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Recent Restaurant Reviews and News

Written By Scott Joseph On December 28, 2017

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Recent Restaurant Reviews

Castaway’s Sports Bar & Grill

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If you’re not able to make the trip to Atlanta to watch UCF in the Peach Bowl on Monday, you might want to find a sports bar where you can watch the game with other fans.

Actually, it’s officially the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, so thank God the game wasn’t scheduled for Sunday.

If you’re out Waterford Lakes way, consider stopping by Castaway’s Sports Bar & Grill, which opened recently. The place has plenty of big-screen televisions — is huge-screen tv a category? — and enough room for everybody from section 102 of Spectrum Stadium.

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Turquaz Turkish Cuisine

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The first time I visited Turquaz, a Turkish restaurant on International Drive, it was a Friday night, somewhere around 8 o’clock, and the place was empty. It was open for business, but eerily quiet.

The second time I visited was at lunchtime, and the number of patrons had doubled: A single woman sat on the patio working on a laptop and smoking a hookah. I had the dining room all to myself for the duration of my meal.

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Dundon Exits Raglan Road

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Kevin Dundon has ended his partnership with the owners of Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Disney Springs, effective Dec. 20. Dundon has served as the restaurant’s chef/partner since it first opened in 2006 at what was then known as Pleasure Island.

“Raglan Road has had a terrific run with Chef Dundon, and we wish him well in his endeavors,” Raglan Road co-founder and partner Paul Nolan said in a statement. 

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Other Stuff

Final Foodster Categories for 2017: Best New Restaurant, Best Restaurant Overall

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Our final two categories in our Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants for 2017 will be for Best New Restaurant and Best Restaurant Overall. Polls are now open for both categories.

The nominees for Best Restaurant Overall were chosen based on past performance and critical review, previous nominations and votes, and standing in the culinary community.

The nominees for Best New Restaurant were chosen from among the notable restaurants that opened within the past 18 months.

Unlike previous categories, write-in candidates will not be selected.

To thank you for participating in selecting the winners, Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide will give away a $100 gift card to the winner of the Best Restaurant Overall category. 

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