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Again attempting to jumpstart this board activity in Central Florida - thought I'd copy a popular thread from the South Florida board. Here's where we post announcements, rumors and scuttlebutt around restaurant openings, moves, menu & kitchen changes, etc

I'll start with 2:

World of Beer - opening fall 2010 in Dr Phillips Marketplace on Sand Lake Road - next to the Chipotle. Sign says website at www.wobdrphillips.com. Over 500 brands of beer and will be kicking off with a BBQ

also

Greek Flame Taverna is relocating to the same shopping center, in the old Tang Thai place near Press 101 and Cariera's Cucina Italian. Nice to have a Greek option in the neighborhood less "involved" than Taverna Opa in pointe Orlando

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Greek Flame Taverna
1560 State Road 436, Winter Park, FL 32792

Press 101
7600 Dr Phillips Blvd Ste 22, Orlando, FL 32819

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  1. WHAT! OK now I'm mad. They're also opening a World of Beer right across the street from my old UCF apartment complex. At least now when we take clients to trade shows I'll have somewhere to go after amura :)

    1. I live near Greek Flame Taverna's former location, where Casselberry meets the Seminole County side of Winter Park. My wife and I love the place, and I've often recommended it on Chowhound as the best Greek restaurant around. We happened to go there on June 1st, only to find out they were closing four days later and moving to Dr. Phillips. I wish them well in their new location, but I'm not sure how often we'll make it down there. I'm just glad we got one more delicious meal in the old space. Anyone who lives down there should definitely check them out once they reopen!

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      Greek Flame Taverna
      1560 State Road 436, Winter Park, FL 32792

      1. Super excited about World of Beer!

        They are opening another Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, it's in the strip plaza in front of IKEA - Millenia Mall.

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        Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
        2218 N Congress Ave, Boynton Beach, FL 33426

        1. Flat Rocks - a flat bread/ pizza type place just opened up in the hunters creek villages near th Padrinos.

          Nicks Family Diner on OBT - Greek

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          Padrino's
          9680 Argyle Forest Blvd Ste 26, Jacksonville, FL 32222

          1. Dragonfly Sushi and Sake, from a Gainesville restaurant group, is opening in the Dellagio complex on Sand Lake's Restaurant Row this suimmer. It is self-described as a "modern “izakaya” or Japanese drinking establishment with an expanded menu and will feature traditional Japanese tapas style dining with sushi, sashimi and robatayaki with a full sake bar in an informal lounge atmosphere.

            Here's their website from the Gainesville location:

            http://www.dragonflysushi.com/home.html

            Love the concept as the izakaya experieinces I've had elsewhere have been some of my favs, but I have two concerns: 1) if it's a true izakaya why the emphasis on sushi in the name? Kind of the opposite of what izakayas are. And 2) we're taking our Japanese cues from Gainesville? Is that a hotbed of authentic Asian cuisine? I wish it was a concept from New York or Seattle or LA or heaven help us Tokyo. I'm just saying, Orlando is a funny place sometimes. Also, looking at the menu, not too encouraged by the cutsie names for the sushi selections.

            Oh well, I'm an optimist and I hope it's awesome and adds to the area but doesn't siphon too much business from the excellent but under-visited Wa just up the street.

            8 Replies
            1. re: YosemiteSam

              have you been to the izakaya in altamonte?

              http://www.orlandoweekly.com/dining/r...

              1. re: pdpredtide

                I've heard of it, but it's on the other side of town, Have you been? Is it worth the drive?

                1. re: YosemiteSam

                  n o not yet, same problem here lol

              2. re: YosemiteSam

                You sound skeptical, but I have lived in Miami, Gainesville, and Orlando, and Dragonfly in Gainesville definitely made the best sushi I've ever had in Florida.

                1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                  Yea, just looked at the Dragonfly menu, and it definitely looks promising.

