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If you are looking to spread your “foodie” wings outside Disney property, there are a few Orlando restaurants you must experience— only a short drive away.

Ravenous Pig: Local and Fresh
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Since opening in October 2007, The Ravenous Pig and its chef owners, James and Julie Petrakis, have garnered national acclaim for culinary creations inspired by the best seasonal foods Florida has to offer.

As one of Florida’s first restaurants to champion local farmers, fishermen, and artisanal purveyors, the Pig’s menu features such year-round favorites as Canaveral Shrimp ‘n Grits, Pork Porterhouse, Gruyere Biscuits, Steak Frites and a decadent Pig Tails with Chocolate Espresso Sauce dessert. Fresh Florida seafood—flounder, cobia, grouper, clams and shrimp—takes its place in the spotlight according to season, as does veggies, greens, and eggs supplied by a select group of small farmers.

Pastas and charcuterie are handmade daily. Specialty desserts like Plant City Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp and Zellwood Corn Crepes with Florida Blueberry Compote provide a fitting ending to a perfect meal.

See more at: http://www.theravenouspig.com/

Ravenous Pig Sister Restaurant: Cask & Larder

Cask & Larder

Cask & Larder

Cask & Larder is modeled after a Southern Public House with a distinctive sense of pride and place. Since the waning days of Prohibition, circa 1929, when Francis Harper took over a failed feed store near the railroad tracks in Winter Park and turned it into a tavern (yes, bribes to the local authorities might have been involved), generations of thirsty and hungry people have found their way here while seeking great food, drink, and good company.

Cask & Larder pays tribute to this legacy by creating a congenial neighborhood gathering spot where made-on-site beer flows freely (hence, the cask) and the pantry is always full. Long ago, the term “larder” applied to a storing area for meats and fish, typically the coolest room in a house. Modern refrigeration has since come along, but they continue to honor the whole cookery tradition by curing meat, canning their own preserved fruits and pickled vegetables, seeking out the best local fish and shellfish, and doing everything possible to keep their customers happy.

For more details go to: http://www.caskandlarder.com

Santiago Bodega-Wonderful Tapas!

Santiago Bodega

The original restaurant was located in Key West and its team recently expanded to a location on Virginia Drive in Orlando. Choose from more than thirty delectable tapas-style dishes, soups, and salads in a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Sunday Brunch is a local favorite; so be sure to book early. http://www.santiagosbodega.com/

Simple and fun can be found at Hawkers Asian Street Fair:

Hawkers Asian Street Fair

Hawkers Asian Street Fair

Prominent on the streets of Asia, hawkers are street vendors who depend on locally grown ingredients to create dishes sold from mobile carts and stands. The most successful recipes have been passed from one generation to the next, bringing flocks of eager patrons. At Hawkers, the chefs have selected the best of these “street food” recipes from across Asia and deliver them in a hip, sharing-encouraged environment.


Great BBQ at 4 Rivers Smokehouse

4 Rivers Smokehouse

4 Rivers Smokehouse

Do you love BBQ? The Orlando locals love the BBQ at the 4 Rivers Smokehouse. The creation of this fabulous BBQ smokehouse began with the launch of the “Barbecue Ministry” in 2004, when John (the founder) hosted a cookout fundraiser to support a local family whose young daughter was battling cancer. That one event inspired a passion for supporting local schools, churches, and charitable organizations.

Years later, smoking thousands of pounds of meat out of a garage wouldn’t cut it anymore! On October of 2009, after trials, tribulations, and a whole lot of burnt ends, John flipped the switch on his smokehouse’s electric “Hot Brisket Now” sign to its “on” mode, and launched a business. Within the first hour, a line had formed outside the door and eventually started winding around the corner.

Today, there are several locations across the state of Florida including a Winter Park location. For more details: https://4rsmokehouse.com

My VIP Tour will assist with travel arrangements and reservations for these and other local Orlando restaurants.

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