Review: Se7en Bites

$$ - Modern bakery serving breakfast & lunch with Southern flair

Address: 617 Primrose Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

I saw Se7en Bites in a local Magazine and knew I had to check it out! And I was not disappointed!

First of all, there is so many delicious items to choose from on the menu!! Breakfast and lunch are served “all day” (the restaurant closes at 3:30pm). I was back and forth and finally decided on an egg salad sandwich with sides of: 5 Cheese Mac N Cheese and cheesy hash brown casserole. And yes, my meal was just as delicious as it sounds!

I will note that this place did not have my usual sweet tea. Instead, I ordered the “equivalent” drink: orange blossom sweet tea which reminded me of the beach.

What I appreciated the most about Se7en Bites was the dessert counter! Some of their homemade sweets include: Oatmeal Crème Pie, Cheesecake, Nighttime SkyPie, mini pies and more!

It’s fun to point out that Se7en Bites appeared on a recent Food Network episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” plus a visit from Guy Fieri!

Before you go, make sure to check out the schedule. Se7en Bites is not open Monday – Wed and has differing hours on the weekends. Also, I thought the eatery was a tad pricier than most breakfast places.

I would definitely recommend Se7en Bites as a trendy place to relax and dine in the Orlando’s Milk District!

 

Review: Pizzeria Valdiano

$ Italian

Location: 421 N Alafaya Trail Orlando FL 32825

The perfect way to end my evening is eating a slice of pizza  from Pizzeria Valdiano!

This italian spot has so much to choose from! The menu showcases the classic cuisine we all know and  love:  baked ziti, meatballs and cheese ravioli.

I choose the Bianca Pizza and the bread knots and my husband orders the Greek Salad and the Sicilian Pizza.The meal instantly brings such smiles to our faces as we share and try each others' choices to compare what is best on our plates.

You can buy the pizza by the slice or  the entire pie and you can pick out your favorites from the display: Pizza Hawaiian, Pizza Fiorentina, Pizza San Cono and Pizza Primavera to name a few.

I will say... the bread knots were so soft and doughey and a delicious addition to the meal, almost serving as a guilty-pleasure side dish.

When you are done with your shopping at the Waterford Lakes Plaza,  stop by at this good eatery! Try Pizzeria Valdiano and allow the best pizza dishes to be a celebratory meal  to add to the holiday season! 

Review: Celebration Town Tavern 

$$ American Dining

721 Front St.

Celebration, FL 34747

I was recommended from a local to try Celebration Town Tavern. I’m not familiar with Celebration, FL but I was ready to eat at this new restaurant.

In this quaint city, Town Tavern is definitely a restaurant that has a vast array of menu items, including fish tacos, lobster roll and chicken and ribs. I ordered the Frank and Beans which is served under the ‘Boston Favorites’ part of the menu. As you can see from the picture, there was a lot of hot dog meat on my plate.

The vibe was very relaxed as people ate outside with their pet dogs tied to leashes. The servers were very friendly, and the décor was like I stepped through Boston, Massachusetts, forgetting for a second I was in Central Florida.

It was a nice afternoon and I would certainly recommend Town Taven to anyone wanting a good place to eat with a 'by Land and by Sea' menu.

Town Tavern was a perfect starting point as we toured the rest of the beautiful city of Celebration and found the food, the sights and the views by the lake so picturesque and it all felt just so right.

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Review of: The Fox and Hounds Public House

$ - Pub

Location: 3514 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34741

 

I loved  this 1984 Tudor-style Old English Pub, a perfect place to truly relax as I stepped into a time of Fish and Chips, of majesty and splendor, of clinking glasses to a "Cheerio!" .

Now, I’ve eaten at the Leaky Cauldron at Universal’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so I was familiar with this British menu as the two places are similar with their food items.

Of course, the comparison stops there. Where one is known for the broomsticks, dark Magic and a Sirius Black Wanted Poster, the Fox and Hounds Public House is an authentic eatery with timely artifacts, old-fashioned signage and rustic decor,  surrounding me in a  comforting presence. 

This bar has about 10 tables and though people were eating lunch, it was as if the Regulars were content to chat and linger around, the true sign of a pleasant and home-y atmosphere. 

