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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.


King Bao Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Bartaco


7600 Dr Phillips Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 801-8226
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Tacos, tacos, and more tacos, it seems to be the craze all over Orlando right now.

We have traditional tacos, street tacos, craft tacos, custom tacos, recently, a once popular higher end restaurant just decided to call the old menu quits and serve up tacos. 

I'm not sure how long the taco craze will last. We all love tacos, but in my opinion, it’s getting out of control in Orlando. The good thing is that for Andy Pforzheimer and Sasa Mahr-Batuz, they got onto the craze before it ever hit mainstream, and they have a brand that I think will outlast the makeshift overnight taco places popping up.

About seven years ago Andy Pforzheimer and Sasa Mahr-Batuz had the idea to emulate casual al fresco dining experiences they experienced in Brazil, a dream deferred but later realized when the partners found a waterfront space in Port Chester, Connecticut, and the rest as they say is history.

Bartaco is inspired by the beach culture of Brazil, Uruguay and Southern California. They focus on an upscale brand of street food with a coastal vibe in a relaxed environment. The duo expected the restaurant to be a sort of gourmet taco truck turned inside out and a late night hang out for the younger crowd, but they quickly found families gathering to the concept as well.

With freshly squeezed juices, specialty cocktails and beer out of a bottle, Bartaco is reminiscent of a stylish beach resort with a great atmosphere made by woven basket light fixtures, and a wrap around bar that is front and center. It’s easy to forget where you are for the moment, and that's a great thing.

Bartaco’s mostly Cali-Mexican menu focuses on tacos with clean flavors and a price point of $2.50 to $3.50, depending on choice of protein. Tacos and sides are ordered a-la-carte similar to the way one would order sushi off a little check box menu that you fill out table side. The list of tacos available is pretty amazing and includes items like chorizo, pork belly, baja fish, falafel, duck, lamb, cauliflower and more.

They also serve rice bowls with curried shrimp, Mexican style tamales and sides including street corn, spicy cucumber salad, plantains, soups, and desserts.


Inside at Bartaco is very spacious. You may not think so from the outside, but with a big wrap around bar, an outdoor seating area, and plenty of booths and tables on the left and right, this place can hold a quite a crowd. We also really appreciate that Bartaco puts foot rests on the ledge of their booths.

On the "Not Tacos" list for starters is a trio of delicious and fresh made in house Roja salsa, Salsa Verde and Guacamole. 

Drinks are also a major focus of the restaurant, which has a stout tequila list of blancos, reposados, anejos and mezcals. A Paloma Fresca is on the left and the Bartaco Margarita on the right. Both are made with fresh squeezed juices and ingredients for a super fresh and tasty cocktail.

I love sweet plantains, but never thought of dipping them in a sauce. The ones here at Bartaco come with a side of a garlic aioli sauce that make them the perfect salty and sweet treat.

The Tuna Poke was pretty good. It's a tad bit on the salty side and maybe a little heavy on the sauce, but getting a bite with the avocado helps out a lot.

I've had some pretty authentic Tamales in my time, even while in Mexico, but I do have to admit the Pork Tamale here was pretty on point. It's surprisingly good.

The Cauliflower Taco and The Sesame Ribeye Tacos with a side of Stewed Black Beans was really good, but man the Cauliflower Taco was spectacular. Lots of crunch with immense flavor.

All tacos at Bartaco can be made with bibb lettuce instead of a tortilla, for a low carb option, but the Tuna Tatako comes on lettuce only. We had this with a side of Spicy Cucumber Salad for a cool Asian style taco experiment. It was very good.

The Reviver with Martin Miller's Gin and an Old Thymer with Four Roses Bourbon on the right.

We really enjoyed all the really cool and unique tacos at Bartaco. They really have something for everyone, even vegetarians. Our order here consisted of a Falafel, Mojo Pork Carnitas, Duck, Crispy Rock Shrimp, and Pork Belly tacos. All of it was superb, especially the pork belly and the falafel.

