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Keke's Breakfast Cafe


345 West Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
407-629-1400
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Keke’s Breakfast Cafe has always been a favorite of a lot of people I have spoke to over the years, but I never got around to trying them out until a few weeks ago. If you are not familiar with Keke’s they are a small chain of breakfast and lunch only restaurants that opens at 7:00 am and closes at 2:00 pm. Currently there are 13 locations with more soon to open throughout Central Florida.

Breakfast covers the usual line up of omelets, pancakes, waffles, french toast etc. Lunch includes selections of burgers, wraps, and a variety of sandwiches and paninis. All of the food at Keke’s is handmade, using quality ingredients and fresh fruits and vegetables that are delivered daily and served up in a clean environment with great service.

The food here can best be described as American comfort food with a gourmet twist. On my visit we did breakfast items only, and selected a few dishes. All of our food was excellent. It was crowded when we arrived around 11:00 and we were told there would be a wait of fifteen minutes, but we only waited about five minutes.

The Home Fries with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese were pretty awesome, and are really great for a hangover remedy. This comes in a large enough portion that if you just wanted to order this only, you would be satisfied.


The Southwest Omelet is filled with tomatoes, onion, jalapeño and pepper jack cheese, petal sauce and is served with salsa a side of home fries and your choice of bread. This was omelette was fluffy and tasty with a touch of spice.


I ordered the “Create Your Own Combo” with French toast, two eggs sunny side up and two strips of bacon. The French toast at Keke’s is not to be missed. I only had the basic regular version, and it was among the best French toast I have had. I hear that the stuffed versions are pretty spectacular as well.

Whatever part of town you are in, look up the nearest Keke’s Breakfast Cafe location the next time you are in the mood for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or whatever you want to call it. There is a reason they have won Orlando Weekly’s Best Of Orlando award for breakfast two times in three years.

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First Watch: New Summer Menu Items


3402 Technological Ave.
Orlando, FL, 32817
(407) 823-8146
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First Watch, the breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant, has added three new seasonal menu items that will be available through Sunday, August 17.

In addition to the food offerings, long time fans of First Watch will be happy to know that the brand has finally added Iced Coffee to the menu that is available year round. 

Those new menu items include the BLT Benedict, Shrimp and Grits, and the Bruleed Banana Waffle. Chris Tomasso, chief marketing officer for First Watch says "they are very excited to offer a new spin on some breakfast and brunch classics that offer a little bit of everything, a little sweet, a little savory and we think our guests will thoroughly enjoy them.”


The BLT Benedict is served with two poached eggs on toasted ciabatta with bacon, tomato, hollandaise sauce, lemon-dressed arugula, avocado slices, fresh herbs, and includes a side of fresh seasonal fruit. 

I really liked the flavors and textures of this dish and would certainly order it again. The ciabatta added a nice crispy layer of support for all of the toppings.

The Shrimp & Grits features sautéed shrimp and Andouille sausage in a Cajun low-country reduction with house-roasted tomatoes, onions, peppers, corn and fresh herbs on Cheddar Parmesan cheesy grits served with ciabatta toast.

First Watch has done a pretty good job of creating an authentic "Low Country" shrimp and grits. The flavors were light and fresh with an earthy note, and the Andouille sausage added the right amount of spice.

The Bruleed Banana Waffle is a light and airy waffle that  is topped with caramelized bruleed bananas, brown sugar glazed bacon, a sweet cream sauce drizzle and bacon-infused syrup.

This was really good, but it was really sweet. I like sweets, but this was too much for me. I recommend you order this and split it with at least one other person.

I personally am a big fan of iced coffee, don't get me wrong, I like it hot too, but sometimes I just want iced coffee. That being said, I don't why it took so long to add iced coffee to the menu at a place that specializes in breakfast and brunch. So all my fellow iced coffee drinkers out there can now rejoice as First Watch has finally decided to make it a staple. My coffee was perfectly sweetened and ice cold, and I will certainly have some again on my next visit.

First Watch is a recipient of more than 200 “Best Of” accolades in markets across the country and was recently recognized with a 2014 “MenuMasters Award” by Nation’s Restaurant News for Best Healthful Innovation for its Pesto Chicken Quinoa Bowl. The “Daytime Café” features traditional favorites including pancakes, omelets, salads and sandwiches, as well as signature specialties such as the Chickichanga, Healthy Turkey Omelet, and Fresh Fruit Crepes.

First Watch serves its entire menu seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The restaurant also offers guests complimentary newspapers and free Wi-Fi Internet access.

