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The Waterfront

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4201 S Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 866-0468
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If you have ever traveled further down South Orange Avenue any time in your life, you may have noticed a divey lake side dining spot called Julie’s Waterfront. 

I always wanted to check the place out, just out of curiosity, but I could never convince myself to do it.

Amazingly, it was one of the longer standing establishments in Orlando, and even more so in that part of town, which is a lot more industrial. Julie Drobot who was a water ski pro opened the original restaurant on south Orange Avenue in 1988. She sometimes would hold informal ski shows on the lake all the while serving up food and cold beers.


Julie’s withstood the test of time, often with mixed reviews, but with the opening of more restaurants in that area, over time, the business was no more.

The good news is that although Julie’s is closed, a new much better and more refined establishment has opened at this location, and they plan to take full advantage of the waterfront property and all that it has to offer.

Say hello to The Waterfront. Inside and outside, The Waterfront has undergone some light renovations since the days of Julie’s while keeping a somewhat divey and fish camp atmosphere on the shores of lake Jennie Jewel, but the biggest change is the menu and food being served up here.

Currently, there is a trifecta of talent on deck in the kitchen at the Waterfront, that is being led by Executive Chef Matthew Wall.

Chef Matthew’s last stop was at North Quarter Tavern where he put together an impressive chef driven menu. Chef Alex Myers is from the now closed, but well acclaimed downtown restaurant Citrus, and Chef AJ Haines who most recently helped turn the Parkview into a fine dining establishment after its days as the Eola Wine Company have all teamed up.

When you have this much talent combined together in one place, it can only mean one thing...great food and great concepts with a focus on fresh made in house food and cocktails that are pretty damn crafty.

Gone are the days of simple fried fish dinners and burgers with cold beer out back. The menu now is a bit more upscale, but still pays homage to being a fish camp style dining experience that has lots of fun and tasty items that are made in house with only the freshest ingredients possible. Everything but the bread here is made in house and the freshness of the food is quite remarkable.

The menu starts out with an appetizer selection of items like Chips & Pimento Dip, Crab Cake Sliders and Seared Ahi Tuna, of course any lakeside establishment must have Wings and those are available in “house hot” or barbecue.

Salads include a BLT Avocado, Tuna Poke, House and a Caesar. They still serve up burgers here too, but much better versions like The Waterfront Burger with house ground chuck, Swiss, blue cheese, caramelized onions, bacon and arugula. A good sandwich selection is on the menu as well that features a French Dip with roast sirloin, a Pulled Pork Pork sandwich that is made with a pork shoulder that is smoked in house and a Blackened Catfish sandwich.

The entree selections start out with a simple fish camp meal of Fish and Chips, but then moves onto a Pan Roasted Catfish with sauteed kale, cheddar grits, remoulade and pickled red onion. The Steak Frites feature pan roasted sirloin, hand cut fries and a blue cheese butter. Fried Chicken Thigh is very good here also with hot honey, cheddar grits and pickled green beans.

I got a chance to check out The Waterfront back in August, and I was pretty impressed with the food, the staff, and of course the location.


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The Jennie Jewel is made with Effen Cucumber Vodka, St. Germain, fresh squeezed lemon, simple syrup, lime and mint. Quite refreshing.

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Crab Cake Sliders are made with blue crab from the gulf of Mexico and sit atop a tomato and remoulade and are topped with avocado and pickled red onion.

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The Tuna Poke Salad features Ahi Tuna, seaweed salad, arugula, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, avocado, sesame seeds and a sweet onion vinaigrette.

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Here are two smaller versions of the French Dip on the left and the Waterfront Burger on the right. These were very good, and only served in slider style to sample. All burgers are six ounces and are ground in house.

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I really enjoyed the “Dixie Bell” cocktail that is made with Jim Beam Black, muddled mint, cucumber, simple syrup and fresh squeezed lime.

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Sample portions of the Pan Roasted Catfish with sauteed kale, cheddar grits, remoulade and pickled red onion on the right, and Fried Chicken Thigh with hot honey, cheddar grits and pickled green bean on the left. Both items had outstanding flavor and the catfish was cooked perfectly.

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Steak Frites features a pan roasted sirloin topped with a delicious house made blue cheese butter and hand cut fries.

