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Recent Takeout Reviews and Restaurant News

Written By Scott Joseph On April 2, 2020

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Recent Takeout Reviews

Takeout Review: Stefano’s Trattoria

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“This is the very definition of comfort food.”

That was what my isolation companion said as we tucked into our takeout from Stefano’s Trattoria, the popular Winter Springs Italian restaurant. And it was true. Pasta, sauce, cheese – all a warm culinary hug.

The team at Stefano’s jumped right into offering takeout when restaurants were ordered closed, and they’re doing a very good job.

Stefano’s Trattoria’s entire menu is available for takeout, which is a lot. Takeout is available via phone or through online ordering on the restaurant’s website. Delivery is available: Before 4 p.m. food is delivered by staff members; after 4, Doordash and Postmates pick up the food and bring it to you.

I called in my order and drove to Winter Springs to pick it up.

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Takeout Review: Delaney’s Tavern

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It would be quite a normal thing for a Friday evening to stop by Delaney’s Tavern, the new Cheers-like hotspot restaurant in Orlando’s SoDo district, and have a bite to eat. So in an attempt to maintain some normalcy in these abnormal times, I ordered takeout for curbside pickup and took it home, where everybody knows my name and doesn’t give a hoot.

DT has put together a special takeout menu, though I’m told that most of the regular menu is available, too. But there were plenty of delicious options on the special menu, so I stuck to that.

I phoned in my order, gave the credit card information, including authorizing the addition of a gratuity, and was sitting at the curb outside the restaurant on Orange Avenue in no time. After a quick call to the restaurant to let them know I was there, a staff member came out and placed the order in my trunk.

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Restaurants Beginning to Offer Staff-Serviced Delivery

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Local restaurants are beginning to offer delivery service provided by sidelined staff members thanks to a memorandum from Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) that was championed by state representative Anna V. Eskamani (D-Orlando).


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Soco Offering Free Dinner for Hospitality Workers

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Soco Thornton Park is offering a free dinner to Central Florida hospitality workers affected by the coronavirus shutdowns. And thanks to Sipsmith Gin, the dinner will include a free drink. (Whenever I dine in at Soco I always request my negroni be made with Sipsmith; good stuff.)

The offer is for Thursday, April 2, with pickup of the takeout meals between 5 and 8:30 p.m. 

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#ChefsforAmerica Offering Free Meals

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Reyes Mezcaleria is offering free meals for anyone in need Wed., April 1, and Thurs., April 2, in conjunction with World Central Kitchen’s #chefsforamerica initiative. The meals, featuring gazpacho and paella, will be available at the restaurant, 821 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, from 1 to 5 p.m. each day.

The meals are being made available by Good Salt Restaurant Group, which owns Reyes as well as Osprey Tavern and Seito Sushi, Sysco and FreshPoint. Reyes’ chef Wendy Lopez and Kristoffer Anderson of Jaleo in Disney Springs are cooking the food.

You can reserve a meal at this link. It is not required but it will help gauge how many meals will be needed. 

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Other Stuff

Raglan Road Offers Bonus Gift Cards to Benefit Staff

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The owners of Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs are selling online gift cards with all proceeds going to benefit the pub’s out-of-work staff members.

And here’s a nice bonus: For a limited time, purchase a $50 card and owners Paul Nolan and John Cooke will but an extra 25 bucks on it, giving you $75 worth of credit. Is it too early to be thinking of some really good holiday gifts you can get as a bargain? I don’t think so, and we certainly hope that by December the pub and everyone else will be back to the business of having a good time. Of course, you can buy some cards to gift to yourself, as well.


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Fundraiser Established to Benefit DeLand Restaurant Workers


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Judy Thompson, a DeLand philanthropist, and Hari and Jenneffer Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant have established a GoFundMe account to assist workers of downtown DeLand’s independently owned restaurants who have been financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A statement on the fundraiser’s page says that 100 percent of the net donations will go to cooks, dishwashers, servers and other support staff who have worked for an independent and locally owned restaurant within the downtown district for at least one month.

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Dining Options: Delivery, Takeout, Curbside Pickup

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Central Florida restaurants are adapting to the changing strictures being imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are details that some of your favorite restaurants want you to know regarding how they’re dealing with the crisis and what they’re doing to keep their kitchens busy and people fed.

We’ll share the information from other restaurants as it becomes available, so check back often.

Each entry has the information that was submitted by the restaurant, including, where available, hours of operation and links to menus. In most cases, menus are limited. All information – including menus posted here – is subject to change so be sure to check with the restaurant before ordering.

Key: TO=Takeout, D=Delivery, CP=Curbside Pickup

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