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Dining Around at Omni Orlando Championsgate


1500 Masters Boulevard, 
Champions Gate
Florida 33896

(407) 390-6664
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Whether you are looking for a family-friendly getaway or the ultimate golf vacation, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is the perfect destination for your luxury Florida escape.

Surrounded by 36 holes of championship golf and 15 acres of recreation, the Four Diamond resort is one of the nation's premier golf, meeting and leisure destinations. 

The resort also has some amazing dining options, that are not to be overlooked. I have always said, some of the best restaurants in Orlando are often found in hotels and resorts, but unfortunately, they are not always recognized.

The property recently renovated David’s Club, a spirited gathering place to enjoy a cocktail before dinner. Known for their bourbons, crafts and cuts, David’s Club is the place to enjoy a spectacular steak and innovative cuisine in an upscale sports bar that features a 90-inch video wall, and spectacular resort views.

At ZEN, diners can enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine, sake and a sushi bar. Asian-themed privacy screens create separate dining areas for intimate meals and gatherings. A private dining room is available upon request.

Trevi’s will delight your senses with the aroma of fresh bread and Italian dishes with hand made pasta. Trevi’s serves delicious meals throughout the day starting with the Art of Breakfast Buffet. Family-style options are available during dinner. You can enjoy indoor dining in the cozy restaurant or the ambient atmosphere of dining outdoors in Trevi's Terrazza.

A selection of Sushi and Sashimi at ZEN.

This was an excellent take on Asian Fusion served up at ZEN, with a traditional French Duck Confit served up in an Asian Bao seasoned with Asian 5 Spice and Pickled Vegetables.

This was a very refreshing cocktail with Hendricks Gin, Cucumbers and fresh fruits. Anywhere at this resort, fabulous cocktails can be found, as well as an extensive wine list.

A most excellent antipasto dish at Trevi's with Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, Micro Greens and Prosciutto.

I was sold at the words... “Sous-Vide Lobster”, but pairing that with an amazing hand made pasta, available at Trevi's was masterful and delicious.

At David’s Club we were treated to slices of a Tomahawk Ribeye, all beef here is 30 day wet-aged Creekstone Farms Angus beef.


Finally we ended our evening with this delicious, light flavorful mascarpone cheesecake.

All 720 guest rooms and suites of the main resort will be renovated during summer of 2020. Updates will include all furnishings, fixtures, carpets, paint, bathroom wall covering, vanity, mirrors, artwork, draperies, and linens.

In addition to world-class golf, the resort offers a signature spa and sparkling pools, making it the perfect getaway for adults and children alike. With easy access to area attractions like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, you can enjoy all that Orlando has to offer and then retire to a secluded retreat.

Keep an eye out here, as we will be revisiting this wonderful resort and checking out the renovated guest rooms in the not too distant future.

David's Club Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Dexter's Lake Mary


Colonial Town Park
1145 Townpark Ave.
Suite 1201
Lake Mary, FL 32746
407-805-3090
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Founded by Dexter Richardson and John Hoffmeister, Dexter's is a local and established contemporary restaurant where you can enjoy great food and live entertainment.

The executive chef of the Lake Mary location, Rich Kutza, has mastered creating and preparing dishes that are not only fresh, but locally sourced. Guests can enjoy the wine from the unique, extensive collection by the glass or bottle or choose one of the crafted cocktails from the full bar. Dexter's is known for excellent food and service including an award winning Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas.

From a simple build-your-own sandwich to a carefully prepared entree, everything is made fresh. Choose from the main menu or from the daily cafe menu that features seasonal ingredients. The cafe menu and wine lists change so often that you'll always find something new and different to enjoy.

Originally there was four separate Dexter’s locations, all headed up by the same group, but they have in fact been sold and split up between as many as three buyers.

Scott Joseph, the acclaimed original Orlando food critic was first with the information, stating that “Greg Peters, the founder of Graffiti Junktion will take over the Thornton Park and Winter Park Locations”.

“Jeff Hofmeister who was an original partner with Dexter Richardson and Adrian Mann in all four locations has sold the Lake Mary location to Hospitality Investment Partners, and ownership of the Windermere location has gone to Tom and Holly Ziupsnys, who also own a restaurant called Dulcetto in Championsgate”.


