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Recent Restaurant Reviews and News

Written By Scott Joseph On November 9, 2017

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Orange County Brewers

Orange County Brewers tanks

The chrome bumpers of Fiats have given way to stainless steel brewing tanks at the corner of Orange Avenue and Jefferson Street in downtown Orlando.

The storefront space is the new home of Orange County Brewers, which is not affiliated with any government entity. OCB is the latest entry in the burgeoning microbrewery sector.

I’m always impressed by the major hardware involved with setting up an operation like this. The OC’s main tanks can be seen from an open garage door (apparently left from the previous tenant) in the back parking lot.

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Fig’s Prime

Figs int

I don’t know if it’s Figs or Fig’s. I just know that the word Prime is also part of the name of this splashy, contemporary new restaurant in Altamonte Springs.

The restaurant’s logo has a leaf — let’s assume it’s a fig leaf — where an apostrophe would be if the name is meant to be Fig’s. This would be a rare case of a fig leaf revealing something rather than obscuring. But in postings on its Facebook page the restaurant refers to itself as Figs Prime, indicating more than one fig is involved. So I’m confused.

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Mitchell’s Fish Market Closes


mitchell logoMitchell’s Fish Market in Winter Park has closed. Sunday was its last day, according to general manager David Barber.

The restaurant has occupied the corner space across from the movieplex in Winter Park Village since June 2010.

The chain was founded and named for Cameron Mitchell. It was sold to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, now Ruth’s Hospitality Group in 2008 who in turn sold it to Landry’s, Inc, in 2014.


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Nova Closes

Nova exterior

According to Wikipedia: A nova … is a transient astronomical event that causes the sudden appearance of a bright, apparently “new” star, that slowly fades over several weeks or many months.

Nova, the “scratch kitchen” that opened in early 2016, has closed.


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Other Stuff

Honey, It’s Your Last Chance to Vote for Orlando’s Dessert

Cheramy Honey Dessert

Voting ends Thursday, Nov. 9, in the preliminary round to decide which honey-based dessert will represent the area as its signature dish. There are 29 entries in the competition. The 10 top vote getters will be presented to a panel of judges on Nov. 16; the winner will be announced at Visit Orlando’s annual meeting and luncheon on Dec. 7.

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Cows ‘n Cabs Set for Saturday


One of the funnest events of the fall season is this Saturday, Nov. 11. It’s the seventh annual Cows ‘n Cabs, and I can’t wait.

C ‘n C is spearheaded by 4 Rivers Smokehouse founder John Rivers. Smart man that he is, Rivers noticed that every year the city of Winter Park puts up an elaborate pavilion-sized tent in Central Park’s West Meadow. The tent is used first for Fashion Week and then for the holiday ice rink. But in between, it just sat there, empty.


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Black Rooster Presented with Gold Foodster Award for Best Craft Tacos

Foodster Craft Taco Rooster

Congratulations to Black Rooster Tacqueria, winner of the Gold award for Best Craft Tacos in our Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants. Pictured above is chief taco crafter John Calloway.

Black Rooster is at 1323 N. Mills Ave., Orlando.

Polls are now open for voting in the Best Microbrewery category.

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