Nov 202014
 

Boasting over 100 televisions and Florida roots, Duffy’s Sports Grill serves up freshly prepared ingredients and a menu for everyone’s palate in your party.  Signature favorites include their Hangover Burger, All American Bloody Mary (served with a burger slider) and 15 dishes containing fewer than 580 calories.  Even better Duffy’s offers 2-for-1 drinks all day, every day, on everything from the bar, including top-shelf cocktails, premium wine and bottled beer. Yep, that even includes their Ultimate Patron Margarita.

Also impressive is the lively atmosphere. On a Wednesday night the restaurant was full and buzzing with sports enthusiasts. The space is well lit, clean and full of knowledgeable, friendly servers – a far cry from most sports bars in town.  We enjoyed a wide range of menu items last night, here’s some of our favorite dishes and drinks from Duffy’s Sports Grill.

  • Ultimate Patrón Margarita – Rimmed with the proper amount of salt and filled with Patrón Silver, Triple Sec, fresh lime juice and Patrón Citrónge. Yep, you get two for $14.00!
  • Cotton Candy Cosmopolitan – Served with real cotton candy, Pinnacle County Fair Cotton Vodka, cranberry juice and fresh lime juice. Two for $10.00
  • Pineapple Mojito – Exceptionally sweet and served with Cruzan Citrus, Fresh Golden Ripe Pineapple, Fresh Lime, Mint and uniquely garnished with rock candy Two for $8.00.
  • All-American Bloody Mary -Made with Tito’s vodka and dramatically garnished with a bacon cheeseburger slider. Have your cake and eat it too, $7.00.
  • Firecracker Shrimp – A clever presentation, these tender, crispy shrimp are tossed in a creamy yet spicy sauce, $9.99.
  • Korean Beef Tenderloin Mini Tacos – On the spicier side, but full of flavor and topped with cilantro-onion relish and a chile garlic sauce, $7.00.
  • Freshly Made Guacamole – Creamy and full of fresh avocado chunks, this guacamole is made fresh to order in-house and served with salted tortilla chips, $8.99.
  • Jumbo Wings – Choose between 10 sauces ranging from Honey Garlic to Atomic. The plump, juicy oversized wings come hand-breaded or “naked”, tossed in your choice of sauce with blue cheese and celery. Ten wings for $10.99.
  • The Hangover Burger – Farm fresh sunny side up egg, pepper crusted bacon and two slices of American cheese wedged between a fluffy bun with sesame seeds. All burgers are made with 100% Certified Angus Beef, a cut above USDA Choice. This burger is served with fries and you can even substitute your bun for a Pretzel Roll, $11.99.
  • Crunchy Fried Cheesecake – Our favorite dessert of the evening, a fried creamy cheesecake served with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, Ghirardelli caramel sauce and whipped cream. Between the Ghiradelli and fried goodness you’ll forever compare this dessert to “normal” cheesecakes, $5.99.

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Duffy’s is located near the Mall at Millenia and now open in Lake Mary! www.duffysmvp.com

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Nov 182014
 

Grits, fried chicken and okra were once reserved solely for “the deep south”, but recently Southern foods and flavors have spread nationwide with Orlando as no exception. Southern food typically comes with a stigma of being unhealthy and greasy, but a recent surge of modern Southern dishes in Orlando might change your mind about these flavors. We’ve scoured citywide for the best Southern tastes, from Winter Park to Sand Lake, it’s hard to avoid this tasty trend!

Head to Orlando My Way for our top Southern picks!

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Photo Credit: Soco Thornton Park Restaurant 

Nov 172014
 

Jane’s Short & Sweet is a unique Orlando company crafting shortbread cookies with local Central Florida products. Aside from their tasty creations, what makes Jane’s unique is their commitment to give all of their profits to organizations serving at-risk women and children. Jane’s cookies are truly making a significant impact locally and worldwide.

The secret to Jane’s shortbread cookies? Real (quality) butter! An essential ingredient for that melty buttery shortbread taste. Flavors rotate seasonally but her staples for the most part include: Classic, Gluten Free Classic, Almond, Chai, Lemon, Lime, and Orange. Occasionally you may find flavors such as Peppermint Buttercreme, Toasted Cinnamon Roll and more! They can even customize a flavor and shape for any special occasion or gift.