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David's Club at Omni Orlando Resort


1500 Masters Blvd
Champions Gate, FL
(407) 238-6565
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With the help of Executive Chef Robert Ash, Omni Orlando Resort is setting a pretty high standard in the world of fine and sustainable dining.

Since coming aboard with Omni Orlando, Chef Ash has been successful in designing a menu that has no boundaries or nationalities. His commitment to excellence and his more than seventeen years in the culinary field are what drives Chef Ash not only to excellence, but to always challenge the complexity of tastes and the depth of the palate. His new mission is creating a monthly additional feature menu that includes the "Item Of The Month." The item of the month menu showcases locally sourced foods that highlight one locally sourced ingredient each month. 

The new menu features ingredients from local farmers, fisherman, ranchers, and foragers and is based on using that particular ingredient in its peak season in a variety of ways. For the month of June, Corn is the item of the month and Chef Ash and his team have created five specials to show how diverse corn can be. All the corn used to create the menu is from Long and Scott Farms in Mt. Dora. For July, the item of the month is shrimp from some of the best paces in Florida like Jacksonville, Key West and the Gulf Coast. 

On my recent visit to sample the "Item of the Month" we were treated to a wonderful dinner service at David's Club. Omni Orlando has a few places to grab some food, but the resorts two main restaurants are Trevi's and Davids Club. 

Trevi's is an Italian restaurant that features a brick oven and family style menu ordering options. Both restaurants are participating in the Item of the month program and feature the same ingredient used for that month.


Davids Club is an upscale sports bar and grill that serves hand cut steaks, short ribs, sandwiches, and a selection of  premium cigars and Cognacs.



In addition to those fine Cognacs, David's also has an impressive list of premium Scotch and specialty cocktails. If wine or beer is your fancy, they also have a small craft beer selection and a decent  wine list.


We really enjoyed the flavors and the refreshing qualities of cocktails like the Knickerbocker, Basil Peach Gimlet and the Blushing Berri.


To get our Item Of The Month Menu started, Chef Ash treated us to a serving of some pretty darn good Hushpuppies.

These are not your average Hushpuppies by a long shot as they are  made with smoked Gouda cheese and Nueske’s cherrywood bacon.

The house made malted tartar sauce and a few drops of fresh squeezed lemon juice made these some of the best hushpuppies I have had. They were very light to eat, but heavy on flavor


Our next appetizer was the Corn Crepes. It may sound strange to make a crepe like concoction out of corn, but it actually tasted wonderful.

The corn crepes were topped with a grilled corn and tomato salad, quseo fresco, corn nuts, and a lemon vinaigrette. The flavors worked wonderfully together and I enjoyed the added texture of the corn nuts.

The Shrimp 'n Grits became an instant favorite. The grits are made with cheese and topped with Cajun BBQ shrimp and a corn salsa. 

For some reason, as southern as Florida is, its hard to find good grits. The grits served in this dish were some of the most authentic and home style that I have had in any restaurant, and we found ourselves licking the bowl.


Our second entree was the Chicken and Waffles with sriracha maple syrup. 

The chicken is coated in a corn meal crust and the waffle is made out of a cheddar and jalapeno cornmeal mixture. 

Usually adding all of those corn ingredients together can make for dry tasting foods, but the chicken was very tender and juicy and the waffle was firm, but light. I really enjoyed the sriracha maple syrup as well and thought it added a little extra kick to the  meal overall.


Thanks to our great server Maria, we were able to try the house specialty Short Rib.

Although its not part of the item of the month menu, this was a spectacular short rib that melted in your mouth.


To finish our evening off on a sweet note we had the final of the five "Items Of The Month" which is simply called Corn Cake.

The name may be simple, but this desert had a complex variety of ingredients. The corn cake itself is made of sweet cornbread and the ice cream is made with bacon and sweet corn and then topped off with caramel corn and a bacon infused syrup.

Once again this dish took ordinary ingredients and transformed them into a wonderful and tasty treat. That's the genius of Chef Ash...taking simplicity and making it extraordinary.

We had a great time visiting Omni Orlando and really enjoyed our meal at David's Club. The Item of The Month menu was pretty impressive and we cant wait to see what Chef Ash is going to do with the July ingredient of fresh Florida shrimp.

You can be sure that both David's Club and Trevi’s are going to create some amazing and unique dishes using locally harvested ingredients that will challenge your palate to new tastes.

Whether you are an Orlando local, or are from out of town and looking for a fun place to stay, Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate should be on the top of your list. Omni Orlando is a Four Diamond resort that is located minutes away from the Orlando attractions, yet worlds away from all the distractions.

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