Happy Hour Test Drive: TR Fire Grill

TR Fire Grill Happy Hour

It’s been a few months since TR Fire Grill moved into its new home in Winter Park. The move from the airport area was a good one, especially for those who love great happy hours in convenient spots. Served daily from 5pm-7pm, TR’s Local Hour, which features local spirits and craft beers, can be enjoyed at the sprawling bar, dining, room ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Umi

By Samantha Rosenthal Nestled on Park Avenue is a Japanese fusion restaurant that’s fast becoming an area favorite for sushi, sashimi and robata. Umi in Winter Park, which opened in February, also offers a stellar happy hour Monday through Friday from 5-6:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12-3 pm. The happy hour food menu is only offered Monday through Thursday 5-6:30 pm. We ... Read More »

The Best Wine Bars in Orlando

By Samantha Rosenthal In the song “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,” Billy Joel sings: “A bottle of white, a bottle of red—perhaps a bottle of rose instead.” Not surprisingly, you can have all those wine options, plus more, thanks to the vibrant wine bar scene here in Orlando. Wine bars are such stellar spots for date night. So, here are some great date night ... Read More »

Orlando’s Best Holiday Cocktails

Bring on the Bailey’s and Peppermint Schnapps. The holidays are in full swing and it’s time to celebrate with some festive libations designed to get even the Grinchiest of folks into the holiday spirit. Our local mixologists have been creatively crafting some special drinks. Cheers to Orlando’s best holiday cocktails! Feature image: Highball & Harvest courtesy of Visit Florida Read More »

Friday Night Flights at K

By Erica Thomas Relax and kick back after the grind of your work week at Friday Night Flights. Nestled in the back of K Restaurant & Wine Bar is an intimate and quaint garden patio filled with fresh organic herbs and vegetables used in the daily cuisine in K’s kitchen. On select Friday nights through the fall, winter and spring, ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Seito Sushi Baldwin Park

By Samantha Rosenthal Located on New Broad Street, Seito Sushi opened in 2005 and is still bringing in the masses. Owner Jason Chin, who recently opened Osprey Tavern across the street, breathed new life into Seito when he added Executive Chef Austin Boyd to his team. The food, which has always been well-regarded, has garnered some buzz lately, and so I stopped by ... Read More »

Orlando Bartenders’ Guild Presents Taste of the Spirits: Nov 16

The Orlando chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild will host Taste of the Spirits, a one-night event on November 16 designed to showcase 40 different unique and delicious spirits. Held at the Orlando World Marriott Center, Taste of the Spirits will give guest the chance to meet with dozens of Brand Ambassadors and Master Distillers who will share their passion and knowledge throughout ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: The Osprey Tavern

The Osprey Tavern in Baldwin Park is getting a lot of great press lately. Orlando Sentinel’s Heather McPherson wrote a glowing review in September. Tasty Chomp’s Ricky Ly gushed over Osprey’s brunch a few weeks ago writing: “Overall, one of the best brunches we’ve had in Orlando so far.” Scott Joseph has described it as “lively and fun” with a ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: RusTeak in College Park

Updated October 2017 On our fervent mission to seek out Orlando’s best happy hours, we recently stumbled upon RusTeak, a College Park eatery with two Culinary Institute of America chefs at the helm. The space, a fresh and inviting scene splashed with dark wood and gleaming stainless steel, has an elevated pastoral feel that serves as a preview to the ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Marlow’s Tavern

We’ve long been fans of Marlow’s Tavern in Winter Park. One of three area locations (there’s also one in Waterford Lakes and one at Pointe Orlando), Marlow’s is the sort of place where you can get a quality meal for two that’s prepared in a scratch kitchen and paired with reasonably priced drinks for around $60. But if you’re really ... Read More »

Chocolate & Wine Pairing at World of Chocolate Museum

By Erica Thomas Nothing says romance like chocolate and wine. We recently found that there is better way to combine the two than at the World of Chocolate Museum and Café. Located in a less congested section of International Drive, World of Chocolate Museum and Café is filled with delectable treats sure to entice your taste buds. But this is not just ... Read More »

Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in Orlando

Recently, WHERE Orlando magazine published a fabulous article about seven of Orlando’s top places to enjoy dinner or drinks on a rooftop. With Fall on the horizon, so are cooler nights, which means the perfect time is nearly here to plan some alfresco date nights with spectacular, starlit views. WHERE’s article gave a shout-out to places like Capa at the Four Seasons Resort ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: The Alfond Inn

Looking for a comfortable place to unwind at the end of a tough day? The Alfond Inn might be just what the doctor ordered. This Winter Park boutique hotel and home to the fabulous Hamilton’s Kitchen has a chic yet homey aesthetic that feels like you’re hanging out in someone’s living room rather than at a bar. We visited recently for ... Read More »

10 Places to Learn More About Wine in Orlando

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For those of us who love wine and even fancy ourselves budding aficionados, the idea of really diving deep into wine education can seem daunting and a little, well, intimidating. There is just SO much to know about wine. In fact, those who take the Introductory Sommelier course will take two full days of lessons before writing a lengthy exam. But if you’re like ... Read More »

3 Upcoming Beer Dinners in Orlando

Exploring the culinary side of beer, particularly the ways in which beer pairs with various cuisines, has become increasingly popular. Scores of beer-paired dinners dotting Orlando’s events calendar all year are evidence that beer lovers, especially craft beer lovers, want to learn more about the marriage between bites and brews. Over the next few weeks, we’ve got a handful of such ... Read More »

Wine Down at Quantum Leap Winery

Quantum Leap Winery

Unwind from your workweek at the monthly Wine Down event at Orlando’s boutique urban winery, Quantum Leap. Every second Friday from 7 – 10pm, the winery located at the crossroads of Mills 50 and Ivanhoe Village invites the public to its tasting room to enjoy great local wine, live music and food truck fare. Wine Down is one of the most ... Read More »

6 Things We Love About Plant Street Market

Plant Street Market

Winter Garden’s new food hub, Plant Street Market, is wowing with its stellar selection of local fare, artisan goods and craft beer. Here are six reasons you should go there this weekend: Crooked Can Brewery Open from 11am to 11pm during the week and until 2am on Friday and Saturday, this local hotspot sports a taproom and brewery featuring flavorful craft ... Read More »

The Whiskey Opens on Restaurant Row

The small space that used to be occupied by Cricketer Arms is now a rustic, lively rock ‘n’ roll restaurant thanks to the creators of The Whiskey. Owned and operated by local Chef Steven Flowers, Katie Walton and Mike Lassahn, who share a combined 50+ years of restaurant experience, The Whiskey aims to gain local notoriety for gourmet burgers and craft ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: What’s New at The Ravenous Pig

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Local foodie folk-heroes James and Julie Petrakis are transforming Monday into “funday” at The Ravenous Pig with a new happy hour menu full of craft beers, snacks, cocktails and wine. Previously only open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, this much-loved Winter Park restaurant now invites locavores to unwind and pig out after work Monday through Saturday for happy hour, served from 4:30-5:30pm. Chef owner James ... Read More »