I ordered the Scotch Egg : a boiled egg wrapped in sausage, breaded and deep fried

And the Ploughman’s Plate : a wedge of cheese, Branston pickle, pickled onions, lettuce, fresh tomato, and bread and butter

Both these dishes I enjoyed at Universal, but the difference being, I felt like The Fox and Hounds Public House offered  a lot more authenticity in their cuisine as I could noticeably  taste the difference from its theme park counterpart. 

Though this is a bar, this place does serve a full menu with such delicacies as: Famous Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash, Yorkshire pudding, Beans on Toast, and so much more!

This was a real treat to experience and I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking to enjoy a real British treasure!

Review of: Ford's Garage

$$ American restaurant

location:8201 Vineland Avenue, Suite 1801/  Vineland, FL 32821

"We are known for three things: BEERS. BURGERS. BATHROOMS," says our server as we take a seat at the table.

I'm sorry. Maybe I didn't hear correctly. Did he say... Bathrooms?!?

I immediately check out the restroom and never before have I been so impressed by a ladies' room! The sinks are two huge tires and the water spicket is a gas pump!

The entire restaurant is fantastically themed with the servers dressed as mechanics, a car part and rag covering the utensils and even a full-sized Ford Model car placed on top of the bar that every so often honks and steams out of the back. The kitchen is labeled "Assembly Line", there are car engines as decor and no surprise, NBC sports is playing on the TV screen of professional drivers.

And the Food was three things: Tasty. Delectable. Delicious! 

Try out Ford's Garage! I know you'll love it!

Review: Peach Valley Cafe

$$ Breakfast

Address: 2849 S. Orange Ave.  Orlando, FL 32806

Whether you are craving something sweet or something healthy ...from omelets, to oatmeal, salads and an impressive selection of sides...this breakfast eatery has it all!

This cute restaurant is decked out in the signiature  color with the Peach-theme running through the menu with options such as:  Peaches & Cream Muffin, Peach Valley Picker's Skillet and Peach jelly for the toast. 

Though Peach Valley Cafe has a very impressive breakfast menu with a YOU PICK TWO option of eggs, pancakes, muffins and yogurt (etc.)...I chose something from the lunch menu. 

It was a simple enough dish. GRIDDLED HAM & BRIE SANDWICH: Ham, hot melted Brie Cheese & Honey Mustard on Griddled sour dough bread...

I was on cloud 9 biting into that delectable meal with their housemade potato salad! It was perfect; a meal I would order again and again!! 

I would recommend Peach Valley Cafe as the sweet choice to fulfill any breakfast and lunch cravings! Just get there before 2:30PM!! 

Review: Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-B-Que

$$ Barbecue restaurant

Address: 1471 Lee Rd, Winter Park, FL 32789

I absolutely and wholeheartedly LOVE Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-B-Que!!! 

I need to tell you what to order: 

Sides: Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Maceroni & Cheese, Mashed Potatoes

Which come with cornbread (but you can replace with garlic bread)

The menu comes fully stocked with options of meat: pork, ribs, turkey, chicken...

Just writing this is making me salivate! 

The smell of the homemade food just wafts through the lobby. 

The waiters are incredibly friendly and every time I pass by a Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-B-Que, I HAVE to go in! The mashed potato is creamier, the homestyle potato salad has more mustard, the butter is dripping on the fresh hot cornbread! 

Do yourself a favor and head on over to Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-B-Que! The best BBQ ever!!! 

Review of: Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'

$$ American Restaurant

Location: Disney Springs

"Welcome Home" said the host of Homecomin' as we took our seats in the southern-style eatery in the heart of Disney Springs, located in the middle of the Town Center.

Though it was a Friday night, the wait for a table was only  20minutes and we were ready to look at the delicious menu for dinner. Right away I noticed a theme: chicken! Chicken salad, Chicken sandwich, Chicken and doughnuts seem to be their most popular items. Scrolling though the one page menu, I finally decided on a starter: Church Lady deviled eggs made with the perfect amount of mustard and mayo. Scrumptious!

The sweet tea was highly flavorable and the never ending refills were not enough as I kept requesting more of this refreshing beverage.

I ordered the kitchen plate which consisted of:

cheddar cheese biscuits which is even better than it sounds!

roasted sweet potatoes which I wasn't a huge fan of

Mamma's Mac and Cheese which was oozing with flavor. I put my fork in the creamy pasta and the hot cheese bubbled over, attaching its goodness to my fork.

