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Cork & Fork American Grill

5180 S Conway Rd.
Orlando, FL 32812
(407) 250-6763
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Over the past few years, Orlando has been been going through a restaurant renaissance of sorts, with no signs of slowing down. As a food blogger, it is both exciting and exhausting at the same time to try and keep up with all of the change. While many of the new restaurants are helmed by celebrity chefs or feature high end cuisine and decor that cater to an upscale clientele, it is very refreshing to see the opening of a more mom and pop type of restaurant.

From local farms to local forks, Central Florida has another new restaurant by the name of Cork & Fork American Grill that is open in the Belle Isle community of southeastern Orange County.

Just because the term mom and pop is used, don't let that fool you into thinking that Cork & Fork is a basic plane jane affair. The restaurant is billing itself as a “Freshtaurant” that features delicious American fare made with farm fresh ingredients and seasonal dishes in a one of a kind casual, homey and relaxed atmosphere with great cocktails, craft beers and local wines.


Cork & Fork’s menu was crafted by Chef Simon Bond and features a wide variety of options from garden fresh salads, soups and appetizing entree selections. Drunken scallops, pork tenderloin, chicken Parmesan and fresh salmon are just a few of the entrees featured. Delectable desserts like the brownie meltdown, vanilla bread pudding and a classic Florida favorite, key lime pie with A cookie crust round out your dessert options.


Putting aside the fork, the menu also features a plethora of handheld savory sandwiches, burgers and wraps made with local ingredients and a smaller “Bites menu” that includes house made ale battered onion rings, spinach and artichoke dip and they even make ketchup in house. By staying true to farm fresh, Cork & Fork allows diners to enjoy a different taste, healthier options and varying daily specials all at family friendly pricing.


Of course a round of cocktails was in order to get the evening started. The “French 65” pictured on the left features triple sec and angostura bitters over ice topped with orange juice and Champagne. The drink on the right is a Strawberry Mojito made with Shellback silver rum. 

The house made Spinach and Artichoke Dip is served warm with pita chips and has water chestnuts added to it for a unique texture and crunch. This stuff was pretty addictive. 

Crispy Calamari is fried crispy with a bit of spice and tossed with cherry peppers and jalapenos. the calamari was good on its own, but the citrus chili dipping sauce was a great addition.

The Ale Battered Onion Rings are house made, hand cut and served with a very delicious creamy lager fondue. Fried Zucchini sticks were pretty exceptional as well with a garlic yogurt dill sauce.

This is hands down one of the best Moscow Mules I have ever had. Even if you are not a big fan of this drink...give it a try at Cork & Fork. New Amsterdam vodka, fresh squeezed lime, simple syrup shaken together and poured over ice and topped with ginger beer will have you coming back for more.

There are plenty of places to get a good burger in Orlando, but sadly most places rely on the toppings for flavor and don't season the ground beef properly. The Cork & Fork Burger with additional bacon and cheese was seasoned to perfection and served on a buttered bun and needed no condiments at all. The beef used here is sourced from the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

I love Fish and Chips. That may sound simple and basic, but you'd be surprised how hard it is to find it done properly. The cod is brought in fresh everyday and never frozen at Cork & Fork, and this makes for some of the most flakiest and delicious fish and chips that I have had in quite some time. I usually like to soak my fish in malt vinegar, but that would have been an injustice to this delicious fish.

Steak & Fries consists of local, best available steak prepared your way with French fries, house made ketchup and veggie of the day. This was cooked very well and the fries were crispy as well. Now if I had a brown gravy sauce to go with those fries….

Cauliflower Steak is a great vegetarian option with pan seared cauliflower in garlic, thyme, browned butter and sautéed spinach and shallots served with veggie of the day.

The Chocolate Lava Cake with chocolate ganache and vanilla bean ice cream was just plain stupid good.

This Vanilla Bread Pudding with Hennessy cream sauce will have your taste buds spinning. Even if you are not the biggest bread pudding fan, give the one at Cork & Fork a try, you won't regret it. I had some left over and heated it up the next day for an awesome breakfast snack.

With over 30 years of hospitality experience, Cork & Fork Owners Orhan and Sheila Soysal are overjoyed to bring their “Freshtaurant” to the Central Florida community. “We have always loved the idea of the farm-fresh experience, and Cork & Fork allows us to do just that,” says the Soysals. “We are excited to share our passion with Central Florida, and we hope to foster community growth, help improve the local economy and give our guests a truly comfortable and memorable dining experience they return to time and time again.”

Cork & Fork is open Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 11pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 12am with nightly happy hour specials.

