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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.

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The Osprey Tavern


4899 New Broad St.
Orlando, FL 32814
(407) 960-7700
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We finally got around to visiting the Osprey Tavern, and it was pretty damn good. We really enjoyed the personalized service, and almost everything we had to eat was amazing, and the atmosphere here is exceptional.

The Osprey Tavern was conceived by Orlando restaurateurs Jason & Sue Chin, and they proudly opened their doors in the heart of Baldwin Park in March of 2015. The Chins are familiar faces on the local scene, as they also own and operate Baldwin Park favorite Seito Sushi, a beloved staple of the neighborhood for over ten years, and they also own and operate Reyes Mezcaleria in NODO.

With their second venture at Osprey, the couple has brought their adventurous spirit and passion for their craft back home once again, in a stunningly assured take on classic American fare that marks a wonderful new step in Orlando’s culinary evolution.

Both strikingly bold while at the same time utterly familiar, the interior here creates a warm atmosphere in keeping with the age old feel of a true tavern. The open layout of the bar and kitchen and elegant nuances of the decor all contribute to a festive, convivial place for dining and socializing.

The cuisine at Osprey reflects a love of brilliant ingredients showcased at their simplest and most exuberant. The focus is on quality that’s congruent with its seasonal surroundings. The kitchen loves to capture vibrant flavors that express themselves just as easily in classic dishes as in creative spins on old favorites.

The Ghost Town with Mezcal on the left and Purple Suede Shoes on the right were really great cocktails to get our evening started. 

I'm a sucker for good bread, and The Parker House Rolls delivered. They were served served with orange spice honey butter and peach lemon verbena jam.

Pacific Northwest Oysters with champagne mignonette and cocktail sauce were delicious.

The Charred Spanish Octopus with scallion vinaigrette, green beans and heirloom potatoes and chimichurri rojo was pretty decent, but a tad chewy for my likes, and I was not a fan of cutting it up into such small pieces.

I really enjoyed the 12 oz. 1855 Black Angus NY Strip served with bearnaise sauce, trisee salad and pickled shallots, and it was cooked to a perfect Medium.

Crispy Broccolini is a game changer at the Osprey Tavern, this is a deep fried broccoli served in a garlic scape mojo... this is how you eat your veggies.

This was certainly a different presentation of Shepherd's Pie, but it was delicious nonetheless, made with braised short ribs, whipped yukon gold potatoes and peas and carrots.

The Truffle Mac and Cheese is just plain ridiculous here, and it is made with Gruyere, white cheddar and Parmesan.

Scenes from the open kitchen at the Osprey Tavern.

The bar at the Osprey Tavern is centrally located right in the middle of the restaurant, and is a focal point of good times, good drinks and good food shared with friends.

The Osprey Tavern is open for dinner Tuesday to Thursday from 5 pm. To 10 pm., Friday and Saturday from 5 pm. to 11 pm.

Sunday they are open from 5 pm. to 9 pm., with a Sunday Brunch from 10:30 am. to 2:30 pm.

Happy Hour is Tuesday to Saturday from 5 pm. to 7 pm., and all night on Sunday.

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Linda's La Cantina Steak House

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4721 E Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 894-4491
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Linda’s La Cantina is pretty much a staple in the Orlando community. If you have lived in Orlando for any amount of time and driven down Colonial drive, surely you've seen the big red and white sign as you pass by.

They have been serving the Central Florida area since 1947 with quality steaks that are U.S.D.A. choice or above and are cut right on site. They are grilled hot and fast to sear in all the juices, and that helps to make them a cut above. In a world of constant change, especially in Orlando, and in the restaurant business, it's pretty remarkable that they have survived, and still have quite a loyal following. La Cantina celebrated 60 years in March of 2007.

What you get at Linda’s is great quality steaks at a medium price range. They are not at the price level of say Christner's, or a Ruth Chris type of steak house, but they are still more expensive than a standard chain type of steakhouse. 

The average price for a good cut of steak is about $32.00 for a New York Strip, and that's a 14oz. Strip. Also at Linda’s, a salad and your choice of side, along with hot fresh bread is included in the price of your steak. If you factor that in, and the quality of the cut of meats they serve, it's a pretty good deal.

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The inside of Linda’s La Cantina is a bit sparse and very traditional. It's very dimly lit with wood and brass accents and red and white checkered table cloths for a real old school style steakhouse feel.