In addition to her buttery shortbread cookies, Jane’s also creates the most luxurious sugar scrubs! We’re currently crushing on their grapefruit variety, the scrub smells amazing and will leave your skin feeling like butter. Also available in lavender, orange and peppermint, Jane’s scrubs are sure to transform your shower from ordinary to a mini-spa oasis.

All of Jane’s fabulous products are availble online at www.janeshortandsweet.com and locally in these shops:

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Photo Credits: Jane’s Short & Sweet

Nov 152014
 

It’s the weekend and that means fall football! As University of Georgia alumni our Saturdays revolve around kick-offs and game day plans. We’re constantly searching for the best sports bars filled with tasty bites, oversized televisions and a social atmosphere. Here’s our picks for Orlando’s best sports bars, happy game day!

  • Duffy’s Sports Grill:Boasting over 100 televisions and Florida roots, Duffy’s menu features freshly prepared ingredients and a menu for everyone’s palate in your party.  Signature favorites include BBQ Baby Back Ribs, ½ lb. Certified Angus Beef Burgers, and 15 dishes containing fewer than 580 calories.  Even better Duffy’s offers 2-for-1 drinks all day, every day, on everything from the bar, including top-shelf cocktails, premium wine andbottled beer. Located near the Mall at Millenia and now open in Lake Mary!
  • Gators Dockside: This family-friendly restaurants offers big screen telvisions, pool tables, video games (Pacman anyone?) and an expansive menu. Their signature grilled wings are flavored with your choice of 15 different sauces and their ribs are made from scratch. We’re fond of the Baldwin Park location and its lake view, plus your little ones can run around and play old school video games.
  • The Porch: In full disclosure we’ve yet to visit this budding Winter Park restaurant, but we’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from friends and colleagues! Rumor has it this place is loud, but serves up fabulous food like the Early Rise with cheddar cheese, house hash cake, bacon, fried egg, crispy onions and liquid gold BBQ wedged between a fresh glazed donut. That’s right a DONUT.
  • CaddyShanks: There’s a little bit of everything here, CaddyShanks is loaded with big screens, hundreds of beers, virtual golf and racing simulators PLUS ping pong and Wii. Their extensive menu is provided by surrounding restaurants so there’s something for whatever you’re craving.
  • Your Sofa: Well, if all else fails and sweatpants are calling your name, pick up a Mellow Mushroom pizza and settle into your sofa for an uber lazy afternoon.

Go Dawgs!

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Photo Credits: The Porch, Duffy’s Sports Grill

Nov 132014
 

“In Asia, the best food is on the streets,” says Hawkers Asian Street Fare founder Kaleb Harrell. “Groups will go to these hawker stalls. Everyone gets something from a different stall, and then you come back to a communal table to sit and share the food.”

Hawkers opened in the Mills 50 District in 2011, with the goal of recreating the street food experience using input from each of its four founders.

“We actually all grew up together eating foods similar to what we serve. Because of our diverse backgrounds, we have a large representation of different regions within Asia on our menu. I think we make for a great team since we each have very different skill sets,” Harrell said.

Read more of our interview and menu picks on Orlando My Way! What’s your favorite Hawkers dish?

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Photo Credits: Skewers by Hawkers, all other images by Spork.

Nov 122014
 

American Gymkhana, a restaurant and lounge specializing in modern Indian cuisine opened last weekend. Most Indian food is well, intimidating if you’re not familiar with the spices and what to order. American Gymkhana’s modern approach is sure to liven up your palate and introduce you to some new flavors. Located on Restaurant Row, this space is relaxing, vibrant and similar to what  you might see in a trendy New York City restaurant. Spork got a preview of American Gymkhana’s last week, here’s our top picks for menu items and beverages:

  • Gymkhana Chicken: Classic chicken tikka, served on a skewer and perfectly crisp! Similar in my opinion to fried chicken, this slice of heaven is lightly crunchy, juicy and unlike any other chicken dish in town.
  • Sparking Saffron: Sparkling wine cocktail with a saffron aroma. At first I was a little put off by the thought of saffron mixed with sparkling wine, but it was actually a nice pairing and not too sweet like most sparking wine cocktails. Bonus points to American Gymkhana for the incredible bar space! It’s open, but intimate and contains bar seating in addition to small tables.
  • Jalisco Sour: Tequila and jalapeño infused maple syrup shaken with lime and curry leaves. A perfect drink for someone who’s “tried them all”, it was quite strong for my taste, but my husband was a huge fan!