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The evening was capped off with Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie and a very interesting and quite tasty Bread Pudding with Key lime syrup and whipped cream.


The Waterfront, is still very much divey in some ways, but the location of this restaurant and the food that is served up here is anything but. The restaurant's slogan is “ Food, Brews, and Views, and that is what you can be guaranteed of here. Great food, cold beer, craft cocktails and an unbeatable lakeside view.

On weekends, you can even do more than just view the lake, on Saturdays, guests can grab a float, get in the water and enjoy $3.00 beers and $5.00 slushie drinks for “Adult Swim Saturdays”. That is about as Florida as it gets. They also do various events throughout the month and have hosted a few lakeside BBQ’s as well as all kinds of happy hours and get togethers.

They also serve brunch on the weekends from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The restaurant's regular hours are from 11:00 am until 2:00 am, and they will still serve food pretty late, based on volume as well.

This is a very fun place to visit, and I would recommend you stop by and see for yourself. The menu has a base list of selections, but with a trio of talented chefs together like this, they always add stuff to it for a daily "Chef Inspired Special" … like a Tomato Braised Pork Bucatini. Follow them on Facebook to keep updated.



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New Menu Items and A Magical Dining Preview at American Kitchen

1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-3080

American Kitchen Bar & Grill located inside B Resort & Spa in Disney Springs, hosted an event recently to showcase the Summer Menu as well as a sneak peek at the Magical Dining dishes created by the restaurant’s new Chef, Venoy Rogers.


Chef Venoy is a San Diego native who’s spent time at the W Hotel in his hometown, and also has spent time in Miami at Essensia at the Palms hotel, as well as with the B resorts brands in Miami. His approach to cooking is a new American fusion style that is still organic and fresh.

At American Kitchen, they follow a farm to table concept, which is an immediate focus from the moment you step through the door and are greeted with the big red living garden truck. They source local and sustainable products whenever possible, and use as much locally sourced ingredients from Florida farms as possible, which is great for Chef Venoy.

He is used to year round produce, and understands the expectations of customers looking for fine dining options that are are organic and locally sourced. Chef Venoy has become somewhat of a specialist in finding the freshest and most simple of ingredients that also deliver a wow factor.

Just like America, the menu here is a melting pot of multiple influences and techniques that feature a variety of traditional American dishes along with a “Small Bites” section for starters that features items like Miso Pork Buns, Korean Glazed Pork Ribs and Tempura Avocado.

The “Provisions” portion of the menu is where you can find entrees like the Free Range Chicken with Beer Carbonara, Cookhouse Meatballs and a 29 day dry aged Ribeye as well as market fish selections. The “Hand Helds” part of the menu gets off to a great start with The Local Wagyu Beef Burger that is topped with Florida Berkshire pork belly, homemade pickles, avocado, tomato-ricotta spread and blistered sweet pepper. 

Inside American Kitchen, there is plenty of space and a variety of seating options. You can dine at communal tables or in an intimate booth with friends and family and take your taste buds down “Gin Lane” with American Kitchen’s revival on classic cocktails with a modern twist.

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Signature Florida Corn Soup is a new addition to the menu in the “From The Garden” section that features charred corn, roasted poblano and cilantro.

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Tempura Avocado is also new to the menu and is made with a tempura battered avocado that is topped with tomato chipotle jam and rests on a dollop of cilantro lime creme fraiche.

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Shrimp and Grits are also on the Small Bites menu and feature shrimp, white cheddar, chorizo, and house ham.

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The Whole Leaf Caesar salad comes with a housemade Parmesan-Garlic dressing, shaved Parmesan, sourdough croutons and a hard boiled egg.

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Korean Glazed Pork Ribs are cooked in a sweet soy glaze and are served with Chinese carrot cabbage slaw. The Tempura Avocado, Whole Leaf Caesar, and these delicious Korean style ribs are available as an appetizer selection on American Kitchen’s menu for Magical Dining Month.

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Cookhouse Meatballs & Creamy Parmesan Polenta come covered in a smoked tomato pomodoro sauce, house made ricotta & fried basil.

