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STK

1580 East Buena Vista Drive.
Disney Springs
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 917-7440
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STK, as they like to say...Is not your daddy's steakhouse. 

Each location has a unique design concept that artfully blends the modern steakhouse and a chic lounge into one, offering a dynamic, fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. 

STK distinguishes itself by emphasizing the social experience and taking a vibe-driven approach to fine dining. Every venue has a DJ to create an infectious, high-energy atmosphere and the sleek environment is designed to encourage guests to interact and mingle.

Ultimately, STK aims to define the modern dining experience complete with incredible food, world-class service and the perfect ambiance.

Outside of the restaurant can be a little deceiving from what is actually inside. The brick exterior looks more like an old train depot, but once you step inside, it’s all chic and glamour.

On the lower level once you enter, there is a bar and seating area with a very Miami club feel to it, complete with a live DJ and it can get very noisy.

If you venture upstairs, you will find indoor and outdoor seating with excellent views of Disney Springs in a more relaxed setting, and an added bonus with the Landing’s only rooftop dining spot.

Of course steaks are the thing here...everything from Porterhouse, NY Strips, Filets and Ribeyes, but they also have a decent selection of other entrees, sides and apps. 

I was recently invited to check out some classic STK items and a few new items as well, as the restaurant gets ready for summer.

First, we must discuss the bread...this is hands down one of the best breads I’ve had at any steakhouse, and possibly at any restaurant. We have fresh baked doughy pull apart bread covered in Blue Cheese Butter served with a Chive Oil dipping sauce and it is immensely satisfying to eat.

We definitely needed some good libations to wash all the bread down with, so we started with a Cucumber Stiletto made with Ketel One Vodka and a simple Old Fashioned with Basil Hayden’s.

Tuna Tartare is served with fresh tuna, haas avocados, soy honey emulsion and taro chips. We enjoyed this appetizer and the presentation, but it was a tad salty.

The Lil BRG's are so dang cute....but they taste even better because they are made with wagyu beef on a sesame seed bun and topped with caramelized onions, tomatoes and special sauce. These sliders, the house bread and a cocktail or three at STK is all you really need for a good time.

If you want some heat on your tongue, the, Hibachi Chicken will get you fired up. This is served with kale, Brussels sprouts and apple kimchi, butternut squash and a very hot and sweet mixture of gochujang honey.

The 160z. Sirloin was cooked to a perfect medium and was juicy and full of flavor. The Steak at STK really stands by itself, but they offer a variety of sauces, like this one, the Bold Sauce. Other offerings include, Horseradish, Au poivre, Bernaise, Chimichurri and Red Wine.

We sampled a variety of sides that included Asparagus, Jalapeno Cheddar Grits, Sweet Corn Pudding and the Mac & Cheese you see pictured here. The mac & cheese at STK is very rich and very cheesy, it was quite good, but we only lasted a few bites because the cheese mixture was a bit overpowering.

Chilean Sea Bass was exceptional also, with a miso passion fruit glaze, fried baby bok choy, pickled Fresno chili and cilantro.

Dessert was nothing short of awesome, and was way more than we could handle. We were treated to three of the most popular items: Bag-O-Donuts with dulce-de leche filling, Warm Baked Cookie and Chocolate Cake with Cotton Candy, all served with vanilla ice cream.

Scenes from the bar and the bar dining area.

STK is certainly not your daddy’s steakhouse, but I'm sure your daddy, or mommy would approve of the food here. The service and food is top notch, and it is at a higher price point, but that is to be expected for a higher quality steakhouse.

It does get loud inside, and I mean LOUD...where you literally have to shout across the table to each other, but after a few cocktails, some food, and vibing to the music, you get used to it.

STK is open from 11:30 am to 11:00 pm Monday to Wednesday, Thursday to Saturday they are open from 11:30 am to 2:00 am, and from 11 to 11 on Sunday.



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New Spring Menu Items at American Kitchen

1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-3080
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American Kitchen Bar & Grill is an open concept restaurant serving New American cuisine that is responsibly sourced and globally inspired. 

AK takes an artisan approach to cooking and preparation of everything on the menu with an emphasis on local ingredients, including herbs and greens that are harvested out of the restaurant’s living garden, i.e. a 1950’s red pick-up truck.

