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The Fifth

112 South Orange Avenue - Orlando, FL
Phone: 407-826-1932
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Welcome to THE FIFTH.....

Recently I was invited by Ilene Lieber at Passion PR Consulting to be a guest of The Fifth restaurant, to sample some food and drinks and share my thoughts on one of downtown Orlando's newest restaurants

What is the Fifth you ask?

If you frequent downtown, perhaps you have heard of Vintage Lounge, Vixen Bar and NV Art Bar. The Fifth is the fifth location of the same ownership group of these bars and night clubs which are trying their hand in the restaurant business.

Once inside you will be the guest of a style filled marriage full of art, sounds, light and more importantly food.

As soon as you enter, you are enwrapped in gorgeous lighting that constantly changes colors to the pulsating sounds.

The interior of the place is certainly swanky.
It gives a nice feel of Manhattan chic and South Beach cool.

From snakeskin wrapped seats to back lit counter tops and mirrors on every wall, there is certainly a lot of eye candy to wow the senses.

The bar only serves premium liquors and craft beers along with boutique wines.

They also have a nice list of premium V specialty cocktails.

The restaurant also boasts its own package store.

Here patrons can purchase premium liquors and wines that can be taken home or enjoyed with their meal.

The best part is, for an additional fee, you can actually rent a wine locker / liquor locker, if you prefer to store your leftover spirits.

Since The Fifth is as much an upscale lounge as it is a restaurant, we had to sample some drinks.

My wife had The Greenhouse cocktail and I went with The V Peach cocktail. The drinks were made with fresh quality ingredients as well as premium liquor.

Both drinks were very good and refreshing, I especially liked the fresh cucumber flavor in the Greenhouse.

Food at The Fifth was a very big deal to the owners and more importantly to its head chef, Dean Holland from Le Cordon Bleu.

The menu was one of the toughest decisions for the group to decide on. It took a lot of time and careful consideration to develop the menu they wanted. The idea was to offer something that was different from the normal staple of downtown Orlando, but they also wanted something familiar to the senses.

What they came up with was a unique and eclectic twist on traditional comfort food served in a an upscale atmosphere with down home tastes.

We kicked things off with the  White Truffle Potato Chips.

These are homemade potato chips cooked in truffle oil seasoned with sea salt.

Our chips were tasty and crispy, with a simple but delicious flavor.

Definitely good as an appetizer or as a side with your cocktails. 

Next it was on to the V Hummus.

The Hummus had a good consistency and great flavors consisting of roasted garlic and shallots, with garlic oil, sweet paprika, roasted red pepper and olives.

For my main course I chose the Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin.
It is served with a sage rub, topped with an apple and celery slaw, with a side of couscous risotto and finished in a nice marsala sauce. 

This tenderloin was melt in your mouth goodness. It was cooked perfectly and arrived juicy and tender.  The pork itself had a nice smoky flavor that accompanied the prosciutto very nicely. I would certainly order this again.

My wife had the Shrimp and Grits.

It consists of Harissa seasoned black tiger shrimp served atop creamy cheese grits with roasted corn salsa.

Grits are a risky venture to attempt on any menu, especially with a newer dining concept, but The Fifth has darn good grits. Now, add in some Harissa seasoned shrimp and a corn salsa, and you have magic in your mouth on every bite.

Harissa is a Tunisian style hot chili sauce or rub that consits mostly of piri piri (type of chili pepper), serrano peppers and other hot chili peppers and spices and herbs. The spice of the shrimp and the corn salsa mixed really well with the savory flavor of the cheese grits.

I really wanted to try the Southern Fried Chicken 'n' Waffles. 

Although we barely had room, we gave in to temptation when the plate showed up in front of us!  

House made Belgian waffles, candied bacon, maple syrup, creme anglase...the perfect combination of savory and sweet.

This was like eating breakfast and dinner all at once. Tender fried chicken cutlets, delicious bacon and a sweet waffle really hit it off. A great rendition of a southern classic.

All in all....We really enjoyed our experience at The Fifth. It is a welcome addition to downtown.

They have done a nice job of converting a former convenient store location into a swanky hip spot that is cool in the day time and a hot spot at night.

The menu is certainly different from anything you will find in downtown Orlando and even Central Florida for that matter, but they execute it very well.

Whether you are in town for lunch or if you want to slide up to the bar for some cocktails, the Fifth is the spot to go. More importantly, if you want some great food in a great atmosphere, you should swing by. 

Tastes Of Orlando recommends you try them out for yourself....And be careful not to run into the mirrors!

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Zaza New Cuban Diner

3500 Curry Ford Rd
Orlando FL 32806
Phone: 407-228-0060

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On a recent Sunday afternoon, we decided to try Zaza’s New Cuban Diner. The Curry Ford location is the second one they have opened.

Operating in a former Maryland Fried Chicken store, the location is small with limited seating, but very cozy. The ordering process and food is quite simple and not overcomplicated..nor is it over priced.

You just walk up to the counter, grab a menu and place your order for here or to go, and a server will bring your food out to you if you decide to eat inside.

The menu has all the classic pastries and side items like Empanadas, Pappa Rellenas, Crouqettes, and Quesitos. These items are kept hot and ready for you to run in and grab a quick snack.

Along with all the fried and baked goodies, they also have a nice sandwich selection and a handful of platters to choose from. Zaza also serves breakfast, but we will have to return and do another review on that soon.

A Quesito is of one of the most popular pastries of Puerto Rico, but its also a popular Spanish pastry in general. I could not reisist wanting to try one, and I was glad I did---it was pretty awesome.

Zaza's has some of the best Quesito's I have ever had. If you are unfamiliar with what a Quesito is.....Let me explain: It is a flaky pastry dough filled with a cream cheese mixture that gets coated in a sugary caramelized syrup that is baked, and sprinkled with more sugar!

--You want one now---I know it!

My wife ordered the Ropa Vieja platter. Ropa Vieja is Spanish for "Old Clothes"

It's a shredded flank steak that is stewed in a seasoned tomato sauce base. It was very tender and very flavorful. The best part was the bottom of the bowl that we dipped the bread in.

All platters come with a selection of rices that include: Yellow, White, or Congri (Rice with the black beans and sauce already mixed in.) Along with the rice you also get a choice of tostones or sweet plantains and Cuban bread.

One of my favorite Cuban dishes that I frequently order when in Miami, is Vaca Frita.
Translation: Fried Cow.

Its really just a flank steak that is seasoned and braised first, then put in the frying pan to crisp it up and topped with onions. My Vavca Frita was muy delicioso!!

It was seasoned right and served tender with just the right amount of crispiness. I also really enjoyed the sweet plantains and congri.

Since they are a bakery as can rest assured that the Cuban bread here is delicious. The bread we had was lightly toasted and firm, with just the right amount of butter. You can also buy a loaf to take home with you!

After we finished our meal we still had a little left over. It was the perfect lunch portion for a boring Monday.

I can honestly say that this is some of the best Cuban food I have found in Orlando. It compares pretty closely to what I have gotten in Miami at some of the best rated Cuban restaurants.

My wife and I were pleasantly surprised at how good the food is at Zaza's and even more surprised at how affordable it is.

Two Quesito's, Two full Platters, Two Drinks...$24.99 That's a good deal for some great food! If you are in the area, Tastes Of Orlando recommends you stop buy and pick up some Quesitos and coffee to go, or have a seat and try some really good Cuban food!

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