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Although there is an extensive wine list on the table, they do not have any specialty cocktails or mixed drinks on the menu. The good news is, the bar staff here is very capable, and they will make whatever you desire. A Moscow mule on the left and a dirty martini on the right, were great pre dinner drinks.

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We ordered the Coconut Shrimp with Spice Plum sauce for an appetizer, and they were pretty tasty, although a tad on the sweet side.

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The House Salad, with French dressing.  A salad is served with your choice of dressing and is complementary to any entree selection.

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Steak is what they do here, and Linda's La Cantina does a damn fine job at great steaks that are moderately priced. This is the 16oz. Ribeye that just melts in your mouth.

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The side choices we decided on was the baked potato and steamed broccoli.

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They have a 14oz. and an 18oz. NY Strip at Linda’s. This 14oz version was delicious and perfectly cooked. There was also plenty left over for me to have an excellent lunch the next day.

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A slice of Coconut cake and some coffee was a perfect ending to our visit.


This is quite a unique establishment with a great deal of history going all the way back to when Orlando still had dirt roads. There has a been only a handful of owners since the beginning, but the original Linda was the longest proprietor of this fine establishment. It was torn down and remodeled in 1972, burnt down in a fire in 1994 and reopened in 1995 after a six month rebuild process.

Through the next several years some family members left, while others came, and the one constant was the traditions that had been passed down and were still treasured and protected by the ones that cared enough to stay the course.

In 2001 Linda retired to the shock of family and all that had seen her behind the desk. Although missed greatly, it was good to know that she was enjoying her golden years doing things she never had time to. Her dedication to the customers and to her family made her a matriarch in the truest sense, and that tradition still lives on today.

Linda’s La Cantina is open from 4:00 pm until 9:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. I would suggest making a reservation, as they tend to fill up fast with the limited hours.


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Urbain 40

8000 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 872-2640

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Recently, Chef Tim Keating has taken over as the director of culinary operations for Boulevard Restaurants. 

Boulevard Restaurants currently consists of Urbain 40 and Paradiso 37 in Disney Springs. From the moment of his arrival, Chef Tim has been busy playing around with the menu to put his own personal spin on the fare served at Urbain 40.


The Four time James Beard award nominee is highly passionate about using the freshest seasonal produce, sustainable meats and seafood, most of which are locally sourced. Chef Tim’s new menu is quite impressive with 23 new dish additions and changes, crafting them into seasonal favorites like the Duck Confit Troffie Di Abruzzo Pasta, Char-Crusted Angus Striploin and Rock Shrimp & Cape Bay Scallop Ceviche “Cocktail.”

Urbain 40 has become a well known hot spot in the Dr. Phillips area known as Restaurant Row. The American Brasserie and Lounge that opened towards the end of 2015 made a name for itself by serving chef crafted cuisine inspired by American and continental classics set in a 1940’s style neighborhood eatery with imaginative offerings for lunch, dinner, and late night with a plethora of “Big City” cocktails.

Inside Urbain 40 you will find a simple and elegant atmosphere, reminiscent of the big band era. You can enjoy live music, which plays nightly selections from a host of genres ranging from Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. The Decor is classic brasserie with white linen table cloths, plenty of wood and shiny brass.

Rock Shrimp & Cape Bay Scallop Ceviche "Cocktail" is one of the appetizer selections from the newly revamped menu. This dish features fresh and local rock shrimp and Cape Bay scallops in a mixture of radishes, cucumbers, palm hearts, peppadew peppers with citrus & tequila accentuations. This is a very creative ceviche.

The Elderflower Martini is a vibrant floral martini with hints of honey, white grape, and lime. This was a great “Big City” style cocktail.

Crispy Jonah Crab Cake is served atop a savory slaw, sauce verde and a piquant mango pepper coulis that made the flavors of the crab cake really come to life.

The Lemon Myrtle Dusted Gulf Swordfish & Slow Braised Heritage Cheshire Pork Belly is served with a Zellwood corn pudding, varietal mushrooms, white asparagus, & young turnips. It's in a dish like this, with so much flavor and a variety of ingredients, you truly see the brilliance of Chef Tim Keating.

Steak Frites is a traditional French bistro favorite, and the Char Crusted Angus NY Striploin is Chef Tim’s spin on the dish. The steak is coated in a mixture of dry rub seasonings that allow it to cook and crust up on the outside, while still allowing for a good medium and juicy steak inside. The frites are made of truffled pomme frites, and this is served with a sauce foyot, which is a variation of the classic Bearnaise sauce.

