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Mango's Tropical Cafe Orlando

8126 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 673-4422

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Mango’s Tropical Cafe, now in its 25th year on South Beach’s iconic Ocean Drive, has hosted thousands of private parties for individuals, families, offices, as well as celebrity functions and special events for large multinational corporations. 

Mango’s Orlando, which opened in 2015, is a dream venue that changes the game on International Drive. It is a decadent design across 55,000 square feet that creates an epic experience people will always remember.

Many of you who follow my blog, know that I am often in Miami...especially during football season. I have been to the original South Beach location several times over the years, and it is always a spot I bring friends and family members to. The original Mango’s is iconic. If you watch TV, movies, sporting events, you have seen the neon lights of Mango’s more than once in your life.

Mango’s Tropical Cafe Orlando is the largest restaurant and banquet facility & nightlife destination on International Drive. Located near the Orange County Convention Center and all the I-Drive Hotels & Resorts, it’s the perfect place to entertain your guests. The Orlando Mango’s features lavish, unique private party areas and can accommodate up to 2,000 guests, at once.

The world famous Mango’s Dancers like the ones from South Beach, are carrying on the tradition at the Orlando location. The shows are full force and come alive with a dazzling array of lights, music, and talented performers who love what they do.

Mango’s dinner & show is a three course, prix fixe dining experience and is served nightly. The world famous Mango’s dancers along with a live band and DJ’s are sure to entertain. This show also features the Michael Jackson Tribute, The Celia Cruz Experience, Brazilian Samba Show, The Cuban Conga Show (featuring a customer Conga Line), and many others.

We were treated to the Aioli Chicken Lollipops with mango BBQ sauce for an appetizer, and they were pretty tasty little treats.

The homemade beef and chicken empanadas with Sriracha sauce are full of spicy and crunchy goodness.

You can't go to Mango’s and not have a drink. Any flavor of Mojito you get here will be delicious. The Pineapple Mojito is on the left, and the Coconut Mojito is on the right. Both were excellent.

 
My guests entree was the Florida Red Snapper sauteed with garlic and white wine sauce over mashed potatoes and vegetables. This was a good dish, but could have used less breading.

My entree choice was the Churrasco with mojo sauce, black beans and rice and sweet plantains. This was about as tropical as you can get and the churrasco was nice and tender.

Our first dessert to sample was the Chocolate Layer Cake. This was a very rich and moist slice of cake that is sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings.

The second dessert we tried was the Cheesecake. Although simple in concept, this cheesecake was delicious and really hit the spot for a dessert choice.

If you are looking for something different to do in Orlando, check out Mango’s. This place is way bigger than the original South Beach location and still produces the sounds and the vibe that made the original famous. Come for dinner and a show, or after dinner, bring your group of friends to celebrate an exciting night at Mango's, which is aiming to be the spot to go out in Orlando.

Every night of the week, enjoy incredible live music, amazing DJs, and a rocking dance floor across eight bars. You'll have an epic time like no other. Parking does fill up fast, so if you see a long line to get in, just park at the I-Drive 360 garage. There are plans already in the works to build a large parking garage next door that will more than accommodate everyone.

Mango's is open from 6:00 pm until 2:00 pm everyday except Sunday, as they open at 5:00 on Sunday.

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This N' That Eats

1811 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 757-0810


Chef Jason Schofield has been in the restaurant industry for over 20 years learning how to create some unique and inspiring menu items. Along the way, he has also become a restaurateur founding Schofield Restaurant Group LLC. He is in the process of bringing Maddey's Craft & Cru to Downtown Orlando. If you would like to see more on some of the food concepts for Maddey’s, you can click here.

In the interim, Chef Jason decided to make a pit stop and open up a boutique sandwich shop in the Ivanhoe District a/k/a The Ivanhood, on N. Orange Ave., in the old Alpine Coffee shop. This N That Eats is the name of his latest creation with a menu that features global sandwiches, cured meats and cheeses, as well as coffee made in the traditional sense of the region.


The menu here consist of:

Multiple organic salads such as kale salad, arugula salad and curried chicken salad. Sandwiches that are inspired from all around the world, like the Vietnamese Bánh mi, Cuban, Sanger and the Torta, all prepared in a unique style with a gourmet twist. Sides that include Shepherds bulgar, Hummus and Cucumber Avocado. Staying true to the global influence of of the love for food, an additional perk of This N That Eats, is the coffee and tea selections influenced from across the world.



The Cheese Dream is an outstanding interpretation of a grilled cheese that features: Vermont Cheddar, smoked tomato jam on rustic bread. You can also add bacon or pork confit for a minimal up-charge.


For a mouth watering sandwich I would recommend the Torta with Pork Confit, queso fresco, re-fried beans, avocado, Mexican creme, tomato and shredded lettuce on Semita roll.



Although there is a set menu, don’t be surprised if Chef Jason offers up specialty items from time to time like this Sous Vide Short Rib sandwich on a ciabatta roll. Sous Vide if you are not familiar, is a method of cooking in which food is sealed in airtight plastic bags then placed in a water bath or in a temperature-controlled steam environment for longer than normal cooking times which produce perfect temperatures and juiciness for meats.


During my visit I sampled both the Espresso and this delicious Cafe con Leche. I consider myself as an aficionado of all things Cuban coffee and both of these drinks were outstanding!

If you happen to be or heading in the direction of The Ivanhood or just looking for some seriously good eats, you should definitely stop by and hang out in this cozy neighborhood spot.

This N That Eats is open from Monday - Thursday, 8am - 6pm, Friday & Saturday 8am - Midnight and Closed Sunday.