Of course, nothing finishes off your meal at Bartaco better than these wonderful Churros with a not too sweet chocolate sauce to dip them in.

They have a great outdoor spot as well for additional seating when the weather permits.

We really fell in love with Bartaco, it is one of the best restaurant/dining atmospheres I have been to in quite a while. The food here is exceptional, the cocktails were wonderful and the service was excellent. They have live music on various nights and they also feature new taco ingredients on a monthly basis for different options.

There are 14 locations in the U.S so far with two in Florida. One in Dr. Phillips and the the other in Tampa. The Dr. Phillips location is open from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm except for Friday and Saturday, they are open until 12:00 am.


Bartaco Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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New Menu at Canvas

13615 Sachs Ave.
Orlando, FL 32827
407-313-7800

Lake Nona’s premier waterfront restaurant with chef driven, New American fare, has just launched a new menu featuring 22 additions. The changes are designed to showcase the best in fresh and upscale cuisine with an approachable feel.

Led by Executive Chef Bryan Thoman, the Canvas restaurant menu features new American cuisine that is influenced by Florida’s Southern and Latin American roots with a focus on seasonal and regional produce as well as an abundance of fresh, Florida seafood. The chef driven menu is filled with shareable appetizers, creative salads and sandwiches, hearty entrees, and wood grilled pizzas and flatbreads.


Chef Bryan Thoman’s brand new dish selection reflects an array of reinvigorated plates which cater to the diverse palate of each guest. Items like Habanero Glazed Chicken Wings, Black & Blue Burger, Seared Scottish Salmon Fillet, and others are perfect entrees for summer.

Many of the dish ingredients present a library of herbs, tomatoes, and peppers grown in the restaurant’s outdoor garden, highlighted in plates like the Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad and Vegetarian Bianco Flatbread.

Every detail of Canvas has been thoughtfully designed and planned to create a welcoming space for guests. The restaurant’s exhibition style kitchen opens to the main dining room while floor-to-ceiling windows provide picturesque waterfront views.


The Summer Vacation cocktail at canvas, truly tastes like one. This is made with passion fruit, lemon, pineapple, Solerno blood orange liqueur and my all time favorite rum, Flor de Cana.

This Strawberry Rhubarb Mule is certainly not your average mule. The drink contains mint, housemade strawberry-rhubarb jam, Fever Tree ginger beer & Reyka vodka. Reyka Vodka is the only vodka in the world made with a Carter-Head still, and the only vodka served in a tiny one… really love the mini still for a mule mug.

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake features arugula, pickled fennel, and jazzy Louisiana remoulade for a nice flavor with a little bite on the end.

Slow Roasted Pork Belly at Canvas is always a great choice. Made with soy-key lime marinade, charred celery, pickled fennel, mint and a mango jalapeno sauce, this pork belly is filled with great flavors.

Octopus is not for everybody, but if it’s cooked right, you might become a fan, and this Sherry Braised Octopus is a great way to challenge your taste buds. Cooked in a Cast iron skillet with chorizo, crispy fingerling potatoes, wilted arugula and caper vinaigrette, this was some of the best octopus I've had.

The Heirloom Tomato Panzanella is a great new addition for summertime. This salad contains Bermuda onions, basil, mint, garlic roasted ciabatta, arugula and a red wine vinaigrette.

Don't take your chances burning good meat on your grill… head over to Canvas and order this Grilled Prime New York Strip Steak with goat cheese potato au gratin, wilted baby spinach and some wonderful garlic butter, you won't regret it.

When you have your own garden and are as creative as Chef Thoman, you don't make a boring old cheesecake, you make a Pistachio, Strawberry and Rhubarb Cheesecake with goat cheese, and a salted caramel brittle. It was ridiculously good too.

The market part of Canvas is open daily for breakfast and lunch. Guests can stop in and have a meal at the market’s communal table or chose from a variety of grab and go options, gourmet coffee, and fresh-squeezed juice and smoothies. The market also has comfortable seating and nooks where patrons can enjoy food and complimentary WiFi.

