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Showing posts with label Churrasco. Show all posts

The Mojo Grill

4620 E Silver Springs Blvd.
Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 291-6656
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During the last few days of Summer this year, I had the opportunity to go camping in Ocala. Although we ate at camp most days, we did manage to sneak of to Mojo Grill and catering Company.

The first thing you will notice when you walk into the Mojo Grill is the Southern style hospitality and atmosphere. The inside is a vast collection of artwork and decor that include bright colored paintings featuring blues legends and various instruments one would see from New Orleans to Mississippi.

The sounds of the Blues are floating in the air and the vibe is very Bourbon Street. Even the various flat screen TV’s inside this establishment are showing legendary musical performances from some the best Blues legends. If you go to the East Ocala location, like we did, you will notice an entire band’s set of instruments hanging upside down from the ceiling...It’s pretty impressive. They also boast a state of the art sound system that allows live bands to plug into the house system so they can be heard in concert quality sound inside and out on the patio.

Local artist Deb Grant hand painted most of the decor and every table in the restaurant, as well as painting in a tower area that hoists a 37 guitar chandelier at 40 feet in the air. The focal point of the restaurant is the 30-seat indoor/outdoor bar that boasts Ocala’s coldest draft beer system. They offer 20 draft selections with local craft breweries from Gainesville, Ocala, and St. Petersburg showcasing their beers.

Mojo Grill features a menu that includes burgers, empanadas, a Cuban pork dinner, Cajun chicken pasta, shrimp and grits, and a large selection of tasty appetizers. Entrees range from $7.99 to $14.99. There are enough entree selections to satisfy the pickiest of eaters, and they even have a gluten free section to choose from.

In addition to craft beers, Mojo also has a good cocktail selection as well. The names range from Voodoo Child to Hellhound and are loaded with a variety of alcohols.

Pop's Cajun Boiled Peanuts were fun to eat at a restaurant. I love boiled peanuts, but usually grab some from a roadside stand. These were just as good.

The Fried Pickles were crispy dill chips tossed in cajun batter and served with a cajun ranch dipping sauce. They were a big hit at our table, but a tad salty.

Shrimp and Grits are on menus everywhere these days, but the Southern Style Shrimp and Grits with Applewood bacon, cheddar cheese grits and Cajun alfredo sauce was a very satisfying dish.

Rondo's Famous Cuban Pork Dinner was a hearty portion of tender and juicy marinated pork in rondo's secret mojo sauce.

The Cajun Dip is Mojo Grill’s take on a French Dip with Cajun rubbed roast beef,swiss cheese and au jus for dipping. A really good sandwich with a little extra zing to it.

My only disappointment at Mojo Grill was the Churrasco Steak. This is an 8 oz hand cut skirt steak grilled and topped with grilled onions. The steak is served with house made chimichurri, black beans and rice and sweet plantains. The steak was a little tough and had way too much excess fat.

The Rasta Pasta is a penne pasta dish with sauteed bell peppers tossed in jerk alfredo sauce then topped with jerk chicken. The heat of the spices and the creaminess of the sauce made for a unique and delicious flavor profile.

Mojo Grill is open Sunday thru Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with Friday and Saturday being open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. If you happen to find yourself out near any of their three locations stop by. It's worth it just for the atmosphere alone.

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Duffy's Sports Grill

951 Market Promenade Avenue
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 878-3604
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As a fan of certain South Florida sports teams, I have heard a great deal about Duffy's. Somehow, I ended up never going to a South Florida location, but my friends were always telling me to go to Duffy's. So, as you can imagine, I jumped at the chance to do a menu tasting for the newest Duffy's location in Lake Mary.

What is Duffy's you ask? Well..Duffy’s is a sports grill, that is based in Lake Worth, Florida and operates 26 full-service, casual-dining restaurants, all of which are located in Florida. Established in 1985, the Duffy's brand has become a regional market leader known for top quality casual dining with an emphasis on freshly prepared ingredients and grilled items. Duffy’s boasts a distinctly upscale sports environment complete with satellite programming, more than 75 TVs per location, and framed authentic sports memorabilia throughout each restaurant.

With a reasonably priced menu of tasty food, and all day 2 for 1 drink specials, I started to see what all the fuss was about. Duffy’s menu features freshly prepared ingredients and grilled items that has everything from Chinese chopped salads to Churrasco steak. Guests will enjoy signature favorites such as Duffy’s BBQ baby back ribs, half pound certified Angus beef burgers, grilled-to-order steaks, and a variety of salads and pastas.

A Pineapple Mojito and a Caribbean Breeze cooler were the perfect way to get the evening started.

The appetizer list at Duffy's is pretty impressive, but there is something for everyone. 
The Guacamole was pretty tasty and had a bit of spice. 

Wings come in a variety of flavors, like Asian sesame, sweet Buffalo, spicy orange ginger and firecracker to name a few. 

The Korean Beef Mini Tacos at Duffy's are legendary. Decently seasoned beef gets topped with a cilantro and onion relish and a spicy chili garlic sauce.

The large order of Sesame-Crusted Ahi Tuna is seasoned and coated with sesame seeds and seared in sesame oil, served with cucumber salad and Soba noodles with Asian dressing.

A newer item, the Roasted Artichoke & Goat Cheese Flatbread with balsamic, onions and roasted red peppers was pretty extraordinary, especially for a sports grill.

Don't worry, the Coconut Crusted Dolphin Fingers are really Mahi Mahi dolphin fish. These are deliciously hand-breaded in sweetened coconut and Panko bread crumbs and fried golden.

I'm a sucker for a good burger, so the Hangover Burger was my entree choice. With a sunny side up egg, pepper-crusted bacon, two slices of American cheese and a half pound burger, you will not be disappointed.

The Churrasco Steak is a certified Angus skirt steak with chimichurri, black beans, rice and plantains. Duffy's did an exceptional job bringing a Miami favorite to an upscale bar menu, as this was a very good version of Churrasco.

A Crunchy Fried Cheesecake is a great ending to any night, especially when it is served with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, Ghirardelli caramel sauce,whipped cream and a cherry.

Duffy’s arrival in Lake Mary is actually the second Central Florida location. The first one opened up last year at 4158 Conroy road, at the mall at  Millenia. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and offers a great combination of high quality food, affordable prices and great hospitality with great drink specials. Duffy's is big on providing a community atmosphere and really does a great job of it by offering something for everyone. 

Locals will want to join Duffy’s free MVP loyalty program to earn generous rewards and exclusive benefits. MVP Members begin earning points and rewards on their first visit and can take advantage of discounts such as the Afternoon Break, which gives between 20 and 50 percent off of food purchased on weekdays between 2 and 4 pm. MVP's earn one point for each $1 spent and when they accumulate 100 points, a $10 credit for food and beverages is automatically loaded on their MVP card. They can even earn points faster on Tuesday when members earn Double Points. Everyone who joins can look forward to free offers and gifts sent via email.

Duffy's has re-imagined and elevated the sports grill dining experience. All of the food we sampled was delicious and the drinks were made properly. As far as sports grills go, Duffy's is pretty hard to top. 

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