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Recent Reviews and Restaurant News

Written By Scott Joseph On November 15, 2018

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Recent Restaurant Reviews

Rocco’s Italian Grille & Bar

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Ever since I first reviewed Rocco’s Italian Grille & Bar, in October of 2006, I’ve considered it to be one of the finest Italian restaurants in the area. And since I don’t get the chance to return often enough, I jumped at the invitation to dine there recently to try some of the dishes that owner Rocco Potami rotates through his menu.

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Cinco Tacos + Tequila

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I’m not going to use valet service to go to a taco joint. I’m just not.

But twice when I first tried to visit Cinco Tacos + Tequila, a Winter Park restaurant that includes actor Mario Lopez and former NSYNCer Chris Kirkpatrick among its backers, valeting was the only parking option. All available open spaces were blocked off so that dropping the car off was the only option. I don’t care if it’s complimentary — it’s a freaking taco joint.


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Sale of 2 Dexter’s Restaurants Finalized

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As I first reported last month, the Dexter’s restaurants in Thornton Park and Winter Park have been sold to a group that includes Graffiti Junktion founder Greg Peters. Peters confirmed Wednesday that the sale had been finalized.

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Brio Bravo Parent Moves Headquarters to Downtown Orlando

FoodFirst LogoAnother restaurant brand is moving its headquarters to Orlando. To downtown Orlando, yet. What’s more, it’s moving into the same building that already is home to a global restaurant brand. And neither one has a restaurant in the downtown area.

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Other Stuff

Here are the Finalists for Best Burger Foodster Award 2018

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It was another hotly contested category but we have the finalists for Best Burger in our Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants. Check out the list below and place your ballot.

You may vote for only one restaurant, and please vote just once.

After placing your vote, leave a comment below telling us why you like your selection (be sure to mention the name of the restaurant in you comment otherwise we won’t know which one you’re talking about). We may use your comments when we announce the winners.

Please note: Even if you placed a vote during the nominating phase, you must vote for your favorite in the finals; all the votes received during the nominating phase have been zeroed out. 

Click here to see the finalists and place your vote.


Cows ‘n Cabs 2018 Biggest Ever

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The eigth annual Cows ‘n Cabs was held in Winter Park’s West Meadow on Saturday, Nov. 3. Organizer John Rivers said it was the biggest ever in terms of attendance and participating restaurants. And, potentially, monies raised for the two charities it benefits, After School All-Stars Orlando and Elevate Orlando. Highlights included Kathleen Blake’s Smoked Mullet Dip from Rusty Spoon and Frank Galeano’s Pork Belly Matambre from Tapa Toro. Most unusual dish was from Camilo Velasco of 1921 Mount Dora who offered breaded and fried (and spicy) Frog Legs. 

Watch the video on the jump for some of the sights and sounds of the event:

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Bullet Point Buffet: Cake, Wine, Beer and Noodles

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  • TastyChomps, the Ricky Ly-led blog, has announced plans for its second Ramen Rumble in association with Osprey Tavern. Ramen Rumble 2 will take place Dec. 10 at the Baldwin Park restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m. The rumbling chefs this time around are: Yuhi Fujinaga, Executive Chef Morimoto Asia at Disney springs; Kevin Kel Phanhvilay, Chef/Owner Sticky Rice Lao Street Food; and Travis Cliff, Head Chef Jade New Asian. (No one actually rumbles but knives might be drawn.) Tickets here.
  • Congratulations to The Glass Knife on its first anniversary. I didn’t bake a cake but chef Stuart Whitfield did and he’ll share a slice with the first 365 guests Sat., Nov. 10. It’s for dine-in customers only, so don’t just hop out of the car with the engine running and expect to grab a slice to go.

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