The 278 seat Restaurant part of Canvas is open Monday through Thursday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sunday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The Bar Opens daily at 3:00 pm, and the market is open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Canvas Restaurant And Market Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

9150 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
407-351-5074

Back in August, I shared with you the news of the all new Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House that opened up on I-Drive in Orlando, you can see more of it Here if you need a refresher.

Although I did sample all kinds of wonderful appetizers, I didn't really get to sample the good stuff...steak. So I was delighted to return for another preview of what turned out to be a meat lover's dream come true.

As I mentioned in my first blog post, the Del Frisco’s brand was born more than 20 years ago, and embodies the rich tradition of the classic American steakhouse, with impeccable chef-driven cuisine, an extensive award-winning wine list and unparalleled hospitality.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House features a sizable, diverse wine list of more than 1,200 labels, to include a number of notable verticals from both old and new world producers. With two floors that include two bars, four private dining rooms and a picturesque patio, Del Frisco’s Orlando boasts over 400 seats. I'm sure you appreciate that information, but lets get right to all this wonderful food.


To help wash down all of the flavors, we were treated to Del Frisco’s Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranch Chardonnay. The cocktail of the evening was The VIP, which is Del Frisco’s signature cocktail made with clementine vodka infused in a full pineapple for 14 days.

The Shellfish Plateau features chilled Alaskan king crab legs, iced jumbo shrimp, fresh oysters on the half shell, chilled crab claws & traditional garnishes.

The Petite Crab Cakes were nice chunks of crab meat and Cajun lobster sauce sitting on top of a delicious basil brioche.

A wonderful twist on Pork Belly was the Thick Cut Bacon Au Poivre with Bourbon Molasses Glaze. This was loaded with flavor and had plenty of savory with an equal amount of sweet.

I love a good lamb cooked properly, and the the Lamb Lollipop’s with a pomegranate mint glaze were pretty amazing.

The Tuna Tartare featured strikingly fresh tuna, crisp wonton and wasabi cream with micro cilantro.

Filet Mignon may be a common steak to order, but rest assured, Del Frisco’s will make sure your filet is extraordinary.

The Prime Strip Steak had a wonderful seasoning on it and melted in your mouth.

Ribeye is one of my favorites, next to a good strip steak, and the Prime Rib Eye Steak I tasted at Del Frisco’s was heavenly. 

Here is some more beautiful steak footage to make you drool.

Some of the evenings desserts included a Lemon Cake with lemon buttercream icing and lemon glaze, Chocolate Souffle Cake with a warm molten center chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream, and raspberry sauce and a Butter Cake with butter pecan ice cream, fresh whipped cream & caramel sauce. All of which were delicious.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is open for Dinner from Monday through Saturday from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sunday from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Lunch is served Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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MOOR

Gaylord Palms Resort
6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee FL 34746
(407)-586-1101

The Gaylord Palms Resort and Spa in Orlando has always been a total destination resort that offers exceptional service, family entertainment, a spa and lots of recreational activities. The resort is situated on 63 acres within a five minute drive to Walt Disney World, and features 1,406 rooms and 115 Florida themed suites.

If you have ever been inside of the resort, you would be familiar with the hotel’s primary architectural feature that is a massive 4.5 acre glass enclosed atrium where guests can discover a variety of themed environments that depict popular Florida destinations like Key West, St. Augustine, the Emerald Coast and the Everglades, plus a unique area designed in the grand style of 19th century Florida resorts, known as Emerald Bay.


It’s inside this atrium where the vast majority of the hotels dining options are located. The Old Hickory Steakhouse features fine steaks and artisanal cheeses in an old backwoods Florida everglades setting, Villa de Flora offers seasonally inspired Mediterranean cuisine, Sora is the resorts modern sushi lounge, and for quite some time, there use to be a place called Sunset Sam’s that was basically a tribute to the Florida Keys and the laid back lifestyle with tropical drinks and reggae music.

