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Orange County Brewers

131 N Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 914-2831
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If you remember, back in March I told you that “Something exciting is brewing in Downtown Orlando", as Orange County Brewers was getting set up to be new residents in Downtown Orlando.

Now, OCB as I like to call it, is fully open and brewing some pretty damn good beers in Orlando’s only downtown craft brewery.

The idea of Orange County Brewers arose from a team of rogue entrepreneurs looking to solve a problem: Finding craft beer in Downtown Orlando with brews that quench their thirst for unique flavors in a welcoming Sunshine State atmosphere.

Drawing from over a decade of success in owning and operating hospitality hot spots, the group quickly came up with a concept that celebrates an adventurous spirit with brews fit for fueling an active Florida lifestyle, brainstorming a new big idea, and exploring everything in between.

Located on the corner of Orange Avenue and Jefferson Street, the 3,400 square-foot full service brewery/brew pub is brewing a variety of different styles of beer, including Ales, Lagers, Pilsner, Stouts, IPA’s, Hefeweizen and Porters, plus they also feature a craft pizza kitchen called “Orlando Pizza and Wing Co.”

Behind the brewery is Head Brewer Amanda Roberts, joined by Owners Jeremy Roberts and Travis Barr, who have been putting together the Orange County Brewers (OCB) concept for over two years. They have both been in the hospitality industry for over 10 years and combined have owned and operated over 10 concepts.

Inside the brewery is a modern and industrial design that features exposed brick walls, an open design with dark wood accents, long tables with group interior seating and outdoor seating via patios in the front and rear of the establishment.

Artwork abounds inside as well with decorative painting on the walls, hand made beer flight holders and some really cool artwork on the ceiling.

“We are very excited to finally open our new concept, which we’ve been working on for the last few years,” says Owner Jeremy Roberts. “OCB is the only brewery in the Downtown Entertainment District. We are very grateful to the City of Orlando Economic Development for working with us on this project, and we look forward to welcoming beer lovers and creating many new ones throughout the region.”

While Amanda is busy brewing beers, the food is handled by Orlando Pizza and Wing Company. They serve up a variety of pizza’s, fresh baked sandwiches using the pie crust for the bread, and some very good smoked wings with a large variety of sauces.


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Whether you’re raising a beer to a bold experience or experimental business, OCB has a brew for you in mind. The bar is very open and inviting and a current on taps list is displayed on an LED screen above, as well as a daily printed out list available at each seat.

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Some behind the scenes looks at the brewery.

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Here we can see some of Amanda’s latest creations getting ready to be served … Like Son of a Witch… a special Halloween IPA brew.

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A beer flight with Green Tea IPA, Coco-mon Porter, Dankster of Love, The Go To Blonde Ale, and a Key Lime Chameleon Cream.

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Here's another flight of awesome beers at Orange County Brewers with Grapefruit Pale Ale, OB'Session IPA, 81 IPA, Ginga Beat Saizon, and a Percolator Coffee Milk Stout. The coffee milk stout is dangerous and so good all at once.

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The Smoked Wings available from Orlando Pizza and Wing Company are super jumbo, and super delicious.

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At OCB and Orlando Pizza and Wing Company, you can Choose from over 20 specialty pies or create a topping recipe of your own. This is the Tree Hugger Pie with fresh Mozzarella, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, goat cheese and crunchy onion straws.

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The Area 51 Pie features spicy sausage, ham, pineapple and jalapenos.

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The Joey Bada Bing is a bit more simple in design, with meatballs, sausage and pepperoni.

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Orange County Brewers is open for lunch and into the night hours daily. They offer tours, and Brewer-in-Chief Amanda Roberts plans multiple group activities each week that will involve education for anyone who would like to learn more about beer. OCB beers will also be distributed via City Beverages. 

This is a really cool spot, and so far the only brewery in the downtown district. The beers made here are flavorful and really hit all the flavor notes with a nice variety. Stop by sometime time and say hello to Amanda and the staff at OCB.
For more news and information on OCB, visit www.theocbrewers.com and www.facebook.com/orangecountybrewers.


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Lakehouse Bar and Grill

315 N Highland St,
Mt Dora, FL 32757
(352) 735-7433

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Lakehouse Bar and Grill was formerly known as Sidelines Sports Bar and Grill. Perhaps you may have went there in times past, and you have fond memories of the cheesy, bold colors and lots of sports team merchandise decorating the walls. 

Whether you were a fan of Sidelines or not, that place no longer exists and has been replaced with a very similar restaurant that has gotten a makeover from the folks at Bar Rescue. The ownership has remained the same, but aside of the name change, a few other things got a makeover and they have a renewed focus on quality food and great drinks.