Homecomin' provides comfort food surrounded by a classy charm ambience for the entire family to enjoy, perfect after a full day of shopping at Disney Springs!

Review: Honeysuckle

$ - Southern Style Home Cooking

Address: 2203 N US, US-1, Titusville, FL 32796

 

Any time a restaurant has Deviled Eggs on the menu, I am ordering it!

Sometimes, this appetizer can have too much flavor, seasoning or an unnecessary spicy flavor to the dish, but at Honeysuckle…as with everything I ordered…the Deviled Eggs was made “just like Grandma’s” (as quoted off the menu).

I wanted to try the Potato Board (homemade fried potatoes, sweet potato tots, chips, fries and Cajun ranch fries) AND the Dijon Pasta Salad meal…and though everything on the menu looked absolutely appealing…I eventually decided on a veggie plate with homemade corn bread.

I live in the bustling metropolis, so to sit down at a quaint and easy-going eatery with country music playing in the background and delectable made-from-scratch sides like coleslaw, sweet potato tots and  Mac N Cheese being served in front of me…it’s like I stepped back into the carefree days of my childhood.

I immediately felt relaxed at Honeysuckle as I dived into the plate of homemade deliciousness, a meal that satisfied me bite after bite!

Review: The Hampton Social

$$$ American

Address: 9101 International Dr Suite 1200 / Orlando, FL 32819

Go to The Hampton Social! Now! Sprint! Run! 

My goodness gracious! My tastebuds were in for a treat! I had to try everything on the menu - it all looked so good! 

The IRRESISTIBLE SIDES  were truly mouthwatering! These are the three I chose:

ROASTED SWEET POTATOES : carrots, dill , feta 

ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS : herb goat cheese, chili honey, almonds

HAMPTON MAC + CHEESE : 4 cheese sauce 

Everything was soo good but the roasted Brussels sprouts were incredible!! It was so delectable...I was about to order another round of  vegetables! 

Though it's only a one page menu (the other side is alcoholic drinks), every single item just screamed out with flavor and delicious-ness! I will warn you, the price tag for the meal was on the higher end. Even though I ate several plates of food, I didn't feel overly full which was nice. 

With the modern decor, the friendly waitstaff and the "what goodness did I just eat?!" ....Oooh! I need to go again! 

Review: The Town House Restaurant

$ American

Address: 139 N Central Avenue/ Oviedo, FL 32765

Whenever Travis and I are visiting Oviedo, we always have to stop and eat at The Town House Restaurant! It's a must!

The very first time we ate at this feel-good eatery, we watched chickens from our view by the back table, running around and enjoying the sunshine. And those chickens in the back of the building must have inspired the decor of the place which is covered in cute chick images and larger than life chicken statues.

But what really drew us into this place was the menu. I ordered the egg salad sandwich, cole slaw and cottage cheese. But some of the more unique items on the menu are:

State Fair Pretzels

Stuffed Vine Leaves

Sweet Tator Tots

and of course, breakfast is served all day!

This restaurant offers salads, sandwiches, burgers and delicious desserts!

I can tell this is a family-owned business because the servers are always so personable, the owners' contact information is on the table and the place offers a delightful environment for the entire community!

I definitely recommend The Town House for it's warmth, it's food and it's living mascots of chickens running around outside the restaurant!

Review of: Giordano's

 $$ Pizza

location: 6203 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

"The pizza will take 45 minutes to make," the waitress informs us. I had never waited that long for a pizza before and I was starving. Not even the share-able ceasar salad was able to ease my appetite. 

The waitress (and the menu) assured us it was worth the wait. Having never been to Giordano's before, I was a bit hesitant. The place itself didn't impress me. It was a rather small dining area with no customers sitting at the booth. Just me and Travis and our rumbling bellies. 

Of course, we ordered the  deep dish pizza which is what the place was known for and let me tell you...it was worth the wait and then some! 

The gooey cheese. 

The flaky crust. 

The toppings all baked to perfection. 

I'm writing this and I need to go back just to take another bite of this...pizza on steriods. 

(Just a note:  If you don't want to wait 45minutes for the deep dish, you can wait a little over half an hour for the thin crust)

This is a must-try especially for the pizza lovers like me! And come hungry!!