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Showing posts with label The Milk District. Show all posts

MX Taco

207 N Bumby Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 730-5241
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When I heard of another taco spot opening in Orlando, I pretty much rolled my eyes and shrugged my shoulders and said..”Great another taco place.”

We are almost suffering from taco overload, and there is a race to the finish line on what the next hottest foodie fad will be in Orlando... poke or ramen.

But then when I saw that this new spot was being helmed by Chef Ryan Manning and when I saw his concept and idea… I said…”Ohhhh, Wait a minute.”

I met Ryan at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes when I first previewed Highball and Harvest, as he was the sous chef there at the time. He explained to me that he was currently in the process of opening a restaurant in the Milk District of Downtown Orlando, and I knew I had to check it out.

After leaving Orlando, Chef Ryan moved to Mexico to work at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun where he had the opportunity to work his way through the cuisine and culture of Mexico while working and traveling for the hotel’s culinary experience.

He realized that much of what he thought he knew about Mexican food was actually not Mexican at all and that the cuisine was much deeper as you break it down from region to region.

Upon returning to the United States he became the banquet chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C. This created a great opportunity to partner with the Mexican Embassy and Cultural Institute to share the flavors of Mexico with the guests of the embassy.

Earlier this month Chef Ryan returned to Orlando to open MX Taco – a fast-casual taqueria focusing on producing the flavors that he experienced through his travels and work in Mexico.

The menu is unique from the others around the area as it features the states where each item comes from and delves into some of the unique flavors you don’t often find in the United States, including Shrimp Tikin-Xic which has its origins several hundred years ago in the Mayan Empire.

MX Taco is a culinary journey through the different regions of Mexico, and after a visit here, you will quickly find that Not All Tacos are Created Equal. MX Taco is on another level.

A trio of House made Hot Sauces at MX Taco with Chile Guajillo, Chile Habanero and Chile de arbol is available on every table, which is only 4 for now.

The Guacamole and Tomatillo salsa and chips were both fresh and delicious with great flavor.

We enjoyed our sampling of Agua Frescas with Watermelon, Horchata, Hibiscus, Pineapple and Horchata with Coconut.

Street Tacos at MX Taco are on point. The Conchita Pibil from the Yucatan Region on the left with bitter orange pulled pork and pickled onions and the Carnitas from the Michoacan region on the right with onions and cilantro...both were outstanding.

Esquites or Mexican Street Corn was simply phenomenal, perhaps one of the best I've had.

Shrimp Tikin-Xic from the Yucatan region with achiote bitter orange shrimp and pickled onion and a Quesadilla con Chorizo from Mexico City with Oaxaca queso and chorizo.

This Pozole will warm you right up and is pretty hearty with a hominy soup and tomato pork broth, served with a chicharone. Pozole is a Thursday Special at MX Taco.

Bistek con Sikil Pak from Yucatan with steak, pickled onions, and pumpkin seed sauce on the left and Bistek en Salsa Roja on the right from the Sonora Region with braised steak, pepper sauce and avocado were all unbelievably good.

For a vegetarian option, on the left is a Comote con Mole taco with sweet potato, beans, queso, Cotija, pickled onion and salsa mole from the Oaxaca region, on the right is a Mole Poblano taco from the Puebla area of Mexico with chicken, queso Cotija, onion and crema.

The Avocado Ice Cream is AMAZING. It was very creamy and refreshing topped with toasted pumpkin seeds and shaved Mexican chocolate..

Just like the restaurant itself, the kitchen at MX Tacos is pretty small as well, but there is just enough room to make the taco magic happen.

As you walk into MX Taco, Chef Ryan’s goal is to transport you to Mexico with smell of traditional braises and chilies in the air with a guiding principle to provide the authentic flavors of Mexican Cuisine.

With fresh ingredients prepared in the right manner, the clean and oftentimes healthy dishes of Mexico do not require excesses in spices and ingredients. The goal is to take you on a journey through the states of Mexico with every bite you take.

MX Taco is open everyday from 11:00 am to 10:00pm. They are in soft opening from now until the end of January with plans to open fully and have some additional patio seating by the beginning of February.
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Se7en Bites

617 Primrose Dr,
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 203-0727
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Se7en Bites is the brainchild of Chef Trina Gregory-Propst and has steadily become a hit among locals.

