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Claddagh Cottage


2421 Curry Ford Rd.
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 895-1555
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The Claddagh Cottage is a cozy, neighborhood pub that has been around for over 20 years, known for its proper pints of Guinness, delicious home-style food, and authentic Irish atmosphere. 

I never managed to make it to the original location, that was bulldozed not too long ago to make room for a Walgreens, It was always on my list of places to visit. Owners Scott & Vicki purchased the pub in 2016 and re opened at this location in 2018 after they were forced to relocate, and I am very happy that I did not wait too long this time, because this is truly a unique and special establishment in Orlando.

Scott & Vicki have endeavored to recreate every detail of the pub in which they met, and this new location is a fabulous update of the original location. They were able to keep some of the wood and incorporate it back into the new location in parts of the main bar, wood posts and they even kept the original front door for the new door to the kitchen.

Claddagh is a term that originated in the Galway fishing village of Claddagh (KLAD-uh) in the 17th century, the Claddagh ring is an Irish tradition worn to symbolize love, loyalty, and friendship. Today the symbol is found on everything from jewelry to monuments with the heart representing love, the crown meaning loyalty, and the hands symbolizing friendship. The ring's motif is, "let love and friendship reign," which is the motto for Claddagh Cottage.

The menu here isn’t very big, and that’s a great thing, as it keeps with the small pub vibe. Cottage Pies are the thing here which come in a few varieties like the basic Cottage Pie with​ a savory combination of lean minced beef, carrots, peas, and onions cooked in a traditional brown gravy topped with fluffy mashed potatoes. They have a Steak & Mushroom Pie, Steak & Ale Pie, Chicken, Leek & Mushroom pie among others also.

Appetizers are very simple and classic with Scotch Eggs, Chips and Chutney, Sausage Rolls, and a few soups to choose from. They have three different sandwiches and a variety of side dishes to choose from and that is the menu in its entirety.

Claddagh Cottage does offer many other beers and wine as well, but a Guiness is a must for a place that prides itself on Proper Pours and Imperial Pints.

We really enjoyed the Chips & Chutney appetizer with a chutney made of sweet onions, tomatoes and spices. If they would make the chips from scratch, this could be an elite pub appetizer, It was still very good, but house made chips would have made it better.

The Classic Scotch Egg never disappoints with hard boiled eggs wrapped in house made Irish style seasoned sausage and baked in a crispy breading, this is a highly recommended way to start your evening at the Cottage.

The original Cottage Pie is made with a savory combination of lean minced beef, carrots, peas and onions and cooked in a traditional brown gravy and topped with fluffy mashed potatoes that are lightly browned. The flavors are so wonderful in this dish, and it even has a bit of spice. Very hearty and delightful.

The Dubliner at Claddagh Cottage is a hefty sandwich with slow roasted beef, caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese served on French bread with mayo that is pretty damn delicious. Other sandwiches offered include a BLT and a simple Grilled Cheese.

The Bar here, and the entire feel of this restaurant and pub is about as authentic as gets in Orlando. I honestly felt after spending a few hours here and downing some food and pints, that I was about to walk outside to somewhere in Ireland. All the wood tables and chairs, the bar, the music, and even the restrooms here are very well done to keep an authentic Irish pub feeling.

Vicki and Scott met at the original Claddagh location playing music together at the traditional Irish music session, which they have now hosted for over fifteen years. Scott & Vicki have run the bi-weekly traditional Irish music session at the Claddagh since 2001. The EOWS (Every other Wednesday Session) is the same as you would find in any pub in Ireland, drawing both amateur and professional musicians from Orlando and beyond.

Claddagh Cottage is The perfect place to raise a pint with friends.

They are open Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 12 midnight, and the kitchen goes from 4pm-10pm. On Friday they are open from 4pm to 2am, with the kitchen closing at 10pm, and Saturday from 5pm to 2am with the kitchen closing at 10pm.
Claddagh Cottage is closed on Sunday.

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Cinco Tacos + Tequila coming to Winter Park


140 N Orlando Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
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From bold flavors, varied textures and delicious aromas from the scratch kitchen to colorful décor and the sound of diners laughing together, Cinco Tacos + Tequila is bringing a total sensory experience to the Winter Park restaurant scene.

