a bit upset to learn they were out of Veal Parmesan, but my back up order of Rigatoni with marinara sauce and an incredibly delicious Italian sausage made me pretty happy.

Stop in to Tornatore’s sometime, you can watch them make pasta the way it’s been done for centuries in the time honored traditional way. They also have plenty of traditional Italain desserts as well. The food here was exceptional, and we loved the quaint small hometown atmosphere.

Tornatore’s is closed on Monday, Tuesday to Thursday they are open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday they are open till 10:00 pm, Saturday from 4:00 pm 10:00 pm, Sunday 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

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ICEBAR Orlando Debuts “Florida Freeze” Package For Florida Residents


8967 International Dr. 
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 426-7555


Who says Florida doesn’t have real seasons. World-famous ICEBAR Orlando is showing how cool Florida really is with the all-new “Florida Freeze” package - just for Florida residents. 

The Florida Freeze package includes admission to ICEBAR, the world’s largest permanent ice bar, an ultra-premium signature cocktail and free souvenir photo for $19.95 (plus tax and gratuity) Sunday through Thursday, exclusively for Florida residents. This Florida Resident discount gives guests admission, a signature drink and cool photo all for the regular cost of admission to ICEBAR.

Once inside ICEBAR, Florida residents taking advantage of the Florida Freeze program will get their choice of any premium drink, including those served in ICEBAR’s unique glasses made entirely of ice, and other cool cocktails like the Toasted Coconut Martini or Patron Pineapple Margarita.

Guests will enjoy ICEBAR’s frozen works of art ice sculptures, and their complementary souvenir photo will solidify their memories. Following the Florida Freeze experience, guests can warm back up inside ICEBAR Orlando’s FIRE Lounge, featuring more delicious signature cocktails, small plates, DJ entertainment and state-of-the-art sound and lighting, for the hottest dancing and nightlife on International Drive.


“We Floridians are lucky in many ways, especially when it comes to enjoying great Florida resident specials,” says ICEBAR Orlando Owner Thom Kerr. “We look forward to more of our Florida friends enjoying our Florida Freeze package because having a cool time is always in season at ICEBAR.”

Experience ICEBAR Orlando located at 8967 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. For more information on Florida Freeze and to make a reservation for ICEBAR Orlando’s Roaring 20’s NYE Celebration, visit https://ICEBAROrlando.com/ or call 407-426-7555.


About ICEBAR Orlando:

Take a trip through the arctic at ICEBAR Orlando. Open since October 2008, ICEBAR Orlando houses the largest permanent ice bar in the world with over 70 tons of hand-carved ice. First to open in the USA, upon arriving, guests enter through the 3,000 square-foot Fire Lounge hot with DJs nightly and dancing. Then, they are suited for the 1.200 square-foot winter wonderland ICEBAR with thermal coats and gloves.

Photographers are available to take complimentary pictures while guests enjoy the fabulously frozen ice sculptures and sip one of ICEBAR Orlando’s many delicious cocktails chilled perfectly and served in a custom carved ice glass. VIP and Bottle Service are available. Guests 21+ are welcome at all times while guests 8-20 years of age are welcome between 5pm-9pm. Hours of operation are Sunday-Wednesday 5pm-12am, Thursday 5pm-1am, Friday 5pm-2am.


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A Mediocre Time with Tom and Dan’s 2019 Bad at Business Beerfest

West End Trading Co.
202 S Sanford Ave.
Sanford, Florida 32771


The multiple award-winning podcast and radio show “A Mediocre Time with Tom and Dan” presents the 2019 Bad at Business Beerfest on Saturday, Nov. 23rd.

The Bad at Business Beerfest gets its name from the fact that it is 100 percent FREE to all who would like to taste, as long as you are of legal drinking age. This event is to celebrate beer and the people that enjoy it.

Tasting begins at Sanford’s West End Trading Company at 2 p.m. and encompasses the historic Sanford “L-walk” ultimately ending at Celery City Craft. More than 40 local, national, and independent breweries will be on hand with samples of the world’s most unique and delicious craft beers.


Food trucks and other vendors will also be on-site with unique goods and services. The event runs Nov. 23rd from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. with beer tasting between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Tom and Dan will introduce, and host live music, along with other entertainment throughout the duration of the event.