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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar


Pointe Orlando 
9101 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 226-1600



Cuba is a cultural cauldron where the cuisines of many ethnicities have been gently simmered to create what is now the Criollo (home-style) cuisine of the island. Blending native ingredients and cooking traditions with those of South America, Spain, Africa, Asia and a few others, Cuban cuisine is a savory mix that reflects its colorful culture. A cuisine that is not only intriguing to the American palate but also a perfect match for it.


This political intrigue and mystique and the Cuban refugees that fled to America  have put Cuban culture, and in particular, its food, on the U.S. culinary map. With the growing U.S. Latino population (now the largest minority) Latin food has hit  center stage in defining what is served on the American plate. Not since the great immigrations from Asia and Europe has a culture had such an impact on American eating habits.

At Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar they celebrate the Cuba of a bygone era, a time of intrigue and romance and a time and a place now forbidden. The memories of  Myer Lansky, mob casinos, ‘51 Buicks, Desi Arnaz, conga lines, El Malecon, and Tropicana showgirls are alive and well. Cuba Libre is dedicated to celebrating that great Cuban heritage and strives for continuing exploration of Cuban flavors, music, art and traditions.

Cuba Libre serves attractive presentations of contemporary and classic Cuban fare while immersing guests in the island’s architecture, music and art. The flavorful cuisine, moderate pricing and energetic atmosphere of this upscale casual dining concept appeal to diners across a wide spectrum. The restaurant’s atmosphere offers a unique combination of Latin flavor, warmth and splendor - from the “movie set” recreation of an Old Havana street scene to the guayabera uniforms and steamy Cuban rhythms. One-of-a-kind millwork and architectural salvage including unique doors, gates, cabinetry, furniture and accessories help capture the essence of old Cuban architecture. Colorful exotic foliage and large potted palm trees add to Cuba Libre’s open-air, tropical ambiance.
The menu features classic and contemporary Cuban cuisine, which is influenced by the island’s native Tainos as well as its Spanish, African, Creole and Asian immigrants. While grounded by Cuba’s culinary traditions. Cuba Libre’s carefully created menu combines beef, poultry, pork and seafood with exotic fruits, root vegetables, herbs and seasonings. The contemporary cuisine is flavorful and savory, but only rarely spicy. In keeping with the gracious social character of Cuba, the menu includes tapas which are small tasting plates designed for sharing.

Along with all of the wonderful food, a substantial emphasis has been placed on the beverage offerings. Cuba Libre features a broad selection of Cuban drinks and offers at least 100 varieties of rum as well as other premium liquors. Cuba Libre’s rums hail from such tropical climates as Brazil, Haiti, Nicaragua, Tortola and Venezuela to name a few. Rum enthusiasts can sample such specialties as Zaya 12-Year from Guatemala, Mount Gay Extra Old from Barbados or Cruzan Estate Diamond from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Rum is a sophisticated and versatile spirit.  While it is perfect as a mixer in classic and tropical cocktails, it also has the same qualities and complexities of a venerable distilled beverage like scotch and cognac, making it ideal for sipping after dinner.

Cuba Libre’s classic Cuban cocktails are the closest one can get to those served in the saloons that Hemingway loved.  Rums are combined with fresh fruits and other ingredients to create a variety of signature tropical cocktails, sangrias, frozen drinks and batidos – Cuban milkshakes.  Cuba Libre’s uniquely refreshing house specialty, the mojito, is made from the authentic Cuban recipe, combining rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, fresh mint leaves, a splash of soda and most distinctively, guarapo– raw sugar cane juice pressed on site with a special extractor.  

Churrasco Steak a la Cubana

Empanadas

Grilled Baby Octopus

Mariquitas Cubanas

Ropa Vieja

Seafood Paella

Classic Mojito

Dinner is served from 5 PM-10 PM Monday through Sunday.
Latin Late Night is every Friday and Saturday from 10 PM until 2 AM.

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Black Bean Deli & Cuban Cafe

1835 E.Colonial Drive.
Orlando, FL. 32803
407-203-0922


The first location of Black Bean Cuban Deli at 325 S. Orlando avenue has been a long standing hot spot for Cuban and Latin food eats while on the go. The menu there is pretty small, and the restaurant is even smaller, but it still is and continues to be a local favorite.

With the opening of the the location at 1835 E. Colonial Drive, Black Bean is able to offer it's Cuban soul food in in a place where you can dine in or sit on the patio and enjoy a Cuban beer or espresso. Although parking is very limited, it was a nice little spot to grab lunch with some fellow bloggers.

Black Bean keeps things pretty simple with the menu. Guests will find the traditional Cuban sandwiches and other versions of it like the Media Noche Cuban as well as empanadas and baked chicken platters. The food here is always good and the service is always with a smile. As simple as the menu is, it offers something for just about everyone with classic flavors and old traditional recipes from the heart. There's a reason that they have been in business for over 12 years.



I ordered the "Small Cuban", and it was as big as any other Cuban I have had. I am really curious to see what a Large Cuban" looks like. My side order of Tostones with Mojo Sauce was also a pretty large side. Both were delicious.

One of my blogger buddies Chris Roberts @Eat Local Orlando ordered a side of Boiled Yuca and Sweet Plantains. I've had yuca plenty of times, but never boiled. It was quite good actually with the mojo suace.

The newest location of Black Bean Deli serves up the same quality of food and tasty Latin snacks just like the original location. They really have some great food at very affordable prices with large portions and of course the added seating is a bonus too.

Stop by and visit them soon...some have even said they may have the best Cuban Sandwich in Orlando...we'll let you decide. Black Bean is open Monday to Thursday from 11am to 9pm, and on Friday & Saturday 11am to10pm.

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