We started with an Appetizer of Fried Calamari, which ended up being very disappointing, because the calamari itself was very tender and not chewy at all, but it lacked breading and seasoning, and it was a shame really.


The cocktails we had were very good, on the left is a traditional Old Fashioned made with With My Crew Blended Scotch Whiskey, and a Holland Mule made with Nolets Gin...but a Mule not in a Mule Copper Cup is no Bueno!

We did enjoy the Dex-Mex Chicken Egg Rolls that feature Blackened chicken, fire-roasted corn salsa, black beans, sweet onions, peppers and pepper jack cheese all rolled in a crispy Won-ton and served with an avocado ranch dipping sauce.


Kutza's Dockside Catch with Blackened Mahi, Key West tartar, lettuce, tomato, and onion ring on a butter toasted Brioche bun, served with Kickin’ Old Bay Chips was really good, but this would have been much better served as a dish and not a sandwich. The bun got very soggy in only a few minutes and crumbled. The Mahi Mahi was delicious but needed to stand on its own and not be on a sandwich bun.


Did someone say Truffle Fries? The housemaid truffle fries at Dexter’s are tossed in a Parmesan scallion coating and were crispy and delicious.

The Spicy Shrimp Provencal is made with pan seared shrimp seasoned with curry, fresh garlic and sweet chili, tossed with Capellini Pasta, tomato chunks and green onions. This can be ordered mild, medium or hot. Of course we got HOT, with a side of extra red pepper and it was pretty darn good.

The Bar at Dexter’s Lake Mary is where all the action is at. This place was packed the whole time we were there, and it was a pretty happening place.

Overall, the food here is hit or miss here, some things can be really good, others, not so much, but they have an avid bar scene that seems to attract all the locals. I remember the famous tortilla pie that put Dexter’s on the map, but it was absent on our menu. 

Dexter’s is open on Monday to Wednesday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Thursday to Saturday they are open from 11:00 am to 1:30 am, and Sunday they open at 10:30 am for brunch and close at 10:00 pm.

Dexter's Lake Mary Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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City Pub

861 N Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 652-0600
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Say goodbye to the former North Quarter Tavern and hello to City Pub.

Craig Ustler, the well known developer, who is heavily involved in the Downtown Orlando Creative Village, amongst many other things, decided in late 2017 that it was time to relinquish North Quarter Tavern.

He decided to start an operating partnership with Church Street Entertainment, a name that should be synonymous with most Orlando locals, as they already own such popular downtown spots like Ember, Latitudes, Cahoots, Chillers, Irish Shannon’s, 180 Skytop Lounge and Crafted.

For over 27 years, Church Street Entertainment and its principals have locally owned and operated bars and restaurants in downtown Orlando, and they have now brought their passion and expertise to the North Quarter District.

From owners to bartenders, old timers to newcomers, the City PUB team takes pride in living and working in the neighborhood and helping the local community thrive.

Located in the heart of the North Quarter District in Downtown Orlando, the interior of City Pub features high top and dining room seating with multiple TV's so you never miss your favorite game with artwork that displays the history of Orlando dotted along the walls.

The menu features classic and remastered pub favorites that is handcrafted and chef driven. Executive Chef, Adam Dierks takes the lead in the kitchen and offers a distinctive menu that includes bar snacks, appetizers, savory salads, shareable dishes, classic pub favorites and heartier entrees.

Next door to City Pub is the sister space… Bitters and Bottles. This is a sophisticated yet comfortable night spot in Downtown Orlando, that is the only spot in the North Quarter District serving craft cocktails and a curated wine list alongside the chef driven bar snacks.

City Pub has a comfortable bar with seating around all sides that serves local craft beers and a variety of handcrafted cocktails.

We started our evening with Dirty Chips that feature yuca chips, sweet potato chips, dried parsnips and beets with an amazing garlic cream dipping sauce. 

The Hummus was as fresh and tasty as it gets with chickpea hummus, English cucumber, carrots, pickled beets, grilled artichoke hearts and grilled pita bread.

For a sampling of cocktails from the bar at City Pub, we ordered the House Margarita with Patron and sweet agave nectar on the left and an old fashioned with Bulleit bourbon on the right.