For starters, the bold yellow, white and red colors of Sidelines were muted to a much warmer, more sophisticated colors to match the restaurant’s new name and brand: Lake House.


The excessive sports memorabilia has been replaced with fishing decor and photos. If you are a die hard sports fan, like myself, don't worry, they still have plenty of TV screens, and plan on having specials for the upcoming football season as well as various other sporting events.

The redesigned interior features warm, wood tones reflective of the residential feel Jon Taffer sought, according to Laura Rhoades, the show’s production designer. The bar is wrapped in shiny corrugated metal and topped with a warm wood counter. Above the bar hang three large televisions.

In case you missed the episode of Bar Rescue that aired on August 13th, here is a quick rundown of what happened:

Jon Taffer and crew went to Mount Dora, Florida to rescue Sidelines Bar & Grill. Sidelines Bar & Grill was a family run bar that is owned by Richard Marinacci. Richard and his aggressiveness is causing issues at the bar. During the Bar Rescue recon, the kitchen is dealing with cross contamination issues, and when Rich finds out about it, he goes back to the kitchen and chaos ensues, making for quite an entertaining episode of Bar Rescue!

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer changed the name of Sidelines Bar & Grill to Lake House Bar & Grill and the bar has kept the name. The reviews since the makeover are a mixed bag of positive and negative reviews.

Since the Bar Rescue makeover, there have been quite a lot of reviews, which means people are curious about how this establishment has fared since the makeover. The positive reviews seem to complement the bartenders while the negative reviews complain about service, and the overall quality of the makeover by Bar Rescue.

So here is Taste Of Orlando’s take on things. I stopped in for a visit in the beginning of August with three guests. My overall impression was a positive one. We all really enjoyed the food, and the bartender made us some serious drinks that are comparable to ones I've had at fine establishments that are in the $12.00 and up range for fine custom cocktails. Sure, there are a few things that still need fine tuning, but I think they are on the right track, given the location and the community that surrounds them.


Inside is very spacious with plenty of tables and seating, and a nice wrap around bar, but if the weather is permitting, they have a great outdoor patio with a wood deck and picnic tables to enjoy as well.

Our bartender Johnathan made some serious cocktails at the bar. We started our night off with a drink he calls the The Orange Blossom with Bombay Sapphire Gin, muddled orange, mint, orange bitters, simple syrup, and basil flower. This was very fresh and very Florida.

The fried mushrooms here are great bar food fare, and they actually use whole mushrooms, as opposed to the little caps most restaurants use. They are served with a horseradish dipping sauce and were pretty tasty.

You can't go wrong with potato skins fried nice and crispy and topped with lots of bacon at Lakehouse Bar and Grill.

Although this drink does not have an official name yet, We debated calling it the “Wet Cucumber” this was also a super refreshing drink with Bombay Sapphire Gin, mint, fresh cucumber, and very rare mini cucumbers in the bottom. This was another top notch cocktail from our bartender.

One of our guests ordered the Garlic Parmesan Wings. One of the things I like about the wings here, is that they are full size and not those little baby wings some people try to pass off. These had a great flavor and were crispy and tender all at once.

Burgers here, are a specialty. They have quite a few varieties, but the Lakehouse Burger was on point, as it should be, since it's the namesake burger. This was cooked perfectly to a medium temperature and topped with ham, bacon, sauteed onions, banana peppers, mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and thousand island dressing. I always love a burger that is cooked to perfection and is a little messy.

Garlic Hot wings were pretty delicious also. Fried up nice and still fell off the bone.

As part of the Bar Rescue makeover, they have some other items on the menu more than just burgers and wings. They have Fish & Chips, White Clam Pizza, Salads, Sandwiches, Clam Baskets, made to order pizzas and a few other items to satisfy even the most pickiest eaters in your party.

Lakehouse Bar and Grill is serving breakfast now too, all week long with Bloody Mary specials and Mimosas coming soon. Breakfast starts at 7:00 am and the restaurant is open until 11:00 pm every night, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday till 1:00am. With football season soon approaching, keep an eye out for specials from Thursday to Sunday, along with a Trivia night on Wednesdays.


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Miller's Ale House

2600 E Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 547-1371


Jack & Claire Miller opened the first Miller's Ale House in 1988, in Jupiter, Florida, as a local place be enjoyed by all walks of life. 

The restaurant has become known for it’s casual sports bar atmosphere with freshly made food at reasonable prices. Miller’s is a place where making friends is as easy as ordering your next beer and is a great place to watch sports.