American Gymkhana is located on Orlando’s Restaurant Row, at 7559 West Sand Lake Road. Click here for more on Orlando’s newest restaurant.

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Nov 112014
 

Sushi, wine and grilled avocados probably don’t come to mind when you think about bowling. For a sport recognized by ESPN, it sure is a shame that bowling has a reputation for being unglamorous and associated with inedible food. But, at Downtown Disney’s Splitsville, this two story 50,000 square foot space is redefining the modern bowling experience.

Splitsville’s space is large, but broken up by a variety of bars, an outdoor patio with live music and laneside tables. Most impressive is the ability to make everyone in your party content here, you can watch football, enjoy a myriad of food and of course challenge your friends and family in bowling.

During our visit we dined right at our lane, which was the perfect combination of enjoying our food while competing in several rounds of bowling. Just for the record I won, except for one round when my husband and I tied. I know, who ties in bowling? It’s probably statistically impossible, but it happened to us! During our healthy dose of competition, Splitsville was kind enough to bring out a grand array of food and beverages. We originally intended to just “sample” all seven dishes, but ended up devouring most of food. Oops!

Here’s the menu lowdown and our favorite Splitsville dishes!

Grilled Avocado: Seared ahi tuna mixed in a special sauce and served over a large grilled avocado and sushi rice. It’s then topped with spicy mayo and served with wonton chips. Perfect for sharing (or not)! I’ve yet to see a grilled avocado on another menu in town so it was refreshing to taste familiar flavors in a new combination! The ahi tuna was fresh and the grilled avocado was tender and perfectly ripe.

Filet Sliders: Two sliders with soft baked bread served with juicy slices of beef tenderloin and served with onion rings and horseradish cream. Talk about melt in your mouth, craveable mini sandwiches! The sliders were perfectly portioned, filled with an interesting array of flavors and full of juicy, tender goodness.

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Sushi Rolls:

  • Fantasy Roll (Gluten Free): A sushi lover’s paradise, fresh salmon, ahi tuna, cucumber, avocado and steamed shrimp are rolled in soy paper and drizzled with spicy kimchee ponzu sauce. Freshly made and one of the most unique rolls we’ve ever tasted! I’m especially fond of the presentation, the colors and the shrimp, all exquisite!
  • Volcano Roll: Tempura shrimp, avocado, cream cheese and a spicy volcano krab mix. With this roll, I didn’t even ask what’s inside; at this point I knew Splitsville could do no wrong with their sushi! A perfectly crunchy, creamy and balance of flavors with this roll.
  • Ninja Crunch: Mmmmm fried salmon(!), Kani Kama krab, tempura crunch and delicately drizzled with spicy mayo and eel sauce. Again, an absolute surprise and delight tasting this roll, the fried salmon and spicy mayo are layered with complimentary flavors.

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Grilled Salmon with Broccoli (Gluten Free): Before tasting this dish my inclination was that the salmon would taste fishy and frozen. Boy was I wrong! I’ve tasted a lot of salmon in my life; it’s usually my go-to dish when I’m not in blog eating mode. This tender, flaky fresh salmon is covered in a sweet yet savory glaze, topped with mango chutney and served with broccoli and sushi rice. No frozen or fishy flavor here, this salmon is a dish I’d highly recommend if you are in the mood for something from the sea!

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Fiesta Chicken Bowl (Gluten Free): One of four rice bowls, all gluten free, the Fiesta Chicken Bowl is filled with grilled chicken breast, stir-fried veggies in tataki sauce, topped with avocado, cilantro and served over sushi rice. The cilantro and tataki sauce are the real heroes of this dish combining together to bring a unique flavor to the chicken and veggies.

Whether you’re on date night, kids night out or you have friends in town, Splitsville is worth the trip down I-4! You’re sure to leave with memories and a full, happy belly! Downtown Disney’s parking deck has officially opened, so you’ll never search endless for a parking spot again in this lot. And now through November 22, enjoy Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba and meal from Splitsville starting at $99.00 per person! Splitsville is located at 1494 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 and www.splitsvillelanes.com.

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Photo Credits: Filet Sliders from Splitsville. All other images owned by Spork.

 

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