Although Sunset Sam’s was kind of cool, in a Jimmy Buffet kind of way, I always felt that it was out of place in such an extravagant resort as the Gaylord Palms. Apparently so did the team at the Gaylord Palms as well. Aside from the towering mast of a 60 foot sailboat that was the indoor landmark for Sunset Sam’s, that restaurant is long gone and the space has been converted into the resorts latest dining attraction simply known as MOOR.

MOOR was inspired by the slow food, and farm-to-table movements and offers guests an opportunity to enjoy freshly caught seafood and locally grown ingredients in new and unexpected ways. The team at MOOR works with local farmers and fishmongers to find sustainable and seasonal ingredients for dishes that are regionally inspired with a focus on fresh seafood. Although the name “MOOR” seems simple, the restaurant’s new name is an acronym of sorts for “Mindful Of Our Resources”, and keeps a focus on using locally grown and sustainable foods.

During a preview event for MOOR we were treated to some tasty samples from some of the new restaurants vendors, such as Douce France Bakery in Winter Garden, Gary’s Seafood & Specialties in Orlando, and My Yard Farm in Winter Park. Of course we sampled some good craft brews from the likes of Funky Buddha Brewery and Crooked Can Brewing Company as well.

Specialty Chef Phillip Fisher is overseeing the kitchen at MOOR, and he is somewhat of a seafood specialist. Chef Fisher made a name for himself at the Ocean Key House Resort and Spa in Key West where he helped create a menu of fresh caught seafood and craft cocktails using only the finest ingredients. At Moor, Chef Phillip has taken his expertise to a new level as he creates locally inspired and fresh seafood dishes as well as some pretty amazing cocktails.


With an open floor plan, layers of neutral tones and elegant wood flooring, MOOR has all the charm of a captain’s paradise and the class of an upscale yacht club, while dining alongside the largest indoor saltwater lagoon. 

The bar at MOOR is both inside and outside and features craft brews as well as handcrafted cocktails with house made simple syrups and fresh herbs.

Our six course dining preview started with an amuse-bouche of Grilled Cedar Key Clams with jalapeno mignonette, cucumber and fennel.

Our first course was a delicious Pork Belly with peanut butter and pickled watermelon radish.

An Old fashioned cocktail made with Basil Hayden bourbon, citrus bitters and Florida sugar cane syrup proved to be a great chaser to the pork belly.

The second course featured an artistic arrangement of Spring Vegetables that included watermelon, burrata, olive oil and a hydroponic watercress that was grown on site.

In keeping with the artistic food flow, the MOOR Secret Cocktail was paired with the vegetables. The secret cocktail is made with gin, cucumber and an edible orchid.

 
The She Crab Soup was a delightful third course and featured Florida Atlantic caught blue crabs, sherry, and hydroponically grown chives.

It may sound odd to a foodie novice, but the fourth course of Grouper Cheeks with heirloom carrots, spring peas and morel mushroom was simply outstanding.

I'm a big fan of Tilefish because of its sweetness and mild flavor, and the one presented at MOOR by Chef Phillip and his team for our fifth course is on my top 10 list of some of the best I have ever had. This tilefish sat atop Anson Mills course grits and Zellwood sweet corn and was topped with apple and red sorrel.

Course six was the Chef’s Dessert Selection that featured a mini Key Lime Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, S’mores Pie and a Peanut Butter Cup. All of them were heavenly.

As an added bonus we had a dessert cocktail called The Port Cocktail made with
Knob Creek Bourbon, Fonseca Bin #27 port wine, simple syrup, angostura bitters and tonic water.

I was really impressed with the design and layout of MOOR. The team at Gaylord Palms really outdid themselves here, and this is finally an establishment worthy of such a grand resort. Chef Phillip is quite the master of creative seafood and delectable cocktails and of course Tastes Of Orlando will have some MOOR please.

Whether you are from out of town, or are looking for a fun staycation, check out the Gaylord Palms Resort. They truly have everything under one roof, and you may not ever want to leave.

MOOR is in the Key West Atrium at Gaylord Palms Resort. The restaurant is open daily for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The bar is open 11:00 a.m. to midnight.
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