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Coming to Orlando - 2010

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.

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              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?

              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/