The new eatery will soon open at the former site of Carmel Kitchen, 140 N. Orlando Ave. Cinco will offer a Cali Mex concept, taking the flavors of favorite Mexican dishes and adding an artistic twist.

Signature dishes at Cinco include: Tableside Guacamole, Adobo Fried Chicken, Pizza Stand Nachos, Fajita Chimichanga Samosas, made-to-order desserts and an impressive assortment of street tacos.

Of course, complimentary chips and salsa will begin every meal. But the new concept won’t just be focused on excellent dining. The restaurant will also have a fun, upbeat vibe with plenty of signature drinks to set the mood. The bar will offer mixologist-inspired takes on the classic margarita while still boasting an impressive list of more traditional cocktails.

Cinco has several specials planned throughout the week, including Taco Tuesday and brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. Brunch will offer diners a selection of small plates, as well as tableside mimosas and bloody marys.

“We’re bringing something new to Winter Park,” said restauranteur Greg Pranzo. “Our take on this food is something people won’t have tried before, and with our focus on service, presentation, and of course, a fun atmosphere, we’re confident Cinco will soon become a go-to for diners.”

Cinco Tacos + Tequila is slated to open in July.

The restaurant is currently hiring for all positions, including servers, hosts, bartenders and kitchen positions. Cinco anticipates bringing on a staff of 100. To apply, please visit the location at 140 N. Orlando Ave for interviews.


More information will soon be available at cincotacosandtequila.com.
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Bolay is coming to Orlando

12711 Narcoossee Rd.
Suite 120
Orlando, FL 32832
(Coming Soon)
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The latest nutrient-rich restaurant concept to make a splash in the fast casual dining scene, is expanding to Central Florida and bringing their delicious foods and job opportunities to Lake Nona, Winter Park, and UCF.

Created by Chris Gannon and his father Tim Gannon, co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, Bolay with its "so fresh, so bold" motto invites food lovers of all ages to build and customize their own nutrient rich bols packed with superfoods and savory proteins. 

Bolay is thrilled to be expanding into the hospitality heart of the state with the opening of new locations in Lake Nona in early September, Winter Park in February of 2019, and UCF in Q2 2019.

“We absolutely knew we wanted to be in central Florida near Orlando,” says Bolay CEO, Chris Gannon. “Opening several stores in this area is an awesome challenge because of all the great places to visit and eat, but that’s the Bolay Way. We love a great challenge, set our standards higher each time and this expansion is an expression of that. We know we’re going to love being in the area.”

Angela Gutierrez will be Operating Partner for the Lake Nona store located at 12711 Narcoossee Road, Suite 120. She feels that this is the perfect next move for the booming brand. “The demographic here in central Florida aligns perfectly with our brand - active, young-minded and health conscious. Bolay is a brand that really believes in building community and we know it’s going to fit right in to Lake Nona,” says Gutierrez.

Bolay offers a gluten-free, build-your-own-bowl menu along with delicious cold-pressed juices. Superfoods like kale, quinoa, and spinach are staples, as are top-quality protein options, including Steak Au Jus and Ahi tuna. The brand collaborates with some of the best chefs in the country to bring nutrient rich bold flavors to life.


“Our food is full of flavor and energy, much like this area. We bring big energy and big ideas to everything we do and that lines up perfectly with the personality of the Orlando area,” adds Gannon. “Bolay is a wonderful alternative to a lot of the staples around here and we’re looking forward to making the lives of both residents and visitors that much healthier and bolder thanks to Bolay,”

With this bold expansion, Bolay is actively looking for Operating Partners to join the movement and run future stores. “The Bolay Way” is a way of life fueled by incredible food and a vibrant culture, and Bolay is looking for high energy and committed talent to join the team. To apply, please visit TeamBolay.com.


Bolay will be open seven days a week – 11am-9:30pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-9pm on Sundays - and will reveal grand opening plans as the date approaches. For more info, please visit www.bolay.com and follow the bold journey on social media.


Bolay takes a fast casual approach to fresh, bold and flavorful food that invigorates the palate. The restaurant invites diners to build bowls for lunch and dinner, packed with nutrient rich superfoods and tasty proteins. With ingredients that uniquely customize bold, innovative flavors, including gluten free selections, Bolay innovates the build your own bowl experience.


