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Recent Reviews and Restaurant News

Written By Scott Joseph On March 17, 2022

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Hangry Bison Winter Garden

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After more than a year’s delay, a second outpost of Hangry Bison, the popular Winter Park Village restaurant, has finally opened, bringing its award-winning burgers and creative cocktails to downtown Winter Garden.

Set in a newly constructed building fronting Plant Street, it’s a bigger restaurant than the original, with more outdoor seating and a large, expansive space indoors with a large bar the main focus. And even the indoor dining room has an al fresco vibe thanks to garage-door walls that open the space up. (It’s one of the new realities that air-flow is a concern in restaurant design.)


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Daana Pani

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For me, a hallmark of a good meatless menu, whether it’s merely vegetarian or fully vegan, is the absence of meat. What I mean is, the menu doesn’t try to replace actual meat with fake meat, processed products that emulate the tastes and textures of chicken, beef and seafood. I’m more impressed with restaurants that achieve vegetarian results organically (whether or not the ingredients are actually organic; don’t get me started on that).

Consider the food at Daana Pani, an Indian restaurant specializing in the cuisine of Gujarat in the west. Nearly 90 percent of Gujaratis follow a form of Hinduism that adheres to a vegetarian diet, even despite its seacoast location. Perhaps that is why you’ll find the word Gujarati on Daana Pani’s menu but not the word vegetarian – it’s assumed.

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Vernal events at Grande Lakes Orlando begin with Easter specials

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Our friends at Grande Lakes Resort Orlando have a bevy of springtime activities and events coming up beginning with Easter specials.

Easter Sunday is April 17, just a little more than five weeks away. Brunch is always a Eastery thing to do and Knife & Spoon, the John Tesar-led restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton does a terrific brunch setup with its uniquely aged meats and not-so-aged seafood. Brunch will be offered from noon to 7 p.m. at $250 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made at 407-393-4034.


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Magic’s Orlando Wine Festival & Auction picks up again this weekend

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Two years ago, the stage was set for the second annual Orlando Wine Festival & Auction, hosted by the Orlando Magic and benefitting its Youth Foundation. Approximately 600 people were expected to attend, with highlights including a dinner hosted by celebrity chef Michael Symon and a concert by Boyz II Men.

And then, well, you know.

Now the event is being revived and will take place Saturday, March 19, at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando. Can we still call it the second annual when the first one was three years ago?

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Newsy Nuggets: Wine dinners, wine fests, wine strolls and beer flights

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Hemisphere, the swanky restaurant on top of the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, has a regular roster of wine dinners and the next is scheduled for Friday, Mar. 25. It will be a Tour de France celebration with a selection of French wines paired with a special menu created by executive chef Jeff Powell and chef de cuisine Jason Moltz. Here’s a look at the full menu with pairings.

The dinner will begin with a reception at 7 p.m. Cost is $140 per person plus tax and gratuity. And remember, whenever you attend Hemisphere, valet parking at the hotel entrance is complimentary and you never have to walk through the airport terminal. For wine dinner reservations, call 407-825-1315 or send an email request.

JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek is inviting everyone to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the poolside Unreserved Beer Garden with beer flights from Florida breweries. The flights include four beers of your choice from among 11 local brews. And here’s something to consider: the flights are half off during Unreserved Beer Garden’s daily social hour from 4 to 5 p.m., even on St. Patrick’s Day.

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We hope you find our reviews and news articles useful and entertaining. It has always been our goal to assist you in making informed decisions when spending your dining dollars. If we’ve helped you in any way, please consider making a contribution to help us continue our journalism. Thank you.

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