Those who wish to enjoy the beer samples must be 21 and over, and the free tastings are limited to the first 2,500 people or until supplies last!


To learn more about the event including a list of participating breweries, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/464508110793908/

About A Mediocre Time with Tom and Dan:
Broadcasting since 2009, A Mediocre Time with Tom and Dan is one of Florida’s largest podcasts and has garnered a rather extensive following for "T & D" with loyal "scumbags" (as their listeners are affectionately known) checking in from all across the world. https://tomanddan.com
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First Watch introduces new Holiday Menu

3402 Technological Ave.
Orlando, FL 32817
(407) 823-8146
(All Locations)
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First Watch, the nation’s leading breakfast, brunch and lunch concept, has introduced its new holiday menu. In addition to three innovative seasonal entrees, the restaurant company launched a seasonal fresh juice option and debuted a surprising new shareable dish: Holey Donuts.

First Watch’s foray into shareables began with its introduction of its sweet and spicy Million Dollar Bacon, which it debuted as a seasonal item in 2017 and due to its wild popularity has since become a core menu item. The restaurant concept has experimented with seasonal shareable options since the initial success of Million Dollar Bacon.

“The concept of shareables really ties into what First Watch is all about – community. Our customers are largely friends, family members, couples and co-workers who choose to spend a meal together at First Watch, and we’re so appreciative,” said Shane Schaibly, vice president of culinary strategy for First Watch.

“We noticed our customers ordering extras like a specialty pancake or a bowl of fresh fruit to share among the table, and we recognized the untapped opportunity there. We decided to use that behavior as a chance to offer them new, seasonal options for sampling and sharing. It’s a great way to round out the First Watch experience and encourage our customers to try something new together.”


First Watch’s holiday menu is available through January 5th and includes the following dishes:

Shareable: Holey Donuts – Cinnamon sugar-dusted cake donut holes with chocolate sauce, mixed berry compote and vanilla crème anglaise for dipping.

Carnitas Breakfast Burrito – Pork carnitas, scrambled cage-free eggs, fresh seasoned potatoes, black beans, Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, and fresh avocado. Wrapped in a grilled whole wheat tortilla, covered with tomatillo hollandaise and topped with lime crema, pico de gallo, house-pickled onions, fresh cilantro and Cotija cheese.

Steak & Eggs Hash – Seared flank steak, fresh seasoned potatoes, house-roasted mushrooms and onions, Mozzarella and fresh baby spinach. Topped with two cage-free eggs any style, Parmesan cream and fresh herbs. Served with Parmesan-crusted ciabatta.

Cinnamon Chip Pancake Breakfast – Two cage-free eggs any style with a cinnamon chip pancake and your choice of bacon, all-natural chicken, pork or turkey sausage.

And from the Juice Bar, you can now get Iced Chai Cider made with Fuji apple, D’Anjou pear, chai tea and cinnamon.

Prices vary by location.

First Watch specializes in award-winning, fresh breakfast, brunch and lunch made from high quality ingredients. First Watch serves its entire menu seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The restaurant also offers customers complimentary newspapers and free Wi-Fi Internet access.
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Hook & Reel


7480 W Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32818
(407) 801-5223
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Hook & Reel is the newest tenant in what was once a Logan's Roadhouse on West Colonial Drive. The full name is Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood and Bar, and that's exactly what you will find once inside. 

The Orlando location was the second in Florida, and two more are coming soon to south and south west Florida.

The story of how the first Hook & Reel Restaurant was opened in Lanham, Maryland in 2013, by founder Miller goes as follows... Miller fancied himself as a gastronome and “foodie” extensively, exploring the food culture of many regions of this and other countries. One of his food explorations in 2008, centered around the vibrantly, flavorful and spicy cuisine of Louisiana.

He so enjoyed the Southern flavor profile, and spin on French Seafood, that he found himself often cooking many of the specialties he first had in New Orleans, for his friends and family.

Miller decided that he would open his first restaurant so everyone could come and enjoy the “Cajun Experience” that his friends and family enjoyed so much. His pledge to all is that each Hook & Reel will only use the finest and freshest seafood, coupled with fresh garlic, lemon pepper, herbs and spices, and chili powder.