Everyone can find something they love on the menu. They have become well known for the signature hand breaded, boneless chicken Zingers, tossed in your choice of sauces. From sweet Thai chili to the spicy Mt. St. Helens, they have 16 sauces that will turn anyone into a Zinger lover. 

The menu also features steaks, original pasta dishes, salads, sandwiches, desserts and lots of appetizers to share with friends. The full service bar features specialty cocktails like the watermelon margarita, a nice wine selection; and over 75 varieties of local craft, seasonal and domestic beers.

The Miller’s locations in Florida offer all day and late night happy hour specials that are hard to beat, making it the perfect place to unwind any time of day.

The Potstickers are pork dumplings on a bed of cabbage served with a side of tangy plum sauce and are pretty decent for a sports bar.

The Zinger Flatbread is great to share with friends at the bar with freshly chopped, crispy Zingers tossed in a combination of garlic and hot sauces over a bed of bleu cheese sauce.

Bigger than the bun, the Big Red features lightly fried boneless chicken breast smothered with hot sauce and topped with melted Monterey jack & cheddar cheese on a brioche bun.

I have always enjoyed the Prime Rib French Dip at Miller’s. This sandwich is loaded with slow roasted choice prime rib shaved thin, topped with sauteed onions and melted Swiss cheese served on a sub roll with hot au jus and fries.

Zingers have become famous at Miller’s and are always a good choice with hand breaded boneless chicken tenders tossed in your choice of sauce.

Sweet Potato fries can be substituted as a side, or you can order them as an appetizer with a sweet marshmallow sauce to dip them in. This is another great item to share while watching the game.

Miller’s Ale House features an all day happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday to Thursday with $2.50 Drink of the Day, $2.95 pints of Miller Lite, $4 craft pints and $5 specialty cocktails.

The Power Hour is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday to Thursday with $5 Miller’s Ale House World Famous Zingers and $6 Miller Lite Pitchers.

Late Night Happy Hour is From 10 p.m. to close Monday to Thursday and features $2 Miller Lite Pints, $6 Miller Lite Pitchers, $5 craft beers, $7 sangria pitchers and a variety of $5 appetizers, including Zingers and Ale House Loaded Fries.

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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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East Coast Wings & Grill

3138 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32828
(407) 930-0830

About a year ago, my favorite wing place closed down and mysteriously went out of business. Ever since then, I have been on a mission to find a solid replacement for my dearly departed local wing joint, and East Coast Wings might just do the trick.

If you are unfamiliar with the brand, East Coast Wings & Grill is a fast growing casual dining chicken wing franchise that has 24 locations in North Carolina, and has signed agreements to add 70 new restaurants across the country within the next several years. The franchise concept not only caters to the chicken wing lover by offering 75 different flavors of chicken wings in any of nine heat intensities, but also features salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers and more, all using fresh ingredients.

The newest franchisee for Orlando just happens to be a former small forward for the Orlando Magic by the name of Quentin Richardson. Although Richardson may be known for his basketball skills, he has a keen interest in business development. With the help of Jackson Brown Hospitality Group, he has signed on to open ten East Coast Wings locations in Orlando over the next seven years.

Two of those locations are now open for business. The first one to open up was on south Alafaya trail closer to UCF and the Waterford Lakes area. The second location is in Downtown Orlando, and is aiming to give the downtown crowd some good alternatives for lunch and dinner. I had an opportunity to stop by the downtown location and try them out.

While we can all argue about the origin of the wing, or how big a wing should be, I personally like a nice medium sized wing. I get fed up when I am presented with those tiny miniature wings that some places try to serve, but I also do not want a mega jumbo turkey drumstick either, and I am very pleased with the size of wings at East Coast Wings. The variety of sauces and flavors as well as heat intensity offered here can be a bit overwhelming, so I would recommend going with a group and getting lots of wings.

What makes this place unique aside from the wings is the variety of other foods offered as well. They have a surprisingly large menu full of unique appetizers, salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, pot stickers, nachos, egg rolls...you name it...they have it. There is something on the menu to satisfy everybody, and they have some pretty damn cold beer too!



We started our adventure with the Chester's Pub Pretzels. These are soft pretzels, served with your choice of bourbon honey mustard or Sam Adams craft beer cheese sauce.

The soft pretzels were good by themselves, but that beer cheese sauce was addictive and delicious.







We could not resist the Buffalo Chicken Pot Stickers. Wonton style dumplings are stuffed with seasoned chicken and cabbage, garnished with shredded carrots and celery, and drizzled with Peppadew Ranch. A must have treat!