To learn more about Bolay, please visit www.eatbolay.com, ‘Like’ Bolay on Facebook, or follow @EatBolay on Instagram and Twitter.
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Citrus Club


255 S Orange Ave
Suite 1800
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 843-1080
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Located on the 18th floor of the Citrus Center in downtown Orlando, Citrus Club is illuminated by breathtaking views of the city’s sprawling legal and business district. 

Every area within the Club, including the cocktail lounge, formal dining room, casual dining space and six private rooms, offers an absolutely stunning view.

Among the lavish, elegant and sophisticated atmosphere, the experienced, dedicated staff is devoted to providing excellent cuisine, superior, personalized service and exceptional attention to detail in every facet of what they have to offer at the Citrus Club.

Beyond the luxurious amenities, it is the intangible qualities that distinguish Citrus Club as a foremost Orlando social club – a sense of belonging and the opportunities to foster long lasting friendships and build beneficial professional relationships. These are all attributes that make Citrus Club a welcoming haven from the busy pace of everyday life

Citrus Club offers world class fine dining, impeccably complemented by stunning views of the magnificent Orlando skyline and Lake Eola. Guests can enjoy an exquisite meal prepared by a renowned culinary team that includes head Chef Reiner Drygala in the main formal dining room, or in one of many private dining rooms that are perfect for private dinner parties and other special occasions.

The Hubbard Dining Room offers fine dining in Orlando at its absolute best and features a picturesque view of Orlando’s beautiful downtown skyline. The Hubbard Dining Room is also available for à la carte lunch service from 11am to 2pm Monday to Friday. In addition, on Mondays they have a member buffet featuring a chef attended salad, soup and sandwich bar and on Fridays, they have a Seafood Tapas Buffet.

Recently, We got to try out some new seasonal menu items as well as some classics served up by Chef Reiner Drygala at Citrus Club. Everything was phenomenal and we had a wonderful time, so here are some highlights of the evening.

Baked Chevre with Red Wine Balsamic, Marinara, Fresh Pesto and Crostini was simply delicious.

The Ahi Tuna Tartar with Avocado, Red Onion, Cilantro, Picked Ginger Seaweed Salad, Yuzu Emulsion and finished with Sweet Soy and a Wonton Crisp was refreshing and tasty.

This was a very interesting Avocado Crab Salad made with an Avocado stuffed with Lump Crab Salad and served on Balsamic Field Greens.

Pan Seared Scallops were served with Red Pepper and Spinach, Parsnip Potato Puree and an Orange and Carrot Butter Sauce that made this dish extraordinary.

The Bone in Chicken Breast was served with Spinach and Mushrooms tossed with hand made Sweet Potato Gnocchi and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto. Chef Reiner gets the Gnocchi delivered to him from DeRomo’s gourmet market and restaurant in Bonita Springs.

I’m not a huge fan of cooked Salmon, but this Chipotle Bourbon Glazed Salmon with a Prima Donna Gouda Grit Cake and sauteed Swiss Chard was ridiculously delicious. Such great flavor all over, and of course, I love grit cakes anywhere I can get them, and a Gouda grit cake sent this dish over the top.

The Asian Noodle Tofu Bowl with stir fried vegetables, rice vermicelli, tofu, lemon ginger broth bean sprouts and basil was also very flavorful and refreshing.

The star of the show was the Rosemary Crusted Lamb Rack with Truffle Potato Foam, Asparagus and a Red Wine Demi Glace. The red wine demi glace helped to bring the dish together and mute any gamey flavors of the lamb.

Citrus Club has their very own in house pastry chef, and that is a job chef Reiner is happy to give up. The dessert portion of the evening did not disappoint. Up first was the Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Mousse, Salted Dulce de Leche ganache center, Rich Chocolate Cake and Caramelized Coca Cola Nib Toffee and it was amazing.

The Bailey's White Chocolate Cheesecake with a Chocolate Salted Cookie Crust topped with Mascarpone Mousse was our second dessert for the evening and it was rich, fabulous, and delicious.

Reservations are preferred in the Hubbard Dining Room, or Members can enjoy the privilege of walk-in capability on a first-come, first-serve basis. When it comes to fine restaurants in Orlando, it simply gets no better than Citrus Club.