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Chef Venoy and American Kitchen have a few items on the menu if you are a vegetarian, and the cool thing is, they even made it part of the Magical Dining menu. This Summer Squash & Sweet Pea Vegetable Rigati is a great option with zucchini purée, heirloom tomatoes, toasted pine nuts & shaved parmesan. This dish showcases Chef Venoy’s love for using fresh and organic ingredients to create simple but elegant tasting entrees.

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This 29 Day Dry Aged Ribeye is served on top of a mushroom bacon chowder with celery, mushroom chips & parsley, and is pretty spectacular.

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Local Free Range Chicken & Beer Carbonara is quite an exciting pasta creation from Chef Venoy. It features stout beer- Parmesan sauce, house made bacon, sweet grape tomatoes, peas, cured organic egg yolk. Cookhouse Meatballs, Summer Squash & Sweet Pea Vegetable Rigati, Local Free Range Chicken & Beer Carbonara, and the Local Wagyu Beef Burger are available for the Magical Dining Menu for entree options.

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AK S'mores are a good way to end your experience at American Kitchen. This is a dessert with house made marshmallow, graham cracker crumble and a quenelle of chocolate ganache. This dessert along with Apple Pie in a jar is available for your dessert selections for Magical Dining as 

Beginning August 25th during a special preview week, and continuing through October 1, over 100 Orlando area restaurants will offer prix fixe dinners for just $35 for this years annual Magical Dining Month. You can Indulge in imaginative appetizers, entrees and desserts sure to leave you spellbound.

Through Visit Orlando, one dollar from each meal supports Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Here is the complete menu for Magical Dining Month at American Kitchen:


Choice of Appetizers:
Tempura Avocado
Korean Glazed Pork Ribs
The Whole Leaf Caesar 

Choice of Entree:
Cookhouse Meatballs &  Creamy Parmesan Polenta
Summer Squash & Sweet Pea Vegetable Rigati
Local Free Range Chicken & Beer Carbonara
The Local Wagyu Beef Burger

Choice of Desserts:
Apple Pie in a Jar
A.K. S'Mores


American Kitchen Bar and Grill is located at Disney Springs Resort Area's newest hotel resort, B Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This is a lifestyle hotel featuring 394 newly renovated guest rooms and suites that showcase stylish yet playful decor for families and the most discerning business travelers alike. 

B Signature Elements and the most desired amenities allow guests to create tailored experiences in an open, self expressive environment where anyone can just B.


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Wine Bar George Set To Open at Disney Springs in Early 2018


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1610 E. Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


Master Sommelier George Miliotes will bring his renowned wine expertise to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort when his new venture, Wine Bar George, opens in early 2018. 

Wine Bar George will be the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida.
Miliotes is widely regarded as one of the restaurant industry’s foremost wine experts with accolades and awards from national publications including Wine Spectator. 

Miliotes is no stranger to Walt Disney World Resort – he was part of the opening team of California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and managed the venue from 1995 to 2002. While there, he created an award-winning wine list and one of the first 100 wines by the glass lists in the country.

“I’m excited to return to Walt Disney World Resort, and Disney Springs is the perfect place to open a wine bar and share my passion with the world,” Miliotes said. “Having the opportunity to train and hire my own team while sharing my 40-plus years of knowledge is truly incredible, and I look forward to opening our doors in the coming year.”

As one of only 236 worldwide industry professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Miliotes will feature wines from famed growing regions both stateside and abroad at Wine Bar George. The location will offer an unparalleled wine list including more than 100 selections both by the bottle and the glass.

Additionally, Wine Bar George will include a food menu featuring small plates, family style items and cheese and charcuterie designed to complement the wine list. Offerings will feature local artisans and seasonally relevant items.

Guests can expect their experience to include wine education, which will be served up in an approachable and fun manner. Every part of the Wine Bar George experience, including special events and visits from renowned winemakers, will educate and enlighten guests about food and wine.

At Wine Bar George, guests will enjoy the trifecta of exceptional food, renowned wines and leave with as much wine knowledge as they wish.”

Miliotes’ unique by-the-glass lists encourage guests to make adventurous choices, selecting new wines, whether they are domestic or global, to pair with their courses. The result of his worldwide efforts are wine lists that are distinct to his restaurant’s culinary offerings, and widely reviewed as exceptional in every way.

