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Showing posts with label Mills Park. Show all posts

King Bao

710 N Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 237-0013
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King Bao opened its doors in 2016, and is still going pretty strong to this day, as it is the only place left in Orlando that is dedicated to the Bao. 

If you are unfamiliar with what exactly a Bao is, Bao is pretty much a complete meal conveniently packed away in a white, warm, soft bun.

If you remember, Local celebrity chef Greg Richie had a cool spot in Thornton Park called Baoery Asian Gastropub, and while it was a really good and a great concept, it did not last very long, leaving King Bao as the true King in Orlando.

King Bao is chef owned and operated in the Mills 50 District in Orlando. King Bao is a quick service eatery that revolves around highly addictive baos. The small, no frills joint uses high quality ingredients and unique flavors that blend both eastern and western foods.

Accompanying the baos are a childhood favorite, tater tots, which are dressed up for adults and kids alike. King Bao is reasonably priced ranging between $2 - $3.75 per item and is fast casual in its concept, where you order your food, get your drink, then they bring your food to your table.

Inside is not very big, so getting a table may be an issue if they are busy, but you can get your food to go just as well.

Truffle Tots are not to be missed at King Bao with Tots cooked in truffle oil, truffle salt & chives.

The Cuban on the left with Mojo pork, cilantro lime aioli, chicharron and cilantro and the Firecracker Shrimp Bao on the right, with Chili lime marinated shrimp, guacamole, lemon pepper aioli and cilantro. Both were delicious.

From left to right...Pork belly, Korean short rib, Spicy chicken Bao . They were all really good, but the Pork Belly stole the show, you can't really go wrong with this combo.

Although King Bao has a set menu, they usually have daily specials that may not be on the regular menu, just check the sign.

As I said earlier, there is not much room inside King Bao, so plan accordingly when you go, and be ready to get your Bao and Tots to go, but for the price and flavors offered up here, this is a definite must go to spot in the Mills 50 district.

King Bao is open Monday to Thursday from 11:30 am to to 9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday they are open until 10:30 pm, and Sunday they are open from 12:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

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Grape & The Grain Wine Bar Announces Official Grand Opening On Thursday, August 23

1110 Virginia Dr.
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 674-6156
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Since first opening their doors, visitors of The Mills 50 District have given its newest resident “Grape & The Grain Wine Bar” a very warm welcome, and now Grape & The Grain is celebrating the closing of the season and their official grand opening with a special “Summer Wine Down” event on Thursday, August 23.

From 5pm-9pm, all are invited to the intimate, artsy, relaxing craft beer and wine garden to invigorate all the senses and enjoy Grape & The Grain’s large variety of international fine wines, local craft beer, frosé, frozen sangria and more, with the first 100 guests receiving a free glass of Prosecco.

In addition, the evening will feature a special appearance by in-house artist Jay “J Bon” Bonadio “The Unsigned Artist” and live art to be auctioned off for A Gift For Teaching charitable organization to help provide children with school supplies. Plus, Flamenco Guitarist Jorge Mendoza will perform live inside with DJ Leony spinning in the garden and a popular local food truck on-site.

Grape & The Grain serves a wide variety of wine spanning the globe, a generous selection of craft beer from local breweries, frosé, sangrias, Prosecco on tap, a mimosa bar on Sunday, small plates like charcuterie and specialty cheeses, food trucks and various live musicians on weekends to round out the tranquil vibe.

The 1,200 square foot Spanish-style, vintage interior houses a rotating for-sale art exhibit that pushes the limits, with a new local Orlando artist featured every six weeks.  

Most enchanting is Grape & The Grain’s spacious outdoor garden with a 1,000 square feet wood deck and grass area, covered trellis with Edison bulb lights, Adirondack chairs and a private driveway for food trucks, all wrapped in a custom fence lined with hanging succulents and seven-foot Italian Cypress trees.
Grape & The Grain is owned by seasoned hospitality and real estate professionals, husband and wife team Christian Arqueros and Alexie Fonseca, along with sister Maritza Arqueros.  