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Liam Fitzpatrick's


Colonial Town Park
951 Market Promenade Ave.
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 936-3782


I always enjoy restaurants and bars that really try to go for an authentic as you can get style with food and decor. When it comes to Irish food in Orlando and surrounding areas we have a few smaller locations like Harp and Celt that do a decent job at providing that atmosphere and traditional food cravings from the homeland. Of course there is the larger Raglan Road at downtown Disney and Meg O'Malleys Irish Pub in Melbourne FL, but I have yet to find somewhere in between these until I visited Liam Fitzpatrick’s.

Located at the Colonial Town Park Shopping Center in Lake Mary, Liam Fitzpatrick’s, is carrying on the two hundred year old tradition of a great Irish Pub with a hearty mix of great food and drink, warm and friendly hospitality, good music and great conversation. Liam’s was inspired by the owners visits to Ireland and by the wonderful times they experienced there. Their desire was to bring the spirit of that great culture of food and friendship to Lake Mary where upon stepping through their doors you can feel as though you are with friends and ready to enjoy a great time.

Outside of Liam’s, you will be drawn in by the classic exterior, which resembles a traditional Irish pub. Once inside, the Irish pub decor takes things up a notch with elaborate rich wood furnishings and accents. Two separate pub areas, front of house and back, offer fully stocked bars with perfect pours of Guinness or whatever you may be in the mood for. The inside is very spacious and open with plenty of seating. There is also a private dining room which is available for pretty much any type of event you would like to have.

Liam Fitzpatrick’s is lively and festive at anytime of the day. There is live music almost any night of the week and Saturday nights feature dueling pianos. There are yearly block parties which include St. Patrick’s Day, Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, New Year’s Eve and many more keeping Liam’s largely involved in the local community and always a happening place.

The menu here consists of your traditional Irish favorites like Shepherd's Pie, Corned Beef & Cabbage and Fish & Chips. However, the creative team at Liam’s, has put together some additional mouth watering items with an Irish twist. Some of these items include the Galway Burger, an Irish Cheese Steak, Curry Chicken and Lobster Mac & Cheese. Of course it goes without saying, Guinness and a selection of other craft beers and cocktails are available to help wash down all of this delicious food.


The Baileys Irish Coffee is a great pick me up at the end of your day, and a “Perfect Pour” of Guinness in a proper 20 ounce tulip pint glass is sure to satisfy your thirst.

Scotch Eggs are pretty common to find at most Irish pubs, but Liam’s has spiced up this classic appetizer by rolling the eggs in chorizo sausage before breading them. This was a unique twist that I really enjoyed.

Although not a “traditional dish” the Apple Walnut Salad was outstanding. This salad is made with baby spinach, walnuts, apples, goat cheese, and dried cranberries tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette. For an additional charge, you can have grilled or blackened chicken or shrimp added to this salad. We opted for the blackened shrimp, and the savory flavors blended well with the sweetness of salad.

The Corned Beef and Cabbage is roasted in beer for ten hours and is served with cabbage, boiled red potatoes and a horseradish Dijon sauce.

This is a proper fish & chips with jumbo pieces of haddock fried in special recipe batter served with tartar sauce and mushy peas.

The Shepherd’s Pie at Liam’s is made with a blend of ground beef and lamb with carrots, onions, peas, celery and corn baked with a cap of mashed potatoes. For an added bonus, you can have them top it off with melted cheese.

For an Irish American twist, the Galway Burger is Angus beef, topped with Irish Whiskey glazed onions, lettuce, tomato and imported Irish porter stout cheese (which sometimes doesn’t make it through customs) and Guinness BBQ sauce. This burger is loaded with flavor and does not disappoint. You can get a number of side items with this burger and we chose the sweet potato fries.

Bread & Butter Pudding is a traditional Irish bread pudding made with raisins, served with whiskey creme anglaise and is ridiculously good.


The Baileys Cream Cheesecake is a signature cheesecake made with Baileys Irish Cream, topped with chocolate and caramel. It is very rich but very delicious.

Whether it’s a business lunch, a gathering with old friends or a celebration with new friends, Liam’s provides a great setting for your visit. With a wide ranging menu of great home cooked food to suit every taste and pouring some of the best beers and wines in the world, Liam Fitzpatrick’s delivers an authentic Irish experience in warm hospitality that can only be described as brilliant!

Hours of Operation
Monday 11am - 11pm
Tuesday – Thursday 11am - 12am
Friday 11am - 2am

Enjoy Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 1030am – 3pm with endless Mimosas, a unique selection of Bloody Mary’s and Fitzpatrick’s Brunch Favorites.

Ol, Ceol, Bia agus Craic (Drink, Music, Food & Good Times!)


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