When the 210-seat wine bar opens, it will join a growing and remarkable group of dining, shopping and entertainment offerings at Disney Springs. The design for the 6,000-square-foot space will be reminiscent of a winemaker’s home estate featuring oak wood, warm lighting and a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere.

Follow George on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Facebook , and visit WineBarGeorge.com for more information. 

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Lakehouse Bar and Grill

315 N Highland St,
Mt Dora, FL 32757
(352) 735-7433

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Lakehouse Bar and Grill was formerly known as Sidelines Sports Bar and Grill. Perhaps you may have went there in times past, and you have fond memories of the cheesy, bold colors and lots of sports team merchandise decorating the walls. 

Whether you were a fan of Sidelines or not, that place no longer exists and has been replaced with a very similar restaurant that has gotten a makeover from the folks at Bar Rescue. The ownership has remained the same, but aside of the name change, a few other things got a makeover and they have a renewed focus on quality food and great drinks.

For starters, the bold yellow, white and red colors of Sidelines were muted to a much warmer, more sophisticated colors to match the restaurant’s new name and brand: Lake House.


The excessive sports memorabilia has been replaced with fishing decor and photos. If you are a die hard sports fan, like myself, don't worry, they still have plenty of TV screens, and plan on having specials for the upcoming football season as well as various other sporting events.

The redesigned interior features warm, wood tones reflective of the residential feel Jon Taffer sought, according to Laura Rhoades, the show’s production designer. The bar is wrapped in shiny corrugated metal and topped with a warm wood counter. Above the bar hang three large televisions.

In case you missed the episode of Bar Rescue that aired on August 13th, here is a quick rundown of what happened:

Jon Taffer and crew went to Mount Dora, Florida to rescue Sidelines Bar & Grill. Sidelines Bar & Grill was a family run bar that is owned by Richard Marinacci. Richard and his aggressiveness is causing issues at the bar. During the Bar Rescue recon, the kitchen is dealing with cross contamination issues, and when Rich finds out about it, he goes back to the kitchen and chaos ensues, making for quite an entertaining episode of Bar Rescue!

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer changed the name of Sidelines Bar & Grill to Lake House Bar & Grill and the bar has kept the name. The reviews since the makeover are a mixed bag of positive and negative reviews.

Since the Bar Rescue makeover, there have been quite a lot of reviews, which means people are curious about how this establishment has fared since the makeover. The positive reviews seem to complement the bartenders while the negative reviews complain about service, and the overall quality of the makeover by Bar Rescue.

So here is Taste Of Orlando’s take on things. I stopped in for a visit in the beginning of August with three guests. My overall impression was a positive one. We all really enjoyed the food, and the bartender made us some serious drinks that are comparable to ones I've had at fine establishments that are in the $12.00 and up range for fine custom cocktails. Sure, there are a few things that still need fine tuning, but I think they are on the right track, given the location and the community that surrounds them.


Inside is very spacious with plenty of tables and seating, and a nice wrap around bar, but if the weather is permitting, they have a great outdoor patio with a wood deck and picnic tables to enjoy as well.

Our bartender Johnathan made some serious cocktails at the bar. We started our night off with a drink he calls the The Orange Blossom with Bombay Sapphire Gin, muddled orange, mint, orange bitters, simple syrup, and basil flower. This was very fresh and very Florida.

The fried mushrooms here are great bar food fare, and they actually use whole mushrooms, as opposed to the little caps most restaurants use. They are served with a horseradish dipping sauce and were pretty tasty.

You can't go wrong with potato skins fried nice and crispy and topped with lots of bacon at Lakehouse Bar and Grill.

Although this drink does not have an official name yet, We debated calling it the “Wet Cucumber” this was also a super refreshing drink with Bombay Sapphire Gin, mint, fresh cucumber, and very rare mini cucumbers in the bottom. This was another top notch cocktail from our bartender.

One of our guests ordered the Garlic Parmesan Wings. One of the things I like about the wings here, is that they are full size and not those little baby wings some people try to pass off. These had a great flavor and were crispy and tender all at once.

Burgers here, are a specialty. They have quite a few varieties, but the Lakehouse Burger was on point, as it should be, since it's the namesake burger. This was cooked perfectly to a medium temperature and topped with ham, bacon, sauteed onions, banana peppers, mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and thousand island dressing. I always love a burger that is cooked to perfection and is a little messy.

