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First Watch introduces new Holiday Menu

3402 Technological Ave.
Orlando, FL 32817
(407) 823-8146
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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.


Junior Colombian Burger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Ox Grill brings world cuisine venue to ICON Park

8375 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
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A taste of favorite dishes from around the world is coming to ICON Park. Newcomer, Ox Grill, is getting ready to introduce diners to new flavors and cuisines when it opens this fall.

When Ox Grill opens, its menu will feature food with links to countries from around the world, as well as a gourmet salad bar. 

The 7,800 square foot restaurant will also feature an event venue that can seat up to 200 people for corporate meetings and special occasions.

It will be a unique addition to ICON Park’s entertainment district, which features 20 acres of shops, restaurants and attractions.

“Ox Grill brings a whole new dimension to dining at ICON Park,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, President and CEO of ICON Park. “Guests will get to enjoy global cuisine with a view of our record-breaking attractions.”

The restaurant is an innovative collaboration between local entrepreneurs, Josefina Muñiz, and veteran Orlando restaurateur and sommelier, Joseph Thomas. The two worked to create specialty dishes from around the world. There is mofongo inspired by Puerto Rico, vatapa created from Brazilian recipes and a taste of France in the chicken jambonette.

“I am so proud to bring people from around the world together over food,” said Muñiz. “ICON Park is the perfect location for a new restaurant experience. Our guests will feel spoiled from the minute they pull up to the complimentary valet until they take that last bite of dessert.”

Ox Grill is located near SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology and Walgreens. Free parking is available both through the nearby valet and the seven-story garage on the other side of ICON Park.

Ox Grill joins a lineup of more than 40 distinctive restaurants throughout ICON Park, in addition to The Wheelhouse Market. ICON Park continues to increase its restaurant choices with Blake Shelton’s Ole Red, set to open in 2020. For more information on ICON Park, visit ICONParkOrlando.com

ICON Park™ is a 20-acre, walkable entertainment destination in the heart of Orlando’s International Drive. A perfect place to ride, dine, drink and explore, ICON Park has more than 40 amazing restaurants, funky bars, boutique shops and can’t-miss attractions, all anchored by The Wheel, a jaw-dropping observation wheel that stands 400 feet – 40 stories – in the air.

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Orange County Brewers Lake Mary Announces Grand Opening This Saturday, October 5th

1117 International Parkway
Suite 1701
Lake Mary, FL 32746
407-878-1795
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After much anticipation, Central Florida’s popular, full-service craft brewery and brew pub “Orange County Brewers” announces their grand opening in Lake Mary this Saturday, October 5th.

The 3,600 square foot location in Park Lane Plaza is the first brewery in Lake Mary. It features OCB’s signature brightly colored, industrial taproom design with heavy wood accents, an open floor plan, a large outdoor seating area, ample parking and a full kitchen serving delicious burgers, sandwiches and salads.


OCB Lake Mary will carry a variety of 12 to 16 different style of beers on tap, including IPAs, Lager, Pilsner, Amber, Weizenbach, Schwarzebier, NEIPA and Blonde Ale, plus host occasional live music.

The general public is invited to the all-day grand opening celebration of Orange County Brewers this Saturday, October 5 from Noon to 8pm. The brewery will release their New England IPA, Pilsner and special Oktoberfest.

Plus….save-the-date for OCB Lake Mary’s Oktoberfest event on Saturday, October 19th, Halloween party on Thursday, October 31 and Oyster Fest coming mid-November.

OCB Lake Mary is owned by Jeremy Roberts, Travis Barr, Michael Kolodiin and Sandeep Bahgnater. Beers are distributed by Total Beverage.

“We are extremely happy to open our doors in Seminole County and join the Lake Mary community,” says Co-Owner Jeremy Roberts. “The support from Lake Mary and OCB’s loyal brew crew has been outstanding. We cannot wait for everyone to see our beautiful, large, new space this Saturday and continue joining us for the best brewery experience in Central Florida for any occasion in the future.”

Orange County Brewers is located at 1117 International Parkway, Suite 1701, Lake Mary, FL 32746 and open daily from 11am to 12am. For more information, call 407-878-1795 or visit www.lakemaryocb.com.

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Jazz Fest Unites the College Park Community

College Park Main Street
648 Dartmouth Street
Orlando FL. 32804
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College Park Main Street will host the 18th annual College Park JazzFest on Saturday November 9th, 2019 from 5-11pm.

The community’s flagship street festival along Edgewater Drive will feature 12 bands on three stages performing jazz, rock, R&B and more.


College Park JazzFest will feature a vibrant street party atmosphere with diverse food trucks, vendors, and the local shops and restaurants open on Edgewater Drive between Smith Street and Clayton Street.

Jazz Fest is a unique annual tradition in College Park – many longtime attendees will go so far as to bring entire living room sets out to the main festival area on Edgewater Drive from their homes. 

Visitors can expect three stages playing mainstream pop, jazz, and soft rock along a larger event footprint than ever before. Bands featured at College Park Jazz Fest 2019 include Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble (a Dr. Phillips Center Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band), Ramona the Band, The Lawbreakers, and many more.  

Click Here for Tickets. $10.00 in advance, $12.00 day of, Children under 12 are FREE

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