We really enjoyed the Grilled Salmon entree with Zellwood corn risotto, grilled asparagus and a lemon beurre blanc sauce. The salmon was flaky and cooked perfectly and when combined with a bite of the risotto it was magical.

I think this may only be a Friday night special at City Pub, but you absolutely have to have the slow braised Lamb Shank ...this literally fell of the bone and was so flavorful and absolutely delicious, served with roasted potatoes and grilled Brussels sprouts.

After our meal and a few cocktails at City Pub, we walked across the hall and entered Bitters and Bottles. This is a pretty upscale handcrafted cocktail lounge with amazing drinks, great ambiance and a chill vibe. The artwork here is more of the same from inside City Pub with murals and paintings of Orlando. We were really impressed with the set up here.

Once inside we ordered a Lavender Mint Collins and a Whiskey Sour with Jim Beam Double Oak, and both were exceptional.


City Pub also offers one hell of a Sunday brunch deal. For $29.99 you get unlimited mimosas, interactive action stations that make red velvet waffles, carving stations with smoked salmon and other meats, a variety of fruits and vegetables, custom made eggs and pasta dishes from the kitchen.

We really liked City Pub and Bottles and Bitters, and think it is not only a great replacement for North Quarter Tavern, but a great addition to North Downtown Orlando.

City Pub is open from 11:30 am to 2:00 am Monday to Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 12:30 am.

Bitters and Bottles is open from 4:00 pm to 2:00 am Monday to Saturday, and they close at 12:30 am on Sunday.
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Park Pizza & Brewing Co.


6941 Lake Nona Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32827
(407) 955-4472
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Park Pizza & Brewing Co. is Lake Nona’s newest home away from home, a welcoming retreat for the entire community where they serve up wood fired pizza and house brewed beer.

This is Tavistock Restaurant Collection’s fourth Central Florida restaurant concept that includes the recently opened Boxi Park, Chroma and Canvas, all of which are great concepts with great food. Tavistock knows a thing or two about creating atmosphere and good food that fits with the community.

Located in Lake Nona Town Center, Park Pizza & Brewing Company is a 5,055-square-foot, community focused gathering place featuring an onsite brewery and indoor/outdoor seating appropriate for families, friends and coworkers.

Fired in 900 degree wood burning ovens, the artisanal pizzas are topped with traditional toppings like pepperoni and buffalo mozzarella, as well as elevated gourmet toppings.

Menu Items here go as follows...Pre-Pizza, Not Pizza, Pizza, Your Pizza and Post Pizza, as well as a selection of Beer and Not Beer, and Also Not Beer for cocktail and regular beverage selections.

Head Brewer Marco Reyna, has taken care of the brewing duties, and they have some damn fine beers available here. Everything we sampled was fresh, crisp and refreshing, even the heavier IPA’s and stouts that were 10.5 abv.


We started off with a 4 Beer Flight ...from left to right we have the Standard Lager 4.5% abv, Belgian Wit 4.5% abv, Czech Pils 5.5% abv and Belgian Pale Ale 5.5% abv.

From the "Pre Pizza" menu is this wonderfully delicious and amazing Giant Soft Pretzel with Jalapeno Hefeweizen Beer Cheese...which is so perfect with a flight of beer.

Also on the "Pre Pizza" menu is the Burrata and Blistered Veggies with green peppers, artichokes, tomatoes, zucchini and mushrooms lightly cooked in olive oil and served with creamy Burrata Cheese...and it all pairs perfectly together.

Another 4 Beer Flight we tried...from left to right ... Russian Stout 10.5% abv, IPA 6.8% abv, Brown Ale 7% abv and Hibiscus Gos 4% abv. All were crisp and refreshing and surprisingly smooth for the abv content.

On the "Not Pizza" menu is a Di Capri Salad with Bocconcini Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, Red Onions, Olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar.

The first pizza we tried at Park Pizza was the Red White and Bleu Pizza that features Garlic Cream Gorgonzola, Bacon, Granny Smith Apples and Red Onions for a very unique flavor combination. 

