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PF Chang's China Bistro

436 North Orlando Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
(In the Winter Park Village)

(407) 622-0188 

Monday-Thursday:11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday:11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Saturday:11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Sunday:11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

P.F. Chang's is a Scottsdale, Arizona based  chain restaurant that serves Americanized Chinese food with the design flair of 12th century China. The name comes from its founders Paul Fleming and Philip Chiang. The restaurants  menu was originally created by chef Philip Chiang. 

The concept of the menu items are not far from the typical Chinese fare  you may grab at your local takeout. The main difference is the quality of food you receive. Its all freshly prepared and I can assure will never be eating mystery meat here. They are even open as late as most local Chinese takeouts.

They have classic items like egg rolls, crab won tons, sesame chicken, moo goo gai pan, Mongolian beef and the like.

The exception here is that you can not get the sesame chicken combo for $7.99 that includes fried rice and egg roll as you would at your local takeout. All main dishes are served only with white rice or steamed brown rice. And everything else is a la carte. If you want fried rice, you will pay extra for that.

But not to P.F. Chang's is an actual sit down and eat restaurant the prices are pretty modest. Two people can come away feeling very satisfied for under $40.00--which is about the average of a casual dining experience anywhere else. The big advantage here is once again...FRESH FOOD---and you know you are eating white meat chicken.

To get our palates ready we had the White Tangerine Tea. It was a light and fragrant hot tea with a hint of tangerine. They have a few different teas on the menu and quite a few specialty cocktails like the Chinese 88 Martini as well as a large selection of Sake and import and domestic beers.

For our starters we had to keep it traditional and go with the egg rolls which are hand-rolled with marinated pork and vegetables, and served with a sweet & sour mustard sauce that added a nice tang of flavor to an American Chinese classic.

We also had to try the chicken lettuce wraps. Many people have been to P.F.'s and just rave about the chicken lettuce wraps...and we see why It is their signature appetizer.
We received a plate of wok-seared minced chicken, mushrooms, green onions, and water chestnuts served over crispy rice sticks and served with cool, crisp lettuce cups.

Believe me when I tell you---Its good!--So good in fact..we could go back and order a few rounds of lettuce wraps for the main course. They come with Chicken, or you can get a vegetarian version made with tofu. What makes these wraps so great is how the flavors and texture come together very well,  and you can eat a lot of it and not feel guilty. Its was very refreshing and light due to the lettuce wrap,  and had very little carbs.

What happened next was quite a nice surprise. After we ordered our food and waited for it's arrival another server stopped buy our table and offered us a free entree, that somebody supposedly ordered by mistake.

 I was not sure if this was a gesture of good will for a good review...since I could not hide the flash of the camera and people in the kitchen were looking at us (it's a tad dark inside)...or if it just happened to be our lucky night!

Whatever worked out perfectly to give us another dish to try out...and It was good!---(we'll get to it later)

My main dish was the  Orange Peel Chicken. It is on the menu with a little icon that denotes the dish is spicy...although I did not think it was spicy. The chicken is tossed with a mild chili sauce and fresh orange peel.

The sauce is not as sweet and sugary as it would be at a place like Panda Express which makes it a little lighter going down.

The next dish up was the Mongolian Beef which consists of chunks of flank steak served up with plenty of green scallions and garlic.

This dish went really well with the white rice, and the beef was very tender.

The third and final dish we sampled was the
Shrimp with Candied Walnuts. This is made up of fried shrimp tossed in a cream sauce with candied walnuts and honeydew melon.

All we can say is..WOW...this was a flavor explosion that just went perfectly together.
The fried crispiness of the shrimp with the candy like walnuts and the sweet and juicy chunks of honeydew was amazing. (And free food always seems to taste good)..

 One thing P.F. Chang's has that your local takeout may not have is....Dessert

They have items like Cheese Cake, Banana Spring Rolls, and The Great wall of Chocolate Cake.

If you do not have room for a full size dessert, they do have mini desserts. Dessert mini's come in Tiramisu, Carrot Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Mousse, and The Great Wall of Chocolate among others

After our sampling of foods the mini desserts hit the spot for us. We got the Tiramisu mini and the Great Wall mini...which is a smaller version of their signature dessert with layers of chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, raspberry sauce and chocolate chips.

In conclusion ...P.F.Chang's is good for what it is...high quality Americanized Chinese food in a relaxed casual dining atmosphere. We had a fun time and will return soon to sample some more items.

* It's worth noting that P. F. Chang's offers a dedicated menu to diners that must follow a strict gluten-free diet. The company has been recognized for this by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America.*

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Cuban Sandwiches To Go...

(407) 578-8888
1605 Lee Rd
Orlando, FL 32810 

Mon-Fri. 10:00 - 6:00
Sat. 10:00 - 4:00

When it comes to Cuban sandwiches in Central Florida, there are quite a few places that offer up the simple delightful sandwich. However not all are the same.

As a person who frequents the Miami area quite often...and as someone who is a fan of Cuban food, I can tell you that Cuban Sandwiches To Go is about as close as you will get to an authentic Cuban Sandwich this side of Miami.

Sure there are other places that offer up a variety of different styles and a few different takes on the classic....but this one is spot  on.

 There is some debate as to what makes a "True Cuban" sandwich, most are generally agreed upon. The traditional Cuban sandwich starts with Cuban bread. The loaf is sliced into lengths of 8-12 inches (20–30 cm), lightly buttered or brushed with olive oil on the crust, and cut in half horizontally.

 A coat of yellow mustard is spread on the bread. Then roast pork, glazed ham, Swiss cheese, and thinly-sliced dill pickles are added in layers. Sometimes the pork is marinated in mojo and slow roasted.