Troffie Di Abruzzo is a twisted Ligurian style pasta dumpling with duck confit & duck sausage, wilted rhapini & alba mushrooms. This entree was very flavorful, but also very rich and decadent in the French tradition.

After all the rich foods, the Lemon Meringue Tart was a great palate cleanser with Blueberry lavender sorbet, poppy seed crèma and Florida blueberries.

The Tropical Sundae Deluxe is a dessert that really infuses the concept of Continental American cuisine with toasted coconut gelato, rum soaked angel food cake, caramel sauce & pink peppercorn spiced pineapple.

If you love chocolate and peanut butter, then you will enjoy the Sinful Chocolate & Peanut Butter Creation with layers of dark & milk chocolate, peanut butter crèma, and Florida blueberries.


Urbain 40 has always been a great restaurant, but with Chef Tim Keating presiding over the food, it just got way better. Now that he has this menu in place at Urbain 40, he's free to start focusing more on Paradiso 37, and that is exactly what he has planned...so stay tuned for updates on that.

Whether you are single, or are dining with a significant other, you are sure to have a great experience. Groups and larger parties are also very well taken care of as the restaurant has separate spaces that allow for privacy, but you can even leave the doors open to let the music of the big band era flow into your private event.

Urbain 40 is open for lunch from 11:00am until 2:00pm daily, with dinner service going from 5:00pm until 10:00pm on Sunday to Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday they are open until 11:000pm.

Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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From Summer Harvest to Magical Dining at Canvas

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

Canvas is the brand new restaurant and market located at the Laureate Park Village Center in the heart of Lake Nona. If you recall back in march, Tastes Of Orlando got a pretty good taste of Canvas and we really enjoyed the place. If you missed it, you can see the full review Here.

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.

Canvas is always striving to add creativity and variety to their menu. Sometimes this might be done by featuring seasonal ingredients in dishes, or by coming up with all new entrees to feature for a short time. 

Recently I got to sample the two course summer menu that featured items not on the regular menu. Inspired by executive chef Bryan Thoman’s favorite summertime dishes and fused with Canvas’ signature Florida inspired cuisine, this limited time menu featured a variety of seasonal favorites prepared with the season’s freshest ingredients.

That deal has since expired, but as many of you know the time for Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is upon us, and Canvas has a great selection of eats for $33.00 per person. During Magical Dining Month, participating restaurants offer up a three course meal that includes an appetizer, entree and dessert for one set price.

At Canvas diners can choose between an appetizer of the Jerk Marinated Grilled Chicken Wings or a Crab and Corn Bisque.

The entree selection includes Memphis Style Hot Chicken with biscuit and house pickles, Shrimp and Pork Belly Cheddar Grits with fried okra and piquante sauce or the Oak Grilled Wahoo Roasted Kabocha with squash and mole verde.

For desserts you can't go wrong with a choice of Sticky Toffee Pudding or the seasonal Upside Down Cake with vanilla bean gelato.

The Southern Hospitality Smash is among my favorite cocktails at Canvas with Woodford Reserve bourbon, dry curacao, pineapple, basil and grapefruit bitters. The Tavstiock Reserve Chardonnay is very good as well.

These little guys were on the Summer Harvest menu, and have made it to the Magical Dining Menu as well. The Jerk Marinated Grilled Chicken Wings with mango jalapeno puree are loaded with flavor, a nice heat and best of all the meat falls right off the bone.

The Classic Deviled Eggs with Sriracha were tasty treats.

By far, the most impressive appetizer of the evening was the Watermelon Salad with buttermilk dressing, arugula, jalapenos and Cotija cheese. The sweetness combined with the heat and creamy tang of the buttermilk was just an explosion of flavor.

For my entree selection I chose the Summer Steak Frites. I'm just a sucker for steak and frites and whenever I see it on a menu, I order it. The petite tender filet medallions with house fries and au poivre sauce made with black peppercorn were delicious.

The BBQ Baby Back Ribs should be a permanent addition to the Canvas menu. They were awesome in every way. The ribs are slow cooked Carolina style and have a nice baked on glaze that was savory with a touch of sweet. The collard greens and jalapeno corn bread were as southern as it gets and were perfect pairings for these ribs.

For dessert we ordered the Seasonal Upside Down Cake, which was a pineapple upside down cake with vanilla bean gelato. It was the perfect amount of sweetness and creaminess to end our night.

The 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.