From the humble beginnings of the original location at 207 N. Primrose Drive, this bakery and savory eats spot has kept its commitment to quality eats that are reminiscent of a forgotten age of Southern hospitality.

In May of 2016, Se7en Bites opened up shop in a larger building, just up the road from the original location. The new spot at 617 N. Primrose Drive is a 3,500 square foot space with plenty of room to dine inside and also includes an outdoor patio area with picnic tables and umbrellas to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather.

This new space also makes them one of the largest independent, full service bakeries in the Orlando area. With the added space, half of the inside has been made into a complete hot kitchen and a pastry kitchen, so Chef Trina and her team can make even more of their delicious food and treats, like the Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie that put Se7en Bites on the foodie map...and helped to give Chef Trina her nickname…”The Pie Lady”

The bakery is full service with bread, doughnuts, fritters, bagels and muffins, cakes, pies, tarts, cookies and moon pies, as well as whatever special creation they whip up. The kitchen menu has items for breakfast or lunch on the weekdays with special menus for brunch on the weekends complete with beer-mimosa specials.

With a focus on Southern fare, the breakfast menu is full of savory dishes like biscuits and gravy, grits, savory ham bread pudding, buttermilk biscuits topped in a variety of ways and eggs any way you can imagine. Lunch offerings consist of a Southern Cuban, quiche of the day, meatloaf sandwich, grilled pimento and cheese sandwich and a 5 cheese mac & cheese just to name a few...and everything is made from scratch.

Tastes Of Orlando stopped by recently for a Saturday brunch and it was pretty damn tasty!

This was part of the always changing brunch menu. It's a gigantic Fajita Burrito packed full of potatoes, eggs, fajita chicken, peppers & onions, cheese and is drizzled with hollandaise and avocado crema. Delicious.

At Se7en Bites, Southern cooking is at the core, just with a little more flair. These Buttermilk biscuits are topped with a creamy thyme sausage gravy and served with bacon, an over easy egg and a side of addictive cheddar chive grits.

Of course you have to grab some sweets to take with you to eat later on if you are full from your meal. Cookie Bars, Fudge Bars, Pies, Moon Pies, or how about a made from scratch Oatmeal Cream Pie? I’ll take 2 of everything...Thanks!

Se7en Bites is closed on Monday’s but from Tuesday through Friday they are open from 7:30am until 3:30pm. Saturday and Sunday they are open for brunch from 9:00am until 3:00pm.

They carry a full line of Abita beer and offer Blackberry Sangria and Orange Blossom Mimosas on the weekends. Stop on by and let them fill your pie hole.

Se7en Bites Bake Shop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Summer Jam: Milk Edition

Summertime is in full swing, and Orlando has plenty of sights, sounds and tastes available all over the place. 

With the upcoming Summer Jam: Milk Edition, I thought it would be a great event to share with everyone, and officially kick off our Music Section on Tastes Of Orlando. 

Summer Jam: Milk Edition is taking place this Sunday June 22nd in Orlando's famous Milk District. With three areas of amazing  and unique sounds starting at 2:00 pm and going all the way until 1:00 am. The Summer Jam is is going to be a cool spot to hear some good music, grab a few drinks and let lose a little and best of all...there's no cover.

Whether you are Old School or New School, or if you are just looking for something fun to do, make sure you come out and soak up the sounds.

The venues include The Sandwich Bar and The Space Bar as well as a stand alone outside area.

The Sandwich Bar will feature a mixture of  Disco, House, Funk, Tek, Minimal, and Progressive House along with a minimal food selection and plenty of beer available for purchase. 

The Space Bar  is going to be the place to hear all the latest in Experimental, Trip-Hop, Glitch, and Experimental Bass Sounds. Craft Beer and Wine will be available for purchase.

The Outside Area is where all the Drum and Bass and Heavy Breaks action will take place.

For More Information you can go to the official event invite page on Facebook at

Here are some links to the lineup of performers.

Quantum Theory

Soul de Funk


Mathew Scot

DJ Annalog





Stereo 77

Chaotic Logic




Evans and Pierce


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