                  1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                    So you lived in Miami, Gainesville and Orlando and DragonFly in Orlandos is the best Sushi you ever had? Really? Nobu Miami Beach is by FAR the best Sushi you could have had at anyone of those 3 cities and Dragonfly does not even hold a candle to Nobu. Sure for a College Town where Sushi is limited to begin with it's alright, but no way better than Nobu in South Beach and Amura in Orlando is way heads above College Town Sushi

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                    South Beach
                    777 Gulf Blvd, Boca Grande, FL 33921

                    1. re: mikeReach

                      I agree with mike, Nobu is in a different class than most FL sushi digs. Naoe is in a class all of it's own, and it doesn't require a car payment to eat there either. I also agree that Amura (sand lake) is really something special when they have their game faces on!

                  2. re: YosemiteSam

                    Dragonfly has been in soft open a few weeks now in the Dellagio on Sand Lake Road - menu looks promising - soba noodles, robata grill etc. Little too much sushi and not enough izakaya but still a good addition to the area

                    http://dragonflysushi.com/orlando/

                  3. Restaurant Row continues to swell with dining options - looks like we're getting a Pinkberry. Weird to open this right up the street from Menchie's. Wonder if it is where the old TCBY was next to Starbuck's? Menchie put them out of business already. It's convenient for me though.

                    Let's get in on!!!!

                    http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/feat...

                    "Pinkberry launching first Florida store in Orlando in August"

                    Pinkberry comes to Orlando in August.

                    Pinkberry, the number one tart frozen yogurt brand, will open its doors in Orlando this summer at the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, on the corner of Dr. Phillips and Sandlake Road. With more than 85 stores, Pinkberry Orlando is the latest of many new markets to open recently – including Dallas, Bay Area, Sacramento, New Orleans, Denver, Dubai, Bahrain and Mexico City, with several more new markets to be announced and opening later this summer and into the fall. Bill Harmening II, an Orlando native and local business owner, is the Pinkberry area developer for Orlando. Pinkberry premium frozen yogurt is made with real nonfat yogurt and nonfat milk that is rBST hormone free.

                    Flavors at the local Pinkberry’s will include original, pomegranate, coconut, chocolate and mango.

                    Customers can personalize every yogurt experience with any combination of delicious toppings. In addition to frozen yogurt and toppings, Pinkberry also offers Pinkberry Fruit Parfaits and Pinkberry Smoothies."

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                    1. re: YosemiteSam

                      Opening on August 20th

                      1. re: YosemiteSam

                        i'm heading to their opening , i'll let you all know how it goes!

                        1. re: pdpredtide

                          Wow, $14 for yellowtail collar? This is still a very cheap cut of fish. This better not be for one collar. Sucks how places rape you on prices when a certain cut gets trendy...

                          1. re: Corporate_40

                            Had one at Amura a few months ago that was around that price too

                            1. re: YosemiteSam

                              You can go to a countless number of places in NYC and get a collar for $6-8. And that's NYC. Orlando needs to get a grip sometimes.

                              1. re: Corporate_40

                                Corp_40- you say "and that's NYC", mental note, there are almost 17,000 restaurants in the greater manhattan area, and the crowd is both educated and ethnically diverse enough to support damn near anything. it's impressive that we can even get collar and/or cheek in most of the mickey mouse funded places in o-town, I don't mind paying 14 bucks for it. It's not "Mr Phillips, it's Dr Phillips haha" ;)

                          2. re: pdpredtide

                            Isn't Pinkberry opening on the 19th, or something? My wife mentioned wanting to go. If I can get off work early, we'll see you there!

                            1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                              Officially on the 20th, but they are likely to have an event on th 19th (kinda a soft opening, no pun intended)

                              1. re: YosemiteSam

                                lol that was funny

                                i have a press release that they wrote about on my blog, free t shirts for the first 100 at pinkberry

                                http://tastychomps.blogspot.com/2010/...

                      2. Greek Flame Taverna is now in soft opening in the Dr Phillips Marketplace off Sand Lake Road.

                        7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., 407-370-4624, greekflametaverna.com.

