Review: The Village Tavern (Orlando)
DH and I had Easter brunch at the new Village Tavern at Millenia. It was great! It's like a cross between Cheesecake Factory, Seasons 52, and Houston's.
I had shrimp & cheese grits topped with mushrooms, green onion, bacon, and an oil drizzle (either olive oil or chive oil, not sure which). DH had a gruyere, spinach, and mushroom omelet. Both were served with red potato hash browns, fruit, and an awesome apple walnut muffin (better than Mimi's muffins). Then we split "the world's smallest sundae," which was not enormous, but probably not the world's smallest either. It was very tasty. The St. Barth's chocolate torte sounded great too.
Overall, a little better than Mimi's Cafe for brunch, and a considerably bigger brunch selection than Cheesecake Factory.
We looked at the dinner menu, and it looks like we will have to go back! They also have substantial wine, martini, and dessert menus.
We have eaten at Village Tavern for dinner several times and it's been great. I love their hanger steak with frites and my husband lover their short ribs. It does get crowded later on, we try to get there before 7 (6:30 on the weekends). We also love the 1/2 carafe of wine that you can order. Last time we had a Cakebread Chenin Blanc for $24 that was fabulous.
I think what's nice about this restaurant is that you can have dinner for under a $100 for 2 people. We live in Dr. Phillips very close to Restaurant Row and it seems that most of the restaurants there are $100 a person. Sure there's Press 101 and Carerira's, but if you want a nice dinner at Morton's, Ruth Chris, Moon Fish, or Roy's, you are paying $100 a person.
Hubby and I hit The Village Tavern on Saturday for dinner. We booked a reservation through opentable.com to be safe, but would have been fine walking in as we ate pretty early. It got crowded as our meal progressed so I would book reservations to be on the safe side.
We enjoyed everything we ordered, the Steamed Mussels (appetizer) was the stand out of the meal. If you like mussels, it's worth the trip just for the mussels. Hubby had the Onion-Mushroom burger and I had the Grouper Hemmingway, both were terrific and we were stuffed at the end of the meal so we missed out on dessert. Lunch and Brunch menus looked nice, good wine selection as well. We'll be back for sure.
Looking forward to Maitland and Oveido locations opening in 2009! Full review with prices and pics at:
I have eaten at Village Tavern several times now and I love the place. The service is great, and the food is top noch for it's price point.
Also, their wine list is outstanding. You can't beat their half price wine on Wednesday nights.
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