All ingredients combine for a one of a kind aroma and finger licking experience that makes people want to come back over and over again. 

Complimentary Shrimp and Hook & Reel Seasoned homemade potato chips come with every meal, and as bizarre as it sounds, were quite tasty.

Hush Puppies may seem like a simple thing, but the ones served up here were almost perfection, with perfect texture and bite, and a side of drawn butter for dipping.

We really enjoyed the Steamed Oysters topped with heaping portions of fresh crushed garlic and butter.

The Calamari served up at Hook & Reel was outstanding. Super light, but yet Crispy batter and the Calamari itself was some of the most tender I've had.

A Reel Mule and a Cajun Wow Cocktail...an old fashioned with bourbon, amaretto, lemon juice and Bitters.

The Fried Flounder was amazing, the batter here is very light, but crispy with great flavor. The fries were also really good.

While all of the food at Hook & Reel is really good, this is their specialty.. The Seafood Boil Bags. They come to your table in a big puffed up bag full of steam and whatever ingredients, sauce or flavor that you choose, then it is all shaken up and served. You can eat it out of the bag, or just pour it on the table. Keeping it in the bag is best, because you retain all the juices. You can do combos, with a variety of seafood, sausage, potatoes, corn, etc, and a variety of sauces and heat levels. We chose a combo of snow crab legs, shrimp, potatoes and corn with the Hook & Reel special blend sauce, and it was fantastic.

A view inside of the restaurant. It is very casual and friendly, they even offer you bibs and gloves to keep the mess at a minimum. 

The Bar.

Hook & Reel is a rapidly growing casual family dining restaurant chain, with new locations opening at a brisk pace, we really enjoyed our visit and will return soon.

They have a wide variety of different choices. You can select your choices of meat, seafood, vegetables and what you’ll get is a culinary creation that will make you feel like you’re down in New Orleans, and the service is exceptional here too.
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Kona Poké Announces Second Location Coming Soon To Sanford

1813 WP Ball Boulevard.
Sanford, FL 32771
407-500-5662
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Lake Mary’s hit Poké Restaurant kicks off expansion with Its second location in Seminole Country to open this November.

Less than one year after opening in Lake Mary, Seminole County’s popular, fast-casual food concept “Kona Poké” announces its second location coming to Sanford in late November.

Now, more poké lovers will enjoy Kona’s healthy and delicious Hawaiian-style poké bowls with fresh sushi-grade fish, house sauces and a wide variety of toppings to choose from, plus vegan, gluten-free and cooked options available
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Guests of the new 1,300 square foot restaurant located at (1813 WP Ball Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32771) will choose from a variety of Signature Poké Bowls, Build Your Own Bowls, Soup, Salads and Mochi Ice Cream, which they’ll savor inside Kona’s contemporary, relaxing restaurant vibe with subtle elements of poké’s Hawaiian heritage. 


“We are very excited to be opening another restaurant, and we think Sanford will be a great location for us,” says Kona Poké Owners Matthew Ting and Ernie Falco III. “The response we’ve received since opening in Lake Mary early this year has been phenomenal. 

We are ready to deliver the same healthy, high-quality poké bowls to the wonderful Sanford community eagerly awaiting our arrival, and we look forward to continuing to grow the Kona Poké brand more and more in the future.”

Kona Poké has additional corporate store deals in the works in Central Florida and South Florida, including a new restaurant located in O-town West coming in 2020. Kona Poké is also seeking experienced operating partners to become area franchise developers outside of Central Florida.

Stay tuned for Kona Poké Sanford’s Grand Opening with a special beer giveaway and BOGO bowl deal. For more information, call 407-500-KONA or visit www.konapokébowls.com.


Fun Fact: What is poké? Pronounced POH-keh, poké is cubed raw fish eaten either on its own or over a bowl of sushi rice. While it may seem like a new trend, the Hawaiian dish has been around for centuries.
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Sushi & Seoul on the Roll is Taking Over the Kitchen at Celery City Craft

114 S Palmetto Ave.
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 915-5541
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Orlando's award-winning sushi truck, Sushi & Seoul on the Roll has come to an agreement with Sanford's premier craft beer bar, Celery City Craft to manage the kitchen and bring their sushi and Asian-inspired menu to Historic Downtown Sanford.