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                        Greek Flame Taverna
                        1560 State Road 436, Winter Park, FL 32792

                        5 Replies
                        1. re: YosemiteSam

                          I'm sooo going to check this out :)

                          1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                            The original location that just moved out of Casselberry was awesome. Goodbye and good luck, Greek Flame, you will be missed!

                            1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                              I went last Sunday for Lunch and was a bit disappointed in the food.

                              Had a large traditional greek salad and thought the onions were definitely overpowering the rest of the salad. Also all the veggies were not quite ripe enough, the tomatos and cucumbers were to firm.

                              The Mousakka was decent but a little bland on the spices side.

                              The Baklava wasn't the traditional square or triangle, it was a little puff pastry (it took awhile to be served so we think it was baked to order). The flavor actually was pretty good, but the non traditional look and texture was a bit of a nonstarter for me.

                              Overall I would rate it as average, but better than Taverrna Opa. I'll go back in a couple of weeks to try it again.

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                              Opa Restaurant
                              3051 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

                              1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                I drove by the old Greek Flame location on 436 in Casselberry yesterday, and a sign is up for a new restaurant: Arigato Sushi. We'll see!

                                1. re: britterbeezer

                                  I know, I saw that sign too. Part of me was desperately hoping Four Rivers Smokehouse would move into that space so they could have a "real" restaurant, ten minutes from my house and right on my way to and from work to boot. Of course, that was based on nothing but wishful thinking.

                          2. Something new out at Disney.

                            The Portobello restaurant (one of the better options on property) has opened the Portobello Meatball Bar. Seems like an interesting idea even if it pushes the concept of a meatball a little far. I also dig that it features locally brewed beers - nice of something at Disney to remember that it is in Orlando.

                            As an aside, I forgot this was a Levy restaurant - if you watch Top Chef Masters then one of the finalists from it (Tony Mantuano) is the Executive Chef for Levy and he was there for the opening of the concept. There's a video of him introducing it on Scott Joseph's website.

                            Here's a link:

                            http://www.portobellorestaurant.com/n...

                            and a blurb from their Website

                            Enjoy an array of mouthwatering Meatball Sliders & locally brewed Italian beers. Need a break from the heat and summer crowds? Pull up a seat at Portobello’s all new Meatball Bar! Portobello restaurant is embracing meatball mania, offering a crave-worthy and affordable assortment of meatball sliders perfectly paired with local and organic beers. The Meatball Bar pays homage to the classic Italian dish, offering four varieties of meatball. The menu showcases Beef & Veal with Parsley, Spicy Pork, Chicken with Sage, and Salmon with Tarragon. Each slider is served on a soft mini bread roll, topped with tomato basil sauce and freshly grated Parmigianino cheese. Portobello will also offer locally brewed and organic beers at the Meatball Bar, hand selected to complement your menu selection. The refreshing options include European Pilz, Olde Pelican E.P.A. and Blackwater Porter.

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                            Portobello
                            , Orlando, FL 32830

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                            1. re: YosemiteSam

                              My husband is going to love this place. Meatball sliders and local brews, what isn't to like about it.

                            2. According to Scott Joseph, Graffiti Junktion (of Thornton Park burger fame) will be taking over the space formerly occupied by K Restaurant and Wine Bar in College Park. If you recall, K moved down the street earlier this year to the former Nonna's location.

                              I can't imagine a more different vibe from the sophisticated K Wine Bar than the raucous Graffiti Junktion.

                              I couldn't tell if this was an expansion to a 2nd location or if they will be closing the Thornton Park location.

                              http://www.graffitijunktion.com/

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                              Graffiti Junktion
                              900 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801

                              2 Replies
                              1. re: YosemiteSam

                                I really hope its a 2nd location, b/c wouldn't make the extra drive to College Park (I live out by Lake Nona). And I do love me some Graffitit Junktion.

                                1. re: Corporate_40

                                  the graffiti group is opening its 2nd concept at the former bravissimo on shine ave., not too far from graffiti junktion on washington. i understand it will be a different concept, but not sure exactly what.