When assembled, the sandwich is usually lightly toasted in a sandwich press called a plancha, which is similar to a panini press but without grooved surfaces. The plancha both heats and compresses the sandwich, which remains in the press until the bread is crispy and the cheese is melted.  It is usually cut into diagonal halves before serving.

You can also get side items like Fried  Plantains, Home Made Black Bean Soup, Stuffed Potatoes, Quesitos and of course...Cafe Con Leche and Espresso.

Cuban Sandwiches To Go has been in business over 20 years at the same location...and that tells you they are doing something right!

Monday through Friday they are usually packed for lunch. Although the name implies a fast service grab and go sandwich prepared to wait.

Cuban Sandwiches To Go takes about 15-20 minutes to get your order out to you.

They make everything fresh while you wait. This guarantees you will have a delicious juicy Cuban Sandwich served on a  perfectly crisped piece of that delicious bread they use.

Two things to consider before you visit...

#1. Read the Sign...CASH ONLY...

#2. Closed Sundays

Other than that...Tastes Of Orlando recommends you to go and get your Cuban Sandwich To Go!!!!

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Bauern-Stube Authentic German Restaurant

Bauern-Stube Authentic German Restaurant
8015 South Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32809
Phone: 407-857-8404

Lunch: Mon-Fri 11 am to 2 pm
Dinner: Mon-Thur 5 pm to 9 pm
Fri and Sat 5 pm until close

When it comes to food and restaurants, Orlando has a great variety of some of the tastiest food from all over the world. Unfortunately German food is becoming a dying breed in Central Florida. If you want a taste and you are craving some good old fashioned and hearty German food then head over to Bauern Stube.

Bauern Stube translated means “Farmhouse-Parlor”, and that is exactly what you will find upon arrival to the restaurant.  It’s a slice right out of old Germany. When you enter inside you will feel like you are a guest at a German farmhouse.
My wife, who has been to Germany and actually has a 100% authentic German grandmother told me it reminded her of a Gasthaus. Inside you will see some entertaining items. Bauern-Stube is decorated with a wild display of tourist books,  wind chimes, cuckoo clocks, stuffed birds, fir-tree garlands and posters from old Germany

 A Gasthaus is a German-style inn or tavern with a bar, a restaurant, banquet facilities and  hotel rooms for rent. They are typically found in smaller towns and are often family-owned. It is not uncommon to have three generations of a family working together in such an establishment and many have been owned by the same family for generations. Bauern Stube really does a good job of recreating that ambiance and atmosphere.

Being that we were at a Gasthaus we had to indulge in some fine German Beer. We opted to go for the BlackBeer…which is  Köstritzer Blackbier imported from Germany. They have a few different brews on tap all of them mostly German. If you are unsure of what to order, just ask your server. The black beer is actually a sweeter beer with a nutty caramel and malt flavor…not overly sweet, but very smooth.

Nothing gets me more in the mood for German food than the thought of  potato  pancakes or Kartoffel Pfannkuchen for those of you that Sprechen sie Deutsch!! So we started off with the potato pancake portion of 3 that comes with sour cream and apple sauce.

I thought the potato pancakes were good. I prefer mine to be a bit crispier and lighter, as these were thick and heavy more like -  actual pancakes. Maybe I am just use to a more Americanized version. They were good nonetheless…especially smothered with applesauce.

In addition to a fresh basket of bread with real butter, all Main meals come with your choice of mashed potatoes, boiled or fried potatoes, noodles, dumpling or Spätzle.  

Also included is a choice of a vegetable: red cabbage, white cabbage, sauerkraut, or green beans. I opted for the spatzel and green beans.

"Spatzel is a dish of tiny noodles or dumplings made with flour, eggs, water or milk, salt and sometimes nutmeg. The spatzle dough can be firm enough to be rolled and cut into slivers or soft enough to be forced through a sieve, colander or spatzle-maker with large holes.
 The small pieces of dough are usually boiled (poached) before being tossed with butter or added to soups or other dishes. In Germany, spatzle is served as a side dish much like potatoes or rice, and is often accompanied by a sauce or gravy."

I decided to keep it simple and go with the Bratwurst platter for my main entrée.

The Bratwurst was roasted to perfection and was paired with spicy brown mustard and a mildly seasoned ketchup along with horseradish. When everything was combined together…it  made for a great taste experience!

The green beans were seasoned very well, and the spatzel with melted cheese was cooked properly and delicious.

My wife had the Rouladen, which is a slice of a beef roll, with spices, bacon and onions slow simmered and roasted. The Rouladen was quite tasty and very tender. I would definitely recommend the Rouladen.
She also had the spatzel  but with brown gravy and a side of the red cabbage. I am not a fan of red cabbage in particular, but my wife loved every bite of it. She said it was like her grandma use to make….and that’s a good thing.

At Bauern Stube all of the portions are just right…not too big, not too small---you will get your fill of food.

Should you still have room left….I highly recommend getting something off the desert tray.

We split a slice of the hazelnut cake that was sweet and delicious. It has a homemade butter cream icing and just the right amount of hazelnut flavor.  All meals come with a complimentary whipped cream topped Schnapps filled desert shot that was tasty!

At Bauern Stube if you are German or ever been to will feel right at home. If you are not from Germany or never have been,   you will certainly feel like a welcomed guest in a great Gasthaus.
The service was very prompt and courteous.  The owners always make a point to stop at every table to greet you and make you laugh and feel welcomed.  Baurn Stube is truly a hidden gem in Orlando!!

“Wenn Sie einige gute Deutsch-Lebensmittel zu bekommen Bauern Stube”
(If you want some good German food get to Bauern Stube)

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