This new venture will be led by childhood friends and culinary phenoms Chef Al Ruiz and Chef Emilio Molina - both come with extensive experience in the industry and plan to unveil the next evolution of their concept stepping off their truck and into their first brick and mortar.

Their first appearance will be on Friday, October 18th from 4-10pm and again on Saturday, October 19th from 4-10pm during the extremely popular Sanford Battle of the Food Trucks where thousands are expected to show up for what has become Central Florida's premier food truck festival, their window will open one hour earlier than the event at 4pm.


Paul Williams, co-owner of Celery City Craft says, "We've been looking for the right food concept for many months now and we're extremely excited to welcome Al and Emilio from Sushi & Seoul to our Celery City Craft family. With our extensive selection of over 50 craft beers on tap, the food and drink experience is going to be next level! We're sure they'll be a big hit in Sanford!"

Executive chef and co-proprietor Alfred Ruiz's passion began in 2004 when he began his studies in the art of Sushi. After 7 years of honing his craft, Al stepped out on his own to pioneer the world of mobile sushi with the launch of Sushi & Seoul On The Roll in Orlando, Florida.

Over the past 15 years in the trade, Al has continued to refine his sushi prowess as well as expand his overall culinary reach. With Sushi & Seoul On The Roll, Al has had the privilege of serving in a variety of environments, from sporting events and festivals to music video craft services and prestigious pairing dinners, all while maintaining an irrefutable reputation of serving up some of the tastiest sushi and Asian-inspired street fare around. 


It is with this reputation that he was chosen to represent the U.S. in an international street food tour of UAE in 2017. Between his culinary acumen and his burgeoning Garage Soul band, The Sh-booms, it is clear that Al is not afraid to forge his own path and pursues his passions with a dedicated fervor.

And it is with that pioneering spirit that Al now, alongside lifetime friend Emilio Molina, unveils the next evolution of his concept, stepping off his truck and into his first brick and mortar. Sushi & Soul @ Celery City Craft in historic downtown Sanford, FL, will feature innovative sushi and Korean-inspired street fare served with the best craft beer selection in town...a paring not to be missed.

The official opening will be on Friday, November 1st with the following hours:

Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 10 pm.

Friday – Saturday: 11 am – Midnight.

Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm.



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Junior Colombian Burger

10910 South Trail Circle 
Orlando, Florida 32837
(407) 856-474
(All Locations)

Junior Colombian Burger started humbly but with a grand plan: to create the finest burger this world has ever tasted, end of the story. 

And with nothing but a food cart and a dream, they have grown and exploded to the point where you’re reading this right now and probably salivating.

The secret? There is not just one, admittedly. Having the best ingredients is a big part. An unrelenting love for burgers is the other big part. Between those two, their burger bases are pretty much covered.

They make delicious, one-of-a-kind burger creations, like the Tostone Burger, Arepa Burger, a Burger Dog topped with Serrano Ham. The menu also offers Shish kabobs, Hot Dogs, Chicken Burgers, Empanadas, Chorizo and Churros.


From simple burgers to impressive burgers on an Arepa, or sandwiched between two tostones, the burgers here are legit and so are all the side options and the sauce bar.

The Chicken Empanadas were amazing, lightly fried, lots of filling and the garlic side sauce with fresh lime made these fantastic. Six come per order, so they are great for sharing.

The regular Cheeseburger was fantastic as well, a simple burger cooked very well, with crushed potato chips, tomato, lettuce and onion, with a good drizzling of garlic sauce, and the fries were excellent also.


The Arepa Burger was magnificent, and after the first bite I attempted, I soon found out this was a burger that had to be eaten with a fork and knife, there was no way of eating this like a normal burger. The arepas were crisp, the burger was cooked well, and it was topped with lettuce, tomato, lots of cheese and garlic sauce.

Inside of Junior Colombian Burger. This is pretty much a fast casual deal here, where you place your order at the counter, and they bring your food to your table.

Junior Colombian Burger has four locations, Kirkman Road, S. OBT, Lee Vista and a UCF location. Hours do vary by location, but the S. OBT location I visited is open from 11:00 am to 1:00 am Monday to Thursday as well as Sunday, Friday and Saturday, they are open until 4:00 am.


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