“We’ve been fortunate to travel throughout Europe and South America over the years, and one thing we always loved most was sitting in a ‘piazza’ enjoying a glass of wine, watching the people walk by and the musician playing the sax or accordion for a euro going table to table,” says Alexie.  “That spun the idea of how can we get something like this in Orlando? Why wait for someone else? We can create it ourselves. The timing was just right, we found a hidden gem in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Mills 50 and turned it into a vision we’d been working on for years.”
Grape & The Grain invigorates all the senses with local food, art, music and culture conspiring with wine to create the most unique evenings experienced in Orlando. The relaxing atmosphere is perfect for meeting friends to engage in sparkling conversation or making new ones as you unwind, sample, savor and enjoy.
Join Grape & The Grain Wine Bar for “Summer Wine Down” celebrating the official Grand Opening on Thursday, August 23 from 5pm-9pm.  Grape & The Grain is located at 1110 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803.  

Hours of operation are Tuesday thru Thursday 5pm-12am, Friday and Saturday 4pm-2am, Sunday 1pm-7pm.  For more information, call 407-674-6156 or visit

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1430 North Mills Ave. 
Orlando FL 32803

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With close to 400 locations in Brazil and more than 30 years in business, Giraffas has brought their multicultural cuisine to Orlando. The Giraffas brand has two locations in Orlando with the first location opening on International Drive and the second one, that I visited, in Mills Park on North Mills Avenue. The cuisine is one that combines a touch of American favorites with a dash of some popular Brazilian items.

Giraffas goal is to combine value, service, and quality in a fast casual atmosphere. The menu is pretty simple and not overly complicated. Once you order your food at the counter you are given a number and can seat yourself. A staff member will then bring your food out to you. The menu consists of burgers and an offering of grilled meats. The burger selections are a cheeseburger for $5.90, a double cheeseburger for $7.90 and a grilled chicken breast sandwich for $5.90. For no additional charge guests can accompany any burger with a choice of Hampton Creek Just Mayo’s Mayo, Garlic or Sriracha. For another $1.00 per topping,  you can "Boost your Burger" with bacon, ham, fried egg or extra cheese.

For an additional treat you can order the Brutus Burger for $7.90 This is Giraffas legendary Picanha burger made famous by its delicious combination
of toppings - a fried egg, ham, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato & mayo.

The burgers don't come with any sides, so you have to pay an extra $2.50 for your choice of traditional fries, seasoned fries with rosemary garlic & parsley or a small mixed greens salad with red onion and cherry tomatoes tossed in balsamic dressing.

For the grilled portion of the menu guests can choose from Picanha for $13.90
Contra filet (New York strip), baby back ribs or shrimp for $ 12.90 or a chicken breast filet for $9.90 and a salmon filet at $13.90. All grilled items come with a choice of three sides included in the price. Side selections include white or brown rice, black beans simmered in sauteed garlic & bacon, traditional or seasoned fries, mashed potatoes, small mixed greens salad,  grilled veggies or Quinoa. All grill selections also include a sauce to accompany your meat. Sauces available are Brazilian vinaigrette, Chimichurri, Bahia butter, garlic butter and Brazilian BBQ.

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Both of my dining companions ordered Cheeseburgers with seasoned fries and Just Mayo. The fries were delicious and cooked wonderfully and the burger was cooked to a nice medium temperature.

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I went with the Contra Filet, black beans, rice and a side of salpicao (Brazilian chicken salad) with a side of Chimichurri. My steak was cooked well and had a great flavor, but had a tad too much fat on it. The sides were good.
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No visit to Giraffas is complete without an order of Pao de Queijo which is the authentic Brazilian warm cheese bread. These are two for $1.00, and are very addictive.
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For desert we ordered the Chocolate Petit Gateu that is served with ice cream and drizzled with your choice of Ghirardelli caramel, chocolate or raspberry sauces. We did one with caramel and one with raspberry. Both were delicious.

Here is my dilemma...I really liked Giraffas and enjoyed all of the food, but for some reason, it was not a very memorable dining experience. When I think of Picanha, I think of Texas de Brazil or Fogo de Chao. I appreciate the offerings on the grilled menu, but perhaps I'm too Americanized to not think of all you can eat Brazilian meat buffets when ever I think about Brazilian food. 

The food is good here, and I think its a worthwhile place for you to visit, I just cant say that its a place that would cross my mind when Im out and about and thinking of my dining options.

And no...They do not serve Giraffe Meat.

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