Magical Dining Month runs from August 29th until October 2nd. Stop by Canvas Restaurant and Market and check them out to get a taste of some of the excellent food that is being offered up by Chef Bryan Thoman and his staff at an exceptional price.


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Maddey's Craft & Cru

116 W Church St
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 601-2692
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Maddey's Craft & Cru is the all new restaurant in Downtown Orlando from Chef Jason Schofield. 

His name may seem familiar to those of you who frequent this blog or if you are just a foodie in general. Returning to Florida in 2011, Chef Jason joined the Hennessey & Coyle restaurant group as executive chef and oversaw White Wolf Cafe and established Wolfie’s PizzaMia in the Ivanhoe district known to us locals as the “Ivanhood”. It was there he pioneered an ambitious program of handmade pastas, fresh-baked breads and house-made charcuterie that I had the opportunity to sample...it was delicious indeed.

Since leaving Hennessey & Coyle in 2014, Chef Jason has dedicated himself to the establishment of Schofield Restaurant Group as a premier consultancy for hospitality businesses and elite private clients throughout the United States. One of his first ventures was the boutique sandwich shop, This ‘N’ That Eats, which you can see my review of here. The menu there focuses on global sandwiches, cured meats and cheeses, as well as coffee made in the traditional sense of the region.

At Maddey’s Craft & Cru, Chef Jason’s idea was to bring the past, present, and future together in a restaurant quite unlike any other in Orlando. The restaurant location has been a few different names over the years, but it is inside the Bumby Arcade on Church street, which is an iconic part of downtown Orlando’s history. The menu is full of comfort classics and unique dishes like short ribs with glazed onion, lengua lardoons and truffled purple yam mousse. There is also a Wagyu beef NY strip that is cooked sous vide then dipped in liquid Nitrogen and plenty of house made pasta dishes.


All of the artisanal pizzas are made with flour that is milled on site and used for pastas, breads and desserts. The mozzarella, ricotta, and ricotta solatta are also made in house from raw milk. As you walk inside, you can see the pizza oven that can cook a pizza in a mere 180 seconds.

In keeping true with his tradition of procuring and serving fine cheeses, meats and other accoutrements, Chef Jason has a nice cheese board and a charcuterie board on the menu at Maddey’s with a great assortment of flavors and textures that are cured in house as well.

With a carefully curated beverage program heavy on craft beers and vintage cocktails, Maddey’s aims to affirm that comfort food and drink isn’t a stale relic of the past. The Florida Mule (top left) is made with St. Augustine Vodka, and the Lost in Translation (front) is made with Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey.

The Arancini are on the Bar Bites portion of the menu and they are an immensely flavorful take on a classic Sicilian dish with Pork confit, English peas, sage pea puree and Parmesan.

The Angus Burger is a mouthwatering lean Black Angus beef patty with Orlando’s own Pane D’Or bakery Pretzel Bun, Green Tomato Jam and Cheddar Cheese. The burger is served with shoestring fries that have been fried in duck fat for an ultimate burger and fry combo.

The show stopper is the Perfect N.Y. Strip. This is Wagyu Beef cooked sous vide dipped in liquid nitrogen, then deep fried in beef shortening topped with sal de flur, bone marrow butter and beef jus, served with parmesan fries. As far I can say...it is the perfect NY Strip Steak.

As part of a monthly changing menu that will feature new dishes and seasonal items, we also got to try the Pork Loin with broccolini and whey grits. The protein, a very large loin that was more than enough for two people, was cooked perfectly with a nice savory flavor.

This last drink is a dedication to a friend of ours who passed away recently and way too soon. The Final Boarding Call, is made with Aviation Gin, Boomsma Cloosterbitter, Bols Maraschino and a Lime… little did I know this drink would be the last one shared with Coleen Burns.
Coleen had a million-watt smile and a laugh so contagious it'd brighten anyone's mood. She was an avid traveler, so the name of this drink is fitting as she took her final boarding call to a better place. 

Maddey’s has brought the taste of the Burroughs to the City Beautiful by making its home on Church Street, in downtown Orlando in an awesome space. Maddey’s Craft & Cru doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to quality and authenticity of flavors. Traditional ingredients and nostalgic flavors are creatively injected into contemporary and worldly twists in Chef Jason’s from scratch executions. Stop by and see them soon and grab a Florida Mule.

***Note - Maddey's is temporarily closed due to unforeseen circumstances but plans to reopen in September and hopes to see the return of familiar and new faces in the fall.

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