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Recent Restaurant Reviews and News

Written By Scott Joseph On July 27, 2017

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Recent Restaurant Reviews

Lion’s Pride

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For a place called Lion’s Pride, there’s not a whole lot to be proud of here.

I suppose the developers could take some satisfaction in having created a sports bar of epic proportions. The orchestra-and-balcony style stadium seating facing a wall of giant televisions, all tuned to the same game (at least when Orlando’s home team is playing), provides great viewing.

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Se7en Bites Wins Gold Foodster Award for Best Breakfast

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Boy, did I choose the right time to visit Se7en Bites, the “Sweet & Savory Bake Shop” on Primrose Drive in Orlando’s Milk District.

Not that there’s a bad time to visit. There’s always something good being baked or assembled by pastry chef and owner Trina Gregory-Propst and her team.

But I chose Sunday morning brunch time to stop by and present Gregory-Propst with her Foodster Award plaque. Se7en Bites was voted the Gold Award for Best Breakfast in the first annual program that recognizes excellence in the area’s independent restaurants.


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Pepe’s Cantina Church Street

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Pretty soon, I’m going to have to start writing reviews in Spanish.

Or Spanglish, perhaps.

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve had a lot — A LOT — of Mexican, Tex-Mex and tacomongers open lately. So many that it was a factor in Mucho Tacos and Tequila’s decision to close and make way for Muddy Waters, a New Orleans style restaurant (which we could certainly use more of).

But el market will supply what el dining public demands.

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Ramen Bar Readies for Downtown Orlando

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Ricky Ly of Tasty Chomps reports that Japanese chain Jinya Ramen Bar will take over the space in Thornton Park Central recently vacated by Verde Cantina. According to Ly, franchisees Eric Jakab and Taff Liao plan to open the restaurant in early 2018.

Jinya was founded by Tomonori Takahashi, who opened the first Jinya in Tokyo in 2000. 

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Other Stuff – Foodster Awards

Best Craft Beer

Who has the Best Craft Beer among Independent Restaurants in Central Florida? Cast your vote for your favorrite at the Foodster Awards page.

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