Chester's Wing Sampler is 30 wings in your choice of 6 flavors-We decided on Grande Cayman, Jamaican Jerk, Mango Bango, Bourbon Street, Garlic Hot, and Caribbean. Some were bone in and some were boneless, but all of them were good.


As a grand finale, we ordered the Big Easy Binnies. These are miniature versions of a New Orleans beignet, dusted with cinnamon, powdered sugar and served with your choice of caramel, chocolate or raspberry sauce. 

Overall I was really impressed with the food at East Coast Wings. I am looking forward to a return visit, not just for wings, but for maybe a burger, or a turkey and Swiss, or maybe a wrap, or...well you get the picture. So much good food, so little time.

Stop by and check them out some time, your gonna love it. 


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Mingos



100 S Eola Dr #105
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 781-2539


If you are not  familiar with the location at 100 S. Eola drive in Thornton Park, let me give you a refresher course. Over the years it has seen a few different restaurants come its way...and sadly none have had long term success.

Some of the restaurants you may be familiar with are...Graze, Prickly Pear, and Lotus. I did a review of Lotus last year, and I liked the interior design and the location. The food was pretty good, but aside from the terrible service, I thought the place was very unfocused and could not decide whether it was a night club, bar, or a restaurant. Next door to Lotus, the same owners were going to open an aphrodisiac bar called Honey...but that has been scrapped also. 

Mingos is the newest concept from the same ownership group that owned Lotus. They have retained Chef Luis J. Negron of Lotus and have brought in a new management team as well as getting rid of the ditsy servers. Mingos is short for Flamingos, as the restaurant is really going for an upscale but casual  Florida and Caribbean theme to the menu with a strong emphasis on fresh seafood. 

This time around, Mingos just might be the restaurant to have long term success at what some think is a doomed location. The servers are top notch and very knowledgeable about all the menu items. All of the food we sampled was very good, and the sea bass was among the best I have ever had.

Chef Negron is a talented chef, but he really excels at selecting fresh seafood and carving it up. The biggest difference from Lotus to Mingos is FOCUS...they have a solid idea of what they are going for and so far they are executing it quite nicely.

The Inside is not much different than Lotus, but it has a solid continuous theme. Its a very relaxed atmosphere with smooth jazz playing in the background.

You will feel welcomed dressed up in  a suit and tie...or just a polo shirt and jeans

Although the plans for Honey, the aphrodisiac bar, have been scrapped, that space is in the process of becoming an extension of Mingos. It will have a private dining area that can host large parties and private functions.


We started our evening off with Tuna Pokewhich is a raw salad served as an appetizer. 

The Tuna Poke at Mingos is served atop sliced cucumbers and is topped with scallions, lime and a Tamari sauce with a fried wonton. 

The tuna was very fresh and the Tamari sauce, which is a thicker and richer type of soy sauce, made for an excellent flavor profile.


The Marlin Taco's are a house specialty and I would recommend them.

Marlin is like a fish steak and as such has to be prepared right or it can be too rubbery and thick. 

The house made naan bread, garlic crema, and the crunchy slaw went well with this appetizer and it was a treat to have marlin.


To go in a more savory direction, our next dish was the Pork Wings

These are individual pork shanks that are seared on the outside and finished in the oven and served with a smoked plum sauce.

The meat on these shanks literally fell right of the bone and were absolutely delicious. 


One of the two entrees we sampled was the Sea Bass.

As I said earlier, this is by far one of the better Sea Bass entrees I have had. The fish was delicate and buttery with flavor in every bite.

The accompanying smoked bacon ratatouille and chardonnay sauce went well with the sea bass, as well as a glass of fine chardonnay.

The second entree we had was the Angus Filet paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon

The steak was cooked nicely and served atop a  mix of vegetables with a shallot demi glaze, truffle oil, and was topped off with a piece grilled foie gras.


For desert we had Fireball Apples with Bavarian Creme with a candied almond bar.

A very nice ending that was smooth and creamy and perfectly sweet to end our evening.


We really liked everything about Mingos...from the food to the service to the atmosphere...it all works well together. I think they may have what it takes to ensure long term success at 100 S. Eola Drive. The restaurant is dedicated to quality and has things on the right track. If you are in the area, stop on by and see for yourself. 

Mingos is open Monday through Saturday from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm. They also have a Sunday brunch buffet with all you can drink Mimosas from 11:00 to 4:00 that is generating quite a buzz. Perhaps Tastes Of Orlando will return soon to check that out as well.

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