From house made pastas and cheese to cured and smoked meats, the menu is a dynamic tasting experience, especially when paired with hand crafted cocktails and specialty wines. Iv’e always been a fan of Chef Venoy Rogers and even his Sous Chef Jacob Rios, as they put a lot of heart and detail in they food they create.

“My philosophy in the kitchen is to have fun with food and express myself from the heart,” Chef Rogers said. “To make good food you need great ingredients.”

Recently I was invited to a Spring Menu Sampling at AK, and of course everything was extraordinary. We sampled a variety of shareable starters, mains, a huge Tomahawk Rib eye, Dessert and a few glasses of wine.

The House made Bread at American Kitchen is simply fantastic, but the Umami Butter just made it that much better.

Part one of the Small Bites Tour featured Carne Con Queso Egg Rolls, Tempura Avocado and Glazed Fried Shrimp Bites. 

Part two of the Small Bites Tour was served with a sampling of Grilled Buffalo Wings, Fried Chicken Oyster and wonderfully delicious Korean Glazed Pork Ribs.

I really enjoyed The Florida Old Fashioned made with St. Augustine Distillery Florida Straight Bourbon, Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic, Cherries and Orange.

The Smoked Fried Chicken sandwich at American Kitchen is always delicious, served with house aioli, coleslaw, pickled onions and pickles on a sesame seed bun, but the side of fries served in a miniature shopping cart was just too damn cute!

Beet Root Ravioli was simply awesome made with house made beet and ricotta ravioli, locally sourced goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, beet soil, and citrus. 

East Coast Bouillabaisse was another great example of the creativity and diversity of Chef Venoy and his staff. This is made with locally sourced whitefish, Florida rock shrimp, scallops, mussels, Peruvian potatoes, lobster broth and crunchy garlic bread. 

The 120 day Dry Aged Certified Angus Beef Tomahawk Ribeye was cooked to a perfect medium and was mouthwatering served with Three Potato Gratin, Smokehouse Mushrooms and the whole bone separated.

We finished the evening with The Candy Bar, a house made bourbon vanilla nougat with milk chocolate, toasted hazelnuts and edible gold shavings. This was Chef Venoy’s interpretation of a gourmet snickers bar and it was incredible.

The food here is always amazing. Chef Venoy and Rios do an amazing job, and Chef Venoy is a great talent in the kitchen. I've always been a fan of American Kitchen, and am a firm believer in the skill set of the kitchen and the staff here.

It is time however, for the B Resort and Spa to make the necessary changes to update the inside of the restaurant and move on from the old American Q days and give Chef Venoy and his staff an inside that matches the artistry and skill set of the food they serve up here.

I can neither can confirm nor deny that those said changes may be on the way shortly.


American Kitchen is open Monday to Sunday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.

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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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Glenfiddich Scotch Pairing Dinner at Spencer’s For Steaks & Chops


6001 Destination Parkway
Hilton Orlando
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 313-8625

As Scotch continues to take the aged spirit market by storm, it has been discovered that food enhances and unlocks unique flavors within the brown liquor. 
Setting out to highlight the versatility and complex tasting notes of Scotch, the Hilton Orlando will host a one-night Glenfiddich dining event at Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops. 

If you are a connoisseur of fine Scotch, The Glenfiddich name should be very familiar to you. The Glenfiddich Distillery was founded in 1886 by William Grant in Dufftown, Scotland, in the glen of the River Fiddich. The Glenfiddich single malt whisky first ran from the stills on Christmas Day, 1887. Glenfiddich has now become the world's best selling single malt. It is sold in 180 countries, and accounts for about 35% of single malt sales. Glenfiddich is currently managed by the fifth generation of William Grant's descendants.

There’s no better way to truly appreciate a fine Scotch then to pair it with food that is even finer.

Taking place on August 9th, the Scotch themed menu will feature Glenfiddich 12, 15, 18, and 21 paired and balanced with delicacies such as diver scallops, lamb loin and dry aged New York steak. A Caramel Cheesecake finishes the meal and pairs with the fresh pear, warm honey, baked apple and sweet toffee tasting notes within the scotches.