                                  bravissimo moved to altamonte :( for me - i live much closer to the old locale.

                              2. Not my part of town, but thought I'd share that from the Funky Monkey guys comes the Bananas Diner. Cuisine is diner fare with a twist.

                                Location is next to the original Funky Monkey

                                924 N. Mills Ave.
                                Orlando, FL 32803
                                P: 407.480.2200
                                www.bananasdiner.com

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                                1. re: YosemiteSam

                                  I heard good things about this place. You enjoyed it?

                                  1. re: askdrtodd

                                    Haven't been yet

                                  2. re: YosemiteSam

                                    OMG! My husband and I had the worst meal of our lives at this place. I will never, ever go back. He ordered a chicken sandwich and I ordered a burger. It took 40 minutes to get our food. The waiter never bothered to check on us during this time. When the food did come out the chicken looked like a pre frozen chicken breast that was half the size of the bun. Super dry, barely edible. He only ate it b/c we were starving and had to go back to work. My burger was better then his chicken sandwich, but nothing special and not worth the price or the wait.

                                  3. Saw a sign going up for Lime Fresh Mexican Grill in the Whole Foods shopping center at the corner of Sand Lake and Turkey lakes Roads. It's right next store to Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza. This is a popular burrito chain in South Florida. It's mostly in the milieu of Moe's, Chipotle, and Tijuana Flats, but I think their ingredients are a little fresher and I like their non-burrito options a little better than the competition. Nice to have another choice in the area.

                                    http://www.limefreshmexicangrill.com/...

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                                    1. re: YosemiteSam

                                      They're having a "Grand Opening Fiesta" - free food, free drinks

                                      Thursday October 21 5:00 to 8:30

                                      RSVP to letsparty@limefreshmexicangrill.com

                                      address is 8031 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, FL

                                      Event is to benefit the Fatone Family Foundation

                                      1. re: YosemiteSam

                                        very cool. I checked the menu and it looks like a decent place for a work lunch. Can't wait to try it.

                                    2. Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse is coming soon on the corner of International Drive and Westwood Blvd.

                                      It's a NY Chain has anyone ever been to one?

                                      http://www.delmonicositaliansteakhous...

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                                      1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                        Friends of ours, who visit the Disney area every year rave about Delmonico's. We may eating with them there later this month. Hopefully it will be good.

                                      2. New place opening on Restaurant Row next to La Nuova Cucina called La Rouge Wine Bar & Tapas. It's website (http://www.lerougewinebar.com/) states it as "creating casual environments for you to savor our collection of cheese and charcuterie. Explore new cultures through the different flavours in our lounge atmosphere, all focused on comfort, intimacy and warmth"

                                        They have a few photos here (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid...) - looks like a focus on the lounge as much as the food - it's open to 2 am on Friday and Saturday. Owner seems to be Lebanese (which explains the French name).

                                        Opens to the general public this week - good luck to them, we always encourage independent places in our sea of chains....

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                                        1. re: YosemiteSam

                                          We saw this place two weeks ago when we were having lunch at Cedars. It looks swanky. I want to go! I can't wait to catch a glimpse of the menu.

                                        2. I know this thread is about openings, but I wanted to share that it appears both Wa and Rice Paper have recently shuttered. Add that to La Nuova Cucina and it's been a tough Fall for independent restaurtants in the Sand Lake Road area.

                                          It looks like Dragonfly is doing well though. Let's see what happens with La Rouge

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                                          Rice Paper
                                          7637 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

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                                          1. re: YosemiteSam

                                            Oh no, Wa? Say it ain't so! That makes me so mad.

                                            It also makes me want to frequent La Rouge especially after seeing the menu.

                                            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                              Although I loved the food at Wa, that location was HORRIBLE and it was doomed from the begining. As soon as I left the first time, I told my gf that its a shame that this place will be closed within the year due to location, b/c the food was really good.

                                              Hopefully they'll reopen in a new location...