Since we couldn't settle on just one more pizza, we went with a half and half with the Pepperoni Picante on the left with San Marzano tomato sauce, Grande Mozzarella, pepperoni, banana peppers and Chili Flakes... on the right is the Awesome Saus! with housemade sausage, elephant garlic, baby portobellos, red peppers and red onions and we enjoyed each half equally. All of our pizza selections here were terrific. 

In addition to all the fine Craft Beer at Park Pizza, they have a few Sangrias, Wines and Cocktails available as well...like the Green Apple with Sauvignon blanc and Jim Beam apple bourbon, ruby red grapefruit, sparkling water and fresh apples...and the Kickin Mule on the right, a traditional mule made with Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey.

The Cannolis were quite delicious with just the right amount of sweet to finish our evening.

Within the dining room, at the bar, or on the patio, you’ll find a place to grab a bite and a pint, watch the game, hang with your kids, and catch up with friends. Come as you are, comfort is key.

Complimentary parking is available in the five-story central parking structure featuring Lake Nona’s interactive landmarks, The Beacon and Code Wall.

Park Pizza and Brewing Co. is open from 11:00 am to 12:00 am, and on Friday and Saturday they are open until 2:00 am.


Park Pizza and Brewing Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Castaway's Sports Bar and Grill


504 N Alafaya Trail
Suite 102
Orlando, FL 32828
(407) 377-5895
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Taking over the old Buffalo Wild Wings Location on Alafaya Trail in 2017, is Castaway’s Sports bar & Grill, A beach themed sports bar and grill with an outstanding food and liquor menu.

They are not a corporate chain like the former tenants, as they are locally owned and operated. The owner, Andrew grew up loving the beaches in Jupiter, and like many of their staff members came to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida. He also had a dream of owning a Bar and Grill.

Castaway’s is a beach themed sports bar and grill with 37 HD 65" flat screen TV's, 6 HD 110" projection screens with 20 plus specialty drinks and signature cast iron cooked seafood and build your own burgers.

The menu here has plenty of options with a variety of seafood appetizers, onion rings, tots, wings, burgers, sandwiches, tacos and daily specials with a pretty decent cocktail menu.

Much of the overall design from the BW's days is still in tact, but with an Island Vibe and a more focused menu that includes way more than just wings. In addition to keeping the TV’s they added some pool tables and a saltwater aquarium at the bar.


The Island Smoked Fish Dip with wild caught Mahi hot smoked, jalapenos and club crackers was really good.

Mango Pineapple Mojito on the left with Captain Morgan Coconut Rum, and a Florida Mule on the right with Deep Eddy Orange Vodka. We also had a Category 5 Hurricane here that pretty much knocked me on my ass. All Cocktails were strong and delicious.

For $6.00 on the late night menu at Castaway’s, you can get these volcano strips with a variety of sauces and some really good tots....this is a great option if you plan on drinking more and eating less, as its plenty for 1 person.

Wilson's Beer and Cheese Bacon Dog is a half pound dog served on a sub roll covered in beer Cheese and Bacon. We got the Onion Rings for an up charge at an additional $1.29 as our side.

The Philly Cheesesteak here is made with hand shaved Angus beef Ribeye, loaded with caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, sweet peppers and jalapenos drizzled with beer cheese and topped with provolone. A bit different than a traditional Philly, but good nonetheless, and the sweet potato waffle fries were excellent.

The Bar at Castaway’s has plenty of alcohol to make the cocktail magic happen, and plenty of TV’s so you never miss a moment.

Pool Tables are an addition to the original Buffalo Wild Wings spot that Castaway’s took over, and I think they are a good addition.

Castaway’s is open from 11:00 am to 2:00 am everyday of the week, and they have daily specials like $12.99 all you can eat wings on Wednesday and a daily happy hour and late night menu with reduced prices on select items.

We will definitely return here and try some wings and other menu items and look forward to their continued success.


Castaway’s Sports Bar and Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Get Poppin’ at Drive Shack’s Boozy Brunch

7285 Corner Drive
Orlando, FL 32827
(407) 553-8820
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Drive Shack, Orlando’s new premier golf-entertainment destination is transforming its scenic rooftop terrace into a poppin’ party during November’s FREE Boozy Brunch on Sunday, Nov. 18. 