Garlic Hot wings were pretty delicious also. Fried up nice and still fell off the bone.

As part of the Bar Rescue makeover, they have some other items on the menu more than just burgers and wings. They have Fish & Chips, White Clam Pizza, Salads, Sandwiches, Clam Baskets, made to order pizzas and a few other items to satisfy even the most pickiest eaters in your party.

Lakehouse Bar and Grill is serving breakfast now too, all week long with Bloody Mary specials and Mimosas coming soon. Breakfast starts at 7:00 am and the restaurant is open until 11:00 pm every night, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday till 1:00am. With football season soon approaching, keep an eye out for specials from Thursday to Sunday, along with a Trivia night on Wednesdays.


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Ocean Prime


7339 Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 781-4880
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Ocean Prime is a modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell.

Voted “Best Bar” and one of the “Best Steakhouses in the City” by the Orlando Sentinel, Ocean Prime Orlando delivers an extraordinary experience to guests.

There are currently 14 locations from coast to coast, with the original location, Mitchell’s Ocean Club, in the company’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Stunning settings and a vibrant energy, an impressive menu of seafood and prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails, a Wine Spectator honored wine list and truly genuine hospitality make Ocean Prime Orlando an ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge.

Each Ocean Prime location is unique and inspired by the energy of the city where it’s located. Dramatically designed, the restaurants are social, fun, and glamorous. Every element has been carefully curated with attention to every detail.

Garnering more than 17 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, including eight years as an executive Chef, Jeremy Mattson joined the Cameron Mitchell team in 2003. He held a variety of positions before joining the Ocean Prime culinary team in July 2011.

With experience from line cook to executive chef, he has trained more than 25 sous chefs and won several honors including Ruth’s Chris Hospitality Group’s “Executive Chef of the Year,” and a nomination for Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ “Sous Chef of the Year.”

While they do specialize in incredible seafood and prime steaks, the restaurant's goal is to be much more than just a steakhouse or a seafood restaurant. Ocean Prime aims to be an extraordinary dining destination. The menu features classic dishes crafted with a modern sensibility and an appreciation for ingredients.

With lighter fare, like shellfish cobb salad and sushi, as well as more indulgent items like a smoking shellfish tower, juicy steaks and decadent desserts, there’s something for every occasion.

The Lounge at Ocean Prime Orlando balances raw materials with polished details to create a sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere. Take a seat in a comfy booth or at the sleek bar. Sip on a handcrafted cocktail or enjoy a glass of wine from the Wine Spectator honored wine list.

Snack on Sushi, featured appetizers from the Lounge Menu, or oysters from the raw bar, or just have a cocktail after work and enjoy the Truffle Popcorn.

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The Ahi Tuna Tartare is light and refreshing and is made with avocado, ginger ponzu and sesame seeds.

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National Oyster Day was August 5th, but you can enjoy these delicious buttermilk fried oysters any time at Ocean Prime served with a side of Dijon mustard, jalapeno corn tartar sauce & spicy pepper jelly.

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The wine list at Ocean Prime is pretty spectacular, they have something for everyone, and a nice sparkling Chandon is great with oysters.

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On Mondays, guests can enjoy half priced sushi during happy hour in the Lounge. 

Although, these are not on the regular menu, these delicious New Orleans char grilled oysters with a Tabasco butter & Parmesan cheese served with a French baguette can be yours, if you ask nicely.

You can start your weekend with a bang on Fridays from 5 to 7PM, as Ocean Prime offers $1 oysters, $10 sushi rolls, $10 glasses of Veuve Rosé & $10 featured cocktails shaken table side. End your weekend on a high note with a special Sunday menu featuring an 8 oz filet with your choice of “Surf” for $55 per person.

Dinner is not complete without dessert, and this 10 layer carrot cake is ridiculously awesome.

Ocean Prime’s passion is to offer exceptional service with truly genuine hospitality to each and every guest. VIP treatment is standard here, and they deliver more than just amazing food and drinks. They strive to create remarkable experiences for every guest that walks through the door.

Ocean Prime Orlando is open Monday to Thursday from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM and they close at 9:00 PM on Sunday.

The Lounge is open everyday from 5:00 PM to Close.

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