Guests are invited to join from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The full menu can be found here and reservations are currently being accepted on OpenTable

-Glenfiddich Scotch Pairing Dinner: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 6:30 - 8:30pm $78 Per Person

-Hors D’oeuvres: sturgeon caviar, caramelized shallot crème frachie, toasted brochie filet tartar, truffle, caper-dijon dressing king crab, honey-lime compressed melon, feta Paired with Glenfiddich 12 Year

-First Course: Diver Scallop leek, poached pear, crispy maple bacon Paired with Glenfiddich 15 Year.

-Second Course: Lamb Loin dates, spiced pine nuts, grumpy goat cheese, mizuna, whisky honey vinaigrette Paired with Glenfiddich 18 Year.

-Entree: Dry Aged New York apple glazed carrots, potato bleu gateau, sauce bordelaise Paired with Glenfiddich 21 Year.

-Dessert: Caramel Cheesecake brûlée figs, spicy banana whisky sauce, chantilly.




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Summer Grilling Tips with Christner's Prime Steak

June was National Steakhouse Month, and maybe this would have been perfect for then, but any month is a great month for steak if you ask me. Really when you think about it, any week or day is a great time for steak.

Although we all enjoy a fine evening at a steakhouse, especially one like Christner’s with great steaks and seafood, it is the summer time and that always seems to bring out the grill master in all of us. So as you continue on your magical summer of grilling and pool parties, check out some of these tips from Orlando’s lady of steak herself, Alice Christner….

When it comes to seafood,


-Buy as fresh as you possibly can

-How you cook seafood is really important

-Denser fish like Tuna or Swordfish are wonderful to cook on the grill. You can cook them like you would a steak and they hold up well and yield great flavor

-Delicate white fish like grouper or snapper are best cooked in the oven and lend well to different sauces



On the subject of meat, Alice says,

-Buy the highest grade of beef you can

-Angus at the supermarket (like Publix) is a good consumer choice for something more affordable, but USDA Prime, like Christner’s has on the menu, is the best grade to get. Fresh Market sells it, but a personal favorite is Petty’s Meat Market in Longwood.

-Season your steaks with Kosher salt and pepper; this will help bring out the natural flavors in the meat

-Steak is best when cooked to medium rare. You get a great flavor this way. The only cut that is better to cook to medium is Ribeye because it is the most marbled of all the meats.



Of course if you would rather leave the cooking to the professionals, then you can always make a reservation at Christner's Prime Steak and Lobster at 729 Lee Road Orlando, FL., 32810.

You can call them at (407) 645-4443.... and you just might run into Alice Christner herself.
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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse


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


In case you missed it, another outstanding steakhouse has been added to International Drive to compliment the already great list of dining options you can find cruising up and down the strip.

That steakhouse is none other than Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. I had the opportunity to visit this fine establishment during a grand opening VIP celebration and got to tour the new digs. I must say I was impressed with what I saw, and Del Frisco's looks like a place that is going to be a standard setter in Orlando.

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. The people at Del Frisco’s will tell you... “No one does steak like Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House” and the new location in Orlando will be no exception.


An American culinary institution, Del Frisco’s in Orlando will serve up flawless cuisine that’s bold and delicious with an extensive award-winning wine list and a level of service that reminds guests that they’re the boss. Offering prime steak, fresh-off-the-boat seafood and genuine hospitality, Del Frisco’s Orlando is an exceptional steakhouse, unparalleled in Orlando.

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.

If you are interested in trying out Del Frisco’s but maybe you think it's not in your budget, I have some great news for you. As a way to celebrate Orlando's amazing culinary scene Visit Orlando is kicking off their annual Magical Dining Month with a special preview week that begins August 24th , and continues throughout September. During Magical Dining Month, select Orlando restaurants will offer prix fixe dinners for just $33 and allows guests to indulge in imaginative appetizers, entrees and desserts for one low price and Del Frisco’s is participating in this wonderful event.

The Magical Dining menu at Del Frisco’s includes:

Choice of appetizers:

Classic Caesar Salad, Mixed Green Salad or Soup Creation Of The day 

Choice of Entrees:

Filet Mignon 8 oz., Filet Medallions, Pan Roasted Chicken or Pan Seared Salmon all served with Chateau potatoes & thin green beans.









Choice of Desserts:
Cheesecake with strawberry or butterscotch Sauce, Warm Banana Bread Pudding with Caramel sauce & fresh whipped cream or a Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate shavings & raspberry sauce.

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.

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