This Thanksgiving-themed event will have seasonal drinks, a live DJ, fun games like Shake Your Tail Feather and tons of prizes!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Drive Shack is inviting guests to celebrate the holiday during its FREE monthly brunch event. Guests can get into the holiday spirit by sipping on Drive Shack’s seasonally inspired drink – Captain Morgan Pumpkin Spice Sloshie – while dancing to tunes spun by a live DJ. And don’t miss the bottomless mimosas for just $15!

Adding to the festivities, you can challenge your friends to games like Giant Jenga and Corn Hole. Be sure to save your energy for Shake Your Tail Feather – a fun holiday game where participants have a box of feathers tied to their waist and must shake their “tail” until all their feathers are gone.

The first person to get rid of all their feathers will win a Thanksgiving turkey! And since everyone’s a winner at Drive Shack, plenty of other prizes will be given away beginning at 2 p.m., including free BayPlay, Drive Shack swag and a free Group Social Event, which includes two hours of BayPlay in two premium golf bays, a food and beverage credit, free general membership cards and more.

To learn more about Boozy Brunch, visit driveshack.com.

Located at 7285 Corner Drive (exit Lake Nona Blvd. off FL-417) in Lake Nona’s vibrant Sports and Performance District, Drive Shack Orlando is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.

About Drive Shack:

The flagship Orlando location is a three-story, indoor/outdoor all-weather golf-entertainment complex where scratch golfers and hackers alike create memorable experiences every time they visit. Check out your swing, track your scores, compete with other bays or simply PLAY ON using Drive Shack’s interactive games.

Dine in the contemporary bar and grill or take advantage of the full-service food and drinks available in each bay. Then, enjoy non-stop fun in the Free Play Game Lounge, featuring classic games like shuffleboard, Skee-ball and Pac-Man. The venue also offers private event space that can accommodate groups from 10 to 1,000 guests. For more information, visit driveshack.com.

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Tony Roma's introduces Spice so Nice Menu


8560 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 248-0094
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Tony Roma’s is a full service, casual dining family restaurant where you can find premier BBQ ribs and steaks in locations across the world. With over 150 family restaurant locations on six continents, Tony Roma’s is one of the most globally recognizable names in the industry.

Since its beginning nearly 40 years ago, Tony Roma’s has been focused on serving its signature Baby Back Ribs. The company has won numerous awards across the country for the “Best Ribs” and also has won nationally acclaimed industry recognition as “The Best Ribs in America.”

Now the restaurant is offering a limited time menu that features boldly spiced dishes. The Spice so Nice menu has bright flavors from Chimichurri Salmon, spicy bursts of heat from Jalapeño Buffalo Shrimp, a savory kick from Black Pepper Ribs & Horseradish Butter Filet Medallions, and a comforting touch of cinnamon in a Spiced Cider Romatini. 

TheJalapeño Buffalo Shrimp are a double dose of heat with crispy shrimp tossed in Buffalo sauce and packed with bits of fresh Jalapenos.

TheSpiced Cider Romatini on the right combines the flavors of cinnamon apple pie with a boozy kick and is made with Ole Smoky apple pie moonshine and Fireball whisky, apple cider and lemon juice, The Cadillac RomaRita on the left is always a good choice at Tony Roma’s with Sauza tequila and Cointreau.


Chimichurri Salmon is served with the bright flavors of a house made chimichurri sauce over the top of perfectly grilled salmon that is served with saffron & kale rice and seared garlic green beans.

Black Pepper Ribs & Filet Medallions with Horseradish Butter was awesome. This is the world famous Tony Roma’s Baby Back Ribs with an added boost of flavor with a new black pepper BBQ sauce. This dish is served with a half rack of ribs alongside two tender filet medallions topped with horseradish butter for a hint of heat and is served with hearty mashed potatoes and seared garlic green beans.
Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Cobbler was simply wonderful with apples and cranberries spiced so nice with cinnamon and baked with a crunchy cobbler topping and served warm with two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream.

The Spice so Nice menu is available from October 1st through December 23rd, and is really worth trying out. We really enjoyed everything and appreciated the creativity and flavors of all the dishes we tried, from beginning to end, you will not be disappointed with any selections you make.

Tony Roma’s is open from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm Sunday to Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday, they are open until midnight with Happy Hour from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Tony Roma's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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