If you are In the mood to relax and enjoy a casual meal and a good drink, the warm and inviting Club Lounge is a cocktail lounge that gives every generation of Citrus Club Members a comfortable, more informal environment to unwind and enjoy good company, complete with a welcoming bar and big-screen digital television tucked in the corner.

In the Club Lounge, Members can enjoy an all day dining menu from the bar, as well as fresh, complimentary coffee and tea. In addition, Members can also partake in a delicious Continental and American style breakfast buffet.

Whether you need a relaxing getaway or a high tech conference center and a business friendly environment, Citrus Club has you covered. 

They are open on Monday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm,Tuesday to Thursday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, Friday from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, and Saturday the club is open from 5:30 pm until 11:00 pm. Citrus Club is closed on Sunday.

Go to http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Citrus-Club/Membership to find out more about becoming a memeber.



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New “Smokehouse Summer” Specials at 4 Rivers Smokehouse


11764 University Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32817
(844) 474-8377

(All Locations)
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After Chef John Rivers returned from his most recent trip to Mexico, he came back really inspired by some great dishes while he was there. 

Naturally he wanted to share what he had found, so 4 Rivers Restaurant Group will debut four new limited time only “Smokehouse Summer” dishes at its locations in Florida and Georgia (excluding downtown Orlando).

Available from June 4th to August 4th, the Smokehouse Barbacoa Bowls will be offered in four varieties – Brisket Barbacoa, Nana’s Pork Sofrito, Chicken Tinga and Black Bean & Cilantro Rice.

“We’re excited to celebrate one of our favorite times of the year at 4 Rivers with the delicious new Smokehouse Summer offerings and family fun happenings,” said John Rivers, 4 Rivers Founder/CEO. “The Barbacoa Bowls serve our signature smoked meats in an all new flavor combination that will introduce guests to a side of 4 Rivers they may have never experienced.”

4 Rivers Sweet Shop will also offer two limited time only summer specials. In June the featured dessert will be a Mountain Dew and Doritos Cupcake and in July a Coca-Cola and Potato Chip Cupcake.


I was fortunate enough to visit the 4Rivers Test Kitchen and not only get to hang with John Rivers, but also get a first bite of the new Smokehouse Summer Specials.


This is the Chicken Tinga Bow. The chicken is shredded and prepared in a tomato chipotle sauce, then it is served with rice and black beans, salsa verde, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, queso fresco and cilantro topped with a sliced jalapeno. A This bowl had great flavor with a good spice.

Next up was Nana's Pork Sofrito Barbacoa Bowl. All Barbacoa Bowls will have base ingredients like black beans and rice, Pico de gallo, Cilantro, sour cream, and queso fresco, but you can add or subtract any ingredients you wish.


Here is the Brisket Barbacoa Bowl made with 4Rivers famous beef brisket, that is served with rice and black beans, salsa verde, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, queso fresco and cilantro topped with a sliced jalapeno.


While visiting your local Smokehouse, 4 Rivers guests can show their summer spirit by taking pictures at the Smokehouse Summer photo booth with their friends, family and food. Guests are encouraged to share their photos with #4RSmokehouseSummer on social media for chances to win prizes.

All prize packages include a beach towel, beach tote, 4R koozie, magnet and pen. Weekly rotating prizes include 4R spice rubs and BBQ sauces, 4R insulated water bottle and an autographed copy of John Rivers’ The Southern Cowboy Cookbook.

As a thank you to teachers on break, 4 Rivers is extending a 10 percent discount to all teachers with valid ID this summer. Additionally, each Smokehouse will host a backpack drive benefiting selected local Title 1 elementary schools. The drive will take place during a two-week period prior to the start of the school year – dates to be announced. For every backpack filled with school supplies that is donated, the donor will receive a free sandwich at that Smokehouse.

On Friday, June 15 and Saturday June, 16 each Smokehouse will offer family friendly Father’s Day activities including cookie decorating kits for kids and special gifts to buy dad such as Pitmaster Kits and 4R merchandise. Beginning June 1 each Smokehouse will offer complimentary “A Date with Dad” invitations for children to color and give to their fathers.

For the first time ever, this 4th of July 2018, 4 Rivers Smokehouses and Catering will be open this year on